A story that is very “Sabrina York” in feel, laden with emotion and two characters that are blindsided by the very palpable emotions and connection between them. Holed away at their compound outside of Deep Ellum, Texas, while this super-secret team of Elite Recon special ops soldiers know they aren’t ‘invisible’, they don’t expect that any trails would be solid enough to lead to them.
Until Roni, a journalist with a National Enquirer-like ragsheet working under duress for her stepfather, trying to gain custody of her sister, injured in the crash that killed their mother. I liked Roni: determined, driven and intelligent, her connection to Sterling is a huge conflict for her, even as she is 99.9% certain he’s more bluster than action where she is concerned. The outlook for Roni’s safety isn’t good, until she openly shares information with the team about her boss, and her true motives come forward. Roni despises Marcus, chafes at his pulling of her strings as if she was a marionette, and she knows that she is able to outthink, if not necessarily outmaneuver him. But there is Annabelle to think of, her sister, wheelchair bound and under Marcus’ thumb.
Sterling was blessed with a boatload of “I don’t give a F***” that allows him to function and do his job. But Roni’s appearance is like rain in the desert, she gives nourishment to hope and emotions that he thought were long buried and gone. Afraid of emotions that are more tender: Sterling’s life is better for him (he thinks) with clear rules, guidelines and outcomes. While not thrilled with the formation of, and his inclusion in this unit: it is his family, his allegiance and his duty. Roni throws all of that carefully constructed façade out of the window, and has him a bit flummoxed. OK – a LOT flummoxed, and everyone on the team, particularly the leader Steele, sees his confusion. And knows the reason is guilt and hurt, anger and loss, and the leftover fear from not being able to make a difference when it counted. And Sterling can ALWAYS make a difference.
With Roni joining forces with the guys, working as a double agent to help bring down her boss and some really bad characters, and the promise made to free Annabelle from Marcus’ control, the story goes left, right, in circles and left again, with poor Sterling hanging on by his fingertips desperately trying to control, protect and decide the outcome. And guess what? Readers are feeling every bump in the road along with him.
So much fun, so much heat in the connection between Roni and Sterling, and who doesn’t love seeing a man completely flummoxed by the new woman in his life? And poor Sterling is – dancing on the edge of control in every encounter, until they are alone and Roni’s malleable and submissive side emerges. Then he’s in control of her, but not always of his own reactions.
But that’s so completely in keeping with his personality: the all or nothing guy who never found a connection as all-encompassing, and his struggle to deal with it. I can only hope that the other stories in this collection pack such a punch.
Title: Sterling's Sedution
Author: Sabrina York
Series: Elite Metal Box Set
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Never Settle Publishing
Published on: 10 February, 2015
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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.
Scorching romance from Anna Alexander and Jennifer Kacey, Heather Long, Sabrina York, Rebecca Royce, Saranna DeWylde and Roxie Rivera
The Books of ELITE METAL
Bound By Steele by Anna Alexander and Jennifer Kacey
To save his Marine brothers and sister he must accept the past isn’t dead and buried.
Reuniting survivors means he is forced to first forgive…the enemy.
Chrome’s Salvation by Jennifer Kacey
A former leader of Elite Recon, reduced to nothing more than an apathetic existence.
Until his girl’s life hangs in the balance…now nothing will stand in the way of him coming back to life.
Adamantium’s Roar by Anna Alexander
Adamantium left Beth to what he thought was a better life, only to find she had been living in hell. Now he’ll do anything, break any vow, to claim her as his for all time.
Pure Copper by Heather Long
Copper will do whatever it takes to get the job done, even if it means seducing and betraying the one man who really sees her.
Sterling’s Seduction by Sabrina York
When Sterling spots a reporter masquerading as a waitress in a dingy bar in Deep Ellum, he suspects she’s investigating the team. And that’s something he just cannot allow to happen. Too many lives are at stake. He will do everything in his power to learn the truth—even seduce her. And to stop her story from coming out? He might even tie her to the bed.
Nothing is off the table when it comes to keeping his brothers safe. Nothing. It’s a damn shame she’s everything he’s ever wanted. It’s a damn shame her touch warms his cold, dead heart.
Platinum’s Choice by Rebecca Royce
Platinum left the life he had with Rose in New York to rejoin his team and silence the ightmares from Operation Phoenix. But when Rose is forced to go on the run with Platinum’s hidden son, he will have no choice but to return to his old life and reclaim what he has ached for
every day since. Red Wolf’s sniper wants to nudge Plat’s underbelly and they’re going to find out quickly how deadly he can be.
Mercury’s Poison by Saranna DeWylde
A scarred, mad genius more monster than man must protect the beauty he's become obsessed with from a beast more terrible than himself.
Forged in Silver by Roxie Rivera
Rebel. Nomad. Troublemaker. After surviving the double-cross during Operation Phoenix,
Former Elite Recon Marine Silver embraces the underworld and builds a new life as one of the world's most renowned thieves. Jewels, paintings, corporate espionage--there's no job he won't take for the right price.
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A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.