SEAL'S PROMISE                                       SHARON HAMILTON
Posted:  April 6, 2015

SEAL's Promise: Bad Boys of Team 3 (SEAL Brotherhood, #8)Special Operator T.J. Talbot had watched from afar as his best friend married the love of his life. Raised in and out of the foster care system and nearly ruining his chance to become a SEAL, he figured his Happily Ever After would never be. But Dr. Death plays a heartbreaking trick on him and he winds up being the man’s father confessor, where he makes a promise to the dying SEAL to look after his friend’s wife and baby. 

Back in the states, Shannon Moore is grateful for the baby she is carrying, though she is a constant reminder of the man who no longer lives at her side. She is not ready for the attention from the community she receives, especially from T.J. She’s decided to honor her fallen husband by giving her whole life to the child he left behind.

Recovering from his wounds, Talbot is plagued by the depth of the wounds he still carries inside him, as he tries to perform a mission he wishes he was not given. Rebuffed at every turn, he struggles but understands his promise might not be able to be fulfilled. He does not want to take what was never given to him in the first place.

But what starts out as an improbable love story begins to bloom and grow. When Shannon and the child are endangered, he will not quit fighting for the family he now knows he was meant to love forever.

    When you’re a SEAL your word of Honor is everything.  When it’s also your best friend ever on the battle who is lying there dying that you give it to, then Wow!  That is exactly what happened to ten year veteran T.J. Talbot.
     T.J.’s best friend and brother SEAL Frankie Benson were closer than if they were truly brothers in every sense of the word.  Which was hard for anyone to be allowed to get that close to T.J. due to the fact that he is the product of the foster care system.  He had been beaten, starved, made fun of, yelled at, and imprisoned.  Trust was not something he believed existed.
    Frankie was different.  He not only was a kind human being he was trust worthy and loyal.  Most of all he taught T.J. how to be a much better person.  When Frankie said he was biting the bullet and getting married he couldn’t believe it.  So when he met Frankie’s fiancĂ© he was basically jealous.  He would never admit that he was.  He would do thing to get her goat or to show Frankie she was off her rocker.
     The night before his wedding to Shannon Moore he gets Frankie “Sh—faced.”  So much so he was still drunk for the wedding.  Needless to say T.J. was on her “Sh—List!”  That day at the wedding when she was telling him off, is when it happened.  T.J. fell in love with Shannon.  Wow, was he ever surprised!  To think of a thing like that about his best friend/brother and at his wedding no less.  So, he put it in a locked space in his brain and left it never to be acted on.
     Deployment happens, Shannon’s pregnant with their first child that they know will be a girl, Courtney.  When the unthinkable happens.  Frankie is killed and T.J. is asked to make an impossible promise at the time but he makes it knowing his friend will have to make it because he knows his can’t do it.  Until he looks to his friend and another medic who gives him the same look he had given many times himself to other guys out on the field of battle.  “Make him comfortable by talking and listening until he is gone.”  It just killed T.J. to be there when Frankie took his last breaths.
     This was such a good book so worth the read.  I has so many interesting things going on.  Love, sex, marriage, death, murder, reunions, friendships, and more.  I give this 5 stars.
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Posted:  April 6, 2015

Sign: Gemini
There are two sides to every Gemini guy...and one of them is red-hot.
Olivia Carter has a handsome, millionaire boyfriend. She's madly in love with him. The hitch? He doesn't actually exist. She told the lie to saveForever, her wedding design shop. And it worked-almost too well. As the media attention increases, so do the demands for Olivia to produce her "boyfriend." With both her reputation and career in jeopardy, Olivia is desperate enough to do almost anything...
Which is exactly what millionaire Mason Parker wants. Thanks to Olivia and her father, Mason went through hell during his teen years, and now it's time for a little payback-starting with the announcement that he's her one and only. Now the sexy Olivia has no choice but to do what Mason wants. But none of his plans for vengeance included falling in love with the woman he planned to ruin...
     How do you make a wrong done to you and your friends right when you're dealing with the long arm of the law?  You see Cash Mason Parker was a classmate of police Chief Carl Carter’s daughter, Olivia.  For some unknown reason he had a beef with Mason, as he goes by now, to beat all beefs.
     On this life changing night it was a few months after Olivia went to a party with Seth’s sister for the sole purpose of getting drunk.  You see it was right after her mom passed away and she was to numb out the pain she was feeling.  Her dad had pulled into his own shell forgetting that she too had lost someone, her friends didn’t know what to say and she was too scared to ask for help for fear of breaking down and losing it.
     Something awful happened that night but all Olivia can remember, no matter how hard she tries is a dark shadow looming over her before she passes out.  She hears the awful news that Mason and his friends had been arrested for burning down the police station and damaging 2 homes behind it.  Almost injuring a family that was inside.  Olivia read the report she couldn’t believe it.  She went to the trial they all were sent to the Butler Field Juvenile Correctional Facility.  Her heart just broke.
     Now all these years later Olivia was fulfilling the dream she and her mom talked about endlessly for hours on end.  Opening the “Forever Wedding Design Shop.”  Where she makes beautiful creations that brides can wear on their special day.  She used what was at her fingertips to get the word out, multi-media.  When she was interviewed one day she created a mystery multi-millionaire boyfriend, actually using Cash as the man of her dreams to be that person especially since now he really did make something of himself and was a millionaire.  Even though she’d day dreamt about him she knew he was only a fantasy.  Well, her shop that was barely making it was all a buzz now over her little white lie.
     Only now it was “A-listers” calling to make appointments for her designs.  Which put that same multi-media on the hunt for her boyfriend that she really didn’t have, but no one knew that except her business partner.  Leaving some to think it was all a hoax.
     That’s exactly what Mason was counting on.  So, he thought what better way to get revenge and get the property where the juvenile facility was.  So, not even talking to her he called a press conference and told the world he was the multi-millionaire that she is dating.  She was caught off guard when he came to the shop to tell her and the sparks started flying.  What makes her the maddest is that she had him in mind when creating this fictional person.
     I loved the bantering in this story.  The two main characters are just still two horny teenagers who never got to do anything about it.  Now they are just now trying to play grown-ups with control.  Which makes for some funny scenes.  Yet, there’s a dark secret that can tear them apart.  At the center is Olivia’s father.  Olivia is torn between two men she loves.  What can she do to make this right? I give this 5 stars.  Provided by Net Galley. 

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