Friday, June 28, 2019

Beyond the Limit by Cindy Dees

Team Reaper has a new mission...
Train the first female SEALs

Navy SEAL Griffin Caldwell is not happy with his team's top-secret mission, training the first female SEALs. Griffin's determined to prove that that his trainee Sherri Tate—a former beauty queen no less—doesn't have what it takes to join the world's most elite warrior's club. Until he sees what she's capable of, and even this hard-nosed SEAL has to admit she's tough as nails. What he won't admit to is the attraction sizzling between them.

Navy media officer Sherri Tate is more than just a pretty face. When she's given the opportunity to achieve her dream of becoming a SEAL, she won't let anything stand in her way, not even her arrogant trainer, who is too sexy for words.

When a dangerous mission lands Sherri and Griffin in the cross hairs of the world's most feared terrorist, it's going to take everything they have to come out with their lives—and hearts—intact.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Military Romance
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Whew, I really enjoyed the pace of this book. Sherri is a take-no-prisoners military woman who goes after what she wants. She has had to overcome her looks and show the men around her that she's more than just a pretty face. But when the opportunity knocks for her to try her skills at becoming a SEAL, she jumps at the chance.

Griffin is a tough, rugged SEAL and he is somewhat set in his ways. When he's called to a top secret assignment, he thinks they'll be shipped out to hunt someone dangerous down, not recalled to help train a few women to become SEALs. There are no women in the SEALs and Griffin believes that's the right call. But as he gets to know the women, he's impressed and awed by their grit and determination.

When a terrorist from his past comes calling, Griffin and his team will have to decide whether or not women can truly help them or if they will turn the women away.

I really enjoyed this story and loved the romance. It built and was steamy without being forced or fake. I am loving the military setting and can't wait to read the next book.

Griffin Caldwell is part of the Navy SEALs and his team is his family. When all the members get a message from their commander, they can't believe it is during their brother's wedding. They are all, except the groom, taken to a close airfield and flown off in the darkness of night.

Sherri Tate is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, working in DC as the media officer for the Navy but she wants more than to be the pretty face. So she decided she wants to make something of herself that she can be proud of and that being the first female Navy SEAL would do just that.

As Sherri and two other women are trying to get ready to join the group to be Navy SEALs, Griffin and his team will train the three women to see who can make it. As time goes by, Sherri and Griffin grow closer together.

Will Griffin see that Sherri is determined to be a SEAL and help her in the end? Can Sherri show them all that she can be the first female Navy SEAL? What will happen when something goes wrong during one of the training evolutions?

I love good romantic suspense with a killer heroine and alpha hero that makes this story great. This is a first for me from this author and I can't wait to read more in this series. If you are looking for a new series with a kick, then this one is for you.

I really, really enjoyed this fast-paced, cleverly plotted story. The concept of preparing women to be SEALs, and the reality behind the seemingly good faith measure is really poignantly written. I enjoyed the story from the very first page, and even though I was confident that there would be a satisfying ending, there were some moments of doubt, which caught me unawares.

Giving us an insight into SEAL training, and the brutality to be honest of the methods used – wow, respect. How the three women coped with the intensity and drew on the teams just came over so well. And obviously Skylar – usually called Tate – was an incredible athlete, yet her description of dealing with the pain of stretching herself beyond her limits was crazy. That single-minded commitment is not something that many are blessed with, so reading about it was fascinating. Huge respect to Dees for getting it over with her writing.

Along with all that hard, physical work, were the ups and downs of working so intensely on one's mind. There were some lovely funny moments, and moments of darkness and fear – but all brought to life vividly. Having Grif's input, and his attraction in spite of his annoyance at babysitting these women, did give some idea of why women in the service could cause issues – but he also acknowledged that their strengths were aspects that he had seen lacking when out in the field. I loved that level of detail, it made the book so much richer for me – and was never done in a preachy way, rather fell out of incidents and conversations very naturally.

His constant attraction to Tate and its effect on his body was very funny, and he was swift to say that it was not the outside package, even if that was gorgeous, but her very being. Tate too had a strong desire for him due to his looks, but as they started to work together, a deep level of respect and friendship developed – the fact the chemistry was off the walls was almost a side benefit to their relationship (a great one, but not the only thing holding them together).

I am really excited about the next book in the series already, and will enjoy thinking about Tate and Grif and how they dealt with what they faced, and how it changed them both for the better. Thank you, Cindy Rees, for a special book.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
A female SEAL? Are they crazy? Nope and it's going to happen sooner rather than later.

Grif and his team of Reapers have been assigned to train the first three candidates for BUD/S school. They are not happy about it, thinking this training is going to be more about babysitting than actual training. This was supposed to be their leave and downtime before being assigned another mission.

Sherri Tate is one of the three candidates for SEAL school along with Lilly and Anna. They are excellent soldiers and exemplary athletes.

Grif is assigned to be Sherri's swim buddy. They are never apart during training. Grif does his best to encourage her to quit, to ring the bell, all the while he can't but help noticing that she's all woman. Knowing that any type of relationship between them will not only affect her shot at becoming a SEAL, it would also damage both of their careers. That doesn't stop them from indulging in a little hanky panky when they can get away with it.

When Sherri volunteers to be the first female to attend BUD/S training, she knows that she will become the poster child for the Navy if she passes. She will be paraded around at various events rather than being out in the field with her fellow SEALs.

A series of events befall her during training and when it comes to a head during Hell Week, Sherri must dig down deep to come up with the strength to survive.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the characters herein. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over sixty books, 2-time RITA winner and five-time RITA finalist, Cindy Dees writes military romance and romantic suspense. A former U.S. Air Force pilot and part-time spy, she draws upon real-life experience to fuel her stories of love on the edge. When she’s not heavily caffeinated and typing like a maniac, she can be found playing with her Doberman Pinscher puppy named Waffles, reading, gardening, and traveling. She loves to chat with readers.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Beyond the Limit (Valkyrie Ops #1) by Cindy Dees to read and review.

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