Today I am reviewing a antho book that I received in return for an honest review. I love to be able share my thoughts about the books I've read. A few of my closest friendships have begun over discussions about our love of either a book or particular authors.
Hopefully ya'll enjoy my ramblings.
Elite Metal – Book One in the Elite Warriors Series
For decades the US Marines funded a top-secret unit known as Elite Recon. A deadly group of men and women sent to infiltrate dozens of countries completely undetected. Mission objectives so extreme casualties were not only probable, but expected.
The current batch of operatives had returned from hundreds of assignments unscathed…until one mission went horribly wrong. Several men lost their lives and the group disbanded. The remaining leathernecks were scattered in the wind with new identities. They were told to blend in. Be normal. Or face being forever silenced just like their fallen brothers.
Now, two years later, each living member of the group is kidnapped and given a chance to make things right. But this time they’re no longer under the thumb of Uncle Sam. A mysterious private backer who knows about their past has brought them back together. No longer are they forced to turn a blind eye to the lost and forsaken.
A new life. A new future…Elite Metal.
My thoughts on each story individually
Steele is tough and honorable and will do anything to make right what happened. Alayna also seems to be invested in justice. They both are focused on the mission and will do anything in order to see it through but sometimes feelings get in the way and passion burns hot between the two.
This steamy little story is sure to leave you hot under the collar, especially their undercover scene in the club. Whoo-ee.
Chrome is a little abrasive and blunt. He tells it like it is with a liberal sprinkling of cursing. Cammie is a kind, caring woman who helps children get adopted. Now RedWolf has her children and she needs help getting them back. Cue her new "Boyfriend", Chrome.
Not only do they have some yummy passionate scenes but watching Chrome evolve and soften is sweet. Cammie, too, stands up for what she believes in, even in the face of danger.
Ah, Ant. The computer Geek with muscles and determination. Beth has had a very harsh hand dealt to her. When Adamantium finds out what happened to the girl who stole his heart so many years ago, he is pissed and determined that he will save her.
I loved everything that He is willing to do to help her--not only to escape her servitude but to help her see how wonderful he thinks she is. And to find the key to making her scream.
Copper is a Chameleon and dangerous. Nobody messes with her, except maybe Mercury but he earned that right by being her closest friend and her brother-from-a-different mother. But something is missing every since that horrible day that took the only man she loved. Gabriel is retired CIA turned professor. He has tried to find the mysterious woman he caught sight of 2 years before, so imagine his surprise when she shows up in his class.
Ah, the seemingly harmless intelligent guy. he gives her quite a run for her money. Through determination and skills he stays one step ahead of her no matter how much she tries to shake him. They both get each other and get under the other skin. They make a fun match.
Sterling is sharp and knows how to get what he wants. 'Roni" is a clever and ruthless reporter. Unfortunately, she has shown an unhealthy interest in the Elite Metal group. As Sterling and Roni get to know each other, they realize that they are very much alike and they have much to offer each other.
Roni has a steel will and does what is necessary to help those she loves. And Sterling is much more caring than fist meets the eye. There is hot passion and battle of the wills that keep the story fast and strong.
Platinum is the ice man. Cool and quiet and unemotional. Rose is vibrant, kind and chatty. When Rose and Platinum's child are in danger, he will do anything to ensure their safety, even if they hate him.
Rose and Plat are perfect for each other. She likes to talk and he likes to listen. Where he is always calm, clinical and in control of everything, she is led by instinct and emotions. I love the Dr. Who conversation and other nerd easter eggs. I can completely relate to Rose and have always had a thing for the silent composed men.
Mercury is a red-hot mess. Even though he is brilliant and skilled, he cannot see his worth and fears getting close to those who might. Hazel wants to help others. Not only is she work in the ER but she also goes out onto the streets in a help van. When she meets Mercury she knows that she is safe when he is near and that he can take care of her, instead of her taking care of everyone else.
The suspense is thick throughout the story and the emotional turmoil is nearly painful at times. At times it feels like Mercury is ripping off old bandaids over and over until his wounds finally start to get some sunshine and begin to heal.
Silver is a slippery thief and a charmer. Poppy is cool as a cucumber and Warbuck's liaison. He has been working alone for so long, trying to right his wrongs and the only one who knows or cares is Poppy. Poppy is intrigued by the lone wolf and the feelings he invokes in her.
I enjoyed seeing Poppy becoming sassy and out of control. He is a flirt and a charmer that is probably the only one that could ruffle her feathers. Their chemistry and playfullness along with the other surprises wrap up this anthology nicely.
I got sucked into this anthology. Each and every one of the Elite Metal team were flawed and hurting and interesting in their diverseness. Each of them stumbled into love and found a person who brought out the best and worst in them. The entire time I wondered about Warbucks and the ghosts and the ending leaves the reader with giant cliff-hanger. I do so hope that there is another Elite book and that I can visit with these characters that I have come to think of as friends and discover some answers to the new questions I have.