Down And Dirty, SEAL EXtreme Team short story

Down And Dirty, SEAL EXtreme Team short story

by Kimberley Troutte

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BN ID: 2940149393664
Publisher: Kimberley Troutte
Publication date: 03/09/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 202,116
File size: 55 KB

About the Author

Kimberley Troutte is a Southern California girl, born and raised. She lives with her amazing hubby, two awesome sons, one old dog, a wild cat, four very large snakes and various other creatures the man/kids/dog inevitably drag in.

Kimberley has been an accountant, substitute teacher, caterer, financial analyst for a major defense contractor, real-estate broker, aerobics instructor and a freelance writer. With a B.A in Business Economics and a M.S. in Systems Management, she was destined to write romance.

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Down And Dirty, SEAL EXtreme Team short story 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JAB4422 More than 1 year ago
Nick was a Navy SEAL who was having a hard time dealing with the memories he came back with from overseas. He made a death bed promise to his friend to look after his sister, Jill, who was a triathlete. This was easier said than done when Jill loses her foot in a car accident. Making things harder for Nick is that he has had feelings for her for a long time but didn't let on. Looking after her as he promised proves to be difficult for him while hiding his true feelings. It's amazing how the author gave so much detail on Jill and Nick's lives with such a short page count. I could feel Jill's pain as her dreams dissolved when she lost her foot and was no longer able to go in competitions.  Even though she had met Nick during Skype conversations, she really didn't know him well. Meeting him in person for the first time was hard enough but meet him when she had just lost her foot was just too hard for her. Being in the military, Nick brought back some horrific memories but somehow pushed them aside so he could support Jill with her losses. The character development was terrific.  We got to know both Jill and Nick (the good and bad parts) extremely well. Jill was obviously terribly upset with loosing her foot and her ability to run but did her best to stay strong and help Nick. Nick was amazing in pushing his own flashbacks aside to be strong for Jill. They both helped each other get through a rough time in their lives. Even though this story had sad and difficult situations, the ending was really good - even better than I could have imagined.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story was great... 37 pages was way to short. Could have been a great full story with more effort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too short but a good read.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
***Received from Tasty Book Tours for an honest review*** (This is a short story/novella. This review is not based on story length but story content as length has very little to do with how much I enjoy a book.) There are times, in life and in fiction, when the best support in times of crisis comes from someone who is as damaged as you. Maybe not in the same way but the hurt they’re feeling matches the intensity of your own. In this short sweet story, Nick and Jill go through the highs of meeting for the first time and acknowledging they’re attracted to each other, dive headfirst into the lows of loss and grief, then rise together as overcomers. We watch their relationship develop through flashbacks as they struggle, individually and together, to move past their own personal demons. It was difficult to read about Jill’s anguish over losing her brother to the war and then her foot to a car accident. It was like watching glass fall toward the ground in slow motion. I knew the break was going to happen but hoped against hope the landing was softer than I knew it would be. When her dreams of competing shattered before her, Nick was there. Nick is a military man. His hell are the memories he brought home from his time overseas. How he was able to give Jill support and encouragement while he was dealing with his own problems blew me away. It takes one hell of a man to put aside what he’s going through to be there for the woman he wants. The ending made me smile. I didn’t doubt for one second they’d be together, but I loved that they spent time apart to seek help as individuals before coming back together again. I would’ve loved to be a part of that journey, to see on paper what they went through to go from broken to whole again, but this is still a terrific story without it.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
In just under 25 pages Ms. Troutte has crafted an engaging read dealing with heavy emotional issues that gets really good before rapidly concluding. In this story that easily immerses readers, both protagonists have been dealt heavy blows in some heartbreaking scenes and only have each other for support. Their burgeoning romance must be put aside to give them time to deal with these individual losses which adds some realism to an already compelling read. Nick and Jill met while he was fighting overseas and bonded through Skypeing. They promised to meet once he returned, but the trauma of his holding Jill's brother while he died and her becoming physically impaired puts shadows on their souls. They both want to be strong for the other and now that they must deal with their losses individually before they can be together which shows how mature and strong-willed these individuals are. The conclusion is rushed but extremely cheer-inducing and gives hope to those dealing with similar losses. This was a compelling story dealing with important issues that I truly wish would've been addressed in a longer format. The characters were immensely likable but there would've been a stronger impact had we gotten to know the characters in a deeper sense. The ending was far too rushed and gave a quick fix to difficult problems. Ms. Troutte has a pleasant writing style though and accomplished a lot in very few pages and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.