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4.0 out of 5 stars Samey, samey, samey - but still good, 28 April 2011
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Helen Hancox "Auntie Helen" (Essex, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Promises in the Dark: A Shadow Force Novel (Shadow Force Novels) (Mass Market Paperback)
I've read several of Stephanie Tyler's books recently - she seems to write them at a very impressive rate and each one has a different plot and is often set in a different country. However these stories are romances and each one has hero and heroine (and sub-hero and sub-heroine) having an almost identical relationship - the only question is whether they'll jump into bed on the second meeting or the third. Now I've read five of her books it's become apparent that her heroes and heroines have pretty much only one way of relating to each other - horizontally. Her heroes are mostly the strong, silent type and her heroines tend to be feisty but troubled. It's generally love at first sight (or at least lust at first sight) and there isn't much development of the relationship between the two people apart from suddenly they decide they love each other.

This book was a little different in that rather than having two major romance plotlines we had three - heroes Zane, Caleb and even Tristan (who didn't seem like he'd be a hero at the beginning) all get their roll in the sack opportunity. And as, once again, these rolls-in-the-sack were all pretty much similar, they actually distracted from the story itself for this reader. There was a lot going on in this book, with most of the action taking place in Sierra Leone and the group DMH playing a significant role. We meet again doctor Olivia who was kidnapped in the previous book; she's managed to escape but is trying to keep away from everyone by hiding in Sierra Leone. We also meet a new woman, Vivienne, who's a computer geek and one who's in way over her head. And we meet nurse Rowan who's found herself in Sierra Leone on her own and with no-one to trust. All three female characters are strong in their own way and I liked them all, although found some of Olivia's behaviour a little difficult to understand.

This author tends to choose unusual African settings for her books and this makes them more interesting. I don't feel totally immersed in the setting but the feeling of menace and of a different world is well written.

The central relationship was fully tied up by the end of the book but there were a few loose ends with the other two relationships which I assume will feature in the next book or so. Despite the repetitive nature of this series I found this book very enjoyable and can recommend it to those who like action stories with a romantic side to them.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2011
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Stephanie's books, 12 Feb. 2013
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Always great stories and great characters.
Only complaint is that it's not in e book format took me a while to get into reading a book again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never disappoints, 15 Mar. 2013
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Stephanie's books are always fast paced, good characters and lots of action. You can't put them down. This book is no exception.
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Promises in the Dark: A Shadow Force Novel (Shadow Force Novels) by Stephanie Tyler (Mass Market Paperback - 23 Nov. 2010)
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