Monday, 16 May 2016

Book review - Whiskey Tribute by Samantha A Cole - 5 stars

Whiskey Tribute by Samantha A Cole
5/5 stars 


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? 

The Trident Security Series:
Book 1 - Leather & Lace (Devon & Kristen)
Book 2 - His Angel (Ian & Angie)
Book 3 - Waiting For Him
Book 3.5 - Not Negotiable: A Novella (Parker & Shelby)
Book 4 - Topping the Alpha (Jake & Nick)
Book 5 - Watching From the Shadows (Marco & Harper)
Book 5.5 - Whiskey Tribute: A Novella (Curt & Dana) 

The books of the Trident Security Series can be read as stand-alones, however, for optimum enjoyment they are best read in order.


Whiskey Tribute is a fabulous, heartwarming novella from Samantha A Cole. It is part of the Trident Security series, but unlike the other books it is completely vanilla. I rarely read books that don't have even a small amount of kink in them (yes I admit it I have a dirty, dirty mind), but there was no way I was turning this book down as I am a huge fan of this author. I soon forgot about the lack of whips and chains as the author sucked me into the story right from the first page. It is a delightfully sweet story, but it has it's sexy side too. This book deals with loss, grief and rebuilding your life - and at times I had tears running down my face. It's definitely not all tears though, there are plenty of laugh out loud moments too provided by the witty banter and camaraderie between the former SEALS.

Way back at the beginning of the series Eric Prichard was murdered by a lunatic with a grudge against the SEAL team members. The stars of this book are Eric's widow Dana and his best friend Curt. Since Eric's death they have grown close as Curt has helped Dana with her children and he's stepped in to help with chores that Eric would normally do. Eighteen months after his death, Curt and Dana both want more than friendship, but can they move past the guilt that they are both feeling?

I loved both main characters, as well as Dana and Eric's adorable children. It was great to see some of the other characters from the series again too. This is an amazing novella that I wholeheartedly recommend, so Whiskey Tribute receives five big stars!

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.

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