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Ready to risk it all....Three men come face-to-face with physical danger....Their courage, their choices, will make these men heroes. Lori Foster's "An Honorable Man." Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton Wulf's career ambitions cost him the one woman he ever wanted--Liv Avery.Now he's determined to win back her love...even if it means risking his life. Donna Kauffman's "Blown Away. Ready to risk it all....Three men come face-to-face with physical danger....Their courage, their choices, will make these men heroes. Lori Foster's "An Honorable Man." Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton Wulf's career ambitions cost him the one woman he ever wanted--Liv Avery.Now he's determined to win back her love...even if it means risking his life. Donna Kauffman's "Blown Away." Tornado chasers Cooper Harrison and Marty McKenna once spent an incredible night of passion taking shelter from a twister. Now a tornado has Marty in Cooper's arms again. Only this time Cooper isn't about to let her go. Jill Shalvis' "Perilous Waters." Helicopter pilot Wyatt Stone attempts to rescue his former high school sweetheart, Leah Taylor--stranded on a houseboat in the path of a tornado.And vows he'll give their love another chance. . .if they make it out alive.


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Ready to risk it all....Three men come face-to-face with physical danger....Their courage, their choices, will make these men heroes. Lori Foster's "An Honorable Man." Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton Wulf's career ambitions cost him the one woman he ever wanted--Liv Avery.Now he's determined to win back her love...even if it means risking his life. Donna Kauffman's "Blown Away. Ready to risk it all....Three men come face-to-face with physical danger....Their courage, their choices, will make these men heroes. Lori Foster's "An Honorable Man." Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton Wulf's career ambitions cost him the one woman he ever wanted--Liv Avery.Now he's determined to win back her love...even if it means risking his life. Donna Kauffman's "Blown Away." Tornado chasers Cooper Harrison and Marty McKenna once spent an incredible night of passion taking shelter from a twister. Now a tornado has Marty in Cooper's arms again. Only this time Cooper isn't about to let her go. Jill Shalvis' "Perilous Waters." Helicopter pilot Wyatt Stone attempts to rescue his former high school sweetheart, Leah Taylor--stranded on a houseboat in the path of a tornado.And vows he'll give their love another chance. . .if they make it out alive.

30 review for Men of Courage II: An Honorable Man / Blown Away / Perilous Waters

  1. 4 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    Three wonderful stories with romance. I enjoyed all of them. Love strong characters with engaging plots.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An Honorable Man - Lori Foster - 3 /5 - Liv grew up in the military and decided she wanted nothing further to do with being separated from loved ones and constantly worrying about them. So she moves away. When her father dies, her dearest friend and the man she loves, who is also military, returns to tell her. But he’s also returned to finally claim the woman he loves, no matter how hard she fights it. He’s ready to spend his life with Liv and he’s ready to convince her that he, a military man, An Honorable Man - Lori Foster - 3 /5 - Liv grew up in the military and decided she wanted nothing further to do with being separated from loved ones and constantly worrying about them. So she moves away. When her father dies, her dearest friend and the man she loves, who is also military, returns to tell her. But he’s also returned to finally claim the woman he loves, no matter how hard she fights it. He’s ready to spend his life with Liv and he’s ready to convince her that he, a military man, can actually make her happy. I really like this kind of set up because the angst is pretty much top notch. And in this case, there is plenty of it. Liv and Ham definitely have that whole push/pull thing going and it really keeps you intrigued with what’s going to happen with these characters. But some of my respect for the hero dwindled about the time he was talking about how he’d slept around plenty to get rid of his sexual edginess despite full-on knowing how much he loved the heroine. In his words, she was “the love of his life,” and “He’d given his body to other women, but never his heart.” I get it, and I don’t think he’s an asshole for this, mostly because he and Liv weren’t exactly a couple, but I kinda think that if he loved her that much and he knew he still had a shot (as evidenced by his decision to go after her during his 2 week leave) then he damn well should have kept it in his pants for her. He sure wasn’t thrilled at the idea that she’d already found a guy - so he probably wouldn’t have wanted her having sex, which is definitely a double standard. But then, he was deliberately staying away because he knew she didn’t want a military guy and he wasn’t giving up the military for her. And despite loving her that much, he decides to go for it with her because they were “both of an age to settle down” and she hadn’t yet been in a serious relationship, so he had to believe she loved him too. So IMHO, he should have stayed away unless he could give her what she wanted. Instead, I see him as selfish because he wanted her on his terms, which is why he didn’t lead with the fact that (view spoiler)[ he was giving up his position so he could teach at the academy (hide spoiler)] - no, he wanted her to accept him in a “military” position first (and he hadn’t been willing to be celibate for her in the meantime). That just felt selfish. Just how I saw it. You may see it differently. The angst here though, definitely delivers. Which is definitely a positive. Blown Away - Donna Kauffman - 3.5 / 5 - Marty is on her way to a wedding where she knows she will once again see the guy she walked away from after an incredible sexual experience. But a violent storm strands her in the middle of nowhere and it’s that very guy, Conner, who comes to her rescue. They end up trapped in a storm shelter together and yearning to relive their experience and both wonder why they walked away from each other and why they wouldn’t give this chemistry between them a chance to develop further. This was pretty good. It’s kind of a no-fault second chance romance. They had sex once, it was awesome, but Marty had no reason to believe that Conner would want anything further and she already had a job lined up somewhere else, so she left without a word. Conner wasn’t broken hearted or anything, but always wondered what if. Marty was the same. So their coming together was free of hard feelings and the only angst came from whether they’d survive and how they’d work things out professionally after they’d succumbed to their lust. So not much in the angst department, but no exactly fluffy...and still quite interesting with the storm raging around them and their hormones just going off. They had good chemistry. I think I would have loved to have an epilogue as this ends with the both of them hopeful for a HEA, but waiting to see what would happen with their job. The epilogue could have added that closure and given them a chance for the “I love you”s and all. Perilous Waters - Jill Shalvis - 3 /5 - Years and years ago, when he was just 18, Leah walked away from love with Wyatt to go after the education and adventure she’d always longed for. She had no idea how much she’d broken Wyatt’s heart when she left. Now she’s back and looking for a fresh start after a horrible trauma and she’s a little shocked that Wyatt holds a grudge. Their work puts them in close quarters, especially when they both get trapped on a houseboat during a storm and have to wait for rescue. Leah begins to realize what she walked away from and wants another chance, while Wyatt is even more wary about risking his heart. Another second chance romance, but this one was not “no-fault.” There is a whole lot of bitterness here and it just ramps up the angst. But see, for me, second chance romances have to have the perfect balance of remorse on the one who breaks the other’s heart, in addition to having enough grovel to satisfy. This story totally delivers on the remorse. Leah really sees and understands what she did to Wyatt when she left and she is some kinda sorry at the way that she left...she doesn’t regret leaving (and that’s not what did it anyway), but she regrets ending it before she left. She admits that they should have seen it through and kept dating. Wyatt’s heartache was palpable and I wanted him to be angrier and distrustful longer so she could really feel at fault for that. But this story was a novella, so it couldn’t really happen. And that’s also why the story doesn’t really deliver on the grovel either. There wasn’t enough time for Leah to work for her forgiveness...she basically makes Wyatt feel sorry for her and he forgives her. She needed to work harder to earn back his trust - it was way too easy for her. So this wasn’t a fully satisfying second chancer for me...and I think the length was responsible for that. I also wonder, if this had been longer, whether there might have been something related to Wyatt’s epiphany about not having fought for Leah either - I think more needed to happen with that. But again, no time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    jenjn79

    Three short, feel-good romances about couples reuniting while facing down deadly storms. A nice, quick read that I enjoyed. I'm always a little wary of these novella type stories because it's really hard to fit a well-rounded story into less than 120 pages, but these 3 worked. Sure they might not have been overly complicated or deep, but they were sweet and romantic with a splash of danger added. It's a toss-up which I liked better, Foster's or Kauffman's stories. Both were equally good. Shalvis Three short, feel-good romances about couples reuniting while facing down deadly storms. A nice, quick read that I enjoyed. I'm always a little wary of these novella type stories because it's really hard to fit a well-rounded story into less than 120 pages, but these 3 worked. Sure they might not have been overly complicated or deep, but they were sweet and romantic with a splash of danger added. It's a toss-up which I liked better, Foster's or Kauffman's stories. Both were equally good. Shalvis's story, while still good, just didn't have that same zing as the other two. Good book, though, if you like basic romance.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    4.33 average rating A couple of years ago I read the first book in this compilation series and really enjoyed the stories. I was hoping the same could be said for the stories in this book. Let’s take a look… The first story in this compilation is An Honorable Man by Lori Foster. This story deals with the Air Force a lot and I appreciate the author’s note about how unfamiliar with military life and terminology she was before starting this story, so she did her research. It’s no secret that it’s a p 4.33 average rating A couple of years ago I read the first book in this compilation series and really enjoyed the stories. I was hoping the same could be said for the stories in this book. Let’s take a look… The first story in this compilation is An Honorable Man by Lori Foster. This story deals with the Air Force a lot and I appreciate the author’s note about how unfamiliar with military life and terminology she was before starting this story, so she did her research. It’s no secret that it’s a pet peeve of mine when military stories use incorrect information. So, although I noticed some inconsistencies, they didn’t have to do with the military portion of the story and I appreciate the time Ms. Foster took to do justice to this story. Liv and Hamilton have great chemistry. Liv’s view of the military and her unwillingness to compromise drove me crazy. Why was she so unwilling to give up her dream life but expected Ham to give up everything he wanted? He is certainly a patient man! The story moved fast and was definitely suited for a short story format. Although I really enjoyed this author’s story in the first book also, I still never got around to reading any of her other work. I must make an effort because I think it’ll be worth my time. ~ 4 stars For some reason, I thought I had read Donna Kauffman before. Well, I did in the first book of this series. I couldn’t find a record of reading any of her other stories though. Her contribution to this compilation, Blown Away, has to do with a missed opportunity between a couple of storm chasers. Their relationship ended before it had even had a chance to begin years before. Now Marty and Cooper are, once again, thrown together in perilous circumstances. There are feelings on both sides, but neither of them are brave enough to come right out and admit their feelings. Although there is a lot of danger that leads up to them being in the same room, the inner turmoil they both experience once that happens is more full of action than the tornado outside. ~ 4 stars See my full review at https://allingoodtimeblog.wordpress.c...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debby

    "An Honorable Man" by Foster. Liv Amery hated that her widowed father always put his military life ahead of her. Now a school teacher in Ohio she's putting down roots and enjoying being part of the community. When her estranged father dies, career Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton Wulf comes back into her life, determined not the let her get away again. A tornado in town puts them into some scary moments which help resolve the issues. "Blown Away" by Donne Kauffman. Marty McKenna is a tornado "An Honorable Man" by Foster. Liv Amery hated that her widowed father always put his military life ahead of her. Now a school teacher in Ohio she's putting down roots and enjoying being part of the community. When her estranged father dies, career Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton Wulf comes back into her life, determined not the let her get away again. A tornado in town puts them into some scary moments which help resolve the issues. "Blown Away" by Donne Kauffman. Marty McKenna is a tornado chaser on her way to Ohio for a fellow tornado watchers wedding when a massive storm cell hits. A previous one night fling goes to her rescue and they end up in a storm shelter together. Cooper Harrison has been very career focused, but finally realizes what he's missing. "Perilous Waters" by Jill Shalvis. Leah Taylor and Wyatt Stone were HS lovers, but she left Ohio to persue a reporter career. Now 10 years later she's back at the local t.v. station and he's the helicopter pilot taking her around. When she gets caught on a lake with some students when a tornado hits, he helps with the rescue and ends up staying with her. They eventually fall in love again. Fun stories all tied into the tornado system hitting the Ohio area.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rosemarie Grainer

    Great set of adventure romances All 3 of these stories take place during a storm and are second chance romances. I enjoyed them all. I read all of these authors regularly and am surprised I had not encountered this set before! I now have to go back and finish reading the original Men of Courage anthology. That one had book 1 of Lori Foster's Men of Courage series. Then I read books 2, 3 and 4 as single Kindle novellas before reading book 5 here. So I am really enjoying these stories. I like the c Great set of adventure romances All 3 of these stories take place during a storm and are second chance romances. I enjoyed them all. I read all of these authors regularly and am surprised I had not encountered this set before! I now have to go back and finish reading the original Men of Courage anthology. That one had book 1 of Lori Foster's Men of Courage series. Then I read books 2, 3 and 4 as single Kindle novellas before reading book 5 here. So I am really enjoying these stories. I like the combination of action and romance. The pace is fast for all 3 and the tone is uncertain yet hopeful with a character and action oriented storyline that has some steamy scenes. The characters are vivid and engaging. You don't have to read the other books I mentioned it the other anthology to like this. Enjoy!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    1. an honorable man/lori foster 3/27 2. Blown away. 3/27 3. Perilous waters. 3/27

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy (and her hounds)

    DNF. Boring.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pattianne

    MEN OF COURAGE II - An Honorable Man (8-74), Blown Away (74-150), Perilous (151-220) Ready to risk it all....Three men come face-to-face with physical danger....Their courage, their choices, will make these men heroes. Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton Wulf's career ambitions cost him the one woman he ever wanted--Liv Avery.Now he's determined to win back her love. . .even if it means risking his life. Helicopter pilot Wyatt Stone attempts to rescue his former high school sweetheart, Leah Taylor--strand MEN OF COURAGE II - An Honorable Man (8-74), Blown Away (74-150), Perilous (151-220) Ready to risk it all....Three men come face-to-face with physical danger....Their courage, their choices, will make these men heroes. Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton Wulf's career ambitions cost him the one woman he ever wanted--Liv Avery.Now he's determined to win back her love. . .even if it means risking his life. Helicopter pilot Wyatt Stone attempts to rescue his former high school sweetheart, Leah Taylor--stranded on a houseboat in the path of a tornado.And vows he'll give their love another chance. . .if they make it out alive. Tornado chasers Cooper Harrison and Marty McKenna once spent an incredible night of passion taking shelter from a twister. Now a tornado has Marty in Cooper's arms again. Only this time Cooper isn't about to let her go

  10. 4 out of 5

    Romance Reader

    I usually enjoy compilations, and I really love Lori Foster, but these stories were a bit contrived for me. All three of them were former lovers coming together after a long absence when a storm throws them together once again. I kind of liked all the writing styles, but the plots just didn't do anything for me. I usually enjoy compilations, and I really love Lori Foster, but these stories were a bit contrived for me. All three of them were former lovers coming together after a long absence when a storm throws them together once again. I kind of liked all the writing styles, but the plots just didn't do anything for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marina

    Loved the twister plot.All stories got 4 stars from me.Good characters and chemistry. Happy ending galore.Grins. If you would like to read this book or others like it please check out booksfreeswap.com.This book is ready for swap!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marcella

    Average: 6/10 Lori Foster: 2/10 Donna Kauffman: 8,5/10 Jill Shalvis: 7,5/10

  13. 5 out of 5

    Curious Bear

    Waste of money.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    LOVED this book! Love the interaction between the characters!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Donna

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tena

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Schultheis

  20. 5 out of 5

    ~Megan~

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

  22. 5 out of 5

    Becky Gordon

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dena Howard embree

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marijo Barrios

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Pappenhagen

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lois - Who Reads

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brittain

  29. 5 out of 5

    Judith

  30. 5 out of 5

    Viki Sauerman

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