Sunday, October 25, 2015

Band of Brothers by Sharon Hamilton


Special Operator Lucas Shipley thought his living arrangement was temporary, since getting booted from the house by his wife. He sleeps on a couch in the apartment with four other divorced Navy SEALs, thinking he’ll get the call to come home any day. He ignores the not-so-helpful advice his buddies are giving him about marriage, women and romance. Until he gets served with divorce papers.

Realtor Marcy Gelland is hired by Lucas’ soon-to-be ex-wife to liquidate all their real estate holdings and help her orchestrate a speedy departure from Lucas’ life. Based on what the hot-headed SEAL wife has told her, Marcy understands Lucas deserves every ounce of pain coming his way.

But when Marcy and Lucas are left alone together in the remote Northern California woods, they ignite a personal bonfire that threatens to burn down the whole forest. Marcy is forced to see she is wrong about Lucas.

Amidst the backdrop of hardened bachelor SEALs with their unsolicited, anti-long-term relationship advice, and a terrorist training camp operating nearby, Lucas must do what he’s always done: be the hero and save the day. But will it be in time to save Marcy?


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3 stars

OK So normally when I write a review I tell about the book, then tell what I though I'm going to switch it up this time, because I gave this book 3 stars, and I want to explain that first. This was an awesome story. I love Lucas. Hated Connie, and felt awful for poor Marcy. The problem was while there was a great story here, it needs a bit of work. It starts off with a bang, Lucas hoping Connie (his wife) will take him back, after being wrongfully accused of cheating. Then he meets Marcy and his feelings for her are strong. From her it gets a little off. When Marcy is Kidnapped and tortured, and drugged she comes out without a scratch. Then runs to Lucas's arms after he did nothing but show up. Now hes the hero for nothing. I get that she went through a lot and he ran to her as soon as he knew, but the character had a lot of potential here and just fell short of being the hero he was built up to be. I was ready for Lucas to rip down the world to protect Marcy, but even when Connie goes after her, hes like oh well sorry for your trouble. When Marcy escapes from her kidnappers after being tortured there isn't a scratch on her, and she has no side effects from the drugs either she doesn't even go to the hospital. Everything is just all good. Once again it just fell short. I really think this story would be a 5 star with just a bit of work, and would love to read it after just a bit more work on it. I hope the author contacts me and I get a second chance at this story I would really love to read it again.

Cupcakes and Vodka gives this book 2 cupcakes for the potential this story has, and a shot of vodka cause I really hope that might ease the 3 stars I had to give this book.



Sharon’s NYT and USA Today bestselling novels are almost-erotic Navy SEAL stories of the SEAL Brotherhood. Her characters follow a spicy road to redemption through passion and true love. All of her SEAL Brotherhood Series are available in audio book. She has maintained an Amazon top 100 author status in Romantic Suspense since the end of 2012.

Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany are not like any vamps you’ve read before, since they don’t have to go to ground, and can walk around in the full light of the sun. Honeymoon Bite, Book 1 of the Golden Vampires of Tuscany Series, has earned the Amazon designation of #1 Gothic Romance. It and Book 2 in the series, Mortal Bite are both available on audio as well.

Her Guardian Angels struggle with the human charges they are sent to save, often escaping their vanilla world of Heaven for the brief human one. You won’t find any of these beings in any Sunday school class. All three books in this popular series are also in print and audio formats.

A lifelong organic gardener, Sharon lives with her husband in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories take place. When she’s not writing, she’s getting verra verra dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.