Monday, August 4, 2014

Killing Honor Review

July 28. 2014

Killing Honor (Lucky Thirteen #1)
by: S.M. Butler

Navy SEAL Brody Battles’ last mission ended with him shot twice. He’s made enemies he’d like to forget ever existed all over the world. He’s more than ready to go home to the family he left behind, but when he returns, he faces sleepless nights, a possible security breach and the fear that his family has moved on without him.

Marrying her childhood sweetheart sounds like a fairy tale dream come true, but not for Devyn. Thanks to his job, her husband has been off on a secret mission for so long, he’s never even seen his daughters in person. But now he’s back, and the fairy tale life is in sight, but Devyn’s not sure the man that returned is the same man who left.

Stitching their broken family back together proves difficult when nightmares and secrets build a wall between them. And while they’re adjusting to being a family again, an enemy waits in the shadows, salivating for the sweet taste of revenge.

My Review & Rating 
Copy Provided by Author for Honest Review
3.5 Rekindled Stars

When I saw this military romance I was all over it. The story was good and kept me interested and the pace was swift but I felt something was missing. There’s minor suspense but since it’s told in both Brody and Devyn’s POV the suspense element is very low. Not to mention the story had me confused from the start…

The story opens with Brody on a mission. It’s referred a number of times that he has only six months left until he can see his family again. But when he finally gets home everyone talks about his two year absence… It just wasn’t clear if he was already deployed for a year and a half. Odd but I can take that. What I found odd was how much this book made me hate that Brody was in the military. Maybe it was because the danger aspect of his job was always present. Or it could have been that he left his wife with two week old twins and hasn’t been home in two years…

After having his face ‘seen’ on a mission all Brody can think of his family. He is deathly afraid of his identity being compromised and his enemies finding his family. Since he is part of a secret group telling anyone even his wife is out of the question. Unfortunately for Brody the one thing he thought he missed the most is also the hardest to get back: his wife. Two years of separation allowed both Devyn and Brody to grow up without the other. Brody is a hardened military man and Devyn has found herself in the role of stay at home mom. What once was a young love now has to be rekindled.

Overall this was a quick and easy read. I do wish there was more mystery or suspense since it’s fairly easy to assume what would happen. Each character mentioned in the story plays a role and as you read along it’s easy to guess their place. As for a military romance this was very sweet focusing on the rekindling of the long separated Devyn and Brody. I could have done without the hatred for Brody’s job, but with him having kids he doesn’t even know and a job that threatens their very existence it was hard to stay on the bandwagon but I implore you to read with your eyes open and develop your own opinions. Enjoyed the read and look forward to more in the series.


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