Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dying Commitment by S.M. Butler

Title:  Dying Commitment
Series:  Lucky Thirteen #3
Author:  S.M. Butler
Published:  August 12/14 by Soaring Phoenix Press
Length:  250pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  romantic suspense
Shelf:  netgalley
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Five years ago, former NSA agent Cadence Long almost died from her mentor’s bullet. She learned one valuable lesson that day: Trust no one. That’s why her casual friendship with Dylan works so well. They both agree that a romantic relationship is off the table, but when he starts flashing that dazzling smile and those twin dimples at her, the sizzling attraction between them becomes impossible for her to resist.

Navy SEAL Dylan Urban is ready for more than a romp in the sheets with Cadence, but convincing her proves a more difficult mission than he’s prepared for. After she runs off on an unsanctioned, one-woman kamikaze mission, the only way he can see to protect Cadence is to get her open up and trust him, but it might mean losing his heart in the process.

While on the trail of one of the most notorious traitors in recent history, both Dylan and Cadence must decide if what they have or could have is worth giving up the chase, or if for once, they might have to trust another to break down the walls they so carefully crafted.

This New Adult title contains adult situations and language and may not be suitable to those under the age of 18.

My Review:

Butler has created a novel that deals a lot with the emotional and psychological trauma that her characters face because of their chosen profession.  She melds excitement and suspense, along with life altering circumstances to create a story that will really make you think. 

By flipping between the two main characters’ perspectives Butler really highlights the differences between the characters.  She also lets you see the difference between what they’re thinking, feeling, and actually showing the world around them.  Butler develops a solid background for the female lead which was the basis for the story as a whole.  I did find that the female lead gets a little whiny at times.  The ‘oh poor me’ act was a bit much after a while but her trust issues were completely understandable.  The male lead didn’t exist before this story started.  He just kind of appeared on the first page and developed from there.  Of course, this isn’t the first novel in the series and the author assumes that readers already know her characters walking into this one.  There’s a huge hole in the ‘Jack’ story.  Hopefully it’ll get clarified in the next novel in the series.  At this point all we know is that there’s more to this story that was started and left hanging.

All in all, this was an enjoyable and exciting read.  The author takes you across the world alongside her characters in a very unique manner.

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