Series: The Elite Forces #3
Authors: Hilary Storm & Kathy Coopmans
Genre: Contemporary Romance
What happens to a person when they’re literally brought to their knees?
Captain Beau Harris’ entire world came crumbling down. His own guilt consumed him to the point he was confined to the tortures of his own mind and faced with the reality of his own fate.
Until her. The one woman he should run from. The one woman who could bring light and warmth into his dark, cold world even though he’s content with the reality he’s destined to suffer.
She should be forbidden, yet she’s not.
Temptation has no boundaries. It teases you until you have nowhere to hide, nowhere to run, except straight into the arms of the one person who could claim your soul.
You think you know what’s about to hit you. You have no idea.
STONE – book three in The Elite Forces Series is going to bring you to your knees.
Theresa M’s Review: 5 STARS
Captain Beau Harris—call name Stone—is a special forces weapon of destruction. He’s one of a very special team of highly trained ops specialists. When Beau suffers an unimaginable tragedy, his best friends Jade and Kaleb try offer support and be there for him. Beau is inconsolable, and wants nothing to do with living.
Emmy is Kaleb’s sister and med school student. Due to some run ins with very dangerous enemies to Kaleb and his ops team (don’t want to give spoilers if you haven’t read Ice and Fire), she and her mother are living on Kaleb and Jade’s compound. Emmy has been hiding the little crush she has on Beau, but that’s getting harder to do the longer she’s around him.
Emmy doesn’t know the whole story about Beau, but she knows he’s hurting, and has all but given up trying to get past his grief. Beau is fine being in his funk. He knows his friends want to help him work through his feelings, but after feeling this way for several months, he just wants to be left alone. Unexpectedly, he notices Emmy. She’s beautiful, and kind—and hot! Beau feels guilty about his attraction to Emmy, but that doesn’t stop the chemistry between them. Once those sparks fly—it’s a dirty, dirty coming together for these two!
Now, back to why Beau is grieving. Forces conspire to continue their destruction, and the team must band together to keep everyone safe. There are surprises galore in this book, and once you start it, you won’t be able to put it down.
This book had me totally shocked from the beginning, and it just got better. This story of love, loss, and possible love again had me sad, happy, cracking up laughing, pissed, and excited. I don’t know how they did it, but Hilary and Kathy squeezed my heart so hard with this book. You get to see what the guys from the first two books in this series are up to.
Stone is book 3 in the Elite Forces Series, and I can’t wait for what these ladies have coming up next.
I received this ARC for an honest review, and I give it 5 stars.
“You going to stand there all day or get this shit done and over with, bitch?” He stands with his arms spread open as if he’s waiting for me to drive the first punch. That’s exactly what I do. I nail him with a right hook that lands on the side of his temple. He staggers, but before I have time to swing again, he plows into me with a kick to my stomach, followed by a punch that leads to a crunching noise from my nose. Blood spurts down my face, and pain ricochets from one side of my head to the other. His arms go up like he’s challenging me to come at him again.
“Come on, Harris, you need this. I can take it, you pussy. Let’s go.” And I explode with that phrase. I grab him by the back of the neck, rolling us to the floor. Fists start flying fast and furious as if we’re fighting for our lives. An explosive punch to his ribs sets him off exactly how I want him. He attacks with the force I need. Brutal punches to my face bring pain to the surface before a sweep of my leg has me dropping back down to the floor. I welcome the pain. I need the pain. It eggs me on and revitalizes me in a way I crave.
My next move is both spontaneous and unpredictable even to myself. I move swiftly and smoothly, snapping up off the floor. A swift kick to his jaw before I tumble backwards leaves him stunned and holding his face.
This is a fight with no rules, no winner, where neither one of us is looking to be the undisclosed master. It’s a language all of its own. This is a lesson I need and one he’s been dying to give. Only, I don’t plan to make it easy on him.
I know I’m hiding behind a mask of despair, and knowing this is when I let my guard down, when I decide to surrender and allow the man who has been doing his job as a friend to try and bring me back to the man I once was. I allow him to get one last destructive punch in. This is the one I need the most. The one that clearly knocks me on my goddamn ass until I’m lying there breathing heavily.
My mind starts to tell me it’s time to move on. My chest explodes inside, and I finally feel the shards of reality that are heating up the blood pumping through my veins. It’s time to realize she isn’t coming back to me. It’s time for me to take the lesson of life that has pulled me under this rough, intense current of self-destruction. It’s his punch to the side of my head that fucking makes me feel I’m alive. Here’s the best part though, I don’t care if I’m alive. I care about nothing. This isn’t living, and yet it’s all I’ve got.
Hilary Storm lives with her high school sweetheart and three children in Oklahoma. She drives her husband crazy talking about book characters everyday like they are real people. She graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with an MBA in Accounting and has a full time job as an accountant. Her passions include being a mom, writing, reading, photography, music, mocha coffee, and spending time with friends and family. She is the author of the International Best Selling ‘Rebel Walking’ Series, Bryant Brothers Series, Inked Brothers Series, Six and co-author of The Elite Forces Series! Sign up for her newsletter here: http://goo.gl/forms/d0UON5HIUC
USA Today Best Selling Author Kathy Coopmans is a Michigan native where she lives with her husband, Tony. They have two son’s Aaron and Shane.
She is a sports nut. Her favorite sports include NASCAR, Baseball, and Football.
She has recently retired from her day job to become a full-time writer.
She has always been an avid reader and at the young age of 50 decided she wanted to write. She claims she can do several things at once and still stay on task. Her favorite quote is “I got this.”