So it is an established fact that I love this author and the In The Company of Snipers series, each of these characters have taken up residence in my heart and have become special 'friends' to me, as you all well know Harley being my long time favorite. That said, Irish Winters, you have ruined me with Maverick, ruined me in the very best of ways.
I went into Maverick with some trepidation, much like I did when I got my hands on Gabe's book, (yeah, these last two in the series have been hard reads) I couldn't see how you were gong to make this work. These books have always been about The T.E.A.M., yes each book revolves around one couple but in the end it is always about the family that is Alex Stewarts hand picked group of dedicated, more often than not broken ex Marines and Soldiers. So when I read the synopsis, when I knew that Maverick was literally walking away from The T.E.A.M. I couldn't fathom how this would all work out. How can you take The T.E.A.M. out of the equation? I am so very happy to tell you, with out really telling you anything at all because I just don't want to give it away, that it all works and it works beautifully. Maverick's book has burrowed itself right up next to Harley's in my heart and the best part about that is how unexpected it was.
You've heard me say in the past that reading a particular book was like watching a movie and not that I couldn't see this one as a movie but there was something even more powerful about Maverick's story. It was like seeing snap shots of pictures, of having been in those moments, having lived them, breathed them, and loved in them. This book was plain and simple, visually stunning. Irish's words and descriptions roll like waves across your mind, painting pictures so clear and beautiful that I not only spent half my read with emotional tears in my eyes but also having eyes that were glassy with unshed tears from the simple beauty that was before me. The imagery was literally breath-taking to me.
"The sound of hooves on hard-packed dirt drew nearer. In seconds, galloping draft horses, their heads held high with manes tossing in the breeze, zeroed in on the gate. Most were the same reddish-brown with black manes as Star, but one was nearly pearlescent with a white mane, the dappling on its hide nearly imperceptible. A glossy, coal black fellow with a coat that glistened in the early evening light galloped in."
Not only was Irish able to take my breath away visually but emotionally I was lost to the story. Maverick will both melt and break your heart. China, what an amazing character she is. Strong, beautiful, so unbelievably caring...you fall in love with her the moment she crosses the first page and Kyrie...what a sweet baby girl, I can't even go there with you guys with out tearing up again.
Irish Winters took a risk with this one. Her evil characters are the kind of evil that makes you skin crawl, they are the kind of characters that if not done just right can ruin a book because they are so hard to comprehend, their behavior so hurtful, cruel, and ugly...if not done well they could have simply come off as unbelievable and outlandish but Irish nails it with this pair. As far as Leezel I have never both hated a character so much and wished for them to some how be 'fixed', of course only to rot in jail...but that is a whole different thing, haha. Separating a good portion of the story from The T.E.A.M. was also a big risk as well, but it truly works out beautifully and coming back to them all in the second half of the book only makes seeing them all again that much sweeter. Getting to catch up a little on each of our favorite couples and seeing them all rallying around one another just brought a smile to my face, a sorely needed one...this book is a tear jerker, but in the best kind of way.
I hope that you will pick up this book, it can be read as a stand-alone but I HIGHLY suggest reading the whole series from book 1 onward. If you chose not to you won't be disappointed, you won't be confused but you will be missing out on some wonderful moments. These books are for anyone with a love of Contemporary Romance. They are military based characters, but that doesn't always play a huge roll in each book. There is quite a bit of action and suspense and of course love....they are in the end beautiful love stories that revolve around an ever growing and wonderful family of friends!
Today instead of just leaving you with a ~ Happy Reading~ I'd like to take a moment to say thank you to all our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen. The men and women who have fought for our country and for their own countries are in my heart and thoughts today, Veteran's Day! I hope that you each might take a moment to thank a Veteran or Active Duty Service man or woman today. Thank you to Irish for writing such wonderful stories about Military Veterans, especially the ones that struggle the most after their service (Harley, you will always make my heart hurt and smile), and also for about the people who love them though it all!
So from my Military Family to yours:
~ HAPPY VETERANS DAY ~
~ HAPPY READING ~
On Saturday and Sunday, November 14th and 15th in celebration of Veteran's Day Irish is also making book 8 in her In The Company of Snipers series, GABE free! Make sure to hop on over to Amazon and get it!
Maverick Carson returned home from
war with too much pain and not enough honor. Searching for a way to forgive and
forget, he quits The TEAM and starts to walk. He's walked all the way to
Wyoming when the sight of a pretty girl riding a massive draft horse steals his
breath—until the hillside gives way beneath the horse. Rushing to her aid, he
runs straight into the world of China Wolf, the headstrong owner of the Wild
Wolf Ranch and the owner of the finest Percherons in the country.
She doesn’t need a man in her life.
Never has. Never will. China Wolf has
responsibility enough between the rowdy horses she loves, the wayward sister
she tolerates, and the precocious niece she adores. Besides, Maverick’s made it
clear he’d rather hit the road than hang around her ranch. Why should she care?
She doesn’t—not until she glimpses the cowboy in his eyes. Maybe she needs a
man after all.
LJ Vickery: "Ms. Winters gets better and better with every book in this series! Far from cookie-cutter, the intricate stories she tells are complex and compelling. This is action, adventure and romance at its finest!"
While The TEAM struggles to deal with the deepest blow they
never saw coming, ex-Marine Gabe Cartwright is assigned to protect Alex’s
widow, Kelsey. Already haunted by the fear that he let his boss die, he vows to
protect her with his life. Nothing and no one will get in his way—until bossy Nurse
Sullivan arrives to care for Kelsey. Sullivan is anti-gun, anti-dog, and seemingly anti-men.
last damned thing he needs...
her way or the highway.
Shelby Sullivan is an admitted control freak. She
loves her new client, Kelsey Stewart, and intends to help her in any way
possible, but has no use for her bodyguards. Not even charming Agent
Cartwright will interfere with the perfect performance of her duties—until she
disregards his protection measures and leads Death straight back to
It's always a good feeling when the book you're worried, cried and labored over is well received by your fans, but when they're willing to express their appreciation with an honest review? Best thing ever! From Janett Gomez, from The Pleasure of Reading:
This is the newest
installment in a wonderful series which leads us on an emotional roller coaster
ranging from anger to tears in just a few sentences.
Taylor a military
hero, that didn't have the best childhood,
he finds himself
injured, kidnapped, and held against his will for a reason he finds hard to
believe at first, but he vows to get away and take care of whoever wounded him.
Gracie has watched
over Taylor for years on the request of someone else, in love with him through
the years. When Taylor is injured it only seemed natural she would be the one
to come to his rescue and make him well again, and maybe tell him all about his
past and help him understand why he came to be where he currently is.
To say these two
started off a relationship in the oddest way would be an understatement, but it
was one of the sweetest coming together I've ever read.
When the truth
about his past starts coming out, Taylor broke my heart. I cried a few times,
and I wanted to reach in the book and hold him, crooning soft words to him, as
well as reassure him time and time again that he was worthy of love and
The patience and
love from our Gracie came straight from her heart and soul, you can tell by the
way the words are written that this woman has been all about this man her whole
There wasn't a lot
of sexual content in this book and it made me love it even more. We get a real
story made up of mutual respect and kindness and get to watch a match made in
heaven unfold based on true feelings and not on sexual lust. That along give
this author 5 solid stars.
The happily ever
after we get was so well written that as soon as I finished the book I went
back and re-read some of my favorite parts and tried to imagine what a young
Taylor must have felt, and I cried all over again.
I recommend this
book to anyone that wants just an all around awesome story of how a little boy
lost gets everything he ever wanted in the end, family, friends, and a woman
that loves him I'm spite of it all.
Five incredibly soulful stars to Taylor, Gracie and Ms.
From the Marvelous Malissa Coy aka Reads All The Books
know that In the Company of Snipers is one of my favorite romance series out there. I love the heart of all
of Irish's Hero's, their struggles and triumphs, their fight to come home from
war and blend back into society. I have ached with them, cried with them,
railed against the injustice of it all as I watched their worlds evolve and
change while they struggled to move forward. I have seen beautiful strong
women come into each of their lives and bring them back from the brink of
madness, despair, and heart ache. I have watched these couples fight,
kill, and cry for one another. I have watched them love and hate and I
have loved each of them for it. Their stories touch our souls and I hope
encourages each of us to consider the Soldiers around us. Are the stories
in this series exaggerated or a bit over the top, yes, but that is what makes
them entertaining. What isn't exaggerated is the feelings and issues that
these Soldiers bring back with them and I adore that about Irish's characters.
The feelings are raw and real and they suck you in and make you think and
feel. Taylor's story while a bit of a departure from the original feel of
the series was for me still no less emotional or raw.
While Taylor does have challenges
that come from his time in the service it felt like he had a better control
over his 'demons' from that time than our past Heroes. Now I think that
is simply because he had a life time of misery to live before he ever stepped
foot in a combat zone. Taylor is a scarred man, his childhood has left
him feeling broken, unworthy, and unlovable. He made me want to let go of
Harley long enough to wrap him up in my arms with a kiss to his forehead and
softly whispered words of praise in his ear...and if someone can get me to let
go of Harley you know it's serious. *wink*
I feel like I say this a lot with
Irish's books but I don't want to go into too many details about the story
itself because there are so many pivotal points where things shift and change
that if I give you details it could ruin the story line and the suspense.
Talking of suspense, this book is chock full of it, right from the first
few pages. I have to admit that those first few pages had me confused.
I kept trying to figure out what was going on. Did I forget
something from the last book, Rory? Did, I miss a few pages? No,
Irish just plain threw me right to the wolves with this one, haha. If you
are expecting a slow build up, forget it, this story starts out full throttle
and doesn't really slow down until the final pages.
Let's talk Gracie. I loved
Gracie. I loved that this is a woman who takes her promises and duty
seriously, a woman who has this amazing heart that is open so wide to everyone
that you can't help but fall in love with her. She is a gentle soul that
will fight to her last breath for those she loves and she won't give up.
She is exactly the woman Taylor needed, a woman that won't let him quit,
a woman that can prove that he is worthy of love, that he was worthy of waiting
for. One of my favorite things about this story is that we really got to
know Taylor and Gracie as a couple. We have these beautiful moments of
history between the two of them that will make you heart melt. Their love
is not a fast paced fall into bed kind of love, but this simple, quiet,
beautiful love built on the solid ground of history and the promise of the
future. I promise it will make more sense as you read the story but with
these two characters you can truly see their spirit through out the book and
with their history I think that is so important to this story. Their
spirits move throughout the entire book and even though it is full of heart
breaking moments and suspense there is this calmness that just washes across
you and centers you to these two main characters. The fact that Irish was
able to evoke that feeling from me leaves me in a bit of awe and I have to
wonder if she felt this quiet sense of peace as she wrote the words.
Final note before I begin to wax poetic...I
was so glad to see Alex back strong in the forefront of the story. He is
always there in the back ground, but I really felt like in this story he was a
true presence and I think we needed his assertive personality to balance out
the other characters, particularly Taylor's dad, who should be glad Taylor
found Gracie and not me, because General, you'd have likely found an
arrow in your chest a long time ago...just saying. I also loved
the appearance of past characters and future ones, hellooooo Gabe. I'll
end by saying that anyone that could make me almost want to unwrap
myself from Harley is worth some of your time and Taylor, he's a contender!
This is a great read for anyone
looking for a sweet romance with a complex hero, a determined heroine, and a
suspenseful and heart wrenching story. It's not a overly difficult read
but as with many of these books there are tough moments, ones that will bring
tears to your eyes. This one is no exception and one part of the story line in
particular can be tough to get through. Your heart will truly ache for the
White Hawk family, but it is pivotal to the story line and Irish does the
family and the story justice. Taylor can be read as a stand alone but the
epilogue will give away a few spoilers if you haven't read the series from the
beginning so go in with caution if you choose to start here.
I can't figure Zack out. As of May 2, 2015, the book has a solid 4.8 out of 5 stars reviews on Amazon, so I know people like him once they read him. Yet he continues to undersell all of the other books in the series, In the Company of Snipers.Why is that? Is it the cover? The blurb? The color purple? The scenery in the background? I'm not desperate - okay, so maybe I am. A little. I'd love to hear your suggestions on ways to get this bad boy into better shape. Send me a comment at firstname.lastname@example.org you have any ideas. I'd love to hear from you!
Also, he will be free on Amazon Kindle tomorrow, May 4th, if you'd like to check him out for yourself.
Life is perfect for ex-Marine scout sniper Zack Lennox. He's got it made: fast car, fast women and the best job on the planet--until he comes face to face with a tiny girl caught up in a child-smuggling ring. The moment he decides to rescue helpless Chai Yenn, his perfect life is at risk. He's entered the world of the Black Dragon Syndicate where babies and children are bartered for cold hard cash.
He just doesn't know it yet.
She's on a mission...
Life is anything but perfect for Mei Xing, a single mother searching for her kidnapped daughter, LiLi. When law enforcement proves worthless, she takes matters into her own hands and runs headlong into the handsome Agent Lennox. He's cocky and self-assured. She's determined to run over anyone in her way. he's just a man. How difficult could it be to dupe him into teller all he knows?