ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Wounded Courage’ (Lucky Thirteen Series-book #2) by S.M. Butler.
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Title: WOUNDED COURAGE
Author: S.M. Butler
Series: Lucky Thirteen Series (books #2)
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine (Review based on ARC copy – early review)
Publishing date: June 2nd, 2014
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The Synopsis & My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading an ARC-Early Copy of ‘WOUNDED COURAGE (Lucky Thirteen series book #2)’:
I was thrilled to be invited to get the chance to read and review an ARC early-copy of the sequel novel in the Lucky Thirteen Series titled ‘Wounded Courage’ by author S.M. Butler. The first novel, ‘Killing Honor’ followed the story of Brody and Devyn, while this second novel follows Addison Hardy and SEAL Eamon Murphy, which we got slightly familiar with in novel one. You’ll be reading ‘ Wounded Courage’ through the two P.O.V.’s(point of views) of Addison and Murphy.
The international crime group, the Giroux family, took a loss in ‘Killing Honor’ but their story did not end there. SEAL Team Thirteen were sent on a rescue mission but did not expect to rescue someone who was also in the home of Alex Giroux, the son of crime family leader, Simon Giroux. The unexpected rescued-survivor was Addison Hardy, the twin-sister of SEAL Team Thirteen’s member, Chris Hardy. Addison was in France for the university exchange program as far as her family knew but they had no idea that Addison had any connection to the Giroux family or that she was dating Alex Giroux.
Addison Hardy has always lived in the shadows of her family’s pride and joy twin-brother, Chris Hardy. She took a chance and got tied with a handsome french man who unfortunately was the son of a ruthless man and a part of a criminal family. When she is rescued by her brother, his best friend and the rest of SEAL Team Thirteen, they must find out what she was doing with that group of people. Being held in the custody of SEAL member’s Chris Hardy and Eamon Murphy, she has to try her hardest to tell them what she can to keep from being sent to prison but not enough to risk her life. All the while, being reunited with her long time crush, Eamon Murphy who happens to be her brother’s longtime best-friend, old feelings resurface in full force once again.
Eamon Murphy did not expect to find Addison with the Giroux family. Seeing her reminded him of the girl who had always been off-limits to him even though he always wanted her. But the only thing that bothered him now besides trying to keep his feelings hidden, was his question of why Addison was in the company of international criminals. He needs to get Addison to trust him enough to tell him what her ties are with The Giroux family. With his devotion to his duty as a Navy SEAL, he is torn between her and that duty.
Simon Giroux knows Addison is out there and he wants to get to her because of what she knows and has. His enemies are also dead-set on getting to her too, if they can. The U.S. Government is determined to find out what Intel she can offer them and plan to keep her in custody to find out. But Addison is undaunted and plans to keep her secrets to herself regardless of everyone seeking to know what she knows. The growing feelings that Eamon Murphy and Addison Hardy feel for each other are hard to ignore as their resolve breaks little by little with each day they spend near each other. Can Murphy protect Addison from everyone, including herself? Will Addison ever trust Murphy and her brother enough to let them know her secrets? This is a fantastic military-romance series and I do recommend it because it not only has hot-romance but also action, mystery and suspense. Can’t wait for the next novel in this series!
★★‘WOUNDED COURAGE’ is the 2nd novel of the ‘Lucky Thirteen Series’. What else is in the series:★★
KILLING HONOR – Book #1 of the ‘Lucky Thirteen Series’ – This Contemporary Romance novel follows the story of Navy SEAL Brody Battles upon his return home to his wife Devyn and twin daughters, while enemies lurk in the shadows, seeking revenge(To be released: March 24th, 2014) – *ARC Review Posted Above!*
WOUNDED COURAGE – Book #2 of the ‘Lucky Thirteen Series’ – This Contemporary Romance novel follows the story of Navy SEAL Eamon Murphy and his long time best friend’s twin sister, Addison Hardy. With the results of what occurred in ‘Killing Honor’, Addison needs protection from her ex-boyfriend’s vengeful family. (Expected release date: June 2014)
DYING COMMITMENT – Book #3 of the ‘Lucky Thirteen Series’ – This Contemporary Romance novel follows the story of Navy SEAL Dylan Urban and Cadence Long of the NSA. They are sent to work together on a dangerous mission, while trying not act on a growing attraction between them. (Expected release date: October 28th, 2014)
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘WOUNDED COURAGE’ 4 out of 5 stars:
How I imagined Eamon Murphy and Addison Hardy while reading ‘Wounded Courage’.
★★★MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘WOUNDED COURAGE’★★★
Eamon Murphy’s thoughts: I leaned back against the wall, arms crossed, watching Hardy pace the length of the observation room. I supposed it was hard when you found your twin sister deep in the depths of an international arms dealer’s house, and not to mention, it was willingly.
Addison Hardy’s thoughts: Simon Giroux would come for me. He’d never stop. Not him. Giroux had a long memory… and he had people everywhere. As soon as Alex’s will turned up and Giroux found out what we -I -had on him, I’d be in real trouble and not even bad-ass SEALs could keep me safe from that.
Addison Hardy’s thoughts: I glanced at Murphy, who had always been that kid who never wanted to grow up. But he had grown up, both physically and mentally. The carefree boy who used to shove my face in the mud for a laugh had been restrained and replaced by a guy who apparently never smiled anymore.
Murphy and Addison: “I will not hurt you. I will protect you.”-(Murphy)
“I don’t believe you. You want to lock me away.”-(Addison)
“For your protection.”-(Murphy)
“I would never lie to you, Addison.”-(Murphy)
Eamon Murphy’s thoughts: She’d always been strong and in control of herself. Her presence pulsed through the wall toward me, like a beacon, but I’d done enough to hurt her today. She’d always been important to me but I’d never told her that and now I’d hurt her far more than I’d ever intended.
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