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This review post on the Bone Frog Bachelor series by Sharon Hamilton has been in the works for a while now and way past due.
I should know better by now that is best to put down my thoughts while the story is fresh in my mind than be greedy and start the next book because I am curious how the characters will do next, but that is what Ms. Hamilton’s characters do to me. I want to know more and I want it now LOL
But as they say, better late than never, right?
Bone Frog Bachelor Series
This series involves the same couple: former billionaire and Navy SEAL Marco Gambini and his new love, Shannon Marr, as they traverse oceans and play in the dangerous world of assassins and mercenaries while clawing their way back from the brink of destruction, restoring Marco’s powerful fortune earned through his successful shipping, real estate and protection businesses. With each book in this series, Shannon grows into the partner he’s always wanted: someone worthy of his trust as his right-hand woman, as well as the woman who can match him in every way in the bedroom.
I listened to the audiobooks 1, 2 and 3 in the series.
UNLEASHED: Former SEAL’s Mission Begins
Bone Frog Bachelor, Book 1
A fast-paced and surprising sensual adventure that tests the limits of love
Armed with new focus and passion for restoring his rightful place atop his private security, shipping, and consulting empire, former Navy SEAL Marco Gambini takes his new love on a dangerous and romantic pre-honeymoon to the Pink Pasha on a private island owned by the Sultan of Bonin.
At the exotic sultan’s palace, nestled in the lush jungle, pink coral sand beaches, and clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, Shannon and Marco dance with harem wives and battle ruthless pirates, kidnappers, and assassins.
Who can they trust?
Shannon Marr is up to more than just being Marco’s sexual distraction and future bride. She inserts herself into the mission being planned to protect two of the Sultan’s sons as they endeavor to grow their development business in West Africa.
The stakes are high, but the rewards, both physically as well as emotionally, are worth it. Shannon is determined to earn her keep by helping Marco reclaim his own kingdom. She learns to trust her billionaire fiancée as she experiments in the exotic world of the Sultan’s palace, where erotic passion is a way of life. She becomes Marco’s gift, by exposing the strengths of her soft but warrior-strong womanhood.
Find out if they save each other or go down in delicious flames together in this fast-paced and surprising sensual adventure where they test new limits of their love. You won’t want this story to end, and you’ll crave book two.
Together, if they can survive, their partnership could be unstoppable.
Author’s note: The Bone Frog Bachelor series is the continuation of Marco and Shannon’s adventures. Through the continual discovery of passion and courage, this couple begins building the foundation for an unstoppable future. Although each is a stand-alone novel, listeners who are not familiar with the Bone Frog Bachelor series should listen to: Bone Frog Bachelor, Sharon’s contribution to the Bachelor Tower series launched and still ongoing.
My review: 5 stars
I didn’t listen to the prequel, I will have to remedy that soon as there were times that I would have understood a situation or conversation better if I had.
Marco and Shannon’s chemistry is hot, shown in steamy scenes along the way, as they deal with their past history, working on strengthening their relationship. The book also has the usual suspense the author is known for, the quick-thinking action of Marco’s team saves the day. Loved the peek into the way of life in the palace of the Sultan of Bonin.
It ended with a promise of continuation and I am looking forward to the next instalment.
I enjoyed listening to JD Hart, as usual a 5-star listen.
RESTORED: Marco Fights Back
Bone Frog Bachelor, Book 2
Marco and Shannon’s hot liquid romance scorches the Florida Gulf Coast.
Marco Gambini’s Bone Frog Development begins building the Trident Towers project on the Gulf Coast of Florida, managing a diverse team of characters including the two princes, Khalil and Absalom, sons of the Sultan of Bonin…but Rebecca, his vindictive and controlling ex, is doing everything she can to sabotage the project and his relationship with his fiancee Shannon.
Marco also begins building Shannon’s dream home nearby. But this former SEAL finds hosting two pampered princelings, who have never in their lives lived without servants and have never done any hard labor, proves more problematic than previously thought.
Shannon finds exciting new challenges, learning about Marco’s unique sexual needs, and experimenting with her own triggers and desires as she explores her limits. Their love burns deeper in all areas as they plan a lavish and eccentric wedding at the Pink Palace.
A bomb blast at Marco’s office also shatters the tranquility of their relationship and their future, as the past comes back to haunt them both.
Just as one problem is solved, a quick trip to Central Africa leads to sudden danger and near-death for part of the team. Shannon learns even more about how her trust in Marco could save them both.
But be warned. There are storm clouds brewing. All is not as it seems. You’ll want to continue with book three coming next, Revenge.
Suggested listening order: Bone Frog Bachelor, Unleashed, Restored. Bone Frog Bachelor will not show up as book one on the series page, but it essentially is. This was the series starter, appearing in Ruth Cardello’s Bachelor Towers series originally. I continued on with these characters with her permission.
Here is a sample to listen to…
My review: 5 stars
This story was quite exciting and full of suspense, angst. The misunderstandings threaten Shannon and Marco’s relationship.
She gets through quite an ordeal being kidnapped, while Marco fights for his life caused by the bomb explosion at his company’s head office. Finding who was involved in both incidents is on-going.
Ending with a promise of more excitement to come. Looking forward to the next book, I want to know what happens next and listen about their wedding.
JD Hart did a wonderful job telling the story as usual. I love listening to his voice.
Bone Frog Bachelor, Book 3
They’ve planned the wedding of a lifetime—but will enemy forces keep them from reaching the altar?
Marco is a former Navy SEAL who now oversees the construction of veterans’ housing. He’s counting down the days to his future with Shannon, the love of his life. However, the bomber whose blast injured Marco and destroyed his headquarters in Florida is still at large and still holds the potential to affect all areas of Marco’s life.
Shannon can’t wait until the day of her lavish wedding, which will take place at a Sultan’s palace in the Indian Ocean. All the RSVPs have already been counted when unseen forces threaten to destroy Marco’s vision and sabotage his company. With Marco fighting ruthless warlords halfway around the world, it’s up to Shannon to support him on the home front.
But is Shannon equipped to help Marco when danger engulfs them both? Will they succeed in their respective missions and arrive on the Sultan’s paradise island kingdom in time to walk down the aisle?
Author’s note: Revenge is the third book in the Bone Frog Bachelor series which follows Marco and Shannon’s steamy-hot romance from the first time they cross a scorching hot path on Florida’s Gulf Coast to exotic locations around the globe.
My review: 5 stars
While Marco is on a rescue mission, Shannon is left behind and she is determined to help in any way she can with the projects. She finds an unlikely ally in Marco’s ex-wife that surprised me and was quite a personality switch from the previous books.
We knew that the Sultan arrived in Florida at the end of book 2. In this story we get to hear how his visit is going. The pink flamingo shorts made me laugh.
So there is quite a lot going on in this book, but this is not the end of the couple’s journey to their HEA, and I hope the next book will give them that.
The characters were brought to life by the amazing voice of JD Hart, one of my fave narrators.
I am looking forward to book 4 in the series, ‘Legacy‘, releasing in ebook format November 3, 2022, and hopefully soon after in audio.
Former Navy SEAL billionaire Marco Gambini and his forever love, Shannon, are back together again after a harrowing rescue of Marco’s advance team in Africa, threatening to cancel their long-planned wedding at the Pink Palace owned by the Sultan of Bonin.
He has hosted the Sultan and his entourage for a month, and now they leave to return home to their Indian Island kingdom, to prepare for the big wedding. Plans for building the housing project in West Africa are on hold, temporarily, while they ready themselves for the biggest adventure of their lives: their wedding day.
That is, if the bad guys and dangerous militia in Africa will leave them alone. Armed with vengeance and hatred, the terrorist group plans the ultimate revenge, putting more than just Marco’s company in jeopardy. They attempt the unthinkable.
Only Marco and his team are up to the task of not only saving their special day, but preserving a dying man’s legacy.
I hope you will give the series a try, available in ebook, print or audio, follow the link from Sharon Hamilton’s website. While there, check out the other series too, I am sure you will find your next BBF there too 😉
The voice giving life to the many voices in the books is one of my ‘eargasm’ narrators whom you probably saw me mention on my blog many times, the The Pirate Storyteller, JD Hart! He is the voice that brings all Sharon Hamilton‘s characters to life. I love it when he whispers in my ear. Check out all JD Hart’s work on his website. He creates the audio samples and the awesome book trailers too, see youtube.
The model on the covers of this series is Jose Luis Barreiro. Isn’t he scrumptious? I think he fits Marco’s character quite well. Great choice Ms. Hamilton.
I watched an interview he had with Sharon Hamilton and he is so much more that eye candy, down to earth and very likeable.
Until next time, happy book reading / listening and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!