SEAL'S Honor by Megan Crane

SEAL'S Honor

Megan Crane

When Everly Campbell's roommate is murdered, she runs to a remote Alaskan town to find a man she only vaguely remembers and his crew of ex-military brothers to help.

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The first in a new romantic suspense series featuring the rugged special ops unit tucked away in Alaska's Grizzly Harbor from USA Today bestselling author Megan Crane.

The last thing Blue Hendricks needs six months into his uneasy reentry into civilian life is trouble in the form of his old friend's kid sister, all grown up and smack in the middle of a dangerous murder investigation. But he didn't become a SEAL to turn his back on the hard stuff, and he can't bring himself to ignore Everly's call for help--no matter how much he knows he's not fit to be around the soft, vibrant woman she's become. Not after the things he's done.

Everly Campbell is desperate. When her roommate is murdered and the body vanishes, Everly fears she might be next. With no one to believe her, Everly runs to a remote Alaskan town to find a man she only vaguely remembers and his crew of ex-military brothers who could be her only hope. Blue wants to keep things all business but Everly isn't a little girl anymore and the commanding former SEAL is more temptation than she can resist.

As the men on Everly's trail draw closer, Blue will do anything to protect the woman he's starting to think of as his...


Advance Galley Reviews

I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to more books in this series. Blue is a former Seal who must protect his friend's little sister. It is a fun mystery and romance. I liked the chemistry between Blue and Everly. I had not previously read a book from Megan Crane, and I really liked this one. I would definitely recommend for romantic suspense fans.

I thought this book was nice. Everly and Blue make a good dynamic. The characters were fun, the trouble was interesting, and the problems Blue had were real. I really loved Es shoes. Love my flats, dont care if there is snow on the ground or 5 below, gotta wear them. :)

SEAL’s Honor follows Everly, a woman who witnessed the murder of her roommate, and Blue, the special ops, ex-SEAL Everly knew as a child. Blue is a member of Alaska Force, a crew made up of hardcore ex-military guys. Everly drives to Alaska implore Blue to help her solve the murder of her roommate because the police think she’s crazy. This was my first book by Megan Crane, and I honestly had a tough time finishing. I love romantic suspense novels, but this book just couldn’t keep my attention. It was difficult to connect with the hero (mostly because I didn't really like him) and there was a lot of internal monologue from his point of view, so sometimes I stopped reading just to escape his head. The Pros: Everly. That girl was awesome. She was eternally optimistic and yet still managed to have enough grit to get through the harrowing events of this book. I loved that she took the crazy events happening in her life and used them to change her life for the better. She also knew when to rock a cute flat, which I always appreciate. I wish she had better taste in men. Alaska Force’s crew seems like it’s going to be a fun one to follow. I thought the secondary characters seemed quirky and exciting and I am hoping we learn more about the Alaska compound. The Cons: I don’t mind if a leading couple in a romance novel doesn’t go 50/50 with their effort in the relationship. Couples aren't always going to be equal all the time, and I totally get that. But honestly, in Blue and Everly’s “relationship” (and I use that word lightly because they were absolutely not in a relationship for almost every page of this book) Everly gave 99% and Blue gave 1%. His self-pity and weird reasons for not giving in to his attraction to Everly were crazy. He was cold to her the entire book and freaking Everly just "knew" what he meant from his weird glares and non-existent communication skills. Plus, he was mean to his mom, and that's a hard no-go for me. He also sulked over adolescent problems. I kept thinking, "Dude, you're in your late 30s, it's time to move on." Overall, I can see what Megan Crane was going for, but the execution just fell flat. Hopefully, this was just a book suffering under the weight kicking off a series. I would give Megan Crane another try and hope that with a better hero, her writing and plots will shine. **I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**

Good read. Interesting characters and story flow was good. Read in one sitting. Would recommend.

I don’t often go for a romantic suspense but so long as the romance element is good, and the suspense part isn’t too scary (yep - I’m a proper wimp!) then I’m game. This particular story sounded fun and I dived right on in. We get stuck right into the storyline with Everly arriving in Alaska and begging for help. Despite this, I found the start of the story a little bit slow paced. There was lots and lots (and lots) of chat about what a badass Blue Hendricks is. My what big muscles you have. My what manly deeds you have done. It started to become a tad counter productive to me. And then the descriptions of the Alaskan light despite it being nighttime. For some reason, after the fifth time of telling me, I actually yelled at my kindle to shut up about the Alaskan light already! Then Blue and Everly got to Chicago and things just kicked into high gear. There was murder attempts, confusion, break ins - with a little bit of sex and a whole lot of internal confusions and ponderings thrown into the mix for good measure. Great fun and it soon became an unputdownable and riveting story - I couldn’t get enough. By this time, I believed in Blue’s badassery. He kicked some ass but I also loved that he taught Everly how to kick some ass, too. He was having a tough time of it though, poor wee scone. He was having all these ‘feelings’ that made this big, hard, ex-marine feel all fluffy and hella uncomfortable. His attempts to belittle Everly into hating him annoyed me / royally pissed me off. I knew, and Everly knew, too, what he was trying to do - but it still irked me. Stupid man! I loved Everly. She was smart and sassy and had just the right amount of scared to go along with the hots for Blue. I hate it when an author forgets that there’s some serious stuff / shit going on just so the couple can get it on. This author didn’t forget and we got some legitimate emotions over that fact. Alongside getting it on! Speaking of emotions - I admit to getting a little bit weepy at the end. Not so much in the mystery or the romance but because of the parts about Blue and his family. And that set me right up for shedding happy tears when we finally get our HEA. The fact that there were a few laughs thrown in made me even happier. The first couple of chapters of the story were 3 stars for me - while the rest was 5 giving me my rating of 4 stars. The next book in this standalone series is Sniper’s Pride and I’ve pre-ordered it already. I can’t wait to see the next Alaskan Force team member to meet his match. Great writing, great characters and great fun. A book I’d recommend.

Cute romance, minimal mystery to it.

I loved the characters and the story line was great to follow. This kept me going from beginning until the end.

I really enjoyed my first book by this author. My only regret is not enough time spent in Alaska. Brooding men always get me, and ones that can be brought down by stubborn redheads? Even better.

When Everly Campbell's roommate Rebecca is mysteriously mudered and her body disappears, Everly fears for her life. She decides to find Blue Hendricks to help and protect her. Blue was her brother's friend when they were young and lived in the same neighborhood. Blue is a retired Navy Seal with a lot of baggage and is living in a small town in Alaska. Somehow Everly manages to find him. I enjoyed this book. It's a quick romance with a bit of mystery and suspense thrown in. I never guessed who it was that murdered Rebecca. It took me completely by surprise. I did find it strange that she was able to find Blue. He doesn't seem like someone that would be available to be found!

This book kept me up past my bedtime! Megan Crane is a new to me author but not anymore. I adored the character of Everly, for a character going through one of the worst things imaginable, she was smart funny and relatable. Blue was a much harder sell for me (I wanted him to get over himself a number of times.) but by the end of the book he was worthy of his heroine. I can’t wait for more Alaskan Force novels, especially Issac and Caradine?

Seal’s Honor is a classic love story. —The hero who doesn’t believe he’s worthy of love, the woman who is cynical about ever finding love. The damsel in distress that needs to be saved, but finds she needs to save the man she loves from himself. I particularly enjoyed the setting of the story. The author’s description of Alaska made this heat-loving, sun seeker want to view the breathtaking scenery.

I just couldn't get into this book. The writing felt choppy and I almost immediately couldn't stand the protagonist. I didn't care for his antagonistic outlook and the way he judged everyone. There was a lot of excess descriptions but not a lot of meat. It had a lot of promise in the description, but it didn't deliver. The timeline was jumpy and unclear at points. I probably wouldn't read another book by Megan Crane.

I could not make it through 6 chapters of this book. It made no sense.... A former seal in Alaska, who had no contact with family/former life, is suddenly found by a girl that grew up on his street asking him to solve the murder/disappearance of her roommate. There was a lot of repeating thoughts. The book may have been better with some editing.

This book was action packed and the bonus is some romance happened too. I liked it because it kept me guessing it wasn't just simple one plot story line. Blue Hendricks is a retired Navy seal that is trying to readjust to the civilian world. He finds his way to a group of ex-military elite men that live in Alaska. He likes being isolated and not anywhere near his family. One day randomly part of his past drives up a dangerous road that not even he would take, her name is Everly Campbell. Everly used to be his next door neighbor and his friends sister. He is trying to forget all of his past and she is there for his help. Her roommate disappeared and the police consider her the main suspect. They don't believe her that she woke up and saw her being murdered. She comes to Blue to help exonerate her. He does help her solve the mystery of her roommate. I never did guess who orchestrated or committed the murder it was a shock to me. I received this book from First to read in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.

First in a new series books are always interesting. The author has to set the background and the world the characters act in. We get to see if we like these people and if we care enough about their troubles to work through to their happy ever afters. I think this author succeeded. Everly, named for the Everly Brothers or so she claims, Campbell believes she saw her roommate killed and now believes someone is after her. It's perfectly reasonable for her to drive from Chicago to Grizzly Harbor, Alaska, to find a boy she knew from her childhood to help her. Benjamin Lewis Hendricks, called Blue, left home just as soon as he was old enough to enlist in the Navy. He worked for 20 years as a SEAL, then retired to a special security company so he would not have to go home. His father was a Navy pilot hero who died when Blue was 10. His mother remarried and Blue never forgave her for having a life. Everly accepted that her choice to seek Blue out when she had trouble was influenced by the way she had idolized the older boy. Blue remembered her as the girl across the street who was always riding a pink bicycle and following him around all the time. But solving her sort of problem was what his company did. This is a romance, so there will be sparks between Blue and Everly. These sparks are what make the story so interesting, watching just what they burn down. I am looking toward the next book in the series.

This was an author I have not read before. It was a good story that made me want to know more about the characters and what happened with them. It had a few slow spots but it was still a good story. It will be interesting to see what happens with the other characters in the next book.

3.5 stars hmmmm. this is actually my first book by this author, though i own a couple of others already, just haven't gotten to them. i liked Everly, though Blue was a bit of a shit to be honest. Not just to Everly, but how he treated his family.. ouch. I also never click with stories where the woman 'knows' the man cares about her, even when he's telling her otherwise or treating her like crap. yes, actions speak louder than words, but if someone wants to hurl hurtful words at you, or lie to you, that's something they consciously decided to do and is as loud as any other action in my mind. there were a few repetitive parts and there was a LOT of inner monologue or pages with no action/dialogue. like, there's a kiss and from the moment lips hit lips, there are 5 pages of thoughts - not all of the kiss, but other random stuff along with the kiss - before any progress or dialogue. this wouldn't normally bother me but i felt like it happened multiple times and it felt like the story kept stalling each time. as for the suspense part of this book, i didn't see it coming, but i was more interested in the romance part anyway. overall, this had some good scenes and cute parts, strong characters with a few annoying qualities from the guy, plus it was steamy to boot. it passed the time fine. i didn't hate it, sorry if it sounds like i did, it just didn't 100% work for me. unsure right now if i will continue the series - the idea that ex military come together to make this business sounded really interesting, but we didn't get to know them really because not a whole lot of the story happens there.

This was a good book. A very light read with romance and a touch of mystery. I will definitely keep an eye out for the other books in this series.

3.5 Stars Family, near death, and goodbyes. The suspense thread was an interesting one that came to a climactic finish almost as quickly as it started. I for one didn’t see the outcome that the thread offered. Crane then turns her attention to the couple, Everly finding herself and knowing what she wants and Blue going through some painful growth, healing and life altering perspectives before our story ended. I closed the book with a smile but also eager to know more about the men in this special ops unit.

3.5 stars. Seal's Honor is the first book in the Alaska Force series. This can be read as a standalone. There is some violence and hot steamy sex so 18+. I love these types of stories and series. This storyline is better than average...maybe because this isn't one of those "insta-romance" types, though they haven't seen each other in about 20 years. Now I want to read the next story once it is released.

I liked this book way more than I originally thought I would. The romance was super sweet (even though Blue obviously had some issues to work through), the mystery was suspenseful and well-done (though the villain turned out to be almost cartoon-like in his/her pure evil), and overall the story was captivating enough that I read it in one sitting. I will definitely keep any eye out for the next Alaska Force book! I'm very interested in seeing where this series goes.

3.25 Stars A contemporary and suspenseful romance between a military hunk and the girl next door from his childhood. This novel is the first in a new series and although the romance isn't exactly sizzling, the characters are interesting, especially the supporting ones in the Alaskan wilderness. It's good enough to explore the next installment. Penguin First to Read Galley

A secret militia, a sexy ex-Seal and a damsel in distress: the perfect recipe for a book. The first book in Megan Crane’s new romantic suspense series has all the ingredients and they all come together pretty well. Everly, our damsel, finds herself on the run from danger and she runs straight into Blue’s somewhat reluctant arms. The backstory on the militia is pretty vague, but Blue and Everly are fleshed out well. The mystery behind Everly’s rommate’s death is intriguing. All in all, I enjoyed this one and will read the rest of 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.

Everly is in deep. She witnessed her roommate being murdered in their apartment, and the killers know it. She saw their faces, and they saw hers. She's been on edge for a month, feeling like she's being watched and knowing in her gut that she's being followed. It's only a matter of time before they catch up with her. The police are of no help because her roommate's body was missing by the time they arrived on the scene, and no evidence of fowl play was left behind. So Everly flees for her life, driving across the country and up into the wilderness of Alaska to seek the help of a man she barely remembers. Blue left their suburban Chicago neighborhood when he was a teenager in too much pain from losing his father and not being able to accept the stepfather his mother moved on with too quickly, in his opinion. When Everly shows up on the doorstop of the elite Alaska Force base Blue escaped to after retiring from the Navy Seals, he remembers the little girl who rode her pink bicycle around their neighborhood and he knows it's up to him to save her. But Everly isn't a little girl anymore, as much as Blue would like to ignore how grown up she's become. When their attraction becomes too much, both will have to put it all on the line and make some difficult decisions. Thoughts: I'd like to start off by expressing how thankful I am that I received access to this eARC via Penguin Random House's First to Read program. I was given access to this eARC in exchange for my honest review. Honestly, I was hoping for better with this title. There was SO MUCH inner monologue happening, especially on Blue's side. We are privy to paragraphs-worth of internal thoughts and battles per five-six lines of dialogue between characters. The first third of the book had the most offenses of this. Readers may find it difficult to feel the chemistry between the characters when they interact sporadically between internal monologues. And Blue is just downright mean at times. I totally understand why, but for Everly to know why he's trying to push her away and letting him insult her and be just plain rude is a slap in the face to all female suspenseful romance characters. I can handle when the guy is the one doing the saving -- that I'm good with -- but to have him be mean while he's at it? Nope. And the fact that Everly's so confident that she knows why he's being rude, and that he really is that into her, is just unrealistic. Here is a woman who is on the run from the guys who murdered her roommate, yet she can confidently feel Blue truly likes and cares for her despite his cruelty is beyond me. That said, I thought there were some really great scenes between the main characters, and I enjoyed Everly's sarcasm. I just wish there were less internal monologues and more chemistry on display. This is the first book in the series -- I would give the second one a try.

This book started off rough, but I was drawn into it relatively quickly and ended up pretty attached to the characters. The beginning seemed like a rough draft to me. A lot of repetitive thoughts from Blue about how dangerous he was, how the way he said things normally quelled riots but had no effect on Everly, how women like her shouldn't be with deadly men like him, and on and on and on. After a while that was toned down, which I think is what helped me connect a bit more. I understand what the author was trying to get at, but wish it had been less blunt and repetitive. Everly, on the other hand, I liked from nearly the beginning. Their relationship was fun to follow, but at times also kind of abusive. I suppose it could be argued that Blue was trying to push her away, but sometimes it went too far. The resolution and conversations between Blue and his mom and Blue and his step-dad are what really did me in though. Super emotional, raw, and real. The action was fun and I could have done with more of it! I also liked the mystery of what happened to Everly's roommate. It wasn't something that I could put my finger on right away, so I appreciated that. Though the resolution did come really quickly after 200 pages of leading up to it. Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was quick, light, and easy. I'd probably read the next one.

I found the concept of having a group of ex-military coming together and forming a business in Alaska to be interesting. Being the first book in the series, however, I would have expected to get more of a background about the team, which was somewhat lacking. We're introduced to the team members and what their specialties are, but we're not really given an explanation as to why the group was formed in such a remote area. I was also somewhat confused as to why Everly's brother would send Everly to Blue when they hadn't spoken in years. It's not explained how he even knew how to find him. Despite this, I still enjoyed the story. It moves at a fast pace and the action is plenty as Blue and his team, along with Everly, try to discover what really happened to Everly's roommate. Readers of romantic suspense should give this book a read.

A retired Navy SEAL joins a secret militia in remote Alaska and is sought by a young woman who had been a neighbor when they were children. She has witnessed her roommate's murder, but the body disappeared, and the killers are now after her. This is the premise for an interesting mystery, however, I found myself skipping over the angst of why Blue should not be drawn to Everly and vice versa. The mystery was interesting and certainly held my attention; however, the angst over their relationship was a bit too long for my interest. If you are looking for a good mystery and don't mind the conflict within the characters, I recommend this book. Thank you to First to Read for providing me a copy of this book for my review.

The plot develops somewhat formulaically and you can practically hear the author putting checkmarks next to a list of things to include, but the writing works in making you fall into the story and wanting to follow it along to the obvious (yet still enjoyable) end. There's a point where you just can't put it down. It's really does reel you in. Leading man, Blue, is the ultimate broken Alpha and leading lady, Everly, is just the girl to put him back together. You know they're going to end up together but seeing them deny it makes the inevitable extra enjoyable. It's not a genre redefining book. It doesn't have to be if what you're looking for is a smoking hot Alpha, exciting action (of all kinds), and a sappy HEA. Sometimes, that's all you need in a good book.

Such a good read! A nice balance of mystery, suspense and romance. Once you get through the first chapters that set up the story, it felt impossible to put this book down. Especially those last few chapters. Loved that the ending of this book felt satisfying. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

I was completely pulled into this story from the first paragraph! I loved it! Great characters with lots of action and conflict. I didn't want to do anything but read once I got started!

I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I like stories where the romantic interest refuses to acknowledge their feelings because it is just that much more triumphant when they finally get together. This book certainly satisfied that for me. Also, I loved the capable and masculine hero. The Alaska Force concept is nice and I can see it will certainly be the basis for a whole romance series. However, I probably won't continue the series because of a few small issues that altogether turned me off. First of all, while the writing style was overall good, I had to reread a number of sentences because they were formulated oddly. In some cases, the sentence meaning could be misconstrued because of strange sentence structure. Secondly, the premise of how the heroine knows to contact and how to contact the hero is incredibly faulty. Why does her brother have his resume and address if the hero is being discreet and hasn't seen him in 20 years? Why would her brother give that information to the heroine if she hasn't told him she is in deep trouble? Why does she think the hero is the only one who can help her if the Alaska Force is not public knowledge? Too many holes without answers. Finally, while it mostly kept my attention, this book was not a page-turner to me. I mostly wanted to finish it so I could get started on my next book.

Seal's Honor is a book that's as cute as little pink bike. Blue is so hardened to the world and yet Everly manages to get under his skin. He's tough in all the ways Everly needs someone to be in her situation, but that doesn't mean she plays a damsel in distress! Overall a sweet read, who doesn't love a happily ever after?

I absolutely love to read books about Seals and this book is no exception. Blue is your very manly man who wants to protect the good people. Everly is a surprise in that although girlie she is also tough. Watching their progress at a relationship and how Everly reacts to Blue is great throughout the story. She seems to know exactly what he needs to hear. Though there is sex it is not blatant throughout the book. Overall I would suggest this book to anyone who likes read books about people who are retired from the Seals or is still serving.

I could not put this book down! I fell right into the story and felt like I was there with them. Very well written and didn't drag at all. I will definitely be keeping tabs on when to get the next book in this series. Thanks First to Read for my advance copy!

Took the whole day off to read and I ate it up before the day ended! I usually stick to paranormal romance but this book had be hooked after chapter one. Everly heads all the way to Alaska just to find the one person she knows can help her, except he really doesn't want anything to do with her nor wanted his past brought up now that he was apart of Alaska Force. All Blue wants is to get the job done and return home to Alaska but he just couldn't fight off that attraction he had to her. As more answers are uncovered on her roommates death the closer those two became. Everly helps him over come a past that he was trying to avoid since he was a teen and in turn Blue is making her realize she has something truly left to fight for and thats her feelings towards him. I will definitely be buying the book when it comes out and I can't wait for Griffin's book next Sniper's Pride! Not to mention read more about Issac, Jonas, and Templeton! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read this book and Megan Crane now has a new reader!

 


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