Tuesday, 29 July 2014

ARC Review ~ Her Special Forces by Sophia Rosyln

eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: August 4th 2014

Publisher: Entangled: Ignite

Retired Marine Viper helo pilot and ground cover expert, Kacey O’Donnell is called out of 
retirement for a special assignment: to assist in extracting the kidnapped daughter of a U.S. 
Senator, after an FBI team is betrayed and taken out. 

Former SEAL hero Nathan Weatherly looks forward to his new job as Deputy Sheriff in the 
small, quiet Normal Rockwell town where Kacey grew up. The former lovers have a history she 
has no desire to revisit, and a dark secret she refuses to share. 

With a young girl’s life at stake, Kacey helps pull Nathan’s team together for one last 
assignment. But, she finds it next to impossible to work with Nathan again—especially when she 
know he wants so much more, and she has so much to hide.

My Opinion

I'm really liking military romances at the moment so I was excited to start Her Special Forces as not only did it have SEALs in it, but there was also a female helicopter pilot. I was interested to see how that developed because it's not something I've come across before. I think, overall I did enjoy this book. However, I did have to suspend my beliefs a lot and use my imagination to fill in some blanks along the way.

I liked the plot as a whole and it has potential to be a lot more, I just feel as it stands now, it's not as good as it could be. For me there needs to be more substance to it. For a military book, I like to read the action but in this book it was missed out totally. There were a few sentences and then everything was resolved, which was disappointing. As well as this I wanted more details into Kacey's PTSD and how it was affecting her. It seemed there was a lot of description during sex scenes but the rest of the novel lacked that development and I think it would be a great book if the level of detail continued throughout.

I did like Kace, though--even if we don't learn much about her PTSD. She was strong and determined, but she also had a good sense of right and wrong. I liked her temper and how she opened up to Nathan in the end. Kacey was definitely one of the best part about this book. I found her easy to connect to and feel for. I also liked how their romance wasn't simple and did have its complications. It's not the most original but I still love books with this kind of thing in.

I do wish I could say the same for Nathan. I liked him a lot but there was one thing about him led me to not believe in his character: his speech. For a retired SEAL, I felt his speech was very feminine and he needed to be toughened up a bit. Some of the phrases he used just made me laugh as I couldn't picture this strong alpha-male saying them--they were too weak. Moreover, some other characters for me were unrealistic. An 11 year old who can fly, drive, speak some Russian (conveniently), not go to pieces when kidnapped but instead remember every tiny detail and count songs to estimate distance? I just didn't buy it. Maybe a few of those things but not all of them.

Despite those things, I liked the narrative woven around them. I did figure out who was behind everything very early on but there were still some twists at the end I didn't see coming. I liked that although the kidnappers' motives were obvious there were a few secrets I didn't see coming. I also liked how Kacey didn't reveal everything until the end.

Overall, despite its flaws, I still found myself enjoying this book. It may not be the best military romance out there but it had me hooked and glued to the pages until the end.

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