Review: Going Dark by Monica McCarty

Posted August 29, 2017 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Review: Going Dark by Monica McCarty Going Dark by Monica McCarty
Series: The Lost Platoon #1
Genres: Action, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Berkley Books
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 352
ISBN: 0399587705
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Minx's Rating:
Heat Factor:two-half-flames

The members of a top secret SEAL Team can't keep their passion under wraps in this thrilling contemporary romantic suspense series from New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty.

Like Rome's Lost Legion, a SEAL platoon goes on a mission and vanishes without a trace.

After walking into a trap on a covert op in Russia, the men from top secret SEAL Team Nine are presumed dead. Not knowing whom they can trust, and with war hanging in the balance, the survivors must go dark and scatter around the globe.

Marine ecologist Annie Henderson joins her new boyfriend on a trip to the Western Isles of Scotland to protest a hazardous offshore drilling venture. When she realizes that she may be swept up in something far more dangerous than she'd intended, there is only one man she can turn to. . . .

She and the mysterious but sexy dive boat captain haven't exactly gotten off to the best start, but something about his quiet confidence makes her think that he's the kind of man she can depend on. Because he's gruff and guarded, she can tell Dan Warren has secrets. But she could never imagine how high the stakes are for him to keep his cover, even as he risks everything to protect her. . . .


In Going Dark, Dan Warren was a gruff dive boat captain whose manners are nothing short of rude. He has no interest in taking some tree huggers out on the sea to protest a drilling rig’s presence. Dan Warren was just trying to keep a low profile, he was following orders. Dan Warren was actually Dean Baylor, the senior chief SEAL team member from the missing and presumed dead SEAL Team Nine. Dean was instructed to go dark, to live off the grid under an assumed identity, until it could be determined who in fact had leaked their mission details that led to many members of the team losing their lives.

Annie Henderson was a marine ecologist of nearly extreme proportions. She lived out her beliefs and made no excuses for her choices. She had a cause and she was going to do everything to save the Ocean and its inhabitants. It was her beliefs that overrode her common sense and brought her around the world to Scotland to protest an offshore drilling venture with a boyfriend she had only been dating for two months. Turns out that Annie’s boyfriend has friends in all the wrong places and had set Annie up for more than she bargained for.

Before the plot, that Annie had found herself embroiled in, had time to play out she managed to enlist Dean’s help. Dean really had little interest in helping Annie, in fact he was all ready to leave her and the other’s behind to deal with their own problems. It was not wise for him to become involved in the situation in anyhow, otherwise he was liable to blow his cover. In the end, he was not able to leave Annie behind because he was too worried about her safety. They fled together and left behind what they considered to be a simple situation for the authorities to deal with.

How wrong they were. Turns out that Annie had gotten herself involved in a plot that was organized by some very powerful people and they determined that she needed to be eliminated. Several times Dean had considered just leaving Annie behind because she was definitely going to blow his cover, but each time he took one look at her pleading eyes, he was swayed. Even though she was a threat to his goals, he could not help the growing attraction he felt for her and he knew he was not alone in that attraction. The million-dollar question though was would he be willing to sacrifice not only his cover but also the covers for all his teammates who were depending on each other’s secrecy?

Going Dark was a high stakes non-stop action story that had many great military and romance elements. I cannot say that I adored Annie’s character, but I think that in an opposites attract romance that her and Dean are paired very well. They couldn’t be more opposite if they tried but they do complement each other in their own weird way. Their attraction and relationship building is believable and a bit steamy. For me this was a fun read that never got boring and I would recommend to readers who like opposites attract romances.

*Thank you to NetGalley & Berkley Publishing Group for this eARC of Going Dark*


About Monica McCarty

Author Monica McCarty

Monica McCarty is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty Scottish Historical romances and two Regency romances. Her books have won and been nominated for numerous awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s RITA & Golden Heart, RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, and Amazon’s Best Books of the Year. Known for her “torrid chemistry” and “lush and steamy romance” as well as her “believable historical situations” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been translated and published throughout the world.

Monica’s interest in the Scottish clan system began in the most unlikely of places: a comparative legal history course at Stanford Law School. After a short, but enjoyable, stint practicing law, she realized that mixing a legal career with her husband’s transitory career as a professional baseball player was not exactly a match made in heaven. So she “traded” in her legal briefs for Historical Romances with sexy alpha heroes.

When not trekking across the moors and rocky seascapes of Scotland and England, Monica can be found in Northern California with her husband and two children.

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