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He's always been my least favorite person of the group, but I had faith that he would eventually see the light and realize how damaging his attitude was. Unfortunately, insufficient time was spent on Mac's personal growth and inner reflection. After realizing that they were nothing like her, these are his illuminating thoughts: Unlike most of her gender, Amy had principles and courage and Hell, all three women were in the same percentile as Amy. Which just made the four of them an anomaly. He recognizes that these women are trustworthy, brave, and good people.

Yet, the conclusion he draws is that it's only because they're rare to their gender. Look, I get it. Both of his parents are worthless human beings who scarred him emotionally. Mommy issues are understandable. Though, why not an issue with men too? His father was a drunk who neglected him and failed to provide even the most basic needs since he was a child. I wanted to like Mac more, but unfortunately the author failed to convince me that he had become a better man.

He did endear me more than I expected, but his growth was a big fat failure. Granted, pretty much all of the books were rushed in this aspect, but because of certain PNR elements added in, some couples made me a believer. This was most definitely my least favorite in regards to romance out of the bunch.

Let's face it, the author had her work cut out for her. Not only was she dealing with Mac's prickly personality and prejudice, but the heroine has a SLEW of problems hindering their relationship. After being kidnapped with her sons, raped, and her husband murdered months prior, she's not someone you would picture fighting feelings of attraction and lust over someone.

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But that's exactly what happens six months after being rescued and widowed. It was so strange. Almost six months now, days— give or take. It felt like forever. John felt like a dim, treasured memory. Not like she had in the beginning. Mac dominated her dreams these days. John had been a good man, a good husband. He deserved better than this. Honestly, there was literally no grief shown by her, no mourning. The woman propositions him for sex because she didn't want her rapists to have control over her sexuality.

I can understand the sentiment, but when you're googling PTSD in order to prevent triggers and flashbacks, that's not working for me. The first time went smoothly with no touching, the second attempt worked completely. Simply by using google. Her method of pushing away her feelings rather than dealing with them, combined with the amount of time that her life had been completely turned upside down, made for a very unbelievable romance. Amy's feelings of love seemed to have been plucked out of thin air, because I couldn't find a natural progression.

I actually felt no sexual tension or attraction between them, which was a disappointment to say the least. When Mac returns from a mission, he marches himself to Amy's room to reveal to her that he loved her, and all it did was make me roll my eyes. There's alpha, and then there's Mac. A man who doesn't have an ounce of tenderness in his bones. He dug deep and coughed the emotion out. Obviously his suave sophistication had impressed her speechless.

The resolution to The entire series. The majority of the action sequences in this book were minor missions as they raced against the clock to obtain information that would save Amy's children, and locate and take the NRO down for good. For me, there were too little of these moments. The action doesn't remotely compare to the nail-biting, non-stop suspense of the previous books. They were edgy, they made my heart pound, and my excitement rush. Personally, I felt that it wasn't matched on that level, and that was the main attraction of the writing for me.

The only way I could describe the final confrontation would be underwhelming. After being shown time and again how powerful and sinister this group is, I was expecting one hell of a fight. The countdown clock unwittingly deactivated by Mac through a sudden mental connection to the bomb. He just wished for it to stop, and it did. Now, it had been revealed in the previous book that the clean energy distributor she created could do this.

This is the machine that was altered in order to create the new device. Faith had said certain people's brain waves could connect with her clean energy distributor, that it enhanced their minds and allowed them to mentally manipulate objects. The NRO's sonic distributor had been reverse engineered from Faith's prototype. While I can't say that I hated it, it certainly wasn't what I waited so many years for.

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It was just okay. Wolf remains one of my favorite characters, and I'd be intrigued to read his and Jillian's story. A spin-off series about the Eagle Clan and the Shadow Mountain warriors is not beyond the realm of possibility after the epilogue. I love the fact that the paranormal gifts would carry on into that series, because that is one of the big draws for me with the Red-Hot SEALs. I love Trish McCallan's style of writing, so I'm hoping that there will be more to come in the future.

View all 3 comments. May 17, Celestine rated it liked it Shelves: I had such hopes for a satisfactory, mature romance between Mac and Amy.

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Sep 17, Lynda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Another Kirk for my keeper shelf! For a seventeen year old girl who never had a boyfriend it did seem strange that Emma's drawn romantically to Sawyer a hot-tempered, jealous Demon and that the personable and considerate football player Daxon Preston wasn't even a contender for her affections, although it does allude to their unmistakable chemistry. Preview — Embers by Mary Kirk. It felt a bit open-ended

Especially after such a long wait. This is billed as the series ender, but there is a clear setup for a spin-off series involving Wolf and Jillian and one remaining villain. The epilogue is nice, involving all the couples from other books in the series. Book one remains my fav. My satisfaction was blocked by Amy's strange non-grieving, and all the emotional baggage with her kids, sickness, assault and Mac's in Disappointed.

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My satisfaction was blocked by Amy's strange non-grieving, and all the emotional baggage with her kids, sickness, assault and Mac's injuries. In the midst of all that angst, I just couldn't feel the romance.

The setup of Mac and Amy in the previous books was better than the delivery. The action portion of the book was so-so. The deep reliance on the mystical, the healing, the paranormal kinda killed it for me.

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Embers: Author's Cut [Mary Kirk] on linawycatuzy.gq *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Winner, RT Book Reviews Lifetime Achievement Award Finalist. Embers has 2 ratings and 1 review. Lynda said: I have loved this book since it was first released. I'm not usually a fan when authors update their storie.

It felt more like groundwork for a Shadow Warriors spin-off. Apr 19, Anita rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is not a standalone. This review contains spoilers if you haven't read the other books. But, if you have read the other books then you know that the New Ruling Order NRO mean business and will not stop until they are stopped. This book is seat of your pants exciting and you really care what happens to these characters. The love story is sweet and empowering. The suspense is heart stopping and the ending. Well, you'll have to read that for yourself.

They kidnapped her and her kids, she was gang raped, they had her husband murdered and they injected her kids with an experimental isotope, which is killing them. Amy has had to draw deep and use her spine of steel just to keep sane for the last five months. All this would have broken a lesser person, but Amy survives.

Now, with time running out for Benji Chastain, Mac will do anything, even betray a friend, to find a way to save him. His feelings for Amy have done nothing but grow during this whole ordeal. His initial respect for her guts and attraction for her have given way to the real thing - love. He will fight to his dying breath to end the nightmare that holds them all hostage. It's a classic Good vs. Evil and the good guys are not going to lose.

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Driven by hate, Amy Chastain seeks vengeance for her children who have been used as scientific subjects. T Driven by hate, Amy Chastain seeks vengeance for her children who have been used as scientific subjects. Still, their coming together is more muted that I thought, hindered many times, by the race to save her son. As a result, the HEA in the uneasy aftermath feels like shaky foundation on which this book ends.

Or that paranormal abilities, which defy all attempts at rational explanation anyway, conveniently pop up at times give a deus-ex-machina cop-out to prevent more characters from dropping dead like flies and help save the day. May 11, Alison rated it really liked it Shelves: I think this is kind of a Marmite series, you either love it or hate it.

On paper I should hate it, and yet its weirdness works for me. Made up of a group of eight super-wealthy men and one woman the NRO have subverted high ranking individuals in the FBI and law-enforcement and I think this is kind of a Marmite series, you either love it or hate it. As I said in my review of book three, this series merges the paranormal think woo-woo rather than vampires with spec ops.

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If visions of future events, psychic healing and telepathy aren't your thing, walk away now. If you are still reading then this could be the series for you. As this is ostensibly the last in the series I don't recommend starting with this book, even with the handy cast of characters and 'Sitrep' at the start of the book it took me a while to get back into the story.

In some ways this reminds me of a Robert Heinlein book Lost Legacy, I think in which humans with psychic abilities battle the evil group who want total world domination. There's genius scientists who create amazing machines, which are then subverted by the NRO for their own nefarious purposes.

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There's secret training facilities, experimental helicopters, superyachts and more psychic abilities than you can throw a stick at. It was absolutely barking mad and I loved every second of it! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. May 26, Alisa rated it liked it Shelves: I really liked the first two books in this series and the two novellas.

The last one wasn't as good for me and unfortunately I liked this one even less. The suspense part was wrapped up fine although there was an awful lot going on but the romance was really lacking imo. I really wanted to epic romance moments for Mac and Amy with all Amy had been through. We didn't get that at all. They're only together in a small percentage of the book. The epilogue gives us a good wrap up for all four couple I really liked the first two books in this series and the two novellas.

The epilogue gives us a good wrap up for all four couple's stories and the author's notes states this is the last book in the series. Things are still up in the air for Wolf though so I'm assuming there will be a spin off series. Not sure and tbh I'm too lazy to look it up. Overall just an ok book. Kind of a let down for a series I have mostly enjoyed a lot. May 15, Genre: Romantic Suspense Reviewed by: At times it seemed a bit too desperate, full of anxiety and sadness as they combatted the crippling attacks from the NRO.

That made the romance between Mac and Amy seem sporadic and strained at times. The happily-ever-after was satisfying, and left enough hints as to where the next book will go…. If you're not a member you can signup for a Free Day Trial Here: I didn't know this was part of a series not to mention the last book in the series. To say I was lost is an understatement. The author catches readers up fast however that will still have new readers scratching their heads. But will the spark that flares between her and the adult Con grow—or will it be destroyed by the menacing secrets still smoldering in the ruins of Yesterday's Dream?

A moving story of childhood friends torn apart by secrets and drawn back together by love. Haunted by the shocking secrets of her past, she's forced to return to the place she fled in terror twelve years ago, and only the prospect of seeing Connor McLeod, youthful hero of her girlish fantasies, allays her fear. But will the unexpected spark that flares between her and a very adult, strikingly handsome Con have the chance to grow into a future together?

Or will it be destroyed by the wicked secrets that Anne is bound to keep? Is the menace behind those secrets truly gone—or does it lie smoldering in the ruins of Yesterday's Dream? But then, there is only one Mary Kirk, and romance readers are extremely fortunate to enjoy the fruits of her magnificent talent and superb craftsmanship Handling difficult issues with extraordinary sensitivity, Ms. Another Kirk for my keeper shelf!

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