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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