Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Forever (November 1, 2008)
Ellie Stuart's life ended the day her children were stolen from her. Driving on a Virginia backroad, Ellie was ambushed by two men who violently pulled her from her car and drove off with her three sons inside. Devastated, Ellie begs the police to bring her babies home. But the authorities wonder if this stressed-out single mom may not be telling the whole truth about what happened that day...
Navy SEAL Sean Harlan agrees to help Ellie find her children, but vows to keep their relationship professional. He's got no room in his life for a woman and her kids--no matter how beautiful she is, or how desperate their situation. But when a sinister organization begins pulling strings behind the scenes, the investigation suddenly targets Sean. Can he and Ellie rescue her children and save themselves? Or are they already...
TOO FAR GONE
Ellie Stuart and her three sons, Caleb, Christopher and Colton are getting some much needed structure and peace in their lives. After a fluke marriage and struggling years of getting by she finally has a chance to settle down. From the get go Sean Harlan has taken an interest in the three boys but is refusing to acknowledge the attraction he feels simmering between him and Ellie. He is a player and has one strict rule, a single mother is hands off…
Ellie has a good place with her three boys now and she even picks up on studying again but the Navy Seal who drops by stirs up an interest she can well live without! Until her three boys get kidnapped and a chase against the clock begins…
When I opened Too Far Gone and started to read the first pages I didn’t expect that I would remain on the couch for an entire afternoon to read this novel in one sitting. Marliss Melton effortlessly stirred my emotions as I followed Ellie and Sean’s journey with universal themes like family bonds, motherhood, love and survival. Add a secret society and a conspiracy to it and my eyes never wavered from the pages save to get something to drink.
Ellie and Sean met in the previous book: Don’t Let Go (Book 5 in the Navy Seal series) so they are already acquainted with each other. This book picks up after Sean Harlan a.k.a Harley comes back after a tour of 6 months as a Navy Seal. Melton vividly describes the divided emotions of a mother thinking first and foremost of her sons and a man who doesn’t want to get involved romantically with a single mother. However, he enjoys being with her sons and can’t deny the heat they both generate in each other’s presence.
While the romance carefully casts its first tendrils between the central hero and heroine the suspense lock and loads when the three boys get kidnapped and a desperate Ellie is left behind. After that Harley and Ellie are single-minded to get them back, no matter the costs. This is where the author introduces a character with such a calculated mind the chills caused goose bumps all over. The introduction of a sinister organization hit the interest button with me. Characters are wrongfully accused and I felt the injustice and the powerlessness of it all emanating from Sean and Ellie. It only added to the urge to keep reading, turning the pages in the single desire to find out if the bad get punished and if Ellie gets reunited with her sons once more.
Ellie has an indomitable spirit of a mother willing to go the distance but needs a shoulder to lean on and Harley is more than willing to provide it. This is where the romance gradually builds up and crests into passionate moments between them. The feelings of growing love, anguish and strength are very believably portrayed between the leading couple. While getting her three sons back is the no.1 issue it also ignites the feeling of seeking a release of all those pent up emotions. Of allowing yourself to rely on another person, to know you’re not alone in this.
A secondary cast of Navy Seals, FBI agents and a journalist trying to help, play their part. They form a supportive backdrop that sets off both the romance and the heart-in-throat moments that exudes from the plotline. In addition to the primary love story a seemingly secondary one is blossoming between Skyler and Drake, it also captured my attention as their part is a key element in the story. I hope that Marliss Melton will continue this at some point in her Navy Seal series! There was definitely a sparkle and sizzle there!
In conclusion I feel that the romance and suspense storyline are executed with finesse and it makes Ellie and Harley come alive for the reader. The plot is a wonderful example of multiple character angles that enhances the sense of urgency to solve the kidnapping. It gradually ups the pace and kept me hunkered down on the couch.
With an attention-grabbing story Marliss Melton has hit the bulls-eye with Too Far Gone!