Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Edge of Courage by Elaine Levine

Title:  The Edge of Courage
Author: Elaine Levine
My Rating: A+

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Red Team Book #1
Main Characters: Rocco and Mandy
Release Date: April 2012
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: self-pubbed
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Sexual Intensity: hot

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Step into Elaine Levine's exciting new series of alpha warriors--products of the government's secret corps of assassins called the Red Team....

Haunted by memories he cannot reach, stalked by an enemy bent on revenge . . .

Rocco Silas has come home to Wyoming after long years as a Red Team operative in Afghanistan. It isn't easy returning to civilian life, especially burdened as he is with a staggering case of PTSD or hunted as he is by an enemy determined to seek an eye-for-eye--neither of which can he battle until he confronts the truth of what happened one fateful day in the high mountain ranges of the Hindu Kush.

. . . She alone holds the key to his sanity.

Mandy Fielding's dream of opening a therapeutic riding center on her family's ranch is almost within her grasp--until she hires Rocco Silas, a dangerous ex-Spec Ops friend of her brother's. His haunted eyes and passionate touch promise a love she never dared believe possible. Can they confront the truth of his past and build a future together or will the enemy stalking him destroy them both?

My Review:

OMG, what an amazing, wonderful book and start to this series. I am a HUGE romantic suspense fan and this book is right up there with the best of the best. Such a good book and you all are going to LOVE Red Team...

This book is Rocco's book. He's been deep undercover in Afghanistan for years. Unfortunately, that ended and everything went to hell. There was a massive explosion in the village where he was living, costing him everything...even seemingly his sanity. He's back in the US and managed to fake his way out of the military's health care, but he was covering up a ton to do it. He is nowhere close to being healed. PTSD seems too mild of a description for the hell that he's going through (I know, right?!?) OMG, my heart simply ached for this guy.

Then there's Mandy. She's building a therapeutic equestrian center in Wyoming. She's Kit's (part of Red Team) sister and he's sent Rocco to her to Mandy because someone is sabotaging the work on the Center and help Rocco because Kit knows that Rocco is in a really bad place and Mandy can help him recover.

I loved both of the main characters, but I absolutely fell in love with every other character in this book...and there are a bunch of them. You get glimpses into several of their stories and I am so excited. This was an amazing first book, but already the basis is there for many more books to come. There are a total of 9 guys on this team and each and every one of them has a great story to tell. Closest to Rocco are Kit and Blade. Kit's story is already so intriguing, but Blade's had a bit of a cliffhanger in this one so I am dying as to whose story is coming next.

The setting for this series is Wyoming ranch gorgeous and it provides such amazing ambiance for the series. As a Texas gal, I love the ranch settings here.

Everything about this book was well-done. The suspense was fabulous. The romance was breathtaking...Really, really gorgeous, emotional, and beautiful. The story provided so many gorgeous moments full of emotion. I laughed and I definitely cried. Such a great book. Elaine Levine, you have a new fan!!!

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