SEAL's Honor SEAL's Honor on November 6, 2018
Pages: 352
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The first in a new romantic suspense series featuring the rugged special ops unit tucked away in Alaska's Grizzly Harbor from USA Today bestselling author Megan Crane. 

The last thing Blue Hendricks needs six months into his uneasy reentry into civilian life is trouble in the form of his old friend's kid sister, all grown up and smack in the middle of a dangerous murder investigation. But he didn't become a SEAL to turn his back on the hard stuff, and he can't bring himself to ignore Everly's call for help--no matter how much he knows he's not fit to be around the soft, vibrant woman she's become. Not after the things he's done.

Everly Campbell is desperate. When her roommate is murdered and the body vanishes, Everly fears she might be next. With no one to believe her, Everly runs to a remote Alaskan town to find a man she only vaguely remembers and his crew of ex-military brothers who could be her only hope. Blue wants to keep things all business but Everly isn't a little girl anymore and the commanding former SEAL is more temptation than she can resist.

As the men on Everly's trail draw closer, Blue will do anything to protect the woman he's starting to think of as his...

The premise of this book is intriguing. Blue is out of the SEALs but we don’t know why other than he doesn’t feel like he can give what he should. It’s pointed out he can still keep up and no one else would know the difference, but he would, and his best is still better than 99% of people, but it’s not good enough for himself. I don’t know, I guess he’s aging out?

So he finds himself in Alaska chasing an urban legend that happens to be true.

Everly grew up across the street from Blue, but she was probably 7 or 8 the last time they saw each other. Her brother always told her, though, if you need help, find Blue. Well, her roommate was killed in front of her and there’s no evidence. No body, no evidence, no anything. It looks to everyone that she’s gone off with a new boyfriend. But she knows what she saw. She ran to the police station barefoot to escape the killers. The cops either A) think she’s crazy or B) think she killed her roommate.

So she does the only thing she can. She goes to Blue for help.

I love the idea of the Alaska Force. I liked the plot. This author is new to me, but I like her writing. Her voice and style really work for me. BUT while she’s really great at the character development, I felt the villain of the plot was really out of left field. I don’t mean this in a “Wow! I never saw it coming!” kind of way, but instead a “Really?! That’s where you went with this? It barely makes sense!”

It could have made fantastic sense, if there had been a bit more foreshadowing, a few more hints. But it felt out of place.

Blue is the strong silent type. This is very true. But he’s also broken. There are some family issues at play, so he leaves and stays gone. Everly is apparently able to read into his silence all the time. Just go with it.

I’m going to read the next book, it sounds really good! And even though the climax of this book was a bit weak, in my opinion, what with that weird plot twist at the end, I liked it. The main thing is that I like this author’s voice.

***ARC courtesy of Berkley Books

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