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Navy SEAL Zane Scott's dangerous rescue of gorgeous Dr. Olivia Strohm picks up shortly after Zane's brother Dylan's adventures left off in November 2010's Lie with Me. Zane, inexplicably smitten with a woman he's never met, risks all by heading to Sierra Leone to save her. After Liv greets him with a fry pan upside the head, Zane struggles to get her to safety. Liv has hidden from the international terrorist group Dead Man's Hand ever since she blew up one of their black market organ transplant hospitals, and she fears for her parents' safety should she return to the U.S. Meanwhile, Zane and Dylan's other Delta Force brother, Caleb, is assigned to protect and interrogate beautiful geek Vivienne Clare, setting up the next book. Lie with Me held more suspense than romance; Tyler flips the formula here, with red-hot sparks igniting copious and satisfying fireworks. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Original edition (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440245974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440245971
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times Bestselling author Stephanie Tyler writes what she loves to read - romantic suspense with military heroes for Bantam Dell. She lives in New York with her husband, her daughter and her weimaraner. She also writes paranormal erotic romance for Bantam Dell under the pen-name Sydney Croft.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By LeaF on November 23, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the second book of the Shadow Force series Stephanie Tyler returns readers to the heart of darkness--Africa, specifically Sierra Leone and the shadowy world of black ops mercenary soldiers. "Promises In The Dark" opens 6 months following the action packed conclusion of "Lie With Me". After witnessing and being powerless to prevent the violent abduction of Dr. Oliva Strohm by the terrorist organization DMH (Dead Man's Hand), Zane Scott has been haunted by her cries for help and a picture of her that he holds close. Zane's brother Dylan, who we met in "Lie With Me" has finally gathered enough intel to enable Zane to find Olivia and bring her home. Zane therefore takes leave from his duties as a Navy SEAL and travels to Sierra Leone, a place that for him holds traumatic childhood memories.

Olivia Strohm is a brilliant transplant surgeon who has been to hell and back twice in her life, once as a child and now at the hands of DMH. Olivia has cleverly escaped her captors and been on the run from village to village trying to do what she can to help people in need. She has been living by her wits and trying to reconcile what she had to do to escape her captors. She is a lost, tortured soul, and trusts no one.

Zane expected Olivia wouldn't willingly accept that he was there to rescue her and comes armed with a number of tools to nurture her trust. Olivia however, doesn't want to leave Africa she as is terrified she will not be able to assimilate when she returns home. It takes all of Zane's patience and strength of character to convince Olivia, a woman whose psyche has been damaged nearly beyond repair. There were occasions while reading this story that I along with Zane nearly gave up on her.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Samantha T on December 7, 2010
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The second installment of Stephanie Tyler's Shadow Force books is fantastic. This one picks up much faster than the first book. Olivia and Zane story was just as good as fore shadowed in the first book.
The addition of Tristan and Rowen was unexpected and at first felt like a weird intruption but it soon developed into a hot well developed second story. If I had one complaint it is about Vivi and Caleb I think they should of had there own book. Their story was great although the tie in to the main story of Oliva and Zane was tenous at best. I know they are brothers but all he did was talk to his other brother Gabe on the phone about Zane. Vivi and Caleb story was really good and felt kind wasted in this book and left with a very unsatsfying conclusion leaving me to hope that they will be a main part of the next book although they arn't mentioned in the sneek peek at the end.
I love the small tie in to the Hard to Hold series. I don't partically remember Zane even as a background Character but I like that this series isn't in a vaccum.
I gave it 5 stars because 4 1/2 wasn't available. 1/2 point off for the Vivi and Caleb being a story on it's own and seperate from the main story, Gabe and Reilly supporting roles were to small, and Cam and Sky from "Promise in the Dark" did not even make and appearence. Stephanie Tyler is a really good author I have enjoyed this one as well as all her others. I am really looking foward to the next one!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 27, 2010
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The Dead Man's Hand (DMH) terrorist cell kidnapped Dr. Olivia Strohm to teach a lesson to those who defy them; the doctor blew up one of their illegal organ transplant facilities. They tortured her and pumped drugs into her in order to keep her under their control while warning away other opponents. However, they failed to anticipate her inner strength as she escapes from captivity.

Olivia goes cold turkey by herself to rid the drugs from her system while hiding and surviving in the bush near Kambia, Sierra Leone for three months. Part of a failed SEAL rescue mission and having heard her screams while Olivia was held prisoner by DMH; Zane Scott takes leave from the Navy to search for her in order to bring her home to the States. However when he finds her she shocks him with a frying pan and when she hesitates about going home. Before he can learn why, DMH psychopaths are gunning for them. On the run, Zane knows the only way to keep Olivia safe is to destroy DMH.

The second Shadow Force suspense thriller (see Lie With Me) is an action-packed tale with a strong romantic element as the would-be rescuer is half in love with the good doctor even before they have met in person. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Olivia beams Zane in the head with the frying pan and never slows until a final hypothermic confrontation with DMH. With the wonderful African locale, Stephanie Tyler has served back to back aces while also setting up the next entry.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RVAbooklover VINE VOICE on January 2, 2011
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It's been said that it is harder to write a review for a good book than for a bad book, and I believe that to be true. I read Promises the day it came out, and have been struggling to write this review ever since. The plot is summarized beautifully by more capable folks than I in previous reviews, so I will skip the rehash, mostly.

Zane and Olivia are our first couple. We know from Lie with Me that Zane is a litle obsessed with Dr. Olivia, so much so that he spends his leave searching the wilds of Africa for her. I loved Zane. He has deep emotional scars from a childhood trauma but has so much faith in Olivia. Olivia carries her own scars and is not as open to trust as is Zane. She is convinced that being near anyone is their ticket to death, and is reluctant to accept Zane's ability to protect her. Again, I loved Zane. Olivia plucked my nerves a little, and in Zane's shoes, there was a time or three I would have admitted defeat and left Olivia to her own devices. Even when he was completely exasperated with her, he showed the patience of a saint. Their connection was HOT, tense, and believable.

Caleb and Viv are couple number two. Viv is a computer geek, Caleb is the ultimate soldier and I cannot wait for the next book for the fulfillment of their story. I thought Viv was the perfect heroine, sweet, a little naive, a lot horrified at how her naivete landed her in a hot mess. Caleb seemed dumbstruck by his attraction to Viv and a little out of control, which is a good thing for him, as he is a control freak.

Tristan and Rowan round out the romance trifecta. Both bear nightmarish backgrounds which lends a bittersweet touch to their finding a second chance.

Stephanie Tyler's books resonate with me.
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