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Going Dark

(The Lost Platoon #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,071 ratings  ·  233 reviews
The members of a top secret SEAL Team can't keep their passion under wraps in this thrilling contemporary romantic suspense series from New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty.

Like Rome's Lost Legion, a SEAL platoon goes on a mission and vanishes without a trace.

After walking into a trap on a covert op in Russia, the men from top secret SEAL Team Nine are presumed
Mass Market Paperback, 326 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Berkley Books
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☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Rating (we start at 5 stars):
- 1 star: Very cliché.
- 1 star: Insta-some-thingy.
- 1 star: Cardboard national character cutouts (France, Canada... etc)
- 1 star: Common sense issues.
+ 1 star: Spread out timeline (at least, it gives something to ponder to place things happening).
+ 1 star: Entertaining.

She wasn’t a vegetarian for health reasons; she just thought that if you ate meat you should be willing to kill for it.
Her father had taught her that the first—and only—time they went hunting togethe
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Annie, a marine ecologist, left the US to protest an oil drilling off the pristine coast of Scotland with her boyfriend, Julien. Her new boyfriend, and she can’t hardly believe her hasty decision. Sure, she’s all for saving the planet from greedy big corporations that care for nothing but the bottom line, but now that she’s in Scotland the plans seem a little more intense that she bargained for. Also, Annie’s getting wicked bad vibes from Julien’s best friend, Jean Paul, the leader of t
****Full Review****

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When Dean's SEAL team mission goes horribly wrong, he and the few survivors are ordered to scatter and go dark. Hiding out in a small Scottish town should be easy to keep his cover but when a damsel in distress crosses his path, all bets are off.
Annie knows it was reckless to travel with her new boyfriend to Scotland but she wants to make a di
SEAL Team Nine’s Retiarius Platoon goes on a covert, unsanctioned mission into Siberia, Russia and realizes too late that they’ve been set up. The survivors “go dark” and scatter until they can figure out who they can trust and take down the traitor. Senior Chief Dean Baylor is undercover as Dan Warren and working as the captain on a merchant boat in the Isle of Lewis, Scotland when he clashes with marine ecologist Annie Henderson and her group of activists. What was supposed to be a simple excu ...more
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Omg I am going to love this series! Awesome read!!!

One of the first things that comes to mind when crafting this review is the uniqueness of the story. The author has really done due diligence to create an interesting and intricate story that made this a pleasure to read.

The characters are not your run-of-the-mill contemporary romance fluff pieces. The plot is well thought out and well constructed. Plus she allows plenty of room for growth in this interesting new ser
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
3.5 Stars

There isn’t anything I don’t like about the setup for this series. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Rogue MCs

Check, check, checkity check! And giddyupp!

Monica McCarty is a new to be author and I’m glad I took a chance on Going Dark because it is a strong set up for a series. Her writing style flows pretty well. The word ‘but’ is used. A lot. The translations of English idioms was unnecessary for me and the whole thing *hopefully* got a proof before it was published, but th
2-2.5 stars - Romantic Suspense/Military Romance

I was excited when I heard Monica McCarty was writing a contemporary/military romantic suspense series since I loved her highlander historical romances, and I’ve been really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, it was a bit boring and a disappointment for me.

(view spoiler) and took a while for the hero and heroine to get together. I didn’t like the asshat hero
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, military
ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Rating this a 2.75.

We open with a group of secret military Seals on a mission. During the prologue we are introduced to one navy seal (who I thought was the hero) and his colleagues during the unfolding of the mission. Something goes terribly wrong and we are left hanging on the last page of the prologue unsure what happened.

We then open with the first chapter getting introduced to the heroine, her boyfriend and his activist group. The
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: rom-suspense
When I heard this author was switching genres from historical, to romantic suspense, I thought I would give her a try. I will also admit, I was pulled in by this cover and the hint of a lost Navy SEAL Platoon. We meet that platoon, before they disappear, in the prologue. Several tough, yet a little nervous SEALS about to embark on a very dangerous mission in the Barents Sea - heading into Russia. It's a trap though, and once they get to their destination, there is an explosion - lights out, and ...more
They were sent on a covert mission to Russia, but SEAL Team Nine never returned. It was a deadly trap and all are now presumed dead. Case closed, there would be no investigation and those who survived must go deep underground to await answers on who they could trust and who betrayed them.

Dan Warren has become a dive boat captain in Scotland, staying to himself, sleeping with one eye open, coiled like a snake ready to pounce. He never expected a beautiful woman to literately fall into his lap tha
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

3.5 stars

I love Ms. McCarty's Highland Guard, so I jumped at the chance to read this book. Is was a very slow start, and then dragged a little. Lots of people introduced that I'm not really sure who they are going to be, and it was a little confusing at times. Dean is all kinds of yummy and hot. Annie not a lot to say about her. There is a HEA, but no resolution to who tried to blow up all of the SEAL team...not even any hints or ideas.
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Yall. This is one of those reviews where you're gonna read the review and be like what the hell are you giving this book a 3 star for?


Going Dark and I did NOT get along. This book made me feel ranty damn near from the start and I have a near mile long list of issues I had with the book. Errors, characters, things that were just obnoxious.

And yet... it's still getting a 3 star. *boggles*

The Gist: A mission goes to hell an
ARC Review
Originally posted at Scandalicious Book Review

When I heard that Monica McCarty was writing a romantic suspense book, I think I salivated a little looking forward to the read. I’m a fan of her historical books and I love it when authors stretch themselves into new genres. It is both a familiar writing style with a new context and what a context it is. I love the premise of this new series. It holds great potential for exciting reads.

SEAL Team Nine is covertly sent into Russia to see if
Michelle [Helen Geek]
June 2017 -- 4 Stars

I've read most of Monica McCarty's books. I loved her historical romances. They were full of great details that added to the story. She creates great characters you'd love to be able to meet. She doesn't rely on silly and predictable themes.

Saying this, in the last few years, I've really not read many books with a historical theme. I'm not sure why, but just haven't had much interest. I was so excited hearing that one of my favorite authors was going to write a contemporary n
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The elite SEAL team 9 is sent on a covert op into Russia, only to find themselves pawns in a blown mission and caught in a deadly trap. The government quickly closes the case when all are presumed dead…but the survivors are looking for the truth and won’t stop until they find out who betrayed them.

Annie Henderson is a marine ecologist on a mission to save the world from a hazardous off shore drilling project off the coast of Scotland. She didn’t realize that the very greed and corruptions she is
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
My first Monica McCarty read and I wasn't disappointed! The prologue had me feeling a little meh but thankfully after the story and romance picked up and made more sense, I was loving it! I can't wait to see where the rest of the series will go. Review to come!

Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.
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Monica McCarty surprised the heck out of me when I saw that she started a romantic suspense series after years of writing historical highlanders. Going Dark is her first foray into a contemporary series and it was nonstop danger and suspense. A platoon of Navy SEALS was detected on a dark op and it completely when to hell in a hand basket. Dean Baylor is in hiding on the coast of Scotland, captaining a diving boat, while he waits and tries to figure out who betrayed the team and why. Annie has c
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Not just another military romance…

I love this author’s historical romance. L-O-V-E them! Seeing a new series, in a new genre, had me dancing in the kindle aisles. From an explosive beginning, this foray into a new track, meant all kinds of surprises…

Annie and Dan’s relationship began with tension and soon danger dogged their every step. An eco-friendly and a military un-friendly meant sparks even as they came together to solve a mystery. Annie’s character was so smart in many ways but in others
In Going Dark, Dan Warren was a gruff dive boat captain whose manners are nothing short of rude. He has no interest in taking some tree huggers out on the sea to protest a drilling rig’s presence. Dan Warren was just trying to keep a low profile, he was following orders. Dan Warren was actually Dean Baylor, the senior chief SEAL team member from the missing and presumed dead SEAL Team Nine. Dean was instructed to go dark, to live off the grid under an assumed identity, until it could be determin ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Monica McCarty knocked it out of the park with her first contemporary romantic suspense. Fourteen men make up Seal Team 9 who are sent in on a secret black ops mission in Russia. Only 6 walked away and had to go dark and pretend they are dead until they can figure out who betrayed them.

The author kept the reader in the dark on who survived that fatal mission for most of the book so in my review other than the heroine I am not going to name any names. Just know it was a thrilling suspense ride w
My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin

When things go horribly wrong on a mission in Russia, the surviving members of SEAL Team Nine are ordered to scatter and go dark. It’s been two months since everything went to hell, and Senior Chief Dean Baylor is now living under the radar in Scotland, working as a dive boat captain. He doesn’t need any complications, especially if they come in the form of beautiful marine ecologist Annie Henderson. Annie is on the Isle of Lewis to protest a potentiall
Marta Cox
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
An author who usually writes fabulous historical romance so yes I'm delighted to see how she tackles romance coupled with a strong military suspense twist. There is admittedly a rash of these types of books available but I have to say that this story went in totally unexpected directions.
It all begins with an undercover raid and from the first page the author puts her readers firmly in a young mans shoes as he is teased by fellow Seals and readies himself for whatever is to come. Please take not
 Reading In Pajamas
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
✦Review & Giveaway: GOING DARK (The Lost Platoon) by Monica McCarty
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated 5 Stars

This story is fast paced and exciting. I liked both characters instantly, even though I didn’t have a lot in common with either one. I liked that they were almost polar opposites, and yet respected each other’s views with an open mind. Their disagreements never got to the “that’s enough already” st
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Though I haven’t read many romantic suspense novels, it’s one of my favorite sub-genres of romance. Going Dark sounded like the perfect book for me, and I couldn’t wait to get into it. Going Dark sets off with an explosive, albeit confusing prologue with a Navy SEAL’s mission in Russia going wrong. It’s a confusing prologue because you soon realize that the hero of the book isn’t who you think it is. So be warned, as the prologue and first chapter will most likely throw readers off. Despite the
A SEAL team paralleling the lost Roman Legion is a mouthwatering prospect. A covert op that had gone so wrong has led to the remaining few scattered around the globe and off the grid, waiting for justice to be served? It's catnip on a platter. As someone who isn’t really into historicals, Monica McCarty’s a new author for me and any addition to the RS sub-genre is something I’m typically happy to pounce on.

Yet the opening was at best, shaky with an overwhelming info-dump that got my head swirlin
Gretchen  (About That Story)
​This story was okay but ultimately wasn't for me. I really liked the intrigue happening and even the romance for the most part but it was just so long, drawn out, and overly descriptive I never fully got into it or felt invested. About half way through I started skimming because I still wanted to know how the intrigue portion ended.

There's a lot going on in a short amount of time and I felt like I was on information overload, there were a lot of different stories in play. I liked the hero but t
RachelW (BamaGal)
DNF...a little on the fluffy side, and quite honestly wasn't interesting enough to me to try to stick it out... ...more
Lover of Romance
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

I will admit that I was a bit nervous to pick this book up, I have only read her historical’s so I wasn’t sure how she would do with a romantic suspense although both require some well planned research for the world building. After seeing book three being released and seeing how many have loved these books so far, I just knew it was time to read them. So I grabbed this one up and I am so happy that Ihave done so….this author will always wor
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Going Dark was an action packed and sexy read. Right from the beginning of the book, the author introduced a lot of action and intrigued. There were even some surprises right from the beginning that made the book very memorable. I will admit that it was a little hard to follow what was happening in the beginning of the book, but the book was still very intriguing and mysterious.

Annie was the main female character and she was spunky, determined, and fierce. I admired how passionate she was about
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Going Dark opens with an elite team of Navy SEALS deep into a covert operation on foreign soil. Their mission could be construed as an act of aggression if discovered so the men are working under blackout conditions; no communication with their transport ship and radio silence while on the ground. When things go to hell the surviving members of the team realize they’ve been betrayed and the commanding officer orders his men to scatter and hide themselves until the leak can be discovered. This dr ...more
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