Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Chain of Command by HelenKay Dimon

Title: Chain of Command
Author: HelenKay Dimon
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Night Stalkers #6
Main Characters: Greenway Range #1
Release Date: March, 2015
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Retired marine Sawyer Cain can't forget all he's seen and lost, but he can try to start over. Opening a gun range with his closest friends is the first step toward a new life—one where he finally buries the guilt he can't seem to shake. So much depends on the property he needs to buy…and the gorgeous but completely frustrating woman who refuses to sell it.

Hailey Thorne is done—with loss and with anything military, after the closest thing she had to an uncle died in Afghanistan. When Sawyer shows up on her porch he has military written all over him. He's one more in a long line of people who wants the land she inherited, and suddenly he's everywhere she goes. Hailey can't get the broad-shouldered, dirty-talking, dead-serious man out of her head. Or her life.

Sawyer's not above using his skills in the bedroom to try to convince her to sell, and Hailey is more than willing to let him. Their pleasure-only arrangement works…until emotions get in the way. But Sawyer has a secret he's convinced will have Hailey hating him forever, and Hailey's not willing to risk loving anyone she could lose.

My Review:
This is one of those books that is so hard for me to rate...because while I completely enjoyed the book and reading it and the characters, there were major flaws with the overall story line that really weakened it overall. 

In this book, Hailey has basically been raised by Rob, a contractor who died in Afghanistan. He was one of Sawyer's best friends, although Hailey never met Sawyer. Hailey inherited Rob's land which he had promised to Sawyer for his gun range. On the surface that all works and the conflict is believable, but as the story progressed, it lost a lot of validity. There are two main issues with this as the conflict...

1. Hailey's property is in San Diego county so it's really valuable and she has a LOT of people who want it. That works in that she's leery, at first, of Sawyer. But as she gets to know him (and love him) it makes NO SENSE why she still holds back. She knew that he was close to Rob. The conflict becomes invalid, but the author continued to draw it out LONG after it was a moot point. 

2. There's a scene in the book where Hailey and Sawyer visit a gun range. It's cute in that Sawyer just assumes she has no clue when she knows exactly what she's doing with a gun. Cute, but just proves that there's NO NEED for a gun range anywhere around there. They already have one. O.O

I kept waiting for the details of the gun range to be revealed so I could see how it was 'more', but that never happened and it left me shaking my head after the book was over. What was the big deal about their gun range that makes it so special? I didn't see it...or how it could possibly support all the hands in the operation of it as it's planned.

So, while this book was good to read and highly entertaining, there were huge gaping holes in the plot that just ruined a lot of the underlying story for me and took the entire book down a few notches in my estimation/rating.

But what was good were the characters. I honestly loved this cast of characters and although I find the premise of the gun range a little iffy, I fully plan to keep reading the series, because I loved all the characters we met in this book. I want to know more about Marcus and Will, Jason and Molly, and really want Kat to find happiness again after being shattered by Rob's death. And I really enjoyed Sawyer and Hailey together, too. It was a sexy, hot book and although it has flaws, I definitely still enjoyed reading it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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