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Going Dark – Monica Mccarty

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The members of a top secret SEAL Team can’t keep their passion under wraps in this thrilling contemporary romantic suspense series from New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty.

Like Rome’s Lost Legion, a SEAL platoon goes on a mission and vanishes without a trace.

After walking into a trap on a covert op in Russia, the men from top secret SEAL Team Nine are presumed dead. Not knowing whom they can trust, and with war hanging in the balance, the survivors must go dark and scatter around the globe.

Marine ecologist Annie Henderson joins her new boyfriend on a trip to the Western Isles of Scotland to protest a hazardous offshore drilling venture. When she realizes that she may be swept up in something far more dangerous than she’d intended, there is only one man she can turn to. . . .

She and the mysterious but sexy dive boat captain haven’t exactly gotten off to the best start, but something about his quiet confidence makes her think that he’s the kind of man she can depend on. Because he’s gruff and guarded, she can tell Dan Warren has secrets. But she could never imagine how high the stakes are for him to keep his cover, even as he risks everything to protect her.

I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

My Rating: 5 Stars

Before I go into full gush mode, I’d like to quickly explain to my readers why it is such a miracle that Going Dark received a 5 star rating from me. For those of you who aren’t aware, I am a Houston girl through and through. When you’re raised in Houston, you’re taught to despise the Dallas Cowgirls [I honestly meant to write Cowboys, was re-reading before posting and caught this slip, leaving it in because it proves my point]. I can’t quite explain the hatred, it is just an ingrained thing that you’re raised with in this city. If you’re from Houston, are a Cowboys fan, and are reading this review, SHAME. I’m looking at you Ryan.

Now, you may be asking yourself, how is this relevant to the story, Erin? Well, one of the main characters is a Dallas Cowboys fan….and I still rated Going Dark 5 stars. THAT is how much I loved it. It was hard, and Houstonians may judge me for it, but damn, this was a good book.

Monica McCarty is an Author known for her incredible Historical Romance novels, the Highland Guard series in particular. Because of this, I was surprised to hear that she would be writing an entire series set in the present. My favorite thing about the Highland Guard series was the “Band of Brothers” feel it had. I loved the banter between the characters, the genuine love there, and of course the thrill that came from knowing the male lead in each book was a total badass. I’m happy to report that McCarty has kept all of these things alive in her new Lost Platoon Series.

Not only was the group dynamic of the Platoon fun to explore, McCarty managed to bring her readers yet another strong female lead. Annie was a fantastic narrator and I loved all of the things she fought for. Most of all, I loved that she refused to back down when questioned, and never gave up on her ideals.

The romance between Dan and Annie was explosive, passionate and sweet – all things I have come to expect from McCarty’s books. I couldn’t get enough of the two of them together.

True to form, McCarty also managed to pack the book full of action and adventure, keeping me on the edge of my seat. The premise of the series shows great promise and I can’t wait to find out where McCarty plans to take her readers with it.

My Takeaway: Going Dark was a one sitting finish for me, as are almost all of Monica McCarty’s books. I honesty can’t say enough good things about this book, and have high hopes for the Lost Platoon series as a whole. Next book please!!!!

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