Sunday, October 25, 2015

review || BAND OF BACHELORS: LUCAS { blog tour } by Sharon Hamilton

AL Publications | October 19, 2015 | Military Romance
SEAL Brotherhood: Band of Bachelors, book 1

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?


{ about sharon hamilton } .

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.

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{ review } .

I've read a few of Sharon Hamilton's SEAL books, and I have to say...

I have high, high hopes for this BAND OF BACHELORS sub-series. The few issues I've had with others of hers, such as stories not feeling deep and very skim-ish in the BAD BOYS series, don't exist here. Right from the beginning, I was drawn into Lucas's story. His desire to not be one of the SEAL marriage statistics drew me in, and watching him accept the loss of this marriage was well written.

I felt that perhaps the coldness of his ex was over-dramatized, but 'eh, it worked for the story. I have to say, I was extremely annoyed with Connie on more than one occasion, and my heart went out for Lucas in regards to his family homes.

I loved the friendships these men have, too. Right away, the banter and fun times these men have drew me in --

"Geez, Lucas, would you put your fire hose away. I've seen it, remember?" Jack pointed to Lucas' groin.


I really can't wait to watch them all get their stories -- and for them to grow up a little bit. While this story felt fuller than other Hamilton ones I've read, I still get the overwhelming adolescent teenage boy feeling from these men. But again, it worked for the story.

The suspense aspect of this story was well written and had me turning pages. However, it was the romance, the emotion between Lucas and Marcy, that had me going back to the end to re-read it (the end scenes) again and again.

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