Friday, July 31, 2015

Amy's "5 absolutely enormous stars" review for J. L. Drake's Broken Trilogy

Book 1 - Broken 

My name is Savannah Miller. 

My father is the mayor of New York. One day after my twenty-seventh birthday I was grabbed from behind. A cloth sack was quickly pulled over my head, and I was taken from everything I’d ever known. 

I was beaten, starved, treated like an animal, and forced to live in a room with no windows. With no sense of time and no dignity left I finally gave up hope and made a promise to myself to end it all. Unfortunately, it was going to be a slow process. 

Then one night an elite group of US Army soldiers came to my rescue. I was brought to a safe house and given two options: 

One—Stay under their protection and follow their rules or... 
Two—Leave and be guaranteed to be returned to the savages within a week. 

I chose option one. 

As I work with a therapist and begin processing my hellish ordeal things slowly begin to surface. With the help of new friends and a potential new love I fight to get my life back and make choices that will forever alter my future. 

This is my story…

Book 2 - Shattered

After witnessing the murder of her lover and the heartbreaking loss of their unborn child, Savannah wants to end it all. 

Then she is given a second chance at love. 

Sadly, even when life hands you second chances it doesn’t always follow that things will work out the way you want them to. 

Some lies can just be too painful to move on from. 

What’s worse than being Broken? 


Book 3 -

Savannah takes control… 

Tired of all the lies and deception, Savannah Miller must learn to face life on her own. As she seeks to find out who she really is, she still is still burdened with the fallout from past traumas that left her broken. 

Her fragile hold on her new life slowly gives her the confidence to move ahead. What she really needs is right in front of her—Cole Logan is patiently waiting for the right moment to prove his love. 

But her past isn’t finished with her yet… 

Are Savannah’s strength and Cole’s love enough to vanquish the shadows, or will those who mean them harm succeed in preventing the mending of their shattered souls?

Broken (Broken Trilogy) – Book 1
Shattered --- Book 2
Mended --- Book 3

Series by J. L. Drake

5 absolutely enormous stars

I just finished this series on my treadmill while running and having a sobbing fit. Do you know how hard it is to run and ugly cry; I mean seriously? This series is absolutely fantastic; a must read.

Savannah Miller has been taken. She has no idea why these people have her. She has been beaten and treated like a rabid animal. She knows she has been in the small dank room for one full season. Water is given to her in a rusty tin container and the food is always the same; a thin beef soup and a piece of bread. Why is no one coming for her? Her father should have someone looking; he is the mayor. Her captors mostly speak Spanish but she remembers an American in her in and out state of awareness. After her mouth got her the most severe punishment she has ever endured Savannah decides it’s time to give up. She will take her own life; not eat she is so small already it shouldn’t take that long for her to drift away to be with her mother. And then the popping noise happens; her vision is blurry but she hears the shouts. Her door flies open and a man dressed completely in black with a helmet and goggles shouts something into the radio on his neck; reaches forward and lifts me from the bed.

Colonel Cole Logan is the team lead of “Shadows.” Daniel, his father ran the company before him while Cole’s grandfather was the founder of the group. His best friend Mark Lopez stands alongside him. The team consists of Scout Snipers, Navy Seals, Green Berets, and a few other Special Forces specialties. The government wanted a group of highly trained professionals who could slip in and out of Mexico to gather information on the Cartels, Los Sirvientes Del Diablos, part of the Cartels, and a few other kidnapping and drug rings. The compound sits in the mountains of Montana. It has barns, lakes, training facilities all attached to a spectacular home large enough for the entire crew which includes Keith, York, John, Paul, and Abigail who takes care of everything.

The story line of this series is just downright jaw dropping and you talk about intense. There are so many things I never saw coming. I have never flipped pages in a book as quickly as I did in Broken, Shattered and Mended. Savannah or “Savi” as she becomes nicknamed by the guys is broken. Her memories of the seven months she was held captive are crucial to finding out how, why and how exactly everything that happened to her did. Cole and his team are determined they will protect Savi for as long as needed. She will stay with them as the worst possible person to be taken by and from is The American. They have hunted him for years but he has eluded them each time as they are uncertain of his identity. Savi has seen him and they need her to remember.

Not only is this a twisting roller coaster ride but it’s also love story so incredibly intense that I thought my lungs were going to burst. The power of the story laid out on these pages is brilliant. All three books introduce us to more secondary characters that are just as intriguing. I may have to go and stalk Ms. Drake’s page in order to beg and plead with her to give us a spinoff of the soldiers Mark and Keith. I don’t know if the things that were left unsaid are a hint towards that might be a possibility but I will use every ounce of my energy to persuade her to once again fill my head with another few incredible stories based around this magnificent “family.” By the way these are all FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

Once again I found these books by trolling my girl Tracy’s blog. I’m telling you all don’t just click on the new releases. Dig deeper and you will find some gems that you will be cursing yourself for missing. This is one of those times for me! Standing ovation J.L. Drake. And please ... give me Mark and Keith. LOL! -- I’m serious!

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