Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Whiskey Tribute by Samantha A. Cole

Title: Whiskey Tribute
Series: Trident Security, 5.5
Author: Samantha A. Cole
Publisher: Samantha A. Cole
Genre and Pairing: Contemporary and M/F
Page Count: 108 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
Curt Bannerman never thought he’d have to follow through with a promise to ensure his best friend’s wife and children were taken care of in the event of Eric’s death after the two men retired from the Navy SEALs. But an assassin made the promise a reality. Eighteen months later he’s still keeping an eye on the family, however, somewhere along the line his feelings for the pretty widow have changed.

Dana Prichard had been both a mother and a father for her children during her husband’s multiple deployments, but once Eric retired, she thought those days were over. Now she has to do it with no chance of him ever coming home again. While his SEAL teammates have been there for her since Eric’s death, one of them stands above the rest. The one man who is slowly invading her dreams.

They started as friends, but now, both want more. Can they move past the feelings that they are betraying a dead man by wanting each other? Or is Eric always going to stand between them?

Her husband is dead. It wasn’t war that took him but a murder disguised as an accident. With the help of her husband’s friends and teammates, Dana is ready to move on. But why is it the only man she wants is her dead husband’s best friend? Curt lost his best friend and SEAL mate. And as he helps the widow, his feelings have grown and changed. Can he move beyond the guilt and accept he loves his best friend’s wife?
Whiskey Tribute by Samantha A. Cole shows us that life goes on. Both Dana and Curt loved Eric and now the respect and love they had for each other has changed and grown. Are they ready to move beyond friendship? I loved seeing the connections between teammates when one is lost. The support they provided to Dana and her family was wonderful to see and experience. Ms. Cole showed that even in pain, the support is amazing. She also showed that time heals most wounds. While Curt has always had a thing for his best friend’s wife, he had no intention of allowing it to break up the closeness he had with Eric. He even struggled when Eric was no longer an impediment to a future with Dana. I appreciated his sense of honor even as he continued to support not only his friend but their young family. This story was heartfelt and well written. I enjoyed seeing Dana and Curt move past Eric’s death while respecting who and what he was to them both. I love this series by Ms. Cole and thought this a fitting addition to these strong men and women. 

                       Five Shooting stars

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