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Eye of the Storm (Security Specialists International #1)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  774 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Keely Walsh has three doctorates, five older brothers and has never met a situation she couldn't handle. While consulting with the NSA, she discovers sensitive government information indicating her brother, a private security operative, is in danger. Keely travels to the dangerous Triple Frontier in South America to warn him and his colleagues and finds the last thing she ...more
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Published (first published April 1st 2010)
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Book Dish at Novel Thoughts with mad4rombks.

Book Dish is a new feature at Novel Thoughts. This isn't a review. It's Mad and Lillie honestly discussing a recent book. Book Dish will be full of SPOILERS. And possibly bad words. Except in this one, we will use "fudge ripple" instead of the f bomb because that's what our heroine does :D

Lillie: So we have Keely, our heroine. She has 5 brothers, all badass SEALs, Marines, etc. Her dad is a marine. She went to MIT at 13, got 3 doctorates, spent 5 days
Although I totally LOVED Ren and really liked Keely, this book was really outside the realm of belief for me.

I love a kick-ass heroine as much as the next girl, but come on, she aced sniper school, went through 5 days of SEALs Hell Week without anyone noticing (including two of her brothers that were INSTRUCTORS! How would no one notice a small woman participating in this!!! WTF?), black belts aplenty in Krav Maga (and did I mention she has no military background, only brothers and a father tha
Entertaining read.At first,I thought,Wow!this chick is a total badass,then as I read futher along,I said,this has got to be a parody of an RS book.The heroine can do anything and kick ass like no one else,and after,just has a nice ole cry!She was a mini Rambette.
Loved the hero,he is everything Alpha and a possessive son of a gun,he is all " my woman" from the get go.
Final thoughts,yes,I enjoyed this book,and read it with a grain of salt.Non stop action till the end.Sexy times were written nicely
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Full disclosure: I haven't finished the book yet. I'm not sure I can. I was literally cringing as I was reading it last night as the writing is just that bad. Just. That. Bad.

I love a good romance, especially one with a kick-ass heroine, but Keely is so utterly and completely unbelievable, and Ren is so one-dimensional that I'd honestly much rather read pretty much anything else than have to finish this book.

The "chemistry" between Keely and Ren (what kind of name is Ren anyway??) is ridiculou
This would be a very tentative 3 stars.

Keely Walsh
Ren Maddox

This is definitely a place for these kinds of books. The kind of books where the reader is required to suspend all sorts of reality (or stretch it really far) in order to get to the story. Keely Walsh is a 21 year old, double Ph.D., working for MIT. She is the only girl in her family, with 5 older brothers, all of whom are uber alpha males (father is Colonel, brothers are Navy Seals and Marines). Growing up in this household, Keely was
Probably the all time best alpha male book I've ever read. I mean these guys are alpha, alpha male. The heroine is also the most kick butt heroine I've ever read. Keely can definitely keep up with the macho big boys here, while maintaining her feminine side. Nice match, huh? This book was just WOW!!! Watching Keely tame Ren is extremely entertaining. Ren and Keely's story is nicely paced, intelligent, with a bit of humor, lots of action, good suspenseful storyline, and awesome romance with steam ...more
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Oh man talk about one kick ass heroine. This book starts off with the heroine kickin butt and saving the day and doesnt really stop. Has so many hot alpha men in it you want them all.. It also has some laugh outloud moments and a very funny scene about vegetables. I cannot wait for what I hope is a long series.
I never complain about a book, generally because I feel that whether I like it or not, a person's story is their own and should be told. Having said that, I have just finished Eye of The Storm by Monette Michaels and I am shocked that it ever made it passed an editor. The premise of the story had merit and from the sample I read from Amazon I was quiet intrigued. After purchasing the book I was quickly shown the error of my ways...again.
The author worked so hard to build up a strong female prota
I'd hoped I'd want to read more of her books, but that isn't going to happen. The plot elements were just not believable to me. At points the story dragged. Just not for me.

There are two things that pop up constantly in the book that are very annoying:

Blood sugar. This heroine has an obsession with keeping her blood sugar in proper balance. It is mentioned a number of times in the book. Too many times. Compulsively.

More disturbing is the heroine's hyper awareness of wang sizes and wang hardness.
This is the first book I've read by this author and I'm not too sure about it. Keely seemed a little too good to be true - 3 doctorates and combat experience and the ability to defeat most people without really breaking a sweat. And I didn't really feel her connection with Ren. They were attracted to each other but Ren's attitude to Keely seemed a little too forced. There is a lot of mention about her size and him wanting to protect her; despite her showing repeatedly that she can cope. But on t ...more
You can tell from the first sentence of the blurb that Keely is a Mary Sue.

"Keely Walsh has three doctorates, five older brothers and has never met a situation she couldn't handle."

She went to MIT at 13; she knows Krav Maga; she's gone through Marine Hell Week; she's gone to Sniper School; she's been trained with any and all weapons; she creates futuristic-only-seen-in-movies technology; she's a professional mountain climber; she's funny, she's sexy, she's perfect. Normally, this would bother me
Really disappointing actually. It has a good start, but then it became apparent that the heroine is Mary Sue. She has three PhDs by the age of 21, made it through Hell Week and Sniper School, and is really amazing at a lot of other stuff. Characters need flaws, and Keely seemingly has none, except the blood sugar thing and the tendency to want her own way all the time. She seemed pretty awesome at first, but I got bored with her after it became clear that she had no flaws or quirks to make her h ...more
Diana Tan
I cannot give a better praise for this book than to say that this is my favorite go to book when i need perking up or when i need a really good read or just whenever. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Read this a couple of years ago but I still cannot stop recommending this to my friends. Ren and Keely's love story is unforgettable. I love how Ren is so protective of Keely that it just makes her feel so loved and special. Read this book!!! Very highly recommended.
While working with NSA, Keely discovers that her brother and the security operative he's working for are being set up. When she's unable to get in touch with her military dad or brothers for help, she goes alone to save him. It's not easy, but she makes it in time. She wasn't expecting Ren, her brother's boss and head of the security specialist to be so hot. Or so hard to resist. But he's over ten years older, and she knows he's probably not interested.

Ren is drawn to Keely immediately. He can't
Dariza Rodriguez
Couldn't even finish the book. I started it but after reading how much of a bad ass the heroine is in every other page of the book I couldn't take it anymore. Don't get me wrong but I am all for a bad ass heroine who can kick ass and take out men bigger than her. but I don't like the fact that she came off a little too cocky for my taste. There were to many weird things going on like the fact that she was this attractive woman and all men wanted her because she was kick ass and had strawberry bl ...more
It was hooky in most parts but I loved it just the same! Yes some of the things our heroine says are weird and completely squirmy on the sexually inappropriate family member way, but I took that to be in the character of those genius and awkward character moments. She definitely lacks a filter and her family, that is her parents and her 5 brothers, are a special kind of close, just above backwoods inter-breeding, but definitely talk about everything and see everything on each other, level of gro ...more
Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

Eye of the Storm begins with Keely traveling to South America to warn her brother he and his colleagues are about to walk into a trap to kill them. They don't expect Keely to walk in claiming that there is a trap, and have her take down the bartender right in front of them either. But the owner of Security Specialists International Ren can not fully believe what his eyes are seeing. He saw little Keely just take down the bartender. Not only that he has a
Oh! MY! Gawd! This book was so good. The title says it all. The heroine (Keely) is a “Warrior Sprite” as the hero (Ren) calls her. She is in the middle of everything and can kick ass & take names with the best of them. Keely is NO timid little mouse, nor is she some amazon bitch. She is an amazing tiny bit of dynamite. Ren is an alpha male through & through and has a hard time adjusting to the fact that Keely can take care of herself thank you very much! Keely was raised by her mom and h ...more
This novel is so frustrating to me because as much as I remember being very, VERY disappointed by the execution of what could have been a great plot, I find myself wanting to re-read the novel just for the the scenes (as I recall) of our heroine kicking butt in the jungle.

I effing love that. Strong female heroine yet somehow fragile? Yes, I'll drink that koolaid. What can I say? I'm a chick with a soft spot for implausible setups and my reading tastebuds will be corrupted for a a couple months b
Before I say anything, let me make it clear - I enjoyed the book and it was an excellent series-opener not rushing along to set up the story arc but with enough freedom that more books would be good.

I felt a love-hate for Keely - the heroine. I'd just start to like her and the bam we'd get within a km of a fight of any kind and she'd show up fully trained SEALs and marines. Keely is a genius who started MIT at thirteen did five days of secretive Hell Week (SEAL training) and would have finished
Mary Beth
When I began reading this book, I was instantly rooting for Keely. However, by the time her educational background is given, I could no longer suspend my disbelief that much. Furthermore, her and Ren's relationship did't evolve well. Ren sees Keely fight one time, gets her back to his home and is ready to contemplate a forever kind of love. Yet they had had no meaningful time alone or conversations for them to get to know each other.

My only other complaint with the book was the gratuitous cursin
I liked this book. It started out really well. Keely could kick some serious ass and hers and Rens' behaviour towards each other when they first met was really good. Well until she went against her intended nature and didn't make Ren fight for her affection or anything. That particular act contradicted the whole independent-kickass-woman thing she had.
And at first Ren was freaking awesome! I liked that protective instinct he had for her upon seeing her. But he was supposed to be an badass-alpha
John Matteson
Good book. Purchased this from FICTIONWISE. It is a very good read. Keely is a strong hearted woman who has her weaknesses, both in body and in the choice of her men. She charges off to save her brother and winds up meeting the Alpha Male that captures her heart. There's much more, but that would be telling and you really need to read this on your own.

The action is hot and heavy, and not just between the sheets. While not a techno-thriller, it had enough hard detail of the equipment and firearms
Gotta love a kick ass girl who takes charge. A little unbelievable at times, but who doesn't like a little fantasy? The author did super creating these roles x
I absolutely love all the Characters in this story. Ms. Michaels' writes very strong, very capable heroines. It's a nice change to have Alpha heroes with Heroines that aren't afraid to stand up to the men! Very good story. I can't wait to read the rest!
Donna Salzmann
Rollicking military romance that sizzles. Loved the hero.... Loved the story ....definitely a page turner!
I presume you know what the book is about. I'm letting you know what I liked or disliked about it.

This was a perfect short read between books. Kind of like mint sorbet between courses during a fancy dinner. I had just read a pretty intense, dark novel that didn't really have any high's in it and ended on a sad/low. Well, until it's sequel comes out in September (I guess). We'll see.

But enough about the previous read this was, well, silly and light and sweet and romantic and fun and oh, did I say
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Monette Michaels is a multi-published author of romantic suspense, paranormal, and scifi romance novels. She also writes sexier paranormal and romantic suspense novels under the pen name, Rae Morgan.

She is a native Hoosier and still lives in Central Indiana with her husband, son, and cat. The cat is the boss.
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