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Review: Shattered Valor (Red Team #2) by Elaine Levine

Shattered ValorTitle: Shattered Valor
Author:  Elaine Levine
Series: Red Team #2
Publisher:   Self-Published
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9780985420536
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release date: December 8th, 2012
Number of pages: 374
Courtesy of: Author

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Every step leads her deeper into danger...

Eden Miller has her life arranged exactly as she wants it--until a reunion with her high school BFFs places her in the middle of a turf war with a ruthless prison gang, their terrorist allies, and the hunters tracking them. Her every move draws her deeper into the danger surrounding Ty Bladen and his team of terror fighters, but his seductive charm and engaging smile make her believe his promises of protection.

A secret is a dangerous thing...

When the terrorists Ty Bladen is tracking infiltrate his remote ranch in Wyoming, he learns the past he buried cannot be so easily escaped. Though he's recovering from a bullet wound he received in Afghanistan and is hunted by an unseen enemy, he knows he can't leave Eden alone to face the danger swirling around her, danger he and his team have brought to her--even if the has to risk letting her near his frozen heart. But when she learns his terrible secret, will she stay or will she run?

MY THOUGHTS:

I am going to admit I played the stalker roll with Elaine. I couldn’t wait to read Ty’s book especially because of the ending of the first in the book in this series. Elaine left us hanging on a ledge. Literally! So I did what any fan obsessed reader does, hound Goodreads, Twitter, and the author’s site for any information on the book I can find. I finally saw that Elaine was planning on releasing the book towards the end of November and couldn’t wait to read it. Forward to a few weeks later, I was driving when Elaine emailed me to see if I wanted to review Ty’s book. I was doing a very awkward happy dance in the driver’s seat that got me more than one wth are you doing look. Lol. When I got home, I immediately stopped reading my current read to start this book. Well, I couldn’t have been more pleased!

The first book in the series, The Edge of Courage, was such a great book, I knew the second was going to be just as good or even better. Well Elaine blew me away with the amount of emotional depth that was written into Ty’s book. We are left at the end of the first book knowing a little about Ty and his precarious relationship with his father but not a lot. Then something happens to Ty and we are left wondering what his fate will be for the second book o_O Thankfully, everything turns out well and he makes it out a little banged up but intact nonetheless. He manages to meet up with one of the women he met at a bar in town that plays host to a bunch of unfriendlies, and quickly discovers that her friends are hurt and need to be taken to the hospital. After making contact with his team, he helps get them to the hospital where he meets up with his team. Everyone is relieved he made it out of his situation alive and kicking. The mood quickly switches to a more focused determination to find out what happened and who exactly Eden is. Ty’s team quickly figures out there is something going on between Ty and Eden (aka Eddie) and they also she might be of some use to them and their issue with a terrorist they are trying to stop. Ty just has to convince her to help, even if at the same time he wants her out of harm’s way.

I really liked Eden’s spunk and tenacity. She really reminded me of myself in her no nonsense personality and her speak before you think tendencies. She knows that what the intimidating men are asking her to do will put her and her trained search dog, Tank, in immediate danger but after a couple incidences that would have left her hurt if Ty wasn’t there, she decides to help. What she didn’t bargain for was her intense attraction to the damaged Ty. Of course for a bit she thinks he is just playing her but realizes that is not the case. She also takes it upon herself to try to help Ty through his issues with his house since it seems to have a stranglehold on his life. I couldn’t have picked a better match for Ty.

I kind of touched briefly on the emotional aspect of this story. You know how a lot of authors write something into the story that is believable but it’s not one of those situations that tear your heart out? Well Elaine definitely has the emotionally ripping your heart out down pat. We find out exactly what went down in Ty’s childhood with his father. I am usually not an emotional person (even at 7 months pregnant as I am now) but I was actually crying when I found out what happened. And then there was a part where Ty knew he had to show his team what happened, oh man! I wanted to lunge into the book and hold Ty tight while rocking him and try to take away those awful memories! Words really can’t even describe the horror I felt for him. So if you are ready for some action and to shed some tears, I say read it. Of course if you haven’t read the first book, you would need to read it first so you know exactly is going on up to this point. It is not a very good standalone book. But you won’t regret reading the first one either. It is beyond awesome also!!!

RATING:


LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, LOVED! Did I mention I loved it?!?!?!?!?!!?

You know how I mentioned the emotional aspect of the book above? It also plays a part here. :)



2 comments

  1. Yay!! I can't wait to read this! I just read book one, I have to get the review up this week - loved it, of course. Rocco was fab. I'm excited to read about Ty, I loved him right off the bat - and I'm hoping Kelan has a book soon!! I love your review, it makes me that more anxious to read about Ty!

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  2. OMG Liz you will love it. But seriously be prepared to have your heart wrenched out of your chest while reading.

    I loved Rocco in the first book too! I can't wait for Kelan's book but the next in the series is with Kit so I am happy with that also. I need to create a countdown clock for it. LOL.

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