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Whiskey Tribute: A Trident Security Series Novella by Samantha A. Cole

Blurb:

A promise between best-friends…

Curt never thought he’d be forced to keep a pledge to watch over Eric’s family, but an assassin made that vow a harsh reality.

Eighteen months later, he’s still keeping an eye on them, but somewhere along the line, his feelings for the pretty widow have shifted.

Dana had been both a mother and a father to her children during her husband’s multiple deployments, but once he retired, she’d thought those days were over… she was wrong.

While his SEAL teammates have been there for her, one of them stands above all the rest— the man who is slowly invading her dreams.

They started as friends, but now, both want more. Can they move past the feeling that they’re betraying a dead man by wanting each other? Or is Eric always going to stand between them? [Amazon]

Who says you can’t find love a second time. The chemistry between them is there but they’re fighting it. She has children she has to look out for. He was Eric’s best friend. But don’t they deserve to be happy?

Curt lost his best friend when he had been murdered by an assassin over a year ago. “As retired Navy SEALs from Team Four, they were taking care of the family of one of their own—one of the fallen.” After spending months with the widow, he was starting to have feelings for her. But he couldn’t lust after his best friend’s wife. Not now . . . and not even ten years from now. So what was he going to do?

Dana lost her best friend and husband a year and a half ago. Since then SEAL Team Four had been taking turns helping her around the house. Then one day she realized that she looks forward to Curt coming over more than the others. But she wouldn’t act on it. Eric was the love of her life and always would be. There was no room in her life for another man.

Release Date: May 4, 2016

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Code Name: Diesel (K19 Shadow Operations Book 2) by Heather Slade

Blurb:

DIESEL

As a Cornell grad and former CIA operative, I’ve got the wits and thirst for danger to go deep into the shadows. Seeing my fair share of death and destruction, I never flinch when my life is on the line. But when I meet her, I know she’s the only one who can truly destroy me.

BRYAR

This damn serial killer investigation is going to be the death of me—literally. And now, Diesel won’t let up, protecting me like I’m some damsel in distress. He knows I’m far from it. My FBI badge and education matches him wit for wit and danger for danger. But let’s be completely honest, Diesel has all the right fuel to ignite my fire. I just hope this doesn’t all go up in flames. [Amazon]

“Let’s be completely honest, Diesel has all the right fuel to ignite my fire. I just hope this doesn’t all go up in flames.” A well-written romantic, suspenseful story. I was disappointed with how it ended. It leaves so many things unanswered. I am looking forward to the next book.

Diesel is a member of the K19 Shadow Ops, a private security and intelligence firm. They’re currently working on a serial killer case when things go south. An FBI agent has been shot, not just any FBI agent, but someone he knows. Now he’s tasked protecting her while helping the FBI figure out everyone who was dirty in their organization.

Bryar is an FBI agent who had taken a hit when the team transporting a prisoner was ambushed on the way into the FBI field office in Albany. Now there’s a possible leak in the bureau and someone is trying to frame her. After days of investigating with K19 security, all evidence is pointing to Ryan, her boss.

Release Date: March 10, 2022

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Watching From The Shadows (Trident Security Book 6) by Samantha A. Cole

Blurb:

Marco is determined to stay single and childless forever…

But sometimes life gives you what you never knew you wanted.

After months of trying to contact Marco, Harper finally admits she’ll be raising her baby alone.

When Harper is violently attacked, the two are reluctantly thrown back together only to be embroiled in a web of lies and deceit.

Will they lose their child, each other, and their lives? [Amazon]

The men of Trident were dropping like flies as they had all met the loves of their lives over the past sixteen months. Hooking up with your kid sister’s best friend was one of those taboo things, such as hitting on a friend’s current or ex-girlfriend. A well-written second chance romance full of action and suspense.

“Marco needed someone who was just like him . . . someone who wanted a little fun with an end date. Even though a wife and kids weren’t in Marco’s future, he had no problem with his buddies having them.” When he received the call regarding Harper, he was stunned into silence. Harper had a lot of explaining to do when she regained consciousness.

Harper and Nina were best friends. Her and Marco, Nina’s brother, had an explosive on night stand over a year ago. When her home was broken into and she was knocked unconscious, they found Marco’s business card on her refrigerator. Calling him immediately, they filled him in on what was going on.

Release Date: April 21, 2016

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Topping the Alpha (Trident Security Book 5) by Samantha A. Cole

Blurb:

Getting involved with your brothers’ friend and employee is never a good idea…

After relinquishing control to Jake Donovan for one night, Nick Sawyer wants more. Nick’s past as a Navy SEAL has made him a take charge kind of guy in every relationship he’s ever had, but now he finds himself craving to submit to Jake again.

The problem is Jake’s determined that will never happen. Thrown together to help a girl in danger, Nick starts breaking through Jake’s defenses.

When things go awry, can Jake confront the ghosts of his past before they steal his future? [Amazon]

“A man in love would do anything to see his significant other happy.” A couple of years ago, Jake had helped a teenager get away from her abusive father. Now she’s in trouble again and he drops everything to go get her. Nick offers to help and Jake accepts. A well-written m/m romance with action and suspense.

Nick was on leave for his brothers wedding. Seeing Jake again brought back some memories he wasn’t prepared for. “Nick had always been the alpha in every relationship he’d had since he joined the Navy at eighteen, but Jake had him yearning to submit in every way.” “What was holding him back were the facts that he didn’t quite understand the draw to the lifestyle, and he also hadn’t come out to his family yet.”

Jake was the groom’s teammate and fellow Dom. Jake scanned the faces at the airport waiting for Nick, this was the last place he wanted to be. “Ian had sent him to the airport to pick up his brother, Nick, and bring him back to the Trident Security compound.” He had told the kid, that what they had was a one-night-stand, nothing more. Now if he could start believing that things would go much smoother.

Release Date: November 20, 2015

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Not Negotiable: A Trident Security Series Novella by Samantha A. Cole

Blurb:

Shelby wants the one man she can’t have…

Crushing on a man who deserves more than she can give is a recipe for disaster, so it’s best to keep him at arm’s length.

Parker prides himself on control— taking what he wants when he wants. And has been craving the perky, petite pixie ever since he laid his eyes on her, but she’s turned down his every attempt to make her his.

When Parker discovers Shelby’s hiding a devastating secret, he steps in to help… and this time he won’t take no for an answer.

Can he convince her he’s fallen in love with her, and if they only have this time together, they should make the best of it? [Amazon]

“For richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, she was going to be his wife if it was the last thing either one of them did on this earth.” A really good romantic story. This story is different from the others in the series. But still worth reading. The challenges they face together just make them stronger.

Parker has asked Shelby over and over if she would scene with him at the club and she turns him down every time. Parker hadn’t seen her at the club in weeks and he was getting worried. If she wasn’t here again tonight, he was driving over to her place to find out where she was. He was beyond obsessed with her. What he finds concerns him greatly.

Shelby would love for Parker to Dominate her, but because of a previous illness, Shelby doesn’t do relationships. Shelby hadn’t been feeling well the last few weeks. She can take care of herself, she’s done it for a few years. So when the big, bad Dom shows up at her house, she’s surprised and livid that he’s standing in front of her. “She didn’t want to worry everyone. As for someone helping her, she didn’t want to be a burden to anyone.”

Release Date: October 10, 2015

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Waiting For Him (Trident Security Book 3) by Samantha A. Cole

Blurb:

A single moment was all it took to tear eighteen-year-old Ben’s world apart, but a second chance could put it all back together…

Twelve years after losing his first and only love in a devastating accident, Kat emerges from the shadows of the Witness Protection Program. But the men that hunted her family are still searching. The last thing she wants to do is put her high-school sweetheart in danger, but he’s the only person she trusts with her life.

Private-security specialist, Ben is shocked when his evening appointment is a ghost from the past. He knows he can’t refuse Kat, but when it’s over he’ll have to let her go; because she deserves better than the hardened man he’s become.

When numerous lives are at stake, will Kat survive, or will Ben once again have to bury the only woman he’s ever loved? [Amazon]

A well-written suspenseful, action-packed romance. Time in the military hadn’t given them many opportunities for long-term relationships. But now that they’ve retired, they’re slowly getting married off. “Many times, he’d debated the adage—was it better to have loved and lost or to never have loved at all? It was an argument he’d never settled in his mind.”

Boomer wasn’t interested in a long-term relationship. He was perfectly happy being a Dom and playing with different subs. He had a late-night appointment, then he’d go play at the club. When he walked into the office and saw her, he fainted. When he came to, he was frantically looking for her, a ghost from his past.

“Kate had known Benny was going to be shocked when he first saw her, but she hadn’t expected him to pass out.” She was in trouble, and he was the only one left she trusted. She was being followed, and her condo was broken into and trashed. “She felt so drained after telling the two men about the horror story which her life had become, and she couldn’t find any more words to say to Benny.”

Release Date: September 5, 2015

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️