Monday, October 2, 2017

Cover of Night by Laura Griffin

Sparks fly when a journalist and a Navy SEAL cross paths in Thailand in this third entry in the thrilling and sexy Alpha Crew series from New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin.

Journalist Karly Bonham is on her first overseas mission, covering the new United States ambassador to Thailand, when she is taken hostage by terrorists, with only her wits and courage to keep her alive—until help arrives in the form of Navy SEAL Ethan Dunn.

As part of an elite SEAL team called Alpha Crew, Ethan has been on countless harrowing missions, but he knows this one is different the instant he meets Karly—the sexy young reporter who somehow managed to escape the terrorists’ clutches. Ethan is impressed by her, especially when he learns she has intel that could be the key to a successful rescue op. Ethan knows working with a civilian raises the stakes on an already dangerous mission. But with the clock ticking down, he enlists Karly’s help to thwart a vicious plot and bring a terrorist mastermind to justice.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
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This is the first book that I've read in this series and I never thought that I was missing anything.

Karly is a kick butt, take names kind of journalist in this story. She is doing a somewhat fluff piece on an ambassador on a lovely tropical island when things really take a turn for the horrible. She's caught up in a terrorists' attack and only has seconds to act. She's a tough woman who knows that she can't leave people behind.

Ethan is a sexy SEAL who comes to her rescue. When he meets the strong, determined Karly, he can't help but be attracted and awed all at once. He knows that he probably shouldn't feel the attraction let alone act on it, but he's powerless against it.

Ethan and Karly are a hot couple who have a connection that most would dream about. When trouble finds them off the island, they have to trust in each other and hope that nobody else will get hurt.

I do hope that this series continues. It was action packed and sexy all wrapped in a nice bow.

3.5 Stars

This was my first story in the series, but I didn't feel like I missed anything by not reading the first couple stories.

I enjoyed the story and the characters. It was nice to have a strong female lead that was relatable. Karly went through a lot in the story and kept herself together even when everything was a mess. I liked Ethan. He was sexy and interesting and determined to get the woman he wanted.

Now I have to admit that at times I really felt like we were just dragged along in the story instead of being included, which was frustrating at times. Like how time would pass and we would miss vital scenes and interactions between secondary characters that would've really helped the reader feel like they were there with the characters.

The action was well written and is the big saving grace for me. Watching as the sexy SEALS did their jobs and took care of business helped keep the pages flying by while helping me relate to the way they were outside of scary situations.

Overall I enjoyed the book, but it was just an okay read to me that when I finished, I sadly didn't feel like I HAD to pick up the other stories in the series or like I would be the first in line for the next book. But it was entertaining to read with fast-paced action and a couple of hot scenes.

This story about a terrorist attack at an exclusive Thai beach resort might not be the best choice for a holiday read but it is definitely a chilling story. Karly is a journalist shadowing a new politician when a group of terrorists take the politician and his entourage hostage.

There are some graphic and disturbing scenes at the start of this book. Karly’s experiences are harrowing and the things she witnesses are horrific. I’m not sure the rescue scenes are terribly realistic but they are exciting and dramatic.

For me, it was the character development and romance that let the story down. Karly is strong and brave during the attack but for the rest of the book she feels a bit flat and unremarkable. Ethan never really becomes more than another hot SEAL. He is protective and sweet but there is nothing special or unique about him. The romance between Karly and Ethan is instalove – they only really see each other a few times in the story and the ‘I love yous’ seem to come out of nowhere. There is one very sexy scene and some other heated moments.

So, this is an exciting read. There isn’t much character development or much of a love story but the action and adventure works well.

New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin is the author of the Tracers series, the Alpha Crew series, the Moreno & Hart series and several other novels. A two-time RITA Award winner and the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award, she lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Cover of Night (Alpha Crew #3) by Laura Griffin to read and review.

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