Author: Elle Kennedy

SEAL OF MY DREAMS ANTHOLOGY

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SEAL OF MY DREAMS ANTHOLOGYSEAL of My Dreams by Alison Brennan, Barbara Samuel, Christie Ridgeway, Cindy Gerard, Elle Kennedy, Gennita Low, Helen Branna, HelenKay Dimon, Jamie Alden, Jo Leigh, Kylie Brant, Leslie Kelly, Loreth Ann White, Marliss Melton, Robyn Carr, Roxanne St. Claire, Stephanie Bond, Stephanie Tyler, Tara Janzen
Published by BelleBooks Genres: Collections & Anthologies, Contemporary
Pages: 397
Reviewed by Miranda

Honor, duty, courage, passion . . . the men of the Navy SEALs are a special breed of hero, and in these stories by eighteen top romance authors the SEALs are celebrated not only as symbols of devoted service to their country but as the kind of man every woman wants to love. They'll rescue a damsel in distress and her lap dog, too. They'll battle hometown dramas and international bad guys. When it comes to giving away their hearts, they'll risk everything. All proceeds from sales of SEAL of My Dreams goes to the Veterans Research Corporation, a non-profit fundraiser for veterans' medical research. Among them, the authors of SEAL of My Dreams have won dozens of writing awards including multiple RITAs from Romance Writers of America. Their nearly 600 published novels have sold at least 25 million copies worldwide. The SEAL of My Dreams roster includes many of the best-known authors in modern romance fiction. In addition, many have strong family connections to the servicemen and women of our nation's military, and many specialize in novels featuring heroes and heroines from all branches of service. Visit the authors at www.sealofmydreams.com
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“Coming Home” by Jami Alden http://www.jamialden.com/
Nick DeMarco left home years ago to serve his country.  He’s avoided his hometown like the plague because of his first love Sarah Decker.  Sarah wasn’t cool with Nick joining the Navy. She wanted him to be something he never could.  After he left she moved on.  He’s been reluctant to return ever since but he can’t avoid the most heartbreaking return of all.  Nick’s homecoming is marred by the death of his mother.  She was a beloved member of the community and everyone shows up to remember her including Sarah.  Nick and Sarah have grown in many ways since they broke up.  Have they grown enough to see past all the unimportant and find the love that never died? 
“Coming Home” is a wonderful story of love lost and love regained.  Jami Alden gives the reader a brief but beautiful romance.  It’s easy to tell that Nick and Sarah still have what it takes to make a hot couple.  I would love to read more about these two!
“Baby I’m Back” by Stephanie Bond http://www.stephaniebond.com/
Southern Roads Novella
Barry Ballantine lost more than his leg in Afghanistan.  He’s returning to his hometown of Sweetness, Georgia to say goodbye to a great friend.  While he waits to lay his friend to rest he seeks the help of the town physical therapist.  Lora Jansen was known as Metal Face to Barry and his friends during high school but she sure showed him.  He has trouble keeping his hands off the beauty during his physical therapy sessions.  He doesn’t need Lora complicating his life.  He has no plans to stay in Sweetness.  Barry’s not through serving his country but sometimes you can’t walk away from love.
“Baby I’m Back” is possibly the sweetest story ever!  I absolutely love this story! It’s got romance, humor and it totally made me cry!  Barry and Lora are so sweet and I think I just fell in love with the town of Sweetness! I can’t wait to visit this town again!!
“SEALed Fates” by Kylie Brant http://www.kyliebrant.com/
Cort Ramsey, a Navy Seal, returned to his family’s ranch in Montana after serving his country in Pakistan.  Tending his father’s ranch isn’t exactly what he wants to do with his life but he knows things could be much worse.  Not only did he lose his leg but his brother to the war.  There hasn’t been anything that has inspired Cort lately.  Fortunately for him things are about to change.  Emma Watkins Cunningham is on the run.  Her late husband’s family wants her kids and their willing to do anything to get them.  This has Emma running to one of the last places she felt safe; the town she grew up in.  Cort knows a woman in distress when he sees one and he’s going to do whatever it takes to make sure Emma and her children are safe!
“SEALed Fates” is a sweet suspenseful treat!  Cort makes me melt! He’s such a sweetheart. When Emma and Colt kiss…phew that was hot!  Emma’s kids are adorable and so funny! I love little molly’s declaration that Colt’s not a seal because he doesn’t have flippers or a ball!  Kylie Brant has delivered a fantastic romance with “SEALed Fates.”
“Going Dark” by Helen Brenna http://www.helenbrenna.com/
Chief Petty Officer Nate Griggs thought he had something special brewing with Kaley Andrews in Virginia Beach.  How sad to discover Kaley is really photojournalist Carly Danson and she was doing an undercover investigative piece on his Navy Seal team’s recent mission for a popular television show.  The fun just keeps coming when, while on a mission, Nate discovers Carly is being held captive by Somali soldiers.  She might not be his favorite person but he will do whatever he can to save her and he may just find out the real reason she used him.
“Going Dark” is a mile a minute thrill ride.  The action never stops in Helen Brenna’s “Going Dark.”  Nate and Carly are sizzling together.  Their passion for each other is impossible to ignore as they try to get out of the country alive.
“Finding Home” by HelenKay Dimon http://www.helenkaydimon.com/
Navy Seal Lieutenant Commander Hal Robertson is on the island of Erites to do a little reconnaissance.  The word is a revolt is coming and the American Ambassador and his people may be in danger.  Megan White is prepared to make Erites her new home.  The island is beautiful and the people have been so nice to her.  Her world comes crashing down as an attack is launched on the American contingent.  Being on the run with her own personal hero has left Megan with deep feelings for her savior.  Will she ever see him again or will her hero sail off never to be seen again?
“Finding Home” is an exciting story about outrunning the enemy and finding where you belong.  I love the scenes when Megan and Hal are sharing personal information.  They are so simple and sincere.  HelenKay Dimon’s “Finding Home” is a keeper.
“SEALed With A Kiss” by Cindy Gerard http://www.cindygerard.com/
Black Ops, Inc, Book 6.5
Luke Coulter and his wife Valentina are taking their long awaited honeymoon.  The island of Palau is a beautiful destination for some fun in the sun and some awesome diving for Luke.  A tragic accident happens that could cost Luke his life.  Val will have to face her fears and push her body’s boundaries to save her warrior husband.  Can this beauty save her Navy Seal?
“SEALed With A Kiss” is a sexy story.  Luke and Val so obviously in love share some lovely moments on their honeymoon until things go awry.  The scenes where Luke is trapped are intense and Val’s emotions are palpable.  I felt like shouting a giant YES! at the end.
“Panama Jack” by Tara Janzen http://www.tarajanzen.com/
Jack Corday has been on special assignment to cover a sexy secret agents rear for a few weeks.  There is just something about this woman wearing mud and camo that gets Jack going and he has yet to learn her name.  Lani Powell has been tracking surface-to-air missiles for months and she finally has a lead but she will need Jack more than ever as the enemy closes in.  Can these two fierce warriors make it out of Panama alive?
“Panama Jack” is a funny and sexy blitz through the streets of Panama.  Jack and Lani are equals on and off the battlefield.  Tara Janzen’s “Panama Jack” is an action packed romance.
“Wrapped and SEALed” by Leslie Kelly http://www.lesliekelly.com/
Tanner Bourdreau gets roped into playing Santa at the Veteran’s assisted living center by his gram.  His search for the doctor of his dreams will have to wait.  Dr. Jessica D’Angelo gazes into the eyes of Santa and is shocked to see the man she’s been dreaming of for three years. They met on the battlefield but lasting memories were made.  Can they find romance back on safe soil?
“Wrapped and SEALed” fun, flirty and freaking fantastic!  I love this sweet read! Gram left a lasting and loving impression.  Tanner and Jessica are so great I really love these two. “Wrapped and SEALed” is a great holiday romance.
“Worth the Risk” by Elle Kennedy http://ellekennedy.com/
Jason Anders walked away from Skylark Springs and everyone in it including the love of his life, Callie Carraway.  After years of serving his country it’s time to go back and get the woman he never stopped loving.  Has Callie moved on? Is it possible for her to forgive him for walking away all those years ago?
“Worth the Risk” takes risks in the romance department.  Callie and Jason have explosive chemistry but I just wasn’t feeling how easily she folded.  I definitely didn’t like his ultimatum. This is an okay story but it’s not my favorite.
“Twenty-One Hours” by Alison Kent http://www.alisonkent.com/
A wildfire is bearing down on Crow Hill.  Teri Stokes is heading to her parents to help them pack up as much as possible.  How shocking to discover Shane Gregor her first crush and the boy that caused her greatest humiliation standing on the front lines protecting her parents home.  Shane has a lot of regrets and he’s about to start making up for them.  He’s had feelings for Teri for sixteen years and it’s time to go after what he really wants.
I’m in love with “Twenty-One Hours!”  Alison Kent hits a homerun with this delightful harrowing romance.  Shane and Teri are so steamy together they put the wildfire to shame!
“Not Waving But Drowning” by Jo Leigh http://joleigh.com/
Dan Hogan is home after a rough tour.  He needs to get himself straight and he can only think of one person that might help him with that, Renee.  Renee Crocker is a true crime writer and his best friend.  She needs help with some cabin repairs and has enlisted Dan’s help but it doesn’t take long for her to figure out something is wrong with her long time friend.  Can Renee smooth away all of Dan’s worries?
“Not Waving But Drowning” is all about timing and when is the right time to fall in love.  I found this story to be one of hope and learning to lean on those you love.  It can be incredibly hard to turn your fear and worries over to another person; that kind of trust is true love.
“Her Secret Pirate” by Gennita Low http://www.gennita-low.com/
A Crossfire SEAL Story
As she is on a good will mission delivering food, Rebecca Powers and her father the Ambassador to India become trapped on a ship while pirates try to find them.  Zodenko “Zone” Zonovich and his seal team are tasked with rescuing the Ambassador and all the innocents aboard but there is only one innocent he cares about: Rebecca.
“Her Secret Pirate” is a steamy suspenseful treat.  Rebecca and Zone have enough fire between them to light the darkened ship. There are some great action sequences in “Her Secret Pirate.”   Gennita Low keeps things quick and hot in this romance.
“SEALed by Fate” by Marliss Melton http://www.marlissmelton.com/
Lieutenant Sam Sasserville is on an operation he’s dubbed “Dumb Broad.”  If it wasn’t for this crazy Senator’s daughter, he would be on an important mission instead of dragging her butt out of danger.  Madison Scott lives to help others.  As an aid worker, she is sometimes the only thing standing between the innocent and rebels.  Madison isn’t happy to discover daddy’s having her pulled out of Matamoros.  Even more disturbing are the feelings her arrogant rescuer provokes as he orders her not to put herself in danger ever again.
“SEALed by Fate” is a thrilling non-stop hit! I am dying to know what happens next between this fiery couple.  “SEALed by Fate” definitely revs the reader up and leaves you wanting more! Lots of action and witty banter!
“Signed, SEALed, Delivered…I’m Yours” by Christie Ridgway http://christieridgway.com/
Thanksgiving with her uncle turned out to be a dangerous affair for Mandy Warner.  Chief Special Operator Josh Frye has been tasked with rescuing Mandy.  He never expected to fall in love over a little small talk while waiting out rebels with bombs.  Mandy is looking for a partner, someone to come home to every night.  Can this Seal convince Mandy he’s her man?
“Signed SEALed, Delivered…I’m Yours” is an awesome and delicious treat.  Mandy and Josh are perfect together.  Everything about this story is very intimate and I just love how it ended!
“Dog Heart” by Barbara Samuel http://www.barbarasamuel.com/
Staff Sergeant Thor, a combat dog, lost his partner in battle.  Now his partner’s best friend and Seal teammate, Marcus Stone, is doing whatever he can to help Thor heal from his wounds and the trauma.  Jessie, the love of Marcus’ life, always had a way with animals.  Her reaction to his enlistment was unfortunate.  Five years without her has been painful.  As Jessie works to relieve Thor’s pain, she and Marcus start realizing this may be the only second chance they’re going to get.  Can these long lost lovers make it work?
“Dog Heart” is all about love, honor and second chances.  This story spoke to me.  To be able to understand the depth of pain a soldier or combat dog may feel is enlightening.  I was rooting for Thor as well as Marcus and Jessie.  It’s amazing to say but I could feel Thor’s pain and trepidation while reading “Dog Heart.” This is a special story.
“Whirlwind” by Roxanne St. Claire http://roxannestclaire.com/
Billie Jo Taylor has been in hiding with her dog Nutmeg.  Hurricane Damien is really compromising her hiding spot.  Thankfully the antique watch she just bought is her ticket out of here but first she has to survive the storm.  Lieutenant Richard M. Stone is on a personal mission to get back a family heirloom.  This Navy Seal never expected to face down one hot-headed female, a nutso dog, a knife-wielding killer and a hurricane just to get what he came for.  This may turn out to be the mission that changes his life or ends it.
“Whirlwind” is jam-packed with intense scenes, fierce chemistry, and a crazy but lovable dog. This story is fast and thrilling.  There is such clarity in the descriptions I felt I was dropped right in the middle of the action.  I would love to read more of this couple’s story.
“Holding Tight” by Stephanie Tyler http://www.stephanietyler.com/
Hard to Hold Series, Book 3.5
It is two days before Christmas and Jamie is ready to give birth to her baby boy but she needs her midwife and husband Chris.  Chief Petty Officer Chris Waldron got his midwife talents from his beloved mother.  He is trying his hardest to get his job done and get back to the states. Will he get home to his very pregnant wife in time?
“Holding Tight” is all about family and love.  This story is so sweet! Now I’m dying to go and read all of the Hard to Hold books.  I just love Stephanie Tyler’s characters!  There is nothing as beautiful as a Christmas birth! Prepare to oooh and awww.
“Letters to Ellie” by Loreth Anne White http://lorethannewhite.com/
As Ellie Winters is closing her radio show, she gets a call that takes her back to her first love. When Ellie was nineteen she fell hard for Flynn Traeborn; they were going to be together forever.  Then tragedy struck.  Flynn’s chopper went down in a routine accident.  He has been MIA for the last fifteen years.  Maddox McDonough has a tough message to deliver.  He has letters to Ellie from her dead love Flynn.  Max and Flynn were POW’s until recently.  All Max has wanted is to give closure to the woman that kept him alive.
“Letters to Ellie” is a powerful heart-wrenching story.  I was overwhelmed with emotion while reading “Letters to Ellie.”  I have been touched in a profound way by the brilliant story written by Loreth Anne White.  “Letters to Ellie” will be forever a favorite of mine!
SEAL of My Dreams is an absolutely magnificent collection of stories.  I cannot think of a better way to honor the world’s veterans and show our support.  Robyn Carr contributes a beautiful and touching forward to SEAL of My Dreams.  I do not think I have ever read anything that has given me such hope and faith in people as SEAL of My Dreams has.  The men, women and animals of our armed services should be honored and have the best care when they come home.  I love that the proceeds from SEAL of My Dreams go to the Veteran’s Research Corporation, a non-profit foundation that supports veteran’s medical research.  To the authors that make up the stunning SEAL of My Dreams I applaud you for creating such beautiful art that made me laugh and cry while stoking the fires of romance.

HOTTER THAN EVER by Elle Kennedy

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
HOTTER THAN EVER by Elle KennedyHotter Than Ever by Elle Kennedy
Series: Out of Uniform #9
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2013-07-09
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, MMF
Pages: 348
Reviewed by Shayna

When you land in hot water, swim for safety—or let the fire burn. An Out of Uniform StoryClaire McKinley has just experienced every bride’s nightmare. The groom is a no-show, and now she must face five hundred guests alone. Furious and humiliated, Claire seeks help from the most unlikely candidate—her almost-brother-in-law, who promptly whisks her away to his apartment in San Diego, where she can recover her pride in peace and quiet. Dylan Wade is no fan of Claire’s, but no way can he leave the jilted bride in her time of need. Bringing her home seems like a good idea—until he remembers his new roommate. Dylan’s relationship with Aidan is...complicated. And with Claire thrown into the mix, life becomes even more...complicated. Claire is blindsided by her attraction not only to Dylan, but also to Aidan, a man she’s just met. Soon they’re caught up in an all-consuming sexual storm they can’t fight even if they wanted to. Yet Claire wonders if it can last, or if she’s just setting herself up for more heartache. Warning: This book is very dirty. Ménage a trois and man-on-man dirty. Graphic-language and explicit-sex dirty. Basically? Dirty. You’ve been warned.

Dylan Wade has never been Claire McKinley’s biggest fan, and he’s definitely not looking forward to having her as a sister-in-law.  But when his brother dumps Claire five minutes before their wedding, Dylan can’t leave her to face the headache and embarrassment alone.  The best solution he can come up with is to take Claire home with him.  There’s just one thing Dylan forgot: his roommate and lover, Aidan Rhodes.

Dylan and Aidan’s relationship is complicated and undefined, and adding Claire into the mix doesn’t help any.  Both men want each other, but they also know they need a woman to make their relationship complete.  Their attraction to Claire and hers to them suggests that she might be that woman.  But can they convince her to risk the condemnation of others for a chance at a relationship that could be everything the three of them need?

Hotter Than Ever lives up to its title!  In Claire, Dylan, and Aidan’s story, Elle Kennedy has delivered another Out of Uniform book that’s so irresistible, I devoured it in one sitting.

While Hotter Than Ever is deliciously dirty, it’s the heart rather than the heat that stayed with me long after I finished the book.  The sexual tension between Dylan and Aidan steamed up the pages of the previous Out of Uniform book, Getting Hotter.  By the beginning of Hotter Than Ever the two are lovers, but their relationship is incomplete, and not just because they’re missing a woman.  Dylan is a modern day knight in shining armor, a man who gives of himself completely and I absolutely loved him for it.  Aidan, in turn, has a lot of love to give but it’s nearly impossible for him to open up to Dylan.  This broke my heart over and over again in the story and I was rooting for Aidan to share himself with Dylan emotionally like he did with Claire.  Speaking of Claire, as cheesy as it may sound, she — a smart, caring, likeable protagonist in her own right — completes Dylan and Aidan.  Though Claire and Dylan have a rough start due to misunderstandings, with Aidan playing referee it’s no surprise that they’re able to work things out and start heating things up.

Prejudice and trouble with family add tension of the non-sexual kind to Hotter Than Ever, making it a complete story.  I really liked that Ms. Kennedy addressed the problems Claire, Dylan, and Aidan faced as a permanent threesome.  And I absolutely loved that all three protagonists and every aspect of their relationship got equal time.  

MIDNIGHT GAMES by Elle Kennedy

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
MIDNIGHT GAMES by Elle KennedyMidnight Games by Elle Kennedy
Published by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated on 2013-08-06
Genres: Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 368
Reviewed by Shayna

She wears a thousand deadly identities. He sees through them all. A master of disguise, Isabel Roma spends her life pretending to be other women. Normally, her emotions are reined in tight?but sexy mercenary Trevor Callaghan has a knack for getting under her skin. The elite operative's quiet strength and raw magnetism affect her in ways she's never felt before, a distraction that can quickly turn deadly in their dangerous line of work. After putting his tragic past behind him, Trevor is ready to focus on his future?and he damn well intends for Isabel to be in it. When their entire operation is thrown into chaos, Trevor enlists Isabel's talent for deception. And as they attempt to save their team in a world where the stakes are high and the danger is grave, Trevor must convince Isabel that the woman beneath all the disguises is the one worth having....

Isabel Roma is a master chameleon.  As an ex-Fed with an unparalleled talent for disguises, Isabel can handle just about anything.  Anything but Trevor Callaghan.  For months, Isabel has been suppressing her desire for the hot-as-hell mercenary, but Trevor seems determined to break down every wall she puts up.

 

Having survived a terrible loss that nearly killed him, Trevor isn’t one to let the possibility of a future with Isabel pass him by.  He’s done dancing around their attraction to one another and when Isabel shows up at his team’s compound, Trevor sets out to seduce the woman who wears her disguises like a suit of armor.  But before he can take their relationship to the next level, the compound is attacked.  With their leader missing, Trevor and his team have no choice but to ask Isabel and her mercurial boss for help tracking down the men who have targeted them.  The stakes have never been higher or more personal for Trevor and Isabel, and their growing feelings for each other may cost them the mission…and their lives.

 

Midnight Games is as sexy as it is exciting.  Elle Kennedy hits all the right notes in this faced-paced, adrenaline-filled third installment to her outstanding Killer Instincts series.

 

Trevor and Isabel are definitely two of my favorite Elle Kennedy protagonists.  Trevor’s a tough, hot mercenary who knows how to make a woman melt.  He’s not perfect — in fact, he screws up a few times with Isabel — but he’s man enough to recognize and own up to his mistakes and I loved that about him.  As for Isabel, she’s the daughter of a mobster who works for a ruthless assassin, but she herself has a wonderfully open heart and hidden insecurities which tug at your emotions.  I loved the combination of strength and vulnerability in Isabel.  The relationship between Isabel and Trevor has been building since the first Killer Instincts book, Midnight Rescue, but that doesn’t mean that Ms. Kennedy makes things easy for them in Midnight Games.  That being said, it’s easy to root for Trevor and Isabel as a couple because they fit each other so well.

 

There’s action aplenty in Midnight Games, and most of it stems from the attack on the mercenaries’ compound.  This is the most personal mission to date in the Killer Instincts series and the emotion and intensity that are inextricably tied to Trevor and Isabel’s hunt for answers make the book almost impossible to put down.  From James Bond-style casino scenes to gritty action sequences, Ms. Kennedy keeps readers guessing as to what will happen next.  I won’t spoil the story by revealing too much, but suffice it to say I flat-out loved the twists and turns the story took; Ms. Kennedy definitely keeps readers on their toes.

 

Midnight Games is the third book in the Killer Instincts series, but you don’t have to have read Midnight Rescue or Midnight Alias in order to follow along (though I do recommend those books based on their own merits).  If you have enjoyed the first two stories, you’ll be delighted by the brief updates about Kane, Abby, Luke, and Olivia.  Trevor’s fellow bachelor mercenaries and a couple of Isabel’s assassin teammates play vital supporting roles in Midnight Games.  Once in a while, Trevor and Isabel get upstaged by the big personalities that surround them and the groundwork Ms. Kennedy lays for future stories.  I finished the book more eager than ever to learn more about former thief Juliet, rookie Ethan, quiet, menacing D, mercenary leader Jim Morgan, and Isabel’s boss, the “queen of assassins” Noelle.

 

Midnight Games is spellbinding romantic suspense.  Don’t miss this one!

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