Monday, September 4, 2017

Book Review: Going Dark (The Lost Platoon #1) by: Monica McCarty

Release Date: September 5, 2017
from Berkley
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.

"The members of a top secret SEAL Team can't keep their passion under wraps in this thrilling
contemporary romantic suspense series from New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty.

Like Rome's Lost Legion, a SEAL platoon goes on a mission and vanishes without a trace.

After walking into a trap on a covert op in Russia, the men from top secret SEAL Team Nine are presumed dead. Not knowing whom they can trust, and with war hanging in the balance, the survivors must go dark and scatter around the globe.

Marine ecologist Annie Henderson joins her new boyfriend on a trip to the Western Isles of Scotland to protest a hazardous offshore drilling venture. When she realizes that she may be swept up in something far more dangerous than she'd intended, there is only one man she can turn to. . . .

She and the mysterious but sexy dive boat captain haven't exactly gotten off to the best start, but something about his quiet confidence makes her think that he's the kind of man she can depend on. Because he's gruff and guarded, she can tell Dan Warren has secrets. But she could never imagine how high the stakes are for him to keep his cover, even as he risks everything to protect her. . . ."

My Thoughts:

I went into Going Dark ready for an intense romantic suspense read and while I do have some reservations with this one, in the end it delivered a good story that I was invested in. I rooted for Annie and Dean, even when everything seemed hopeless and I am curious to meet the other SEALs and see what is going on here.

I keep going back and forth with this book because there are parts I loved and then parts where I was meh. This book definitely moves in spurts. I’ll be reading and loving it and then I’ll get to another part and be bored and ready to move on. Also, it does take a bit to get going. I wasn’t really invested until about the 30% mark. Up until that point I wanted to strangle Annie for being SO BLIND to what was going on around her. I think we spent too much time on the set up with Annie and her boyfriend and clearly up to no good friends when we could have gotten to the action sooner. I think I was supposed to see how Annie got sucked into it and see how this was all set up, but all it did was make me mad at Annie for missing so many red flags. But once the action takes off, the book took a complete one eighty for me and I enjoyed it from there out.

While I’m on the characters though, I must say that Annie and I struggled to get along and that is mostly because Annie and I are just very very VERY different people. She aggravated me. Also, this is partially on me because when I read romantic suspense I much prefer the heroines be on the same level as the heroes. I love when the heroine is an assassin or something crazy like that. Dean and I got along a bit better… I mean he is a Cowboys fan… but also I just agreed with him a bit more. However, sometimes both of these characters felt like such exaggerations that they almost didn’t seem realistic. They just fit stereotypes so well at times that I rolled my eyes.

Aside from these gripes though I did enjoy the story. I liked the suspense going on in this story and I liked the overarching premise that is going to carry into future books. I have so many questions regarding that and I cannot wait to meet these characters and get some answers! Romantic suspense is so fun that way and I love the action it brings to the story.

And of course this is a romance and I loved the chemistry between Dean and Annie. Opposites do attract in this case and I really liked watching them bicker and finally realize they are never going to agree but that it doesn’t really matter all that much in the end. Their steamy scenes were awesome and the danger mixed in with the action made their romance all the better.

All in all, Going Dark is a good read and a good start to the series. I am definitely intrigued and looking forward to getting my answers with future books.


  1. Huh. I had been thinking about this book because I've had some success with McCarty's historical romance, but I think I will pass. The heroine doesn't sound fun and I already know I would hate her. I'm sorry you had issues with this book!

    Have a fabulous week, Teresa. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. I like that even with your understandable gripes, you were able to enjoy this one and that it delivered in the end. Sounds like this could grow into a really good series and maybe the heroine of the next book will be more to your liking. Awesome review, wifey!


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