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-GennieG, Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
"The romance was front and center, with emotion practically dripping from the page. I haven't enjoyed a romantic suspense this much in a long time and I can't wait for the next book in the series."
-Lillie, The Best Books You're Not Reading column from RR @ H Novel Thoughts & Book Talk
"I'm absolutely in love with Rocco, Mandy, Rocco's teammates, the townsfolk, and the few other secondary character we've met so far. I have a feeling that this series will be topping my list of favorites in the romantic suspense category."
-MinnChica, The Book Pushers
"Utterly addicting book that will keep you on the edge of your seat biting your nails and reaching for a box of tissues."
-Crystal, Redheads Review It Better
"Oh My Goodness! Oh My Goodness! This book has so many things that make a book wonderful! We have romance, soldiers (in and out of uniform), mystery, suspense, danger.......This book has it all!"
-Taryn, My Secret Romance Book Reviews
"Edge of Courage is not just a passionate romance, but a romantic suspense that grew more intense with every page."
-Kathy, Kathy's Review Corner
"Everything about this book was well-done. The suspense was fabulous. The romance was breathtaking...Really, really gorgeous, emotional, and beautiful. The story provided so many gorgeous moments full of emotion. I laughed and I definitely cried. Such a great book. Elaine Levine, you have a new fan!!!"
-Christi, Smitten with Reading
From the Author
Ages: 18 & up (story contains adult content, profanity, and violence)
Red Team Reading Order:
- ASIN : B007WXJ0H2
- Publication date : April 23, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1130 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 375 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #480,362 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Good story, likeable characters and the book shows some knowledge of the terrors in the mind of soldiers with PTSD or those who have been in deep undercover work for too long. I enjoyed the story and would have given it 5 stars except for the fact that the author went far beyond the "cliff hanger" method of getting you to read the rest of the series. Instead of a teaser for future adventures of the Red Team, she instead resorted to blackmail IF the reader wants to know what happened to all the characters in this story. The caretakers of Ty's ranch are left going off a cliff in their SUV and we know the police have found the accident and are investigating, but we are NEVER told if the people were found alive or dead. Also, Ty, one of the Red Team, is left lying on a jagged shelf in a mountain crevice where he cannot save himself. His team members plan to search for him again tomorrow when the book ends. The last we see of Ty he has let a rattle snake sleep inside his pants leg for hours and when the snake awakes and crawls outside his jeans, he manages to grab it and kill it without getting bit. He is preparing to eat it raw as he has been on that ledge for 24 hours and needs food. Want to find out what happens to Ty? You must purchase the next book in the series. This is NOT a cliff hanger, this is blackmail. So, unless you are prepared to purchase and read the whole series, don't bother to start it with this book.
The sex scenes, I can usually do, I usually skip over them, but there were just too many, they were irritating, they didn't serve a purpose in the plot.
The plot was a little stupid, but not unreadable.
Top reviews from other countries
Aside from the above, there were just so many other things that had my eyes rolling –
The terrorists' cause seemed to be changeable – at some points they were presented as Islamic terrorists – using phrases such as infidels, praising Allah, and talking of all the virgins they'd get in the afterlife. And then at other points it was drugs, and then it was punishing Rocco for his undercover work, and then other times it was punishment for his marriage to Kadisha.
The constant changing of character perspective was sloppy and hard to follow – one such example (there were too many to list!) was the scene where Ty gets called back to his property and then gets drugged – we walk into the room in Ty's point-of-view, and then all of a sudden we're in Dennis's head as he worries about the gun pointed at his wife's head. I found myself frequently having to go back and re-read the last few sentences to try and figure out whose head we were in.
The constant introduction of new characters and their attraction to various women was contrived and distracting. The purpose was clearly to set up the foundation for future books in the series, but the scenes were completely out of place and irrelevant to the current story.
The terrorists had access to Mandy and her ranch long before Kit or Rocco turned up – why did they play childish pranks on her construction rather than just abducting her or killing her, or even holding her hostage to force the men to turn up? Why did they decide to plant bombs in her outbuildings, knowing that no-one would be in the area? Why not just blow up her house, thus killing both her and all of the security team staying there?
And what about Mandy's ability to jump from a speeding SUV (without shoes) on a highway completely unharmed? Not just unharmed, but she actually manages to run away from the scene screaming with her arms in the air?! Yeah right!
The fact that all members of the WKB gang have easily identifiable tattoos that are visible on their neck? Oh, and the presence of these tattoos is apparently Rocco's doing because when he was undercover in Afghanistan he branded traitors with the symbol and then encouraged them to tell their fellow gang-members to get a similar design as a tattoo?
After the big car chase/bombing fiasco – Mandy thinks Rocco is dead, they reunite and they make a beeline for the nearest SUV to have a quick shag in the back?! And as if that's not romantic enough – they do this parked on the side of a temporarily closed-off highway surrounded by Rocco's team-mates, including Mandy's brother Kit (who Rocco actually asks to stand guard?!? And who they can apparently see pacing around outside while they're in the throes of passion?!), policeman, FBI agents, paramedics and God knows who else. And all the while, Ty is still missing possibly dead?
We had (supposedly) the most kick-ass group of ex-soldiers in the whole world yet they just kept making stupid mistakes – two of them got drugged; one by walking into an ambush completely unprepared (he got tranquillised with a needle) and the other with chloroform after he answered the front door? Neither even put up a fight despite being armed! Then we had Rocco, who let Mandy get abducted on his watch (he didn't even think to check out the delivery driver!) and then again, when he gets both himself and Mandy into the terrorists' vehicle, assuming it belongs to one of his team?! Also, I thought that soldiers were brothers-in-arms... no man left behind and all that. Not in this book, Ty gets abducted and no-one seems to give a damn!
I was impressed by this novel because it addressed some of the issues that are often overlooked in this sort of book in order to get on with the romance. Rocco is destroyed by his experiences in Afghanistan and has severe mental health problems as a result. The author doesn't dismiss these issues easily or assume that the love of a good woman makes someone "normal" instantly. The book examines Rocco's issues and the effect that they have on his life in some detail as part of the story. This added a depth of writing to this romance which is not always present in this type of novel.
The plot is standard enough, threats to Mandy's livelihood cause her brother to ask Rocco to protect her whilst he tries to recover his memory and heal from his experiences. Eventually a number of Rocco's ex-colleagues in the services arrive to assist and a conspiracy is discovered. The book introduces a number of characters and leaves each of them in an interesting situation at the end of the novel.
This is a good read if you like this sort of novel (which I do). It is satisfying to read about more realistic people than usual in the genre. There is one cheesy bit near the end about Rocco's past life which I thought was tying up loose ends just a little too far and, as a British reader, I found the adoration of the American military a little too much to take but they were not major issues. Having immersed myself in this story I was looking forward to the obvious sequels as each main character has an issue to be resolved (one is a literal cliffhanger) but i was disappointed to discover that there were no more novels in this series available yet. I would certainly pay full price for a sequel.