Chain of Command

Chain of Command

by HelenKay Dimon

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Book one of Greenway Range

Retired marine Sawyer Cain can't forget all he's seen and lost, but he can try to start over. Opening a gun range with his closest friends is the first step toward a new life—one where he finally buries the guilt he can't seem to shake. So much depends on the property he needs to buy…and the gorgeous but completely frustrating woman who refuses to sell it.

Hailey Thorne is done—with loss and with anything military, after the closest thing she had to an uncle died in Afghanistan. When Sawyer shows up on her porch he has military written all over him. He's one more in a long line of people who wants the land she inherited, and suddenly he's everywhere she goes. Hailey can't get the broad-shouldered, dirty-talking, dead-serious man out of her head. Or her life.

Sawyer's not above using his skills in the bedroom to try to convince her to sell, and Hailey is more than willing to let him. Their pleasure-only arrangement works…until emotions get in the way. But Sawyer has a secret he's convinced will have Hailey hating him forever, and Hailey's not willing to risk loving anyone she could lose.

72,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426899584
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 03/09/2015
Series: Greenway Range , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 52,175
File size: 338 KB

About the Author

Award-winning author HelenKay Dimon spent twelve years in the most unromantic career ever - divorce lawyer. After dedicating all of that effort to helping people terminate relationships, she is thrilled to deal in happy endings and write romance novels for a living.  Her books have been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine and E! Online.  HelenKay loves hearing from readers, so stop by her website at and say hello.

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Chain of Command 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes for this book. I would probably give it a 3.5. There were many opportunities for the story line to go much deeper than what it did. It would start to go there...then back off. All in all, it was an ok read and fairly quick to finish. I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them. This one left me a little disappointed.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
I started to label this book a contemporary romance, but ended up changing my mind. Sawyer a former Major in the Marine Corp, his buddies are either former Marines or Seals, and there are several scenes where one of Hailey's friends is dealing with a Navy jerk ex-boyfriend. But that's not why. Hailey has complicated issues dealing with military men. She lost her parents, a former boyfriend and the uncle who raised her to fighting overseas. The military is almost like a secondary character, or at the very least, a massive deterrent to Hailey and Sawyer's HEA. Hailey is quite the spunky character. She does a great job of standing up to Sawyer and anyone else who tries to push her around. Sawyer on the other hand, turned out to be sweeter and more compassionate than one would think just looking at him. I liked that the characters weren't cliches or caricatures, and the story didn't take these routes either. I was surprised several times with a direction the story went or how something played out. Plus the secondary characters were great fun and really added to the story. My biggest complaint is, that for me the blurb didn't really match the book. That last paragraph doesn't fit the vibe of the story. Sawyer didn't begin a sexual relationship with the intent to "win her over". And his big secret was only an issue for like 2 chapters and it got resolved. It upsets me that when the blurb doesn't match the book. It leaves me feeling discombobulated trying to figure out if I missed something or did someone not read the book, or did the story get changed at the last minute.  Overall, this was a quick read for me, keeping me interested and allowing me to read it in one sitting. This was a good start to a new series and I look forward to reading the next book. Hopefully the blurb will match better next time. I took away a star for the issue with the blurb, and gave this one 3 stars. Thank you to Netgalley and Carina Press for the opportunity to read and review the book.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This sexy romance is the story of Hailey and Sawyer. Hailey is determined to honor the memory of her adopted uncle by protecting the property he deeded to her in his will. But when she meets Sawyer, a military friend of her uncle whom she's heard much about but never met, she is shocked to hear that her uncle promised him the land. She's not prepared to hand it over, but neither does she expect the searing attraction she feels for him. Separating business from pleasure seems like the best way to move forward, but when a decision must be made can they find a compromise that will benefit them both, in and out of the bedroom? I loved this story! There were several aspects to this story that really made it a winner for me. First of all, Hailey is a kick-ass strong heroine. She knows what she wants, she isn't afraid to speak her mind and she stands up for what she knows is right. She isn't intimidated by a strong man and doesn't back down from a challenge. Sawyer was equally engaging as a determined, capable and equally strong man - one who appreciates Hailey's strengths and isn't intimidated by them. If anything, it turns him on to find out that she's not a pushover and his respect for her is clear. The sexual attraction between them sizzles from their first meeting, but Hailey is no fool and is able to separate her feelings for Sawyer from what she needs to do to protect her land - at least in the beginning. I really liked that Sawyer quickly realized that getting Hailey into bed was something he wanted to do regardless of the land issue - and together they create some incredibly hot and steamy sex scenes that form the backbone of the relationship that is developing between them. Without giving away any spoilers, I also really appreciated how Sawyer's secret was dealt with. There are several secondary characters introduced in this story, in particular a subplot between Sawyer's friend Jason and his sister Molly that will lead to a very interesting continuation of the series. The secondary characters' humourous dialogue and witty banter add a wonderful sense of caring and camaraderie, making the whole circle of friends and family interesting and dynamic. From beginning to end I had trouble putting the story down, drawn in by the relationship, the sexy times and the strength of the characters. I'm looking forward to the next in the series! 5 stars for a really wonderfully told story.
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She can't help but smile, shaking her head.
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