At 40 years of age, Special Operator Tucker Hudson re-qualifies and joins SEAL Team 3 but must leave behind his young bride. He steps into a dangerous deployment in central Africa to hunt down a drug and child sex trafficking warlord. But the hazardous duty is made even more perilous by the knowledge that his best friend and team buddy, Brawley Hanks, suffers from effects of his previous deployments.
Brandy Hudson knows her big man with his huge heart must do what he’s called to do to protect his team both in the arena and at home. She hopes that his sacrifice will not prove too precious. But she also knows this comes with being the wife of an elite warrior. He’s the man she’s searched for her whole life.
Their relationship will be tested while they stay connected during his deployment and afterwards. Brandy knows she must brace herself for whatever happens when he comes home.
But life is not always fair as tragedy strikes their SEAL family, and rocks the foundations of their love to the core. Will they be the couple to survive, or will one of them be left behind?
Point of view:
This is the second novella of the series which follows the same couple and build off events from previous books – so you want to listen/read them in order.
DNF @ 80%. I think this author’s style just isn’t for me. At first I thought it might be because this is really one book chopped into pieces to be released as a series of novellas… but the odd dialogue, lack of research/realism, inconsistent timeline and almost no suspense just leaves me frustrated. This starts 2 months (or 2 years or who knows because none of the timing lines up) after the end of SEALed at the Altar. Tucker is off on his first mission after reenlistment and the whole thing is just odd. They bring an actively alcoholic & PTSD-suffering teammate, basically having to constantly babysit his erratic behavior and moods. Team members have to be told not to announce that they’re SEALs at a restaurant. Their cover is that they’re NGOs, or that they’re vacationing/fishing, or some other thing – it seemed to change daily based on whatever weird thing they were doing. They don’t want to draw attention to themselves but they’ve rented out a mansion.
Brandy’s chapters are random snippets of daily life where her dad starts dating, she gets to face off with mean girls, hear about Dorie’s disturbed husband (the one causing trouble for the team), etc. Parts are mundane and seem pointless, parts feel very NA catty again pointless, and I guess the rest is drama/angst.
At half way in for the series as a whole, I expected to be invested in the story/couple and I’m finding I just don’t care.
JD Hart’s narration continues to be solid and it’s become apparent he’s the reason I made it this far.
About the author:
NYT and USA/Today Bestselling Author Sharon Hamilton’s SEAL Brotherhood series have earned her author rankings of #1 in Romantic Suspense, Military Romance and Contemporary Romance.
A lifelong organic vegetable and flower gardener, Sharon and her husband lived for fifty years in the Wine Country of Northern California, where many of her stories take place. Recently, they have moved to the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida, with stories of shipwrecks, the white sugar-sand beaches of Sunset, Treasure Island and Indian Rocks Beaches.
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About the narrator:
A former Nashville star, J.D. is a talented award-winning actor and voiceover artist who has performed in over 5,000 commercials and 32 films. He was the former voice and national spokesperson for Chevrolet as well as acted in other national campaigns.
You can connect with J.D. Hart here: