Friday, June 13, 2014

Blog Tour Reviews: Invincible by Alaina Albertson



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 crook-ed 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 whis-pered 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.
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Each pump, each thrust, each moan, made my skin crawl. His rum-spiked breath blew hot on my neck. Finally he collapsed on top of me, and I didn’t even have the strength to push him off. After a few torturous minutes, he rolled off me, threw the money on the floor and walked out of the room.

This was my life. How many more men could I take? Once my pimp decided he no longer had use for me, I would be history. He would trade me to another brothel, another island. Or kill me. 

I was so excited when I first read this synopsis for Invincible. This book sounded right up my alley and it was everything I wanted it to be. I loved this book and can’t wait to read more in this series.

Patrick is a Navy Seal. He has been out to sea for a while and just wants to get this rocks off. So he heads to a brothel in Curaçao to hire a hooker. A nameless whore. Except the woman he picked out of the line up of hookers is a missing woman from the US.

Annie was kidnapped while on a cruise with her boyfriend in college. One bad decision lead to years of forced prostitution. Years of abuse and drugs. Her pimp kept her high on heroine. Then an American paid her for her services and she reveals who she is to him. As part of his honored duty of protecting Americans, he has to save her.

This book was so well written that I really felt like I was part of the rescue mission. I felt the connection Patrick and Annie had together.

“I couldn’t deny the connection I had with Annie, the sense we were meant to find each other. I wasn’t talking about some crappy, romantic movie insta-love, just this intense feeling we were destined to be in each other lives.”  - Patrick

The thing about this book was I could TOTALLY see it as a movie. A hot Seal saving a sex trafficked prostitute. It is a recipe for greatness. The supporting characters were awesome and really made the story feel complete.

I definitely recommend Invincible . Alaina Albertson really did an amazing job.

Invincible by Alana Albertson is the first novel in her Trident Code Series. This novel follows Patrick, a Navy Seal, while on leave. In a quest to relieve some pent up tension, he meets Annie, an American who was kidnapped years ago and forced into sex slavery. I enjoyed this book from start to finish. It was an unexpected mix of romance, hope, and nitty-gritty despair.

I liked the connection between Annie and Patrick. Both hero and heroine had baggage from their past that left them jaded and damaged. Despite their first impressions of each other, their relationship really grew the more they got to know one another. Each character contributed an aspect of their personality, which seemed to complete the other person and make them whole. Their chemistry is definitely swoon worthy and it paves the way for some seriously sexy scenes between this duo.

I was nervous to read this book. Based on the synopsis, things could get really dark and disturbing. Cautiously, I dove in. Overall I was pleasantly surprised by how well Alana Albertson balanced the dark and heavier moments with uplifting lighter scenes. For that reason, I think this novel is versatile and can be enjoyed by a variety of readers. 

If you’re looking for a read that has a unique story coupled with familiar aspects (steamy sex, romance, delicious Navy SEAL hero), then one-click Alana Albertson’s Invincible. It is the perfect standalone to cleanse your palate and refresh your reading funk. 

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.

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