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Titan series by Cristin Harber

Military Romance bundle in the Romance Package on Audible.  Worth it? Or No?

I like military romances and I especially like them when they are bundled so I get 5 books for one price.  This one is called the Titan Series by Cristin Harber.  This set was bundled up and released on 12/10/18.   One tends to think that when the books are bundled that way they may not be that good.  One could be right, but these weren’t bad, but they weren’t super either.  They were good to cook, clean and work on my hobbies while listening, so they rated a 3. They had their cookie cutter format, but each character was one that had their own story to tell.  There was a lot of gratis sex, violence and blood.  There was cussing, alpha men who were bossy and women that were mostly strong.  I’m not sure I could handle a “helicopter husband” who had to know the who, where and when of my life 24/7.

I think that the books would have been better reading than listening because the narrator had his high points and low points.  Multiple times I caught him reading the book instead of narrating it.  The part that bugged me the most was the part where he reached the bottom of the page and hesitated to finish the sentence until he turned the page.    Like I said, they weren’t great but they were not bad either.  Middle of the road.

Title:  Winter’s Heat
Publish Date:  June 10, 2014
Publisher’s Description:  After putting her life on the line to protect classified intelligence, military psychologist Mia Kensington is on a cross-country road trip from hell with an intrusive save-the-day hero. Uninterested in his white knight act, she’d rather take her chances without the ruggedly handsome, cold-blooded operative who boasts an alpha complex and too many guns.

Colby Winters, an elite member of The Titan Group, has a single objective on his black ops mission: recover a document important to national security. It was supposed to be an easy in-and-out operation. But now, by any means necessary becomes a survival mantra when he faces off with a stunning woman he can’t leave behind.

When Titan’s safe houses are compromised, Colby stashes Mia at his home, exposing his secret—he’s the adoptive father of an orphaned baby girl. Too soon, danger arrives and Mia lands in the hands of a sadistic cartel king with a taste for torture. As hours bleed into fear-drenched days, Colby races across the globe and through a firestorm of bullets to save the woman he can’t live without.

 Title:  Sweet Girl
Publish Date: July 7, 2014
Publisher’s Description: Sometimes falling in love means going through hell…

She’s a sweet girl.
Nicola Hart grew up under the heels of her older brother and his sexy best friend, Cash Garrison. Years of ignoring her spark with Cash has transformed their friendship into a slow burning sizzle. One night with him could ruin everything. Or it could be more than she ever dreamed. They play. They flirt. But they haven’t crossed the line because too much is at stake. Family. Friendship. And the deepest kind of love that she’d have to be crazy to walk away from.

He can’t stay away from.
She’s his best friend’s little sister. The definition of hands off. Cash has tried to ignore her for years. Those innocent eyes and her smile that screams kiss-me-if-you-dare… Instead, he’s looked at every pretty little thing who’s crossed his path, all to ignore the girl he seems destined to want. But when his hard partying ways get old and everyone at school is interested in Nicola, it’s time to stake a claim. To make Nicola his girl, no matter the risks, and hold the hand of the one he really loves.

Sweet Girl is the full length prequel to bestselling Garrison’s Creed. Before Cash and Nicola can fall in love forever, they have to suffer through their first love.

Title:  Garrison’s Creed
Publish Date:  September 26, 2013
Publisher’s Description:  A SCORCHING HOT LOVE THAT STARTED SO MANY YEARS AGO…

A SPY RUNNING FOR HER LIFE
Nicola is an injured CIA agent on the run from a failed undercover operation. Her escape plan shatters when she slams into the man who buried her a decade ago. Cash Garrison. Her first and only love. Now, sexier than her best memory and cradling a sniper’s rifle, he has questions she can’t answer. Why was she alive? And armed?

AND THE MAN SHE COULD NEVER SEE AGAIN
Cash is an elite member of a black ops organization, The Titan Group. He thought Nicola died his senior year of college and swore off love to focus on a decade of military missions. But when she shows up behind enemy lines, bleeding out and wielding a weapon, his heart and mind are unsure how to proceed.

BATTLE BETRAYAL TO SAVE THEMSELVES
Titan and the CIA join forces to uncover a mole hidden in a network of international terrorists and homegrown mobsters, teaming Cash and Nicola again. They fight old wounds and re-ignite sparks while closing in on a double agent. When disaster strikes, Nicola’s hidden past makes her the hunted target and Cash’s best kill shot may not be enough to save them.

Title:  Westin’s Chase
Publish Date: 
September 27, 2013
Publisher’s Description: 
THE MASTER OF EVERYTHING HAS FOUND HIS MATCH
Jared Westin knows his reputation and likes it. He gets the job done. No emotion. No baggage. That’s why his elite ops company, The Titan Group, is better than the best. They complete projects classified as mission impossible.

And then, in walks a woman as tough as she is sexy. His counterpart in every way, should he choose to admit it.

SHE’S NOT WILLING TO LET HER HEART FALL
Ousted undercover ATF agent Lilly Chase only answers to “Sugar.” Jared is the only man who can see past her leather-and-lipstick demeanor, and that revelation is terrifying. She was fired for helping Titan on a questionable arrest she should’ve ignored, then partnered with Jared’s rival on an assignment in Afghanistan.

Distance and danger do nothing to change her feelings. When she’s left on the side of a mountain to die, an unexpected ally comes forward, and might open her heart.

THE STAKES COULDN’T BE HIGHER
Saving Sugar isn’t a normal rescue operation. It pits Titan against its rival, Jared against his nemesis. Chasing Sugar’s heart isn’t a simple task, either. She fights him, fights them, always ready to run. When she becomes a pawn in a game of collateral damage, Jared must risk his life to save her—the woman whose bravado and surprising sweetness has given him the one thing he never had. Love.

Title:  Gambled
Publish Date:  September 28, 2013
Publisher’s Description:  Brock Gamble’s epic fall from the Titan Group labeled him a traitor. He betrayed his men. He failed his family. And when he thought he’d hit the lowest point, his wife walked out with their children, leaving him alone to drown himself in the bottle.

Surviving an abduction didn’t end the nightmare for Sarah Gamble. The aftershocks of post-traumatic stress disorder hit her hard. Self-doubt and confusion. Anger and hurt. Running away was an easy escape until Brock shows up on her doorstep offering a trip to paradise and a promise to fix their marriage.

Before the couple can search for answers, Brock is pulled back into the very world that Sarah is so scared of—kidnapping, cartels, and guns—and the stakes are too high for either one of them to ignore.

 

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SEAL Love’s Legacy by Sharon Hamilton

Rather read about hunky SEALs that have a little more experience on them?  Does a little salt and pepper in his hair make you swoon?  Check out this series.

Title: SEAL Love’s Legacy
Author: Sharon Hamilton
Series:  Silver Seals #1
Publish Date:  February 5, 2019
Genre:  Military Romance
Source:  purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  A thrilling race against time haunted by loss and love from the past.

Former SEAL Commander Garrett Tierney must stop a crazed cult leader planning a Doomsday event, targeting the President’s family. He leads a new DHS multi-agency task force, Bravo Foxtrot (Bone Frog), created to take on threats to the homeland.

The future of this task force is on his shoulders, as he dusts off the cobwebs of his retirement. Commander Tierney is tasked to work with a civilian—a young woman who is the daughter of his best friend, a fallen Teammate who died in his arms.

As their chemistry grows to explosive proportions so does the evil cult leader’s devilish plans. Will Tierney have to sacrifice himself to save his new love and the honor and lives of the men and women on his new team?


Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

The President’s daughter has disappeared.  The school teacher is the best bet in finding her.  Two people who haven’t seen each other since a tragic death of his best friend and her dad.  School teacher meet SEAL.

Some military romances have more sex and less story, but this book had a good story too.  A story about busy political parents not always having time for their daughter.  A story about how easy a daughter can be lured away from her family and used.  The story starts out regular paced but as soon as the operation commences, the adventure begins.  It was a page turner, for sure.

Garrett heads up the retrieval team and Mimi is the school teacher that knows the President’s daughter best.  Garrett doesn’t recognize Mimi because she was 13 when he saw her last.  She has had a crush on him for ages.  Now, she gets to make those fantasies come true.

The most embarrassing moment:  Garrett and Mimi get it on while she’s wearing a wire that the rest of the team can hear.  Yikes.

There is sex, there is violence and there is a bad guy with a bunch of mercenaries guarding good people who got sucked in.

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SEAL Strong by Cat Johnson

Second Chance love story.  Love ’em.  Grief and blame tear them apart but the Lt. Commander never gives up on love.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title:  SEAL Strong
Author:  Cat Johnson
Series:  Silver SEALS #.05
Publish Date:  January 15, 2019
Genre: Military romance
Source:  ARC received from author

Publisher’s Description:  A Second Chance Romance

The only easy day was yesterday, and no one knows that better than Lieutenant Commander Silas Branson.

He may have taken several kicks to the gut but once a Seal always a Seal. He’s never backed down from a hard fight and he doesn’t intend to start now.

Silas lost the love of his life years ago but now he’s back to fight for what’s his.

Maggie was his woman. Despite their difficult past, as far as he is concerned, she is still his woman.

When her life is threatened he moves heaven and hell to protect her and the future he knows they can build together.

Don’t miss the Bone Frog Command’s origin story, the kick-off title to the Silver SEALs series, featuring standalone titles by the Suspense Sisters – Becky McGraw, Donna Michaels, Sharon Hamilton, Geri Foster, Kris Michaels, Abbie Zanders, Trish Loye, Caitlyn O’Leary, KaLyn Cooper, Maryann Jordan, Desiree Holt, J.M. Madden.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

The sirens, the smoke, the screams…Dante himself could have written the scene playing out in front of Silas when they arrived on the outskirts of the area that had been hit the hardest.

 

Wow. This is NOT a sweet (a romance that has no dark tendencies) romance. As the quote above reveals a trip to the “front lines” for our hero, if sweet is what you want, you might not choose this book.  However, I’m not always keen on sweet romances tending to lean more toward the more dark and realistic.

This is a short book, 150 pages. It was a nice afternoon read and it felt like a complete novel.  I didn’t feel slighted or feel like I missed out on key scenes.  Neither hero or heroine made a fool out of themselves.  There are sex scenes, but between husband and wife. There was grief involved in their story, but only enough revealed to be sure it was understood where the character’s feelings were coming from.  Of course there is a HEA, but I wouldn’t be reading it if there wasn’t.

I most likely would not have caught this series if it weren’t for Kris Michaels.  She is one of my favorite authors and is writing for this series.  What ever should I do while waiting for her book in the series to be released? Read the others of course!!  Here is the complete list of the series and release dates.

SEAL Strong by Cat Johnson

SEAL Love’s Legacy by Sharon Hamilton  to be released February 5, 2019

SEAL Together by Maryann Jordan  to be released February 26, 2019

SEAL of Fortune by Becky McGraw  to be released March 19, 2019

SEAL in Charge by Donna Michaels to be released April 9, 2019

SEAL in a Storm by KaLyn Cooper  to be released April 30, 2019

SEAL Forever by Kris Michaels  to be released May 21, 2019

SEAL Out of Water by Abbie Zanders  to be released June 11, 2019

Sign, SEAL and Deliver by Geri Foster  to be released June 25, 2019

SEAL Hard by J.M. Madden  to be released July 16, 2019

SEAL Undercover by Desiree Holt   to be released August 6, 2019

SEAL for Hire by Trish Loye  to be released August 27, 2019

SEAL at Sunrise by Caitlyn O’Leary  to be released September 17, 2019

 

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

 

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Rescuing Mary by Susan Stoker

The book we’ve all been waiting for… Finally ”Truck” and Mary’s story.  I’ve been rooting for them through this whole series, now I get to have an inside look.

Title: Rescuing Mary 
Author: Susan Stoker
Series: Delta Force Heroes
Publish Date: October 30, 2018
Genre: Military Suspense Romance
Narrator: Stella Bloom
Source: Audible

Publisher’s Description:  Ford “Truck” Laughlin and Mary Weston have weathered their share of storms over the last couple years. Truck’s job, Mary’s health. His bossiness, her bitchiness. All while dancing around their intense attraction. Mary’s tried to push him away for his own good but Truck won’t let her give up…on herself or on them. Just when she decides they deserve a fair shot, disaster strikes.

Truck has wanted Mary since the moment he saw her. The prickly woman pushes all his buttons and looks beyond his scarred exterior, something few women have managed. His plan to take their relationship to the next level is stalled when he’s injured on a mission. And he’s barely feeling like his old self again before the couple is dealt another blow, one that could permanently end their chances…and their lives.

 

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words… SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This is a romance series, hot military guys, standalone story. No cliffhanger. No sex. I have not read these books in order, and it doesn’t mess up the overall arc much.  The parts that gets confusing is when one SEAL pairs up and they are mentioned in another book.  It’s also not all that confusing, really.  I just jumped over that part because who belongs to who is just the series but not necessarily ruins the story line.

I have been waiting for this story through the whole series.  Mary frustrated me over and over again, but she’s a pretty screwed up person.  Her mother really did a job on her as Mary grew up.

Mary and “Truck” are married.  That bombshell was dropped and every character was thrown for a loop.  Mary treated “Truck” so… badly isn’t the word exactly.  More like held him at arms length so “Truck” really never knew Mary’s true feelings.  This was a hard book to listen to.  I cried through most of the first chapters and then later on again.  Mary’s story is so sad and her opinion of herself is very low.  “Truck” doesn’t know what to do.  He waits and waits, but Mary isn’t warming up.  What should he do? Cut his losses and move on?

I have to tell you I loved this book.  Loved, loved, loved it.  It ripped my heart out and I could feel every stabbing emotional pain Mary had.  Mary is so lucky that she has Rayne.  Thick and thin, people.  She’s with Mary through it all…almost.  Mary is going to die (don’t worry, she doesn’t in the end) and she pushes Rayne out and convinces herself that she’s only using “Truck” for his insurance.  She loves him but can’t admit it because her mama trained her from the age of 5 that men suck.  Mary is really screwed up – but how can she not be?  She’s been through hell – all nine circles of it.  And then another circle of hell crops up.  Tragedy takes Mary out of “Truck’s” life through amnesia.  Holy cats.  How much more can they take?

It all turns out fine, don’t worry.  The story winds around up and down and then splits before coming back together to twist around again.  It was a ride that was very hard to put down.  Listened to the whole audio in 2 days.  It was amazing.

The narrator of this story is female, but she does a really good job of diversifying the characters.  I like her so much that I’ve listened to a lot of her audios.

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Rescuing Casey by Susan Stoker

Kidnapped in a jungle. Held captive for who knows what reason. Left in a hole to die. Casey Shea is in a heck of a spot, and she can only use her brain to save herself and hope her brother comes and gets her.

Title: Rescuing Casey
Author:
Susan Stoker
Series:
Delta Force Heroes
Publish Date: January 2, 2018
Genre:
Military Suspense Romance
Narrator:
Stella Bloom
Source:
Audible

Publisher’s Description: One minute Casey Shea was minding her own business, doing her job, teaching entomology to college students, and the next she was in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle fighting for her life.

Troy “Beatle” Lennon had watched his friends fall head over heels in love, but never thought it would happen to him. Until he sees a picture of one of his teammates’ sisters. That was it. The absolute joy in her eyes calls to him in a way he can’t understand.

But that joy is currently being threatened by an unknown person who’d had Casey kidnapped and hidden deep in the jungle. It’s up to Beatle to find her and keep her safe until the threat against her can be neutralized. Surviving the dangers of the jungle turns out to be the easy part…staying ahead of the killer is much more complicated…and deadly.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words… spoilers. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

No cliffhanger, standalone military romance. No graphic sex but there is violence.

Casey and her students are captured and held hostage for unknown reasons. Luckily, there is a high profile person in her group that is missed right away. Help descends but no one knows what happened to Casey. She’s stuck in a hole in the middle of the jungle and left to die.

Troy and the rest of his team, including Casey’s brother are bound and determined to find Casey. It’s impossible, but with luck and intuition, they find her. This story starts out harsh, but when the romance starts then it lightens up some. It feels weird to have a romance bud in the middle of a high tension situation, but it happens. And then they go home.

I guess the romance that happens back in the states is a little too cut and dried, but the ending is fantastic. The suspense part comes to the reader in a flash of “Oh, no! She didn’t!!”  It was great.

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