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Beyond the Limit

(Valkyrie Ops #1)

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Skylar Tate, former Miss Congeniality, is a media officer for the Navy, but she itches to get on the field—and she can prove she has what it takes. But convincing others that she can become one of the first ever female Navy SEALs? That might be tougher than the agonizingly brutal training.

Griffin Caldwell and his teammates in his Navy SEAL platoon, the Reapers, are tasked
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Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Cindy Dees Thanks for asking, and...Yes! Book #2 is scheduled to come out in April of 2020...sorry for the long delay...I had a couple of other deadlines to deal…moreThanks for asking, and...Yes! Book #2 is scheduled to come out in April of 2020...sorry for the long delay...I had a couple of other deadlines to deal with when I first sold this series and had to take care of those, too, which slowed down delivery of Anna's story. As we speak, I'm a few pages from done with Lily's story. I expect it will come out sometime in mid- to late-summer 2020. I'll post titles, teasers, excerpts, and announce the release dates on my newsletter or on my blog, both of which can be found and/or signed up for on my website, www.cindydees.com Hope to see you there!(less)
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Dianne
Should women be allowed to be an elite Navy SEAL? The pressure is on to train and graduate women and seeing an opportunity for good press, former beauty pageant queen Sherri Tate is one of a group of women placed on the fast track to success. Training her would be Griffin Caldwell and his Reaper SEAL team, whether he liked it or not.

He never expected to respect and admire the beauty’s determination and abilities, let alone to fall for her. BEYOND THE LIMIT by Cindy Dees is certainly entertainin
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Katherine Yearwood
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military
Beyond the Limits is book one in the Valkyrie Ops series written by Cindy Dee.  only 353 pages, kind of short really, I had fun reading this book, though I felt I had read this book somewhere before. The Navy SEALS are under pressure to finale have a female SEAL, and to help to accomplish this agenda Team Reaper was chosen. Griffin Caldwell doesn’t believe that a female has what it takes to become one of the elites, but Navy media officer Sherri Tate is there to prove him and anyone who thinks l ...more
Sandy S
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date June 25, 2019

Sherri Tate, former Miss Congeniality, is a media officer for the Navy, but she itches to get on the field—and she can prove she has what it takes. But convincing others that she can become one of the first ever female Navy SEALs? That might be tougher than the agonizingly brutal training.

Griffin Caldwell and his teammates in his Navy SEAL platoon, the Reapers, are tasked to secretly train women candidates to become the first female SEALs. But wh
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Les Romantiques
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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Reviewed by Rinou
Review Copy from the Publisher

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

First volume in a series talking about three female soldiers willing to incorporate the famous Navy SEALs, Beyond the Limit features Sherri when she’s the first to face misogyny and skepticism from the super soldiers charged with judging her competences.

I really liked the heroine, she’s strong in mind as phy
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Jessica (the naptime writer)
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary ARC of this book via Netgalley but all opinions provided are my own.

Beyond the Limit is a sizzling, action-packed romance by new-to-me author Cindy Dees. It’s the story of two heroes—people willing to take any risk to save Americans—falling in love, & it was engrossing from start to finish.

Books with uber strong heroines are one of my catnips, and this book has that times three. Three highly determined, fit, and strong women learn that one of them will go through
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Dísir
Oddly reminiscent of ‘The Medusa Project’—a book of Cindy Dees I read a long time ago, ‘Beyond the Limit’ failed to enthral me because it felt like ground that has been trodden on before: women attempting to break through the elite ranks of spec ops, an area traditionally and still dominated by Alpha men and the likes, and eventually getting them to eat their words, while forming a sisterhood in the process.

Miss Congeniality turned Spec-ops potential soldier Sherri Tate is the first in line in
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Ruthie Taylor
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

I really, really enjoyed this fast paced, cleverly plotted story. The concept of preparing women to be SEALS, and the reality behind the seemingly good faith measure is really poignantly written. I enjoyed the story from the very first page, and even though I was confident that there would be a satisfying ending, there were some moments of doubt, which caught me unawares.

Giving us an insight into SEAL training, and the
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Mary
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wicked
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

A female seal? Are they crazy? Nope and it's going to happen sooner rather than later.

Grif and his team of Reapers have been assigned to train the first three candidates for BUD/S school. They are not happy about it, thinking this training is going to be more about babysitting than actual training. This was supposed to be their leave and downtime before being assigned another mission.

Sherri Tate is one of the three candida
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Tracie R
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgally
The first book in the Valkyrie Ops and my first read by this author, Beyond the Limit is a story of determination, forbidden romance and danger. I enjoyed the premise, the story and characters are engaging and the support cast round this for a promising start to this new series.
Mary Mooney
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads, so here is my review.
Griffin Caldwell is part of the Navy SEALS and his team is his family. When all the members get a message from their commander, they can't believe it is during their brother's wedding. They are all, except the groom, taken to a close airfield and flown off in the darkness of night.
Sherri Tate is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, working in DC as the media officer for the Navy but she wants more than to be
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Avid Reader
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beyond the Limit (Valkyrie Ops #1) by Cindy Dees
4.5 stars
M/F Military Romance
Triggers: Death, Kidnapping, Terrorism
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Whew, I really enjoyed the pace of this book. Sherri is a take no prisoner's military woman who goes after what she wants. She has had to overcome her looks and show the men around her that she's more than just a pretty face. But, when the opportunity knocks for her to try her skills at becoming a SEAL, she jumps at the chan
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Avid Reader – ☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Military Romance

Whew, I really enjoyed the pace of this book. Sherri is a take-no-prisoners military woman who goes after what she wants. She has had to overcome her looks and show the men around her that she's more than just a pretty face. But when the opportunity knocks for her to try her skills at becoming a SEAL, she jumps at the chance.

Griffin is a tough, rugged SEA
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Cyliena
May 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was really excited by the blurb for Beyond the Limit. The hero was obnoxious about women in the first chapter, but I let it slide. Second chapter, let it slide. But when it takes 15 of the 25 chapters for the hero, Griffin Caldwell, to show some sign of change that is never truly achieved? Unforgivable.

I was torn on whether Beyond the Limit was a 1-star, 1.5-star, or 2-star read for me. After a couple of days of reflection, I decided that it's 1.5-star—but rounded down, because there is so muc
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Denise H
This book elicited a rainbow of emotions from me. From fantastic scenes, to annoying characters, to stereotypical actions, to humorous moments, to hold your breath gripping scenes, to eye-rolling sighs, to pursed lips irritation at certain outcomes to finally an unhappy, disappointed feeling for the HFN ending. From the start I loved Sherri’s character. Her wit, attitude, outlook on everything…she was well-grounded and had a lot of sass and moxie and she had no problem speaking her mind. Griffin ...more
Eva Millien
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Star Limit  
He’s not happy with his team’s top-secret mission, training the first female SEALs and Griffin Caldwell is determined to prove that his former beauty queen trainee doesn’t have what it takes to join the world’s most elite warrior’s club. Navy media officer Sherri Tate has been given the opportunity to achieve her dream of becoming a SEAL and she won’t let anything stand in her way, not even her sexy, arrogant trainer.
 
The first book in the Valkyrie Ops series is a surprisingly powe
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Eva Millien
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He’s not happy with his team’s top-secret mission, training the first female SEALs and Griffin Caldwell is determined to prove that his former beauty queen trainee doesn’t have what it takes to join the world’s most elite warrior’s club. Navy media officer Sherri Tate has been given the opportunity to achieve her dream of becoming a SEAL and she won’t let anything stand in her way, not even her sexy, arrogant trainer.

The first book in the Valkyrie Ops series is a surprisingly powerful read. The
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Steph
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Okay, I get it, the heroine is really pretty. Fine, the hero is good looking. Great, the h was a beauty pageant queen. He's so handome. She's beautiful. WHATEVER!!!!! It was so annoying that almost every interaction between the H/h had some form of that crap. Like the reader couldn't catch on after the 16th time it was mentioned. And that went on thru the whole book, internally and verbally from both. Probably one of the most shallow couples I've ever read about. You would think an editor would ...more
Michelle
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was blown away with how much I enjoyed this story -- so much so, once I started I kept going till I was done late last night!

It's always been an intriguing consideration for me, working through the feelings, beliefs, reality, and politics of women in special forces/front lines of combat. I appreciated how the author dealt with everything, and how we got multiple views and opinions - and we see how the characters worked through their opinions - specifically watching Griffin sort through things
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Christina Rodrigues
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beyond the Limit is book one in Cindy Dees’ new Valkyrie Ops series. This is an action-packed military romantic suspense novel with no cheating and a happily ever after. Both the hero and heroine in this story are good, strong characters with strong morals and personalities. Love the storyline!

Sherri Tate, navy media officer and former Miss Congeniality, wants to become one of the first ever female Navy SEALs. But first she has to prove to Griffin Caldwell and his Navy SEALs teammates, the Reape
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Wendy
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: feel-good
I liked the blurb of this book, so I requested an arc. I hadn't read anything of Cindy Dees, so it was a bit of a gamble. But with hot navy seal guys, how can anything go wrong? Well, apparently, when you mix this up with some feisty women who want to become Navy SEALS as well, you get some chemistry. And although it was a nice story, with a great description of all the brutal training the Navy SEALS must endure, it just didn't knock me of my socks.
The concept of the story is definitely great:
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Book Him Danno
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
The authors background in the military helped this slow paced story, average romantic suspense novel limp along. If she didn't have the background readers would assume she researched documentaries about Seal Training. The training in the story was interesting enough to pull this story from a 2 to a 3.

Sherri Tate is a decent character as long as the male lead isn't anywhere in the story. Griffin is more or less a jerk one second and lusting after Sherri Tate hoping to get her thrown out of the "S
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Paula
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I volunteered to read and review an advanced readers copy through Netgallery of Beyond The Limit .
I found this story outstanding . I love a story with tough military men . This story doesn't just have tough military men it goes beyond that it has tough military women especially Sherri Tate . The military has decided it would be good publicity to have a woman Navy Seal . Griffins team being one of the best gets chosen to prepare 3 women how to pass Buds training and one will be going to seal trai
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Madison Warner Fairbanks
Beyond the Limit by Cindy Dees.

Romantic military suspense. 1st in the Valkyrie Ops series of women training to be the first Navy SEALs.
A lot of the BUD/S training tactics are included and makes you appreciate what the SEALs actually have to go through. I’ve been driven past the San Diego Coronado training site many times and have even seen the Navy crew running with their boat over their heads. But I never realized the extent and length of that training.

I was worried about reading this because
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Ashley Dawn
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a good book. Sherri is in the Navy but has always been put in the position where her looks are the main focus. She is a former pageant winner but there is more to her than that, if only she could get others to look past it. Griffin is leader of his SEAL unit and isn't too happy with being tasked with getting three women in shape to get into the SEALS.

There was a lot going on in the book. I think the author did a good job of pointing out the differences in men and women in the armed forc
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Debbie
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This book took me a long time to get into it. I have to admit if I hadn't received it for review I probably would have set it aside. Despite the storyline being about how a woman being capable of becoming a Navy SEAL a good portion of the beginning of the book focused on how hot both the hero and heroine found each other. It fed into all the stereotypes of why women shouldn't be in the military. Couldn't they at least wait until they got to know each other before wanting to rub up against each o ...more
Miriam Wolfe
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.

Not sure if I was going to like this type of book because at the start the three women were chosen to be the first women to try for the Seal teams. I think the book got more interesting when Sherri volunteered to be the :"first" woman to try - which basically meant that she was supposed to be the spokesperson for the women and not really expected to cut it.

Sherri not only exceeded Griffin's expectations but went on to win over her fellow classmates
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Nikki Brooks
Great characters, snarky attitude by the female trainees and a great sense of camaraderie between them - no bitchyness!

These girls are taking on the men and I loved the way they managed to get the men to realise that they are just as capable, brave, courageous and sneaky as they are. Griffin may not think much of the Valkyrie plan at the beginning but he sees the grit and gumption of the trainees and by the end, he is as committed to them as they are to the SEALS.

Sherri is used to not being take
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Mags
Beyond the Limit was an enjoyable story and a solid start to this new Valkyrie Ops series by Cindy Dees. As not only did it easily hold my interest, but it had lots of military action and a nice romance; along with a touch of suspense. And I really liked the mix of characters, plus, the story was well paced, engaging, and it felt quite realistic. Although there were a couple of things that seemed unfinished, but I'm hoping they will be dealt with as this series progresses. And I have to say I'm ...more
Sam
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-arc of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Ok so let me just say, G.I. Jane, but in a book? YES! But so good! I loved this book, I love how detailed the author was with the pre BUD/S training and the way the guys joked and talked seemed realistic. I couldn't put the book down, and even better, I'm anxiously waiting for the next book in the "Valkyrie" series. If you like books about badass women who are still feminine and sexy while also being tough and assertive th
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Rebecca Goss
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sherri Tate is asked to participate in a program to introduce females to Seal training. She and her fellow trainees are given prior training to the official program by the Reapers Seal team. Griffin is not exactly on board with the idea of female Seals but works to prepare them for the difficult road ahead. He is assigned to work with Sherri and has to fight his feelings of attraction. Sherri is beautiful, motivated, ambitious and a fit Naval officer. The possibility of a female Seal delights my ...more
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Cindy Dees started flying airplanes while sitting in her dad’s lap at the age of three and got a pilot’s license before she got a driver’s license. At age fifteen, she dropped out of high school and left the horse farm in Michigan where she grew up to attend the University of Michigan.

After earning a degree in Russian and East European studies, she joined the U.S. Air Force and became the youngest
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