Friday, June 20, 2014

Review & Giveaway: "Invincible" by Alana Albertson

Picture1 Invincible by Alana Albertson
Publication Date: March 9, 2014
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Invincible
 
I’ll be honest with you—
I’m no hero.
 
 Sure, the media tries to brand every Navy SEAL as some kind of Batman dressed in cam-mies. There’s even a line in one of our cadences: Superman is the man of steel, he ain’t no match for Navy SEAL. You’ve seen the movies—we’re infallible, invaluable, invincible. But that night, the one you read about in the papers … all I really wanted to do was get laid.

One harmless fuck with a Aruban whore, no strings attached. I picked her out of a lineup—wild, dark hair, long legs and a crooked smile. After she sucked me off, I relaxed back onto the creaky, cum-stained cot, thankful for the blissful moments she gave me when I actually forgot for a second the faces of my buddies who died because I made the wrong call, the tears of the children I couldn’t save, and the eyes of the enemies I slaughtered during their last seconds of life.

But before I left, her hazel eyes peered into my soul. She whispered in a distinct Californian accent, “My name is Annie Hamilton. I’m an American citizen. I was kidnapped on spring break five years ago. You’re my last hope. Please save me.”

One desperate plea. This wasn’t a Hollywood blockbuster or a New York Times best-selling thriller. I knew this time there was no room for excuses, no margin for errors. I had one chance to put on the cape and be her hero.
 

Review: 

He was her only hope.

She is the only woman who has consumed him.

While on break Pat, a Navy Seal, decides he needs some company of the female variety. The whore he chooses whispers her name. It's one he can't forget and when he finds the story behind it he does everything he can to help.  With the help of his friends Vic and Kyle can he rescue her?

Annie has almost given up hope. He's her last hope, the answer to her prayers. She's been through hell and back. Even if she's rescued how will she go back to her old life? The simple answer is she never can. There are too many secrets. Too much pain.

This book shows everything that is wrong with how human trafficking and how it's dealt with. Annie's story is one of pain and despair. The story doesn't go into much depth of all she's been through, but skirts the lines to not get away from the story of Pat and her.

There is chemistry between the characters as Pat fights his feelings of guilt. The build up is great, but I wish there were more scenes of togetherness. The end seemed a bit rushed and there are things left unsaid. I understand why, but wish Pat would have looked into things a little more and maybe had a conclusion to that part.

This is a good start to the series. The other two Seals are great characters to further the series on. This book is a solid 4 star read. It has suspense, love, action, and heroism. It's written in a way that is sensitive to the subject yet bring the story to a full read.
 
About the Author:
 
Alana Albertson is the former President of both Romance Writers of Americas’s Young Adult and Chick Lit chapters and the founder of Academe Advantage, a college admissions & test preparation company. Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two young sons, and four dogs. When she’s not spending her time needlepointing, dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through Pugs N Roses, the rescue she founded, she can be found watching episodes of House Hunters, Homeland, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.