Thursday, June 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Invincible (Trident Code #1) by Alana Albertson

Picture1 Invincible by Alana Albertson
Publication Date: March 9, 2014
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I’ll be honest with you—I’m no hero. Sure, the media tries to brand every Navy SEAL as some kind of Batman dressed in cam-mies. There’s even a line in one of our cadences: Superman is the man of steel, he ain’t no match for Navy SEAL. You’ve seen the movies—we’re infallible, invaluable, invincible. But that night, the one you read about in the papers … all I really wanted to do was get laid.

One harmless fuck with a Aruban whore, no strings attached. I picked her out of a lineup—wild, dark hair, long legs and a crook-ed smile. After she sucked me off, I relaxed back onto the creaky, cum-stained cot, thankful for the blissful moments she gave me when I actually forgot for a second the faces of my buddies who died because I made the wrong call, the tears of the children I couldn’t save, and the eyes of the enemies I slaughtered during their last seconds of life.

But before I left, her hazel eyes peered into my soul. She whispered in a distinct Californian accent, “My name is Annie Hamilton. I’m an American citizen. I was kidnapped on spring break five years ago. You’re my last hope. Please save me.”

One desperate plea. This wasn’t a Hollywood blockbuster or a New York Times best-selling thriller. I knew this time there was no room for excuses, no margin for errors. I had one chance to put on the cape and be her hero.

Each pump, each thrust, each moan, made my skin crawl. His rum-spiked breath blew hot

on my neck. Finally he collapsed on top of me, and I didn’t even have the strength to push him

off. After a few torturous minutes, he rolled off me, threw the money on the floor and walked out

of the room.

This was my life. How many more men could I take? Once my pimp decided he no

longer had use for me, I would be history. He would trade me to another brothel, another island.

Or kill me.



What a difference a re-write made for this one!

The book has a much better flow. Both Annie and Patrick’s POV’s,
some great new sub plots and a mostly slower pace making big 
necessary changes. PHEW!
For me, it could still have been a little more intense 
and a little slower at times. 

The brothel scene at the beginning is a critical one; I’d have happily read another dozen pages on that alone. Taking that whole scene slowly and giving it a more all consuming intensity was (I felt) essential. This was the blowjob that was going to save her life, it would have been an incredibly desperate scene but I thought that it just missed the mark on that. 

Toward the end I think it could have been comfortably 
given some more pages too. 

Overall though, it’s a winner! 
Moving up from 3.5 to 4 stars.

Thanks very much Alana for giving me the opportunity to re-read.

Thanks very much Alana for giving me the opportunity to re-read.


From the beautiful cover to the incredible synopsis 
I was positive that this would be a winner! 
I'd have given anything for it to have been a 6 star read.
I've never known such potential in a story, 
it screamed 'movie'.

Sadly though, for me it was paced at such breakneck speed toward the end that it felt out of sorts. 
Why the sudden need to change everything 
that was said throughout the story? 

It could have been amazing. 
But from a strong start it unfortunately finished weak. 
I'm truly gutted.


Alana is rewriting Invincible!! 
 I want her wish her the best of luck 
and assure her that we're right here for the reread.

  I am so thrilled at having had the opportunity to read the "revised" version of Invinsible. Although I did really like it the way it was before I can honestly say that the additions of Annie's POV and also her secret was brilliant. I still felt this was an emotional and sweet romance that I couldn't put down. I look forward to the rest in this series and still feel like my review below stands firm but I felt it definitely deserved another star after adding so many layers and a few added points.

 ARC received for honest review
I adore a story where there is a damsel in distress and a sexy tough protective guy to save her. Throw in Annie's little secret and this romance had all the elements I love. I really loved military romances and probably because of my personal experiences with the military lifestyle I really connected with the Hero in this book. To live your life 90% of the time away from those you love is hard. Patrick figured he'd just stay alone until his time with the Navy was up. He paid for sex as the safest way in his mind to keep his heart from getting involved. 
The way Annie believed in him and knew he could save her just filled him up with so many feelings. 
Little did he know that this decision would drastically change his life. 
One moment out of thousands was all it took for him to look into the eyes of somebody destined to be in his life forever. 
He was determined to save her and not lose his heart in the process. But some things are worth fighting for. Annie learned that the hard way. She was stronger than most women could have ever been and the fact she survived what she went through was a testament to her character and her resolve that she'd never give up on Patrick either. He needed a brave and loyal woman to handle his lifestyle and his trust issues.
 I really enjoyed this sweet romantic and suspenseful read. I think that this series could really become a favorites.

 Alana Albertson is the former President of both Romance Writers of Americas’s Young Adult and Chick Lit chapters and the founder of Academe Advantage, a college admissions & test preparation company. Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two young sons, and four dogs. When she’s not spending her time needlepointing, dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through Pugs N Roses, the rescue she founded, she can be found watching episodes of House Hunters, Homeland, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.

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