Going Dark by Monica McCarty

Going Dark

Monica McCarty

“A sexy thrill ride from start to finish. Steamy and suspenseful, Going Dark is a must read.”—Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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The members of a top secret SEAL Team can’t keep their passion under wraps in this thrilling contemporary romantic suspense series from New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty.

Like Rome’s Lost Legion, a SEAL platoon goes on a mission and vanishes without a trace.

After walking into a trap on a covert op in Russia, the men from top secret SEAL Team Nine are presumed dead. Not knowing whom they can trust, and with war hanging in the balance, the survivors must go dark and scatter around the globe.
Marine ecologist Annie Henderson joins her new boyfriend on a trip to the Western Isles of Scotland to protest a hazardous offshore drilling venture. When she realizes that she may be swept up in something far more dangerous than she’d intended, there is only one man she can turn to. . . .
She and the mysterious but sexy dive boat captain haven’t exactly gotten off to the best start, but something about his quiet confidence makes her think that he’s the kind of man she can depend on. Because he’s gruff and guarded, she can tell Dan Warren has secrets. But she could never imagine how high the stakes are for him to keep his cover, even as he risks everything to protect her. . . .

Advance Galley Reviews

3 out of 5 Stars Going Dark lived up to my expectations, but didn't really exceed them. I applaud the author for choosing such an ambitious concept as her first contemporary romance. I don't have the knowledge to confirm or discredit the technical or tactical information throughout this book, regarding both the military and the environmental activist lifestyle. The book started out slow for me. There was a lot of information building up to the actual commencement of the main plotline of the novel, but I can see the necessity of that information if this will be the first installment of a series, which I would suspect is the case. For the most part, I enjoyed and connected with the Hero, however, I did get annoyed with the heroine on occasion. Regardless, I became a proponent of their happy ending. Theirs is an unlikely partnership. The author crafted and dealt with two completely different personalities well, though it is highly unlikely these two characters would find themselves in love if it weren't for the dire circumstances surrounding them. I've read a lot of books similar to this title and there are authors that execute this type of content more successfully, but I would be willing to follow the progress of this series should it continue. The high points of the plotline were exciting and I was emotionally drawn to the story of the vanishing SEAL Team. This book is a strong enough foundation for the author to continue building upon and I am grateful for the opportunity to have read it.

DNF - an historical in modern clothing. It doesn't work. In addition, my own research background prevented me from achieving the necessary suspension of disbelief to enjoy the premise of this book.

These type of books aren't my go to but I wanted to try something new. I was in it for the romance factor. It was an okay story. Since it dealt with military and different organizations I had to try to figure out what everything was. It was a decent book, not great.

This was a pretty good book. Not great. A bit better than just ok. I liked that it had two conflicts going on at once, but only one "mystery" was solved. It would have been better had both come to a conclusion. I don't like cliff-hangers. Maybe he author left it open to conclude in her next book. I'm not sure as I have never read this author before. I only saw two typos the editing didn't catch, so no hugely distracting errors to annoy you. The sex scenes were typical, but honestly, they all are in any book. I mean, it's not that they're going to write that the guy was just average and the girl was flat chested, are they? All in all, I would read another book from this author if it was readily available, but I look forward to books from authors like Anita Shreve, Harlan Coven, Lee Child, and Markus Zusak (totally different styles).

Do you like a great story? Love a man in uniform? Then this should be your next read. Bring on the next book! The chemistry between Annie and "Dan" is great. Really hoping the next story is Donovan or Colt-I figure Scott's will be the last story told to wrap up the mystery of what happened in Russia.

The story was an okay read for me. The storyline was pretty slow to build and the romance while being okay was a little to hot and cold for me. The overall story was somewhat confusing you start with a messed up mission and then jump the main female character going on a drilling protest where she meets one of the missing SEALS. From there the story sort of drags through their slowly developing relationship but doesn't really give you a lot of information storyline until almost the end where the author sort of throws it all together and they fall in love and she stays in Scotland and waits for him to come see her? I guess it was a good thing she wound up being a millionaire and doesn't have to work for a living and can just hang around and wait for him to show up every few weeks for a visit. I probably won't be ready any more of this story line.

I was definitely impressed with this story. Military Romances aren't my go to genre so I was a little skeptical to begin with. I felt as though this book blew away my expectations. I really enjoyed the character development between Dean and Anne. They both had strong back stories and their stories wove together well. The story was also able to express emotion wonderfully. However, some parts could be improved on. I felt that the prologue was extended too long and should've focused on the Dean more. When I learned that it was Dean as a main character and not Brian I was a little confused. I also thought that Colt's character was just thrown in there as a filler and not really needed and then just kind of disappeared and we never find out what happens with him. Sophie was also kind of random of a person to have as an antagonist with only a small mention in one chapter. I would definitely recommend the book though, and I'm looking forward to reading other books by this author.

This was my first time reading anything from this author. The book was alright and some what entertaining. I enjoyed the characters, however, I wish there more character development of the female character Sofia and how she was tied in to Julian & Claude. There was no build up as to why she attempted to murder Anne. It was presented as a wrap-up but it was disappointing. I also wish the story had more to do with the seal team 9 and what happened to them. It seamed that the two characters Anne & Dean/Dan would find the missing submarines & tie the two stories together but it didn't. So it was a little confusing. I do enjoy series so I will be interested to see how the next book plays out.

Rating this a 2.75. We open with a group secret military Seals on a mission. During the prologue we are introduced to one navy seal (who I thought was the hero) and his colleagues during the unfolding of the mission. Something goes terribly wrong and we are left hanging on the last page of the prologue unsure what happened. We then open with the first chapter getting introduced to the heroine, her boyfriend and his activist group. The hero gets thrown in who isn't the hero, yep threw me for a loop as I was expecting the gentleman from the prologue. That right there was odd. Then as I continue reading and get to know Annie. Annie the liberal activist, who followed her boyfriend, Julien of two months (another thing that just seemed superficial and not mesh, two month and she's following him across the world???), across the world to join his group of activists to protest offshore diving venture. She doesn't like his group of friends and finds one in particular to be very sinister. Annie meets Dean, who's the hero. Dean has gone "dark" waiting for direction after the mission disaster. He's a captain of a boat during this time of limbo. He's a conservative, dedicated Seal. While at a bar Dean over hears some of Annie's not so complimentary comments made about the military as well as some other disparaging views she has. Annie was there visiting with her boy friend and his activist friends. The two meet as her boyfriend and the activists seek out Dean for the use of his boat. Annie observes the interaction that takes place and sees a new side of Julien or has that always been there and she's just never really took the time to notice. Annie is appalled, disappointed and begins to second guess her feelings for Julien the decision to join him. The group does rent Dean's boat and this is where Annie's sees the true purpose and intent of the group. Annie and Dean then work together to survive. Okay the premise of the story is good, but goodness gracious Annie killed me. She came across as whiny, weak and at times snobby. The hero I liked enough, but not too much depth. And I love the opposites attract genre but these two had only the insta lust going for their relationship. Appreciate the author trying to put a liberal activist (I found some of her activist issue come across disingenuous in the story line) with a conservative, military Seal, but these two did not mesh or seem like a go for HEA. Annie had a lot of drama and damsel in distress moments and she just came across as "sorry" dumb. Heroines can be portrayed as visionary/idealist and somewhat naive but still be a strong character in the story, unfortunately that didn't happen in this story. I enjoy Monica McCarty's HR and appreciated most of her heroines and hero's. Not sure if expectations were to high or transition from historical to contemporary was a little rough the first time out. I appreciated the conservative military aspect of the story as well as the liberal activist side, the standing up for what they both believe and both parties making a difference. A positive for both and wish we had more of that in DC. Well balanced, just didn't see it working for this couple long term. I will give the next book in the series a try as I found the prologue and the mystery of the secret seal team intriguing.

This story had a promising premise and strong characters. I did not enjoy all the extra filler that was in so many chapters. I found myself skipping over a good portion of the book. Also, a pet peeve of mine is reading a book not knowing if it is going to be a part of a series. I don't mind reading them. I enjoy it. I just want to be prepared to not have "an ending" to the book. I hope the finished blurb for this book mentions it.


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