The Mammoth Book Of Special Ops Romance (ACRO, #1.5)
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The Mammoth Book Of Special Ops Romance (ACRO #1.5)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  406 ratings  ·  51 reviews
23 passionate stories of hard-hitting love...

Stirring romance featuring the heroes of the Navy SEALs, Delta Force, Air Force Pararescue, the Green Berets, the Army Rangers and other special forces: men and women who live and fight in extreme danger to preserve our freedoms, defenders and protectors of all we hold dear.

This collection includes the work of bestselling romanc...more
ebook, 300 pages
Published March 25th 2010 by Constable & Robinson (first published March 1st 2010)
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Dangerous quickies - for lovers of alpha males of the human variety

If you like your romance hard and fast and your heroes tall, dark and deadly this collection of dangerous quickies may be just what you've been looking for.

Even though I don't read a great deal of special ops romances, I do love to read them when I am looking for an alpha male who is deadly but still human as a change of pace from my normal shapeshifters, vamps, and other worldly paranormals. And even not having actually read st...more
Penny McCall - Once Burned. B+. I thought there was too much action and not enough romance.

Rinda Elliott - Cane River. B. New author for me. Good dialog and writing. I'm just not a big fan of "little sister/big brother's friend" romance.

Laura Griffin - Surrender at Dawn. B+. Another new author for me but I liked the writing. The ending was open ended but left me with a smile.

Charlotte Mede - Into the Night Sky. DNF. Nothing wrong with the writing, just wasn't my cuppa. I found it a little bit b...more
*This rating is only for the Sydney Croft story, Code Word: Storm*

Immediately one of my all-time keepers simply because this short story entry by Sydney Croft centers on my all-time favorite romance couple, Creed and Annika from the successful paranormal series about a secret government agency ACRO that employs agents with special abilities to capture some of the deadliest, most dangerous criminals on the planet. In this story, which is set between book 1 Riding the Storm and book 2 Unleashing t...more
A fantastic book that gives you all the Special OPs romance you can think of.
I bought the book for Shannon K Butchers novella, A Kept Man, and it was up to par, as usual. My only regret was that is was to short. But I am biased. I just love Shannon K Butcher!

But I was pleasantly surprised by Code Word: Storm by Sidney Croft. It was my first read by her. I loved the way she described the triangel between Creed, Kat and Ani (I just can´t use her whole name. Annika Svensson is the name if a not so...more
Read the ACRO Short, "Code Word: Storm," Only

This was a great short story featuring Annika and Creed after their mission in the mansion in ACRO #1, but before they truly became a couple. As always, the chemistry with these two is just fantastic, even though Ani is still trying to deny her desire for him (why she would ever want to do such a thing is beyond me!).

They are working together to battle an evil kid trafficker who has ensconced himself with demons for protection. Ani continues to put up...more
I only read the stories by Shannon K. Butcher, Charlene Teglia, Jordan Summers, and Sydney Croft.

The Croft story is the only one that is set within a series, you should read the ARCO series to understand this one.

The others were just fun sexy stories where someone is in danger and needs rescuing bring a couple together where they realize they can't live without each other. A light fun read.
I'm really mixed up about this book. Some of the stories are good, some are bad, and some are just awful. I even found a couple stories that I don't understand how they belonds in this collection...

There is quite a bit of action going on, a little bit of sweetness, and even some sexytimes. Given the premise of the kind of book this is, I was expecting more porn and less plot. So far from what I've read, it's been 90% plot and a mere 10% porn - which is great! Sometimes it's what the author doesn...more
Read this just for the novella 'Code Word: Storm' that is part of the ACRO series. I absolutely love Annika and Creed!! <3
~~~Heather S.~~~
Only read ACRO #4.5, a super short mission for Creed and Annika, but as always, I love these two!
PepperP0t (
I confess I am still reading this - it is a palate cleanser before I move onto the next book. With 12 of the 17stories read I'm leaning toward a rating overall for now and will update when i get back to reading the remaing stories.

Once Burned (Penny McCall): 4stars; not a lot of romance and quite bit of action. I think I would have enjoyed this as a novel.
Cane River (Rinda Elliott): 3.5stars; started out well but rushed ending. Wasted potential.
Surrender at Dawn (Laura Griffen):3.75stars...more
♥ Sarah ♥
Before I begin this review I want to note that this is not my normal genre at all. I only picked up this anthology for the ACRO story, which is PARANORMAL Special Ops. So yeah, that was why I only ended up reading two of the stories other than the ACRO story. I just couldn't get into them. So I decided I wouldn't force myself through them. My rating reflects the three stories I read. I will revise my review/rating if I ever come back to this.

Once Burned by Penny McCall: (2.5 stars)
Kate is reunit...more
This anthology is jam-packed with action, drama, romance, and some of the sexiest men imaginable. As per usual with anthologies, there were some great stories and some shockers. I’m definitely a huge fan of anthologies (due to my impatience to discover the outcome of a story), so I was definitely excited to read this big book of short stories! There was enough of a balance between the plots and love scenes. Some of the stories were more sex orientated, whilst others were plot orientated.

I was l...more
If you don't dig the whole 'tall, dark and deadly' hero thing - plus a few of the heroines who are deadly as well - stay away. This anthology is not for you - but you probably know that just from the title. Like most anthologies the stories run from great to not so great. There's an ACRO story in there [Sydney Croft, Code Word Storm, with a nice little story with Annika and Creed - I didn't even want to smack Annika this time, at least not often] but it's the only one I recognized as belong to s...more
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Dec 27, 2011 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of contemporary romance
Some of these were better than others, after a few disappointments I just read the ones by authors I favor and skipped the remainder.

Later I went back and read them all.

The format limits each author to a few scenes, barely enough to make more than a scenario with a bit of realization. There is not enough room to develop a deep character or allow for growth and development, so I probably will not be looking for other books in the series unless they contain a bit of continuation of a series I alr...more
3.8* overall
Once Burned PMcCall 3.8*
Cane River RElliott 3.2*
Surrender at Dawn LGriffin 3.5*
Into the Night Sky CMede 3.2*
A Kept Man SKButcher 4.2*
Russian Roulette RCaine 3.7*
VeriSEAL MMelton 3.8*
Shoot to Thrill CTeglia 3.9*
The Angels of Punishment MAlbert 4.5*
Dark Force CMcCray 4*
Lipstick Spy School GRobinson 5*
Dont Walk Away SWalker 3.9*
Heat of the Night JSummers 4*
Overkill ECSheedy 3.8*
The Grey Man CNicholas 3.9*
Good Guys LMuir 3.4*
Code Word: Storm SCroft (#1.5 not #4.5) 4.1*
Sergio Medina
that just the picture of this book look aawexom
Short and sweet! We get more Annika and Creed who are one of my favorite ARCO couples so far.
Shiloh Walker's "Don't Walk Away" is about an ex-couple Ethan and Celeste after 10 years of regrets, longing, and not knowing what to think.

Charlene Tegelia's "Shoot to Thrill" was a good story of Gabe, a Delta Force solider, goes in to set up and air strike of a bioterrorism camp only to find a missing Dr. Miranda Gray.

Jordan Summers's "Heart of the Night" has two soliders pretending to be a Priest and a nurse, but FATHER Ken is not thinking very priestly thoughts about Dr. Lily Houser.
This review is only for Code Word: Storm by Sydney Croft.

3.0 Stars.

This is a short story about Annika and Creed, one of my fave couples in the ACRO series. It's really short and an easy - but unnecessary - read. So feel free to skip it if you want. As a housekeeping matter, please note that this novella is incorrectly numbered 4.5 in the series. The story predates book 3; therefore, it should come either between 1 and 2 or 2 and 3.
Ann  Lorz
This is an enjoyable read. I love books like this because I can get a feel for a new author or enjoy a short story from an author I already like. Because the stories are so short this isn't for everyone. I did feel a couple of the stories were way to short and felt unfinished, but as a whole the book was good.
I liked 5 stories out of 20, so it's not really good. Some stories seem to be extracted from a book, without a real beginning and above all without a real ending. And what is this fantasy story by Michele Albert doing in a special ops anthology ? Or are angels and demons new military ?
1) Penny McCall "Once Burned"
2) Rinda Elliott " Cane River"
3) Laura Griffin "Surrender at Dawn"
4) Charlotte Mede "Into the Night Sky"
5) Shannon K. Butcher "A Kept Man"
6) Rachel Caine "Russian Roulette"
7) Marliss Melton "Veriseal"
8) CharleneTeglia "Shoot to Thrill"
Really good short and fast reads. I don't usually like short stories, it makes it really hard to develop a storyline and I find its harder to really fall into the story but I would recommend this to anyone who likes this genre.
Emma Bull
Good for reading at leisure, short stories that can be read quickly if you need to fill half an hour. Or just to be read nod after another. Filled with plenty of too good to be true fit men to take the reader away from reality!
I was really disappointed. I was really looking forward to Sydney Croft's story. It was too short. It was way at the end so I had to skip all the other stories. It just wasn't worth the purchase. :(
Well I finally finished this anthology, they wern't kidding when they said mammoth! I liked most of the stories but a few ended very upbuptly and left you hanging. I hate that!
As the title says - Mammoth. So many short stories stuck into one volume. Some were good but most just ok. Most were too short to really develop the characters and plot.
Kirsten McKeown
There really is a genre of literature... for everything. Consider this your master class in special ops thrillers. I mean, boot camp? Oh, you get the idea...
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
The only reason I gave this book two stars is the stories were to short.. They were all good stories but I wanted more of each one of them :)
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