You want to know about me? I believe in three things: loyalty to my friends, helping those in need and
the end justifies the means.
Declan (Shadow Alliance Book One) by Caitlyn O’Leary
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Spin-Off of Navy SEAL Midnight Delta Series
This is what you need to know.
I keep the people around me safe,
And sometimes I rain vengeance on my enemies.
It's who I am, and what I do.
As a former Army Ranger, I get the job done.
After an unforgivable betrayal by one of my own,
I created the Shadow Alliance.
We handle the dark and dangerous work,
Jobs that governments won't.
And now, the sexy, smart, and feisty Allison Davies needs my help.
As an FBI Agent, enlisting my help could cost her job.
But, I'm her only hope.
There's only one problem.
Our mutual desire just might get in the way.
One misstep and we become the hunted.
A price I just might be willing to pay.
Amazon/Goodread's Rating: 3/5
In Patti's Imagination Rating: 6/10
Declan is the first book I have read by this author. While it has some mystery involved in it, I was expecting more based on the synopsis. This is the first book in a new series. It is a spin off from another series and I really felt like I needed to have read the other series to fully understand Declan.
Declan is loyal to his friends and family. He has seen and done things that he struggles with daily. Because of his past, he is the founder of the Shadow Alliance and he is doing what he can to make things right. He wants to keep those he cares for safe and will do whatever is necessary to do that. He meets FBI agent Allison Davies in the flood ravaged country of Paraguay. She is looking for information about someone from his past. They have this strange connection. Tracking down this traitor from his past is what he needs to do to help Allison. She is putting her career on the line to track this guy and if he can help her find him Declan will be making another wrong right.
The story was confusing at times because it was as if I was missing something, especially all the back stories involving the members of his Shadow Alliance. At times, the author focused on all the different members too much, which made the book seem cluttered with non-related information, taking away from the main focus. I really felt I was missing some past connections that the author should have touched on for readers of this series who didn't read the other series. It felt so fugue, so strange, maybe it was just that the story was filled with so many characters whose dynamics were not fully explained. In the end, it just seemed to be nothing shocking or suspenseful.
I ran fast. Faster. The door to the gymnasium was propped open, and I was blown back by the sound of people screaming, crying, yelling and talking. So much sound. It was dark where I was, but then I saw in one corner where it was bright because the ceiling was gone. It was the corner where I’d slept. Had there been a warning? A sound? Anything that told people they should move? Run? And why the hell hadn’t I considered that the roof might be less than sturdy? Wasn’t that why I was in Paraguay?
The water was up to my ankles. It took all I had to be gentle when I wanted to force myself through the throng of people, to yell and scream at them to get out of my way so I could get to where the roof had caved in. All that mattered was getting to that corner of the gym. I needed to see if the little girl’s cot was still there or was it underneath the sodden mess of a roof.
A man was in front of me, unaware I was trying to get past. I had to stop, and it about killed me.
“Sir?” I tried to get his attention. Nothing. “Sir?” Still nothing. Maybe if I just belted him, I could just step over his unconscious body. I couldn’t very well step on the child to his left or the little boys to his right.
Allison stepped in front of me and pushed the man. Hard.
When he turned, I saw a mask of grief. No wonder he hadn’t heard. But I still needed to get past. Allison had gotten him turned enough to give us space to go forward.
“Declan!” It was Hudson. He and six or seven others were struggling to move a beam. It wasn’t where I wanted to be. I needed to get over to the corner, but…
I pushed in beside Hudson. Allison was beside me. Soon the beam was up. Allison and another man ducked under, and after long moments pulled out a man and a woman who’d been trapped.
“Clear!” she called. We set the beam down.
I grabbed her by the shoulders. “What the hell were you thinking going under there?”
“I was the smallest. I was also probably the weakest one holding up the beam, it made sense for me to go.”
“Yeah, Emma would have done the same thing.” I grabbed her hand and dragged her toward the spot where the little girl had slept. Where she had made me promise to come back. “I need to check on some people,” I said, proud that my voice sounded even.
As I got closer, I saw wood, plaster, and steel covering the area where the cots had been. Why wasn’t anyone trying to lift the shit off the cots? For God’s sake, people had been sleeping there hours ago. Were these people monsters?
“Hudson! Over here!” I knew it was useless, I made a grab for my phone when a man interrupted me.
“Sir.” He had the white vest and red cross on it.
“What?” I demanded, close to pushing him out of my way.
“This area has been cleared.”
“What do you mean? What happened to the people who were on these cots?” I pointed to the mangled aluminum that popped through the plaster. Did I even want to know the answer to my question?
“We’ve got the survivors in the triage area.” He pointed to a spot in another corner.
“How many fatalities?” I held my breath for the answer.
“I don’t know. I wasn’t there when the area was cleared.”
Halfway across the gym, I realized I was dragging Allie behind me. She was keeping up easily. She squeezed my hand, and I kept going.
“Who are you looking for?”
“That’s where I slept last night. There’s a little girl who’s been following me around for the last ten days…”
“We’ll find her,” she said softly, but I heard her just fine.
Caitlyn O'Leary is an avid reader, and considers herself a fan first and an author second. She reads a wide variety of genres, but finds herself going back to happily-ever-afters. Getting a chance to write, after years in corporate America is a dream come true. She hopes that her stories provide the kind of entertainment and escape that she has found from some of her favorite authors.
Her Series Include:
It's a bit Paranormal, a bit Sci-Fi and 100% Action/Adventure. The characters have special abilities, that make them targets.
This is focused on a group of Navy Seals. What makes them special is their bond to one another, and the women they come to love.
This is the series that started her career, it is a Menage Series that takes place in Fate Harbor Washington. It focuses on a tight knit community who live and love and care for one another.