Saturday, January 6, 2018

Silent Threat by Dana Marton

A former Navy SEAL, Cole Makani Hunter has returned home from a disastrous black ops mission without his best friend, his hearing, or the use of his right arm. So when his ex–commanding officer assigns him to an undercover mission at a rehab center for vets to discover who leaked sensitive military information to an enemy, he’d rather be anywhere but there. Almost immediately, Cole finds himself at odds with Annie Murray—a peace-loving ecotherapist whose dream is to open an animal sanctuary out of her home. While the two seemingly have nothing in common, their spirited arguments soon fuel a passion for each other.

But just as things begin to heat up between therapist and patient, dangerous complications arise. So does the past—and a shocking revelation that puts Cole and everything he now holds dear in the path of a murderous traitor.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
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Cole and Annie have a great story. I liked the two very different aspects of their lives coming together. The mystery and the challenge of the non-romantic questions was intriguing and felt that they moved along well. Nothing was ever sedentary.

Annie is a gentle soul who wants to help others reach their potential to engage with what's around them. She also has a soft spot for animals who are in need. I loved how she was able to "handle" Cole and his surly attitude. She never pushed, but she also didn't really let him get away with things either.

Cole, despite his double reasons for being at the center, learns from others around him. When he is confronted with the truth, he not only is a hero, but a man on a mission.

I can't wait to see what's next for this series.

3.5 stars

There’s a whole lotta story in this book. Cole goes undercover to a veteran’s rehabilitation centre where someone is selling state secrets. But he doesn’t expect to fall for his touchy-feely ecotherapist while he protects her from an escalating stalker.

I feel like there is way too much going on in this book. There are three different suspense storylines that only come together at the very end. I was able to guess the culprit a little too early, which made for a disappointing end to the story. Beyond the suspense, there’s a seemingly pointless storyline about Annie and a reality TV show, another follows Annie’s family relationships, and a third focuses on her animal rescue centre. It’s too much. I was more interested in the murders, the stalker, and Cole’s investigations, but the book kept sliding away from the suspense and into small town domestic romance territory.

I enjoyed the thriller aspect of the story more than the romance. Cole is great and he’s just what I expected from a military romance hero. But I really couldn’t warm to ecotherapist Annie and her touchy-feely, tree hugging, animal rescuing ways. I’m not sure she’s going to appeal to many fans of military romantic suspense. She feels naive, a bit wet, and far too helpless to be interesting.

I like that Cole and Annie are pretty unusual leading characters. Cole’s PTSD and hearing loss make him an unlikely hero and Annie is an unlikely match for a military man. I just didn’t like her very much.

Mary Jo☆☆☆
Being betrayed by those who are supposed to help you is devastating, but when the victims of this betrayal are wounded combat vets, it makes the crime all that more heinous.

Cole is working undercover to find the source of the leak at Hope Hill, a rehab facility for wounded vets. What he doesn't expect is to actually benefit from some of the therapies at Hope Hill. Or is because of the ecotherapist, Annie.

Annie loves working at Hope Hill, helping vets with their service related issues. She's also trying to mend a few fences of her own with her cousin and grandfather. There's something about Cole that calls to her, but she knows that getting involved with a patient is forbidden.

There is lots of drama and intrigue in this book and a well thought out romance.

Dana Marton is the New York Times bestselling author of the Agents Under Fire series, the Hardstorm Saga, and the Broslin Creek novels. She is the winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, the Readers’ Choice Award, and the RITA Award. For more information about Marton and her work, please visit her on her website or on Facebook

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Silent Threat (Mission Recovery #1) by Dana Marton to read and review.

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