Montana SEAL (Brotherhood Protectors Book 1)

Montana SEAL (Brotherhood Protectors Book 1)

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By: Elle James

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Former SEAL and shining Hollywood starlet struggle against their burgeoning desire while trying to stay alive in the crosshairs of a murderous stalker.

Hank “Montana” Patterson never thought his call to duty would force him to leave his band of brothers in the Navy SEALs to return to the family ranch in the foothills of Montana’s Crazy Mountains. News that his father was shot sends him rushing home to take over the reins of the Bear Creek Ranch. His forever-belligerent father refuses his help, insisting Hank find the person who shot him. What Hank learns is the bullet was meant for the neighboring ranch owner, a Hollywood celebrity, and a beautiful actress who once stole Hank’s heart. 

Hometown girl, now a Hollywood mega-star, Sadie McClain shot to fame and fortune on the big screen, earning her star on the walk of fame and a stalker who won’t back off. Escaping to her ranch in Montana, Sadie hopes to avoid her stalker, only to be hunted there as well. In need of a bodyguard with combat skills, Sadie hires her old flame, Hank to do the job. 
Together they struggle to overcome their rekindled desire while fighting to stay alive in the crosshairs of a madman.
Just finished Montana Seal and I have to side with those who wrote a negative review. I liked the first half. Writing was decent, plot was interesting. I liked the back story and why Sadie and Hank were still in love but apart. Great second chance. I liked the mystery aspect at first, but by the middle of the book you totally know who is trying to kill Sadie. I could get over that. What really bothered me the most was the sex scenes. Not because they existed, but I thought the dialogue was so cheesy during the scenes and did not fit the characters at all. So stilted and too much talking, All it needed was 70's porn music in the background. It really made me not want to read it. The very last chapter (epilogue) was pat and kind of cheesy too, wish I had not read that either, as it helped lower my rating.

Three stars for first half and most of the ending. If you are looking for a quick fun read, like the damsel in distress easy mystery type plots, and don't mind cheesy sex scenes, then this book could be good.

- hailee_ramos

MONTANA SEAL has a Hollywood starlet (Sadie McClain) and a Navy SEAL (Hank Patterson) reuniting eleven years after they said goodbye. As teenagers they fell in love, but life and circumstances ended up tearing them apart. Now they're both back in the small Montana town they grew up in and their lives are about to converge once more. Sadie has a stalker and after an attempt on her life is in need of a bodyguard. Hank is recuperating from an injury after an op gone bad. He needs an objective, and who better to keep her safe than her former love? But as they fight their need and desire for each other they'll soon discover it's not only their lives on the line, but also their hearts...

This was another of those stories that had me on the fence. I really enjoyed the first 2/3 of it which was fast paced and engaging. I loved both Sadie and Hank who were just plain likable and obviously made for each other. I'm always a sucker for young lovers reunited, so this story called to me from the start. Then came the last 1/3 of the story and the sex scenes which just didn't seem to fit this couple and the strong emotions they had for one another. Instead their lovemaking felt tawdry and cheap to me. The villain was also so obvious that I thought I had to be wrong, which I wasn't. And the ending felt abrupt, didn't have a whole of resolution, and left me with multiple questions.

Overall I thought this story was slighter better than okay, but its not something I'll read again. Still, most of the characters were great. Even Hank's cranky old man I found rather endearing. He reminded me a bit of my father-in-law so maybe that's why. Then there was Sadie's brother and Hank's sister, both of whom I really liked too. In fact I already looked and saw her story is up next, which I'm honestly looking forward to. My only other issue with this story was the many typos and other mistakes that really started to annoy me. At one point Hank is called Henry, and I'm still not sure how Sadie's parents died. Were they on their way to dinner or going to see Sadie? Who knows...

Pages: The printed version is approximately 162 of 186 total pages.
Kindle Locations: The story itself ended at 86% and location 1889 of 2198 with the remainder being an excerpt for BRIDE PROTECTOR SEAL which is book 2 in the "Brotherhood Protectors" series, a note about the author, and a list of other books by Elle James.

- kynlee_turner

I love this series and I have no idea why I haven't reviewed it. So now I am re-reading and getting the reviews out there. Hopefully before the new book in January.

In this first book Hank Patterson has some decisions to make. He's been injured and there is the possibility of medical discharge. The question is what will he do as a civilian? He doesn't get along well enough with his father to go back to the ranch.

Sadie McClain is a Hollywood star with a stalker and a pain for an agent. She's come home to escape from the turmoil her life has become. Only she finds her home radically changed by her sister-in-law. So much so she's uncomfortable but not willing to return to LA.

When someone takes pot shots at her, Hank's father Lloyd is injured it is at the hospital she has her first encounter with Hank since she turned down his proposal.

In spite of the insane attraction between them, the fact remains someone shot at her and injured his father. Hank agrees to be her bodyguard, even as he pursues her.

A tense, emotional, suspenseful tale as Sadie and Hank renew their relationship and hunt the person responsible for all the almost fatal incidents around her.

- aviana_edwards

Montana SEAL (Brotherhood Protectors Book 1): Hank and Sadie by Elle James
5 stars
I purchased a copy of the steamy romantic suspense novel Montana SEAL (Brotherhood Protectors Book 1)by Elle James and this review was given freely.
A twisted,ironic, suspenseful and action packed second chance at love novel. Approaching the 11th anniversary of his enlistment, the breakup with his childhood sweetheart Sadie and his leaving the Bear Creek family ranch in Eagle Rock, Montana;explosive expert Navy SEAL Team 10 member Hank "Montana" Patterson contemplates re- enlisting only to have his choices taken away when his next mission ends in the threat of medical discharge and his belligerent father being shot leads to his return to Montana, a chance encounter with Sadie and the need to stop a stalker.

- michelle_wilson

Another action packed read. I seem to be reading this series out of order - first bk , got me hooked, now back to bk 1, and from here on I'll move forward in order. I must say the series was brilliant by bk 6 - and even in bk 1 you can feel the potential. I really do love the way the author starts off which the essence of the men doing what they are trained for, before the horror, the loyalty and the friendships formed. After a devastating period in their lives, they learn to move forwards, adapt and love life in all manner of ways. This author throws everything into the pot, gives it a stir, then leave us, the reader to savor the treat. Well worth a read.

- ronald_reyes

This book is basically a second chance romance about high school sweethearts separating to pursue very different careers. He becomes a Navy Seal and she a Hollywood movie star. Over a decade later their paths cross again in their hometown of Montana.
She's having a break and visiting her married brother at the family ranch besides hiding from an obsessed fan. He on the other hand is on a medical discharge and sort of appoints himself as her bodyguard.
Although it flowed steadily enough I found it too tame and clean, almost old fashioned in its execution. It did heat up some around 60%, where they both relinquished their pent up passion.
The mystery of her stalker wasn't such a great mystery as it happened. An ok read, that finished at 87%.

- nola_hall

This is a good start to a new series, the story flows quite well, good characters, a bit of suspense, humour and a nice romance. Could wish there was an epilogue to tie off loose ends, round the first story out and make the reader look forward to reading the next one.

- josephine_miller

This was the first book that I've read by this author, and I'm glad I pucked it up now. The setting, the characters, the twist, I loved it. It's a second chance romance between a big actor and injured SEAL. The way they get flung back I to each others arms was interesting. They had to over come a threat to Sadie, but it left her full family in danger. I'm glad it got the ending it did, and I look forward to book 2.

- reina_hernandez

Childhood sweethearts Sadie and Hank went their separate ways to pursue their dreams - Hollywood actress and Navy SEAL. Fate returns them to their childhood homes and gives them a chance to reconnect.

This is a quick sweet read full of action and romance. Worth spending an afternoon curled up with.

- molly_rogers

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