Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Broken Soldier
Author: Jamie Lynn Miller
Series: Shadow Unit #1
Heroes: Connor Finley/Shawn Weller
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 150 Pages
Publisher: Jamie Lynn Miller
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Sergeant Connor Finley and Sergeant Shawn Weller are dedicated soldiers working covert ops for Shadow Unit — a joint UK/US anti-terrorism task force.
Partners in the field and out, they had been through hell together for the last four years and made it through standing side by side. But when their latest undercover op to bring down an arms dealer plunges them into a world of drugs, sex and violence, Shawn must literally get in bed with the enemy in order to complete the mission. And Connor is forced to watch, helpless, as his partner is broken into pieces.
Will love be enough to put them both back together or will this be their final mission?
Review: This is most definitely a case of don’t judge a book by its cover. it is not a very good depiction of these guys and I felt definitely do them any justice. Shawn and Conner are a part of Shadow Unit, which is made up of elite men and women from various organizations and different countries. Shawn is a big Texan, I believe, who was a Navy SEAL, and Connor is British. They have been partners in the Unit for a while now and are also together though they’ve kept their relationship a secret from the rest of their team.
When the team gets the call that there is an opportunity to stop a major arms deal, they quickly devise a plan to go undercover in order to get the information needed to stop the sale and take everyone down. With an unbelievably extremely small amount of preparation, the guys go in. Connor is to become an employee at a club, and since he fits the bill of the club owner, Jae’s, penchant for American boy toys, Shawn is chosen to catch Jae’s eye and take the place of his current plaything in hopes of getting close to the needed information. All of this happens quickly as well with little to know trouble.
Once the guys are in place, things quickly get hairy. Shawn is forced to take drugs in order to keep up appearances and maintain his cover as an American looking to party. He must submit to Jae’s harsh treatment and offer of drugs and partying to put up a good front, all while Connor watches from the sidelines. It is clear that Jae uses the drugs as a means of controlling his play things, and Shawn is quickly falling under the spell of the drugs. Things get worse before they get better, but Conner is there when Shawn needs him and basically saves him in more ways than one.
You definitely have to suspend beliefs here for a number of things that seem highly unlikely. But, it was interesting and exciting with quite a bit of action that kept my interest. I especially liked getting to see Shawn’s recovery and that it was something both he and Connor had to struggle with. Between the dangerous partnership on the team, and their commitment outside of it, these guys had a bond that was easy to see and was truly what helped get them through. I wasn’t totally wowed by this story, but I enjoyed many aspects and eagerly jumped into the next installment.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*