Out of Time by Monica McCarty

Out of Time

Monica McCarty

Natalie is the worst spy in the history of spying, falling for her target. When her attempt at misdirection leads to irreversible consequences, she’s forced to run for her life, with her lover hot on her tail.

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A hunt for dangerous secrets leads to explosive chemistry in this exhilarating romantic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Off the Grid.

A team of Navy SEALs go on a mission and disappear without a trace—they are The Lost Platoon. 

With his men scattered to all corners of the globe after a disastrous secret op in Russia, Lieutenant Commander Scott Taylor is trying to find out who was responsible for leaking the information that killed half his platoon. Were it not for Natalie Andersson, the woman he'd been secretly dating in the Pentagon who'd warned him of the danger, he knows they'd all be dead. Scott is devastated when he hears that the woman he loved and hoped to marry has been killed for helping him—until he learns that Natalie was the spy who betrayed them. But when his search to clear his name brings him face-to-face with a very much alive Natalie, Scott realizes that justice and vengeance might not be as clear-cut as he thought. 

Natalie Andersson, or as she was born Natalya Petrova, has put the memories of her early childhood in Russia behind her. She never dreamed that she would be at the center of an elaborate "sleeper" espionage program. Even when she learns the truth, she refuses to spy for the country of her birth, until the Russians threaten the lives of the only family she's ever known. But Natalie is the worst spy in the history of spying, falling for her target. When her attempt at misdirection leads to irreversible consequences, she's forced to run for her life, with her lover hot on her tail.

Advance Galley Reviews

Out of Time is the third novel in Monica McCarty’s six-book romantic suspense series, The Lost Platoon. The series revolves around a platoon of Navy Seals, Seal Team 9. This volume is centered around platoon leader, Scott Taylor, and his love interest, Natalie Andersson, also known as Russian spy, Natalya Petrova. Scott’s sister, Kate, and her ex-husband, Colt Wesson, are also featured in the story. Both relationships are complicated, but the primary and supporting characters are all fully developed, as is the plot. I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series, so some of the backstory and references were unclear, but McCarty weaves a web of intrigue, betrayal and romance that fully captured my attention. The sex scenes are smoking hot; no chaste romance in this one. All in all, I enjoyed this novel and will read the remaining books in the series. I was chosen to read an advance copy of this book as part of Penguin's First to Read program. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

This isn't one of those series that you can jump into on book #3 and be able to enjoy the story with no background. It's actually a little hard to get into at first because the reader is expected to know things that happened in previous books and time keeps jumping forward to glimpses of events that take place in previous volumes. It helps long-time readers place where/when the story takes place, but it confused me and kept me from really forming any kind of attachment to the characters. The plot centers on two couples and the aftermath of a mission gone wrong due to spying and treason. There's quite a lot to work within that area and there are definitely interesting twists and turns to keep you turning pages. It does suffer a bit from being really predictable when it comes to who the real baddie is, but the journey there is full of woes, romance, action, and solid dialogue. I won't say I'm now a huge fan of McCarty and that I'm dying to read the rest of this series, but I can't say that I didn't enjoy it.

As far as romance books go, this one wasn’t bad. Plot was decent. Characters were likeable. Probably would not go out of my way to read anything else by her.

This book is the third in the author's Lost Platoon series. I think one has to have read the first two to fully understand and enjoy this book. There are many continuing characters and the main event that has triggered the series happened before this book. This book follows two specific couples as they work toward finding out what really happened to cause the Lost Platoon. This book is a blending of special ops military, political figures, intelligence operatives, dark operatives, and private security operatives all at odds or working together to find answers. As this series is romantic suspense, the reader knows there will be a happy outcome. It is a fast pace book with many turns that keeps one involved and guessing to the very end. I read on the author's website, she wants to make this a 6 book series with a 6 book spin off series. I would be very in favor of that! Thanks for the advance copy!

Good read. I enjoyed it. But what was perhaps unintentional on the author's part was that I actually preferred Colt and Kate's story and would have rather read that as the main plot. Part of the problem resides in the fact that I did not read the previous books in the series, and there was definitely background that was mentioned in this book that would have been better reading firsthand. (Like the Mick stuff.) In fact, since Mick did not appear in this book, the ending was anti-climactic since Natalie's greatest foe was already defeated. The actual antagonist was also one that seemed to have been introduced already, so that is more backstory that would have been better reading firsthand.

I really liked this book, it was a great page turner. I am going to read the rest of the series because the stories are all part of one larger story. The characters are well developed, you want them to have the happy ever after ending after everything they had to overcome. Great book.

McCarty's romance novel is just that with an interesting back story to keep the reader's interest. The intrigue is surface and secondary to the relationships being targeted--Scott and Natalie and Kate and Colt. Didn't realize this was part of a series, however, makes sense as McCarty ties up Scott's difficulties with his "biological" father, and learns to be more human and less "by the book" in the process. The story has good sex scenes, lot's of "trust", "male changes", and "children--either to be, or adopted" to push onto the next book. Not my favorite genre to read, yet wanted to see what would happen to the government "traitor" once found out. Thanks for the galley copy--

Scott Taylor was willing to break the rules of his SEAL team when he fell in love with Natalie. But then a mission went wrong that left half his team dead, and all signs point to Natalie as the culprit. As he tries to root out why someone wanted his team dead, he tracks down Natalie to get answers, but confronts the problem that maybe things aren’t as black and white as he wants them to be – and maybe he still has feelings for her. This is the third book in a series that follows the SEAL team members in hiding, and while telling the story of Scott and Natalie, continues the story of Colt, his former team member, and Kate, his sister. Since this is a romance and inevitably has happy endings in sight for all couples involved, it drives me a little crazy that there’s multiple stories being told, but all in all, McCarty does a good job of drawing you in to the emotions of the characters, and rooting for them to overcome their differences with the people they care about.

Talk about a page turner! I read this book in a day and what a joy it was. The plot was compelling and believable. I love reading about Navy Seals and the missions they go on. There was just the right of romance to military story line. I would definitely recommend this book! Thanks First to Read for my advance copy!

The romance genre is often poorly written and an insult to the audience’s intelligence. This book was legions better than the average in the genre. The military and political backdrop was well fleshed out and engaging. Like so many I’m intrigued by the world of Navy SEALS. The characters were somewhat formulaic and in line with romantic novel troupes, but core fans will be satisfied.


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