REVIEW: Killing Honor (Lucky Thirteen #1)

Navy SEAL Brody Battles’ last mission ended with him shot twice. He’s made enemies he’d like to forget ever existed all over the world. He’s more than ready to go home to the family he left behind, but when he returns, he faces sleepless nights, a possible security breach and the fear that his family has moved on without him.

Marrying her childhood sweetheart sounds like a fairy tale dream come true, but not for Devyn. Thanks to his job, her husband has been off on a secret mission for so long, he’s never even seen his daughters in person. But now he’s back, and the fairy tale life is in sight, but Devyn’s not sure the man that returned is the same man who left.

Stitching their broken family back together proves difficult when nightmares and secrets build a wall between them. And while they’re adjusting to being a family again, an enemy waits in the shadows, salivating for the sweet taste of revenge.

Published: March 24th 2014 by Soaring Phoenix Press

Genre: New Adult, War/Military

Source: Goodreads

Thoughts:
I liked it, in the sense that I like Addison and would love to read her story because she seems to have some pretty badass secrets. I don’t know of anyone who gets shot in the leg, being all, I think I got shot, that sucks. She’s too tough to be ordinary, I’m working on some theories.

I must also say that discerning who infiltrated their security was way too easy, and made me lose my interest– Once I figured out who Jane was, there really was no point reading the meat of the book, just skip to the last few chapters, you’re not missing anything — which is bad because you should want to read the entire book without having figured it all out within the first 100 pages.

Devyn on the other hand is not the type of female lead I want to read about. Yes, there is nothing wrong with being a housewife but a housewife with no other aspiration other than being a housewife is not my idea of a good read.
I originally thought her shunning the Navy SEALs wives club was a show of strength twisted as it may sound, but even not integrating yourself with them, you are still one of them and I would hate to be the one who is picked as a target because I’m so impressionable. I mean, ya you were stupid but who are you going to trust now? That sucks.

My two issues with Devyn.
– You married a military man, a SEAL for crying out loud, you know his job is going to be dangerous, and for some reason once you experience up close and personal (not saying shock and fear and everything else is warranted) but you can’t seriously expect him to give up his job right? Give up being a military man, and yes I could understand a wife asking a husband to do that because, hey danger came a knocking on my door because of what you do, but that wasn’t the impression I got from Devyn it was a more, I want you home by my side all the time because I’m scared to be without you.

WAIT! this goes into issue 2
– I mentioned earlier Devyn as a housewife and lack of aspiration, right, well this is proof: “A stupid cow of a housewife who has no discernible skill set for the real world.” That’s not even the worst part, the worst part is this: “Nothing she was saying was wrong. I had always been a housewife. I’d always been scared to lose Brody, not just because I loved him, but also because I had not future without him.” See what I mean? never mind the fact that she actually pulled the trigger, which I’m chalking up to reflex and not intention. Devyn just does not scream, strong independent woman to me. And I like reading about strong independent yet vulnerable women.

So although it was good, it wasn’t great. I’d probably only read Addison’s story and stop there unless someone else pops up in that story that piques me interest.

Last Line: “I’m not a sir,” he replied. “I work for a living.” He wrapped his arms back around me, this time so I faced the girls on the floor. He laid his chin on my shoulder and together we watched the girls play until they were bored of the blocks and went in search of more trouble to get into.

3 STARS

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