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Liz Loves Books

I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.

Cover Me (Elite Force #1)

Cover Me (Elite Force #1) - Catherine Mann I give this 3.5 stars. There are a lot of plusses her. The heroine is fairly intelligent and has a better excuse than most for doing some of the tstl things she does since she's a wilderness guide and trek leader and has some survival training. The hero is very hot, alpha and protective. There's a delightful secondary romance between the heroine's sister and her ex that turned out to be the main romantic draw for me. There is a theme to the story that I liked a lot and I feel like it was mostly well executed, but more on that below. And the suspense story is quite good, until 3/4 of the way through.Then all the balancing negatives pop up. The right-place-right-time coincidences starting about 75% of the way into the story become absurd. The rescues start going overboard at this point also. They're believable, or they might be, but there's just too many of them. I was reminded of the old Penelope Pitstop/Perils of Pauline type characters. Also, I had a lot of trouble accepting the HEA for the main couple. I completely believed the sister's but not the heroine's. There was just too much change, too fast and there are some big issues I really couldn't see them overcoming that easily or quickly.Still, I thought this was a pretty good book overall. As for the theme, there are 3 strong, disabled women in this book who are consistently shown in a positive light and who are allowed to take responsibility for their own lives. One of them is never fully present in the book but she can be seen fairly clearly through another character. The other two really shine. It was really nice seeing the three of them play such a large part in the story.