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On the run, in each other’s arms, with one last chance to survive   A rugged Navy SEAL, Zane Scott was part of a failed mission to rescue Dr. Olivia Strohm from abduction by the terrorist group Dead Man’s Hand—and her anguished screams have haunted him ever since. So when he gets word that the beautiful physician has escaped from her captors in Africa, he’s got personal reOn the run, in each other’s arms, with one last chance to survive   A rugged Navy SEAL, Zane Scott was part of a failed mission to rescue Dr. Olivia Strohm from abduction by the terrorist group Dead Man’s Hand—and her anguished screams have haunted him ever since. So when he gets word that the beautiful physician has escaped from her captors in Africa, he’s got personal reasons to storm the continent and save her.Like her would-be liberator, Olivia carries the burden of a dark secret from her past. Ruthless and relentless, the DMH has threatened to hunt her down—and to systematically hurt anyone she’s close to. The last thing she wants is to be rescued—even by someone as shockingly handsome as Zane. Yet the hotheaded special ops hero has come for her, and together she and Zane just might have a shot at not only stopping DMH’s reign of terror, but also saving what’s left of their souls....

Title : Promises in the Dark
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ISBN : 9780440245971
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Number of Pages : 416 Pages
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Promises in the Dark Reviews

  • Shawna
    2019-02-06 14:36

    4 ½ stars – Romantic SuspenseI really enjoyed this steamy, action-packed second installment in Tyler’s intense military romantic suspense Shadow Force series, but not as much as the first book, Lie with Me, mainly because it felt a bit cluttered at times.Navy SEAL Zane Scott hasn’t forgiven himself for failing to save Dr. Olivia Strohm from the evil clutches of the terrorist organization Dead Man’s Hand (DMH). When he and his brothers receive news of an American female doctor on the run after surviving a clinic bombing in Africa, he finds himself back on African soil, a place that still haunts him ever since he barely survived brutality there as a child of missionary parents. He’s determined to find Olivia and bring her back to the States before DMH takes her hostage again. The last thing he expected was to discover Olivia putting herself in further danger by practicing medicine on village women in risk from the local warlord while in hiding and refusing to be rescued.I really liked tough, tortured SEAL Zane, and the immediate connection between him and headstrong Olivia, both survivors of traumatic pasts, was emotional and erotically charged. There just wasn’t quite enough time devoted to their relationship since there are two other concurrent romances that develop in this story. Yep, three romances occur simultaneously, and although I liked all of the characters, it felt a bit congested and distracting at times, especially for primary couple, Zane and Olivia. And I wasn’t really crazy about the unresolved, happy for now endings, especially since I didn’t get the impression that any of the relationships will be advanced further in later books. Still, it’s an explosive, erotic romantic suspense read, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the Shadow Force series, In the Air Tonight.

  • marlene
    2019-01-27 14:26

    www.readwatcheat.comAfter finishing Stephanie Tyler's first book in the Shadow Force series, I dove right into book 2, Promises in the Dark. I couldn’t even function on any higher level till I was done reading it. This series kind of crept in and held me hostage. My laundry is suffering greatly.Book two picks up several months where we left off. This story had a pretty nice set up in the previous book. The surprise once again were the secondary characters. Tyler has a way of writing a character that may not get as much page time with just as much depth as her main characters. It kind of amazes me. One of the couples gets maybe 1/3rd of the page time, but you are not one bit less invested in them. This book has a little bit of everything. You will run through Africa trying to evade warlords and terrorists. You can stay stateside and hack nuclear power plant computer systems. Maybe hanging out in a mercenary ran missionary safe house / medical facility is more your style? This book offers it all.I love that the men in these books are trained, hardened operatives and after they meet the woman that is going to be the center of their universe they don't drop what they are doing to start knitting. There are no quick purchases of houses with white picket fences and that puppy in the window. The women need to accept that these are warriors and that is not going to change just because they have someone to come home to after a mission. I already have book 3 in my paws and I am pretty sure it will be devoured shortly. Who needs sleep right?

  • Arzu
    2019-02-14 09:23

    3,5 stars

  • Neyra ♦
    2019-01-24 13:39

    I started off this book almost a year after reading it's predecessor, Lie With Me. I loved reading about Cameron and Skylar. So why then didn't I pick up this book sooner? I put aside my "just for fun" reads to read books I was requested to review, and one thing lead to another and here we are, almost a year later, and I FINALLY finished Zane's book!I honestly don't know what it was, but Zane Scott caught my heart from the moment he made an appearance in Cam's book. His demeanor lured me in and wrung me tight. I have a special place in my heart for the wounded. The savagely beautiful and feral male leads, they make me want to heal them. Every. Single. Time.In Lie with Me, Olivia Strohm gets kidnapped by DMH--Dead Man's Hand--a terrorist group who harvests organs as well as does other malicious deeds. Zane was part of the mission that was meant to save her from DMH, and it's haunted Zane ever since. Six months later however, and Olivia has escaped from captors in Africa! So, Zane is making it his personal problem to make sure she comes back to the United States where she belongs. But the last thing the doctor needs is the hot headed NAVY SEAL to save her, her past burdens carry a dark secret she is unwilling to share with anyone, including Zane. Can he convince her to come back to the States, stopping DMH's reign of terror and saving each other's souls?Where to begin? I believe I already mention my love for Zane. He carries a secret from his past with him as well, and he's the type who finds it hard to let anyone in. It took him years to warm up to his family. But it's because so many don't understand the pain that has been inflicted on him since he was a young boy. See, Zane was adopted by the Scott family, taken to the United States and had to learn to trust the family who came to his rescue when he had no one. I loved how resilient he was, and how patient with Olivia. He knew she'd been through something horrible both during her younger years, and recently at the hands of DMH. So bringing her back to the US wasn't going to be easy, he knew that, yet he persisted, and waited for her to come to her senses.Olivia as horrifying as her situation was, and no matter how hopeless it might have seemed for her, kept running. She refused to be captured again by DMH, and so, she did what she had to in order to survive in a foreign country. I am in awe of this woman, both for her strength in surviving as a young girl, and the courage it must have taken for her to bomb a clinic of one of the most notorious and ruthless terrorist groups in the world. It wasn't easy for her, but eventually she knew she had to learn to trust someone, and when Zane came along, she found in him the hand she needed to come back to herself.I loved the chemistry between these two, and the suspense from trying to see what would happen next had me squealing and reacting like I haven't in so long. Then we get to read about Cael, Zane's older brother, and his mission to capture Vivi, conspiracy theorist's daughter, before DMH could get to her. Dylan, their oldest brother also makes a come back in this book, and I loved all their interactions.  It has been months since a book made me react to each character this way, and I'm so glad Promises in the Dark did. It's giving me reason to read again, my reading slump is still there, but thanks to Stephanie's Shadow Force, I'm ready to tackle this hobby once more :DThere is an issue I had with this book however, and I mentioned it in my review for Lie with Me as well. The consistent POV change. I seriously don't mind POV changes in books cause it keeps stories interesting, but when you're DYING to figure out what's going to happen between two characters and you all of a sudden get thrust into the second and third pair's troubles, it's disconcerting. I loved the book though, it's definitely an edge of your seat romantic suspense thriller. For all my Black Ops/Military Men lovers, I would definitely recommend this book!

  • Susan
    2019-01-27 10:49

    This book begins six months after the end of Lie With Me. Zane has been haunted by the fact that they weren't able to rescue Olivia from DMH. When he hears that she's escaped and is on the run in Africa, he is determined to rescue her. What he doesn't expect is her refusal to be rescued. She knows the people at DMH want her back and will stop at nothing to get her. She doesn't want anyone else to get hurt because of her. I liked Zane and Olivia. Both have some serious baggage that keeps them from getting close to other people, but from the beginning they connect with each other. Zane had been a street kid in Africa after his missionary parents were killed. He had been taken and sold, but escaped soon after. Several years later he was found and adopted but has always had trouble trusting anyone but his brothers. Throughout the story we see just how close that relationship is. He's not sure why he is so obsessed with finding Olivia, but he goes with it. Meanwhile, Olivia has managed to escape her captors after having been forced to do black market organ transplants. She feels tremendous guilt over it and would rather stay there and do some good rather than go back to the US. As they work to evade those who are chasing them they also find themselves sharing things they've never talked about with anyone else. The chemistry between them is also strong and they wonder if there's a chance for a future together. I really enjoyed seeing the way that their developing relationship helped both of them deal with some of the traumas of their pasts. There are two secondary stories also. Zane's brother Caleb has been tasked with capturing Vivienne, a computer guru who is suspected of selling a program to DMH. It doesn't take long for him to figure out that she's innocent of those charges. Now he has to protect her while she figures out a way to safeguard the program and make it useless to the terrorists. I liked Caleb a lot. He has a protective streak a mile wide, as shown in his interactions with his two brothers. That protectiveness adds another layer with Vivi because he is so attracted to her that he just can't fight it. He had some tough choices to make while trying to find out if she was one of the good guys or not. Vivi is one of those supersmart people who has never had good luck with relationships. She's not quite sure whether she can trust Caleb or not but her instincts say yes. She has to decide if she can also trust him with her heart.There is a third storyline involving a medical mission in Africa. This is one of the places that Zane and Olivia end up during their escape. Rowan is a former military medic who goes there to help and as a way to find some inner peace after years of war. She lost her husband on 9/11 and has felt empty ever since. There she meets Tristan, a man who works closely with the clinic, training people who provide security there and at other clinics. I liked Rowan's strength as she deals with the dangers surrounding the clinic and directly affecting one of her patients. She's also stunned by the immediate attraction she feels for Tristan. Tristan is experiencing the same attraction, stronger than he's felt for anyone else. He's hoping that she can stick it out and give them a chance at a future together. The suspense part of the story, with DMH's pursuit of both Olivia and Vivi was very good. The action is good as they have to evade capture. We also get periods of having the story told by DMH's point of view and see that everything is not going smoothly there. Internal conflict is shown and it's interesting to see how this conflict affects the pursuit of our two ladies. The conclusion is pretty good, with some things still left unresolved to lead into the next book.

  • Ruth
    2019-02-06 10:21

    I had been somewhat anticipating reading Promises in the Dark, the story is based around Zane and Olivia (who had been kidnapped in the previous book). Zane has been searching for Olivia for the past 6 months that she's been gone and has now found her. Only to find out that she doesn't want to be rescued. She is avoiding DMH (her kidnappers) while on the run and feels that if she was to go home, it would put everyone around her in danger. While Zane is away, Cael also manages to find love in the form of a computer specialist, who also happens to be suspected of cavorting with DMH on the side. A third side to the story is that of Tristan and Rowan, both of whom are originally with the army and end up in Africa at a merc training / missionary relief camp.I thought that this book had a lot of potential, and I still enjoyed reading it. However, there were some flaws that just ruined parts of the book for me. 1. There was too much sex in the book. Completely unnecessary, it was as though the author was trying to lengthen the book with as many love scenes as possible. None of the sex scenes, fortunately, were too graphic or erotic.2. I was actually really enjoying Cael and Vivi's story...up until they had sex. OMG...one second he has her handcuffed to a chair and is interrogating her (she is crying and upset during this whole episode). And then once he FINALLY believes her innocence, they don't even have a conversation about the whole 'distrust and captivity' before he unwraps her towel?!?!? I found it incredibly difficult to relate to Vivi in this scene, in the book, it made it feel more like rape because of the situation that they were in. And yet Vivi doesn't feel the need to make Cael work for her forgiveness or her trust. It even seemed completely outside of Vivi's character to completely forgive Cael on the spot. I found it nearly impossible to be rooting for this couple because of this. The first half of the book they did great, but then my support of their love got trashed by both of their attitudes during the whole kidnapping scenario. Cael's story could've been told MUCH better than it was.3. Vivi's character seemed to clash with itself. At some points she's brave and shows some real strength. And then other times she has no backbone whatsoever and practically begs at times when she should be standing up for herself.Aside from these issues, I still enjoyed the book. One the positive side, I really enjoyed Tristan and Rowan's story (aside from the random alpha male scene that first occurs in the tent). The author also did a great job with Zane and Olivia's story, you really bond with those characters. Stephanie Tyler does a great job with world-building and bringing the reader into the situation. I will still read the next book in the series and can only hope that the next book finalizes the story of Vivi and Cael and that both of them will grow some balls and stand up to each other!

  • ~Megan~
    2019-01-20 13:49

    I've read a lot of reviews on this book that said the first book Lie With Me was better than this one. I actually enjoyed this one a bit more, I think. Though there were still a lot of flashbacks, they seemed more necessary to this story. There were three different couples in this story, and I've figured out Stephanie Tyler's secret. Instead of writing a full length novel about one couple, her formula is to write two to three novellas that take place at the same time and then break them up, soo I feel like I have to review them separately.Olivia and Zane were "the main couple", although I think all three of them got a similar amount of time here. They were both tortured souls who had been through some similar situations. I liked their journey very much. They had to deal with some pretty emotional stuff and they learned to trust each other pretty quickly. The resolution to their conflict was suspenseful and it brought them full circle and hoping to find a new normal together.Tristan and Rowan strangely was the couple I liked the most in the book, although it was so odd the way they came together. Again, as it seems this author's formula, they have been through some similar situations and have great understanding of each other's issues. I like where we left them and hope we might see them again...Doc J's camp would be a good place to visit in future books.Vivi and Caleb's relationship was just alright, and with no resolution I can only assume we will continue with them in the next book. I would like to see more where the brothers are together and see some camaraderie between them (and not just in flashbacks!!).Overall issues with the book and this author in general: These couples meet each other, have instant attraction, spill their guts about everything bad that's ever happened to them, and then jump in the sack together.....suddenly they're in love. They're in love now and even though they're being stalked and followed by a terrorist group, they have time to stop and get it on as often as possible and they even make time to have flashbacks and spill more of their dirty secrets. I really have to suspend reality in order to enjoy these books, but that's okay.....I don't read them for reality. Sometimes it makes me pause and scratch my head, though. I typically like books with more than one couple, but the way the author breaks these up feels a little disjointed at times. She pauses in the most awkward places at several points in the book, then moves to another couple.I will continue with the series because I do enjoy these dangerous men so very much! I'm not put off by the things I mentioned, just slightly irritated by them.

  • Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
    2019-01-31 12:25

    Promises in the Dark picks up about 6 months after the end of Lie With Me, with Dr. Olivia Strohm having escaped her evil captors. She’s on the run and hiding in Africa, hoping that she’ll never be found - by anyone. Meanwhile, Zane has spent all of his free time trying to track down and rescue Olivia. He is drawn to her and cannot get her out of his mind - even though he’s never met her. Once Zane finds Olivia, sparks fly and it’s up to Zane to convince Olivia she’s better off leaving Africa. Together they make their way to a small missionary medical treatment clinic on their way to safety. There they meet Doc J (it’s his place), Tristan, and Rowan.Meanwhile, back in the states, Zane’s brother, Cael is on a mission for the Army to determine if computer genius Vivienne Clare knows that her new nuclear plant security program was stolen by the terrorist group DMH, or even worse - if she sold it to them. But when Vivi’s life is on the line, Cael ensures her safety which intertwines their lives in ways he wasn’t prepared to deal with. He has to decide if he can trust Vivi with the lives of his brother, Olivia and countless other innocent people, and if he should act on his growing attraction for Vivi.What a good story this is! In fact it’s really 3 different stories that all circle and collide with one another. 1) Zane and Olivia’s love story and escape. Can two damaged individuals get past their suffering and learn to trust and love? 2) Rowan and Tristan. Two people with different backgrounds but both dealing with a lot of pain. She had a wonderful love, but lost it tragically. He was betrayed by someone he thought loved him. 3) Cael and Vivi. They are from two different worlds, and she is a character of interest in his investigation. Can he determine the truth in time to save lives and his heart? In the end, each of these romances and story lines integrates into one fantastic tale!Beyond the love stories, there are some major things happening with the terrorist group, DMH, which should make for an interesting start to the next book. In addition, we haven’t read Cael and Vivi’s full story, and based on the epilogue of Promises in the Dark, the next book will be a good one. Not only is this book full of wonderful romance and HOT smex, but the action is suspenseful and riveting. Ms. Tyler has created an engrossing world of black ops and special missions, where the good guys are big and sexy and the bad guys are evil. I love it!My Rating: 4 stars. Really enjoyed - strongly recommend (A-)For my full review, please visit my blog at http://twimom227.blogspot.com

  • Hbeebti
    2019-02-15 06:42

    I am on the fence if I liked this one more than the first one. Thing is that are three story lines going on here. I would have been happier with two. In fact more Olivia and Zane , a little of Caleb and Vivi and call it good. But Rowen and Tristan were good and all, in fact their stories were heartfelt and blended well with the others. But it took away from the main characters (their page time). Overall as usual I enjoyed ST books. I look forward to the next one. Hope the story in the next one flows as well as the first two. I have no doubts though. Love all the action ST packs in her books.:)

  • Mareli
    2019-01-19 06:19

    okay, it was more 3.5 than 4 but well ;)Both the hero and the heroine were good people (infact this book is overflowing of good people like missionaries, doctor without borders, ex-combat protecting people and so on), they were good people even if they had to face horrible situations in their past.But, in this second book, I still miss the passion. Both the 1st and the 2nd book are a bit lacking on the loving, in my opinion.But the author writes very good and I'm already onto the next one (besides I need to know what will happen between two people ;) )

  • harlequin {Stephanie}
    2019-01-23 07:33

    author went overboard on the parallel relationship hookups in this book. Three relationships in total, which made it hard to follow at times with the multiple pov's. I usually soak up the multiple pov with relish, but with all three meeting and getting together in the same book made it impossible to keep straight at times. still giving it 4 stars since I liked the characters so much.

  • Jessica
    2019-01-28 13:37

    Way too much going on. There were three separate romances going on which did not add to the plot in any way I could see. It was very distracting and I think the book would have been much better without two of them.

  • Jess
    2019-01-25 12:46

    This was definitely better than the first book in the series, I felt more of a connection with the characters and I enjoyed the plot more. I also thought the side relationships were really great and entertaining. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

  • Rinou
    2019-02-05 08:47

    Always the same problem with the author's style. This time there are up to 9 points of view, quite a bit of head jumping to follow.On the bright side, the plots were good and the characters realistic. But I'm not going on with this author.

  • MaggieReadsRom
    2019-01-24 11:39

    4,5 starsFirst line: Ohmohs... Ohmohs?How much?The incessant calls echoed in his ear, a mix of Krio and English he wouldn't soon forget as he ran through the crowded marketplace along the narrow streets by the harbor.Memorable Scene: - Zane and Liv's love scene in the rainstorm and the shack > intense and hotReview:PROMISES IN THE DARK picks up about several months after we left Zane at the end of LIE WITH ME. Zane was a character that very much intrigued me in that book. Beneath Zane’s aloof, don't-care attitude is a man wanting to belong, to make a difference, but he has a wild, impulsive streak that gets him into situations that other people try to avoid.Dr. Olivia 'Liv' Strohm is a strong and determined woman. She’s resourceful, has a logical way of thinking and is decisive. I really admired Olivia's character. Already did in LIE WITH ME, and even more so now after reading her own book.I truly love Stephanie Tyler's male characters and Zane, and his brother Caleb for that matter too, was no exception but even more than the men, I adore her female characters. They all have amazing inner strength and are resilient yet they're never hard or harsh because of the vulnerability she layers them with. Yet they're not picture-perfect, they make mistakes and have flaws and this makes them realistic and likeable. They aren't fearless but don't let their fears dominate their actions or paralyze them.Once again Ms. Tyler blew me away with the multiple story lines, in the suspense as well as in the romance. There were times I would wonder where it was going but then I'd remember I was reading a Stephanie Tyler book and I'd know it would all click together in due course. The end of PROMISES IN THE DARK definitely packed a punch, after lulling me with what seemed to be coursing toward a smooth ending Ms. Tyler hit me with some exciting twists that had me reading breathlessly and rooting for the good guys.I loved the "aha!" moments in this book. I praise and admire Ms. Tyler for keeping it fresh and unpredictable. However much I love (and crave/need) to see things coming sometimes, I actually enjoy the surprising revelations even more. I am once more in awe of Stephanie Tyler's imagination and writing skills. With every book from her hand that I read, I'm amazed at how someone can come up with these storylines that are always fresh and original.Though Zane and Olivia are the main couple of this book, there are more characters who are crucial in the suspense plot and who provide some intense secondary romances. These characters’ back-stories of these characters, that I can't really call secondary anymore, are as extensive, intricate and poignant as Olivia's and Zane's and with all this stuff in addition to the suspense plot and the love stories, you'd think it might become a bit too descriptive or crowded. However, nothing is further from the truth. Tyler delivers well-rounded characters with a complete background that she seamlessly inserts into the rest of the story and I never get the feeling of being overwhelmed. I love that! Every time I start a Stephanie Tyler military romance I expect a poignant romance, rounded characters with extensive and gritty back-stories and nail biting suspense and she has not once disappointed me. PROMISES IN THE DARK is no exception because from the moment I started it I was immediately sucked into the story as I was dying to know how Zane and Olivia's story would unfold.Romantic suspense lovers should not miss this author or this series as Stephanie Tyler delivers on both romance and suspense, is never predictable and keeps you reading until way past your bedtime.Favorite Quotes:He murmured in her ear, “Open your eyes, Liv. I want you to know my name. To know me—to watch me when you come and know that I’m the one doing it to you.” His voice sent a visceral reaction, a blast of heat, as if she’d been licked by fire, and she wanted to go back and walk through it again and again.(Cael) He wondered if she ever truly let go. Then again, he’d been asked the same question, albeit mainly by Zane. For the record, the answer was Hell yes. Especially in bed. Because there was a time and a place, and bed was thetime and the place. Well, so was the floor. The table. Thecar . . . Yeah, time to get his mind back in the game.(Vivi) As much control as she’d fooled herself into thinking she had over numbers—or anything—she now realized she barely had a grip on anything.And this man . . . he could swallow her whole in one bite . . . and something trilled inside of her, as if to let her know if that was to happen, she would enjoy every second of it.(Rowan) Her lips curved in pleasure, a small, contented moan escaped and she realized that, as of yet, she hadn’t seen Tristan smile. Then again, she hadn’t smiled all that much in past years, and any laughter had been born out of relief rather than true happiness or humor. But she wanted to see him smile. No, she wanted to make him smile. Wanted to make him murmur her name again, over and over, until she knew he was lost in the pleasure haze.“You’re so beautiful . . . so beautiful,” she told him, unable to stop herself from calling this broad, strong man such a thing, but it was the only word that fit him right now. She had no idea that’s all it would take, but after a second,he smiled, brilliantly, the shine reaching his eyes, and she simply melted....and then Zane's broad shoulders filled the space. He waited, half in the tent and half out, his hair wrapped in a bandanna, shirt off, feet bare and pants hanging low on his hips. His eyes glowed, a blue like the Caribbean ocean with black- rimmed irises, the knife strapped to his left arm and the rifle slung with a loose band around his chest. He looked wild. Feral. Amazing. Rating: 9/10 - AWESOME

  • Jackie
    2019-02-08 07:41

    This was actually 3 overlapping storylines, full of action and suspense from beginning to end with many questions answered from books 1 & 2 while still leaving room to lead into book 3.

  • Jami Dutcher
    2019-02-13 13:39

    Great book but a little confusing to follow sometimes. I hated the ending leaves on a cliff hanger.

  • May Mostly Romance
    2019-02-09 11:28

    Promise in the Dark ของสเตฟานี ไทเลอร์เรื่องนี้เป็นเล่มสองในชุด เรื่องราวถือว่าต่อเนื่องจากเหตุการณ์ที่เกิดในเล่มแรกเลยค่ะ โดยที่ตัวประกันที่ถูกคนร้ายในเล่มแรก (ซึ่งหนีไปได้ในตอนจบของเล่มแรก) จับตัวไป และเบาะแสได้นำทางเซน สก๊อตต์ไปยังแอฟริกาณ เมืองที่เขาพยายามหลีกเลี่ยงมาตลอดชีวิตแม้แอฟริกาจะเป็นแผ่นดินเกิด แต่เซน สก๊อตต์ก็หลีกเลี่ยงที่จะกลับไปที่นั่นถ้าไม่จำเป็น แต่เมื่อเบาะแสของโอลิเวียนำทางเขาไปที่นั่น เซนก็ไม่ลังเลเลยที่จะออกไปตามหาเธอให้เจอนั่นเพราะเสียงกรี๊ดร้องขอความช่วยเหลือของโอลิเวียยังดังก้องในหูของเขา เมื่อเซน ซึ่งเป็นส่วนหนึ่งของกองกำลังที่บุกเข้าไปในรังของคนร้ายไม่อาจช่วยเหลือเธอออกมาได้สำเร็จ ทำให้หญิงสาวถูกจับ และหายตัวไปนานถึงหกเดือน เบาะแสของเธอเงียบหาย จนกระทั่งข่าวลือว่า มีแพทย์หญิงชาวอเมริกันกำลังถูกตามล่าอยู่ในเซียรา ลีโอน เซนมั่นใจว่า เขาจะได้พบกับเธอในที่สุด แต่โอลิเวียไม่ใช่ผู้หญิงคนเดิม เธอไม่อาจจะกลับเป็นคนเดิมได้อีก หลังจากถูกจับตัวไปจากโรงพยาบาลในนิวยอร์ค เธอถูกบังคับให้ทำการผ่าตัดเปลี่ยนอวัยวะในคลีนิคเถื่อนที่ผู้บริจาคอวัยวะไม่ได้ทำด้วยความเต็มใจ เธอวางแผนอย่างแยบยลจนทำการหนีได้สำเร็จ นั่นไม่ใช่สิ่งเดียวที่โอลิเวียทำ เพราะนอกจากจะระเบิดทำลายคลีนิคเถื่อน ทำให้บุคลากรในนั้นตายเกลี้ยง ในสมองของเธอก็ยังมีรายชื่อของแพทย์ และโรงพยาบาลที่ร่วมมือในแผนการชั่วร้ายขายอวัยวะนี้อีกด้วย นั่นทำให้เธอถูกตามล่า พร้อมราคาค่าหัวแพงลิบลิ่ว และโอลิเวียยังไม่พร้อมที่จะกลับบ้าน เธอรู้สึกว่า สิ่งที่ตัวเองถูกบังคับให้ทำ และจำเป็นต้องทำเพื่อเอาชีวิตรอดได้ปนเปื้อนความดีงามทุกอย่างในชีวิตหมดสิ้นแล้ว เธอต้องการจะตายในแอฟริกา และยึดเหนี่ยวสิ่งเดียวที่คุ้นเคยเอาไว้ แม้มันจะไม่ใช่สิ่งที่ดีต่อตัวเองก็ตาม ดังนั้นเมื่อได้พบกับเซน ซึ่งมาเพื่อช่วยเหลือเธอกลับไป โอลิเวียไม่พร้อมที่จะกลับ ซึ่งเซนก็เข้าใจเป็นอย่างดี เขาก็มีอดีตไม่แตกต่างจากเธอ เด็กชายที่ถูกจับ และขายเป็นสินค้าในแอฟริกา เซนหลบหนีมาได้ แต่เขาใช้ชีวิตรอดอยู่ข้างถนน (ก่อนที่จะถูกครอบครัวสก๊อตต์รับไปอุปการะ) เขาเข้าใจว่า โอลิเวียรู้สึกอย่างไร แต่เวลาเท่านั้นที่จะช่วยรักษาได้ นั่นทำให้เขาไม่เร่งรีบที่จะพาตัวเธอกลับไป แม้จะแวดล้อมด้วยอันตราย แต่เซนก็พร้อมจะเสี่ยง เรื่องนี้เป็นกึ่ง ๆ แรมโบ้โรแมนซ์ค่ะ เรื่องราวที่พระเอกนางเอกต้องหนีคนร้ายไปด้วยกันตามเส้นทางทุรกันดาน ซึ่งไม่ใช่แนวที่เราชอบเท่าไหรนัก นอกจากนี้เล่มนี้ก็ยังมีความต่อเนื่องจากเล่มแรกค่อนข้างมาก จนเรารู้สึกว่า ถ้าไม่ได้อ่านเล่มแรกมาก่อน อาจจะไม่ได้ความเข้าใจเนื้อเรื่องเล่มนี้ครบถ้วนและตามแนวของชุดนี้เลยค่ะ ที่มีเรื่องราวความรักของคู่รอง และในเล่มนี้มีถึงสองคู่ด้วยกัน ทำให้เรื่องราวถูกแบ่งเล่าไปมาระหว่างคู่หลัก และคู่รองอีกสองคู่ และถ้านั่นปวดหัวไม่พอ พล็อตเรื่องก็ยังแบ่งแยกกันอีก กล่าวคือ ประเด็นที่พระนางคู่หลักกำลังเผชิญอยู่นั้น ไม่ได้เกี่ยวกับพล็อตที่คู่รองเจอด้วยเลย เพียงแต่คนก่อเรื่องเป็นคนร้ายกลุ่มเดียวกัน แต่เนื้อเรื่องไม่อาจโยงเข้าด้วยกันได้ ในส่วนของคาแร็คเตอร์ ต้องบอกว่า เปิดเรื่องได้น่าสนใจ โดยเฉพาะภูมิหลังของเซน แต่ก็ไม่ได้มีอะไรเพิ่มเติมมากกว่านั้น เราไม่รู้สึกเข้าถึงตัวตนของเขา ทุกอย่างดูเป็นการบอกเล่า มากกว่าแสดงให้เห็น ทำให้เราไม่ค่อยเชื่อเท่าไหรนัก ส่วนโอลิเวียมีความลึกกว่าเล็กน้อย เราชอบตัวตนของเธอภายหลังจากที่หนีอออกมาจากกลุ่มผู้ก่อการร้ายได้แล้ว แต่ก็แค่นั้น เพราะหลังจากได้เจอกับเซน เธอหมดสีสันลงไปไม่แน่ใจว่า เพราะเราพอใจไปกับเล่มแรก แต่เมื่อเล่มสองไม่ได้มีพัฒนาการเด่นชัดมากขึ้นมา (จากเล่มแรก) เล่มนี้เลยอยู่ในภาวะที่ไม่น่าสนใจเท่า หรือเป็นเพราะเนื้อเรื่องที่แตกแยกออกจากกันระหว่างคู่หลัก และคู่รอง ไม่ว่าจะด้วยเหตุผลอะไร เรารู้สึกผิดหวังไม่น้อยค่ะคะแนนที่ 63

  • Cynthia
    2019-01-31 10:30

    Reviewed at Bitten By Paranormal RomanceIf you’re looking for hot, hard, alpha males who live and thrive on the edge, look no further than PROMISES IN THE DARK by Stephanie Tyler. Ms. Tyler serves up not one, not two, but THREE military men that are sure to please. !! RAWR !! The three story lines are expertly weaved together to form a superb novel of suspense, action, and raw heat.Zane and Olivia: Zane Scott and Dr. Olivia Strohm are carried over from LIE WITH ME, Book 1 of the Shadow Force Series. Olivia escapes from the terrorist group DMH (Dead Man’s Hand) with a bang, only to live on the run, hiding, in Africa. Zane has been obsessed with her since he heard her screams through his headset and wasn’t able to do anything about it. Now, Zane is in Africa and is willing to do anything, everything, to bring Olivia back safely to the States. And, of course, these two have deep dark secrets lurking in their pasts that are always getting in the way.Besides, he already knew, judging from his next words, which were a rough growl against her cheek. “I know you think I’m some fucking pathetic puppy dog, following you around, believing whatever you say, taking you wherever you want to go, but there’s a hell of a lot you don’t know. And you’re severely overestimating my damned patience.”Tristan and Rowan: These two emerge in the middle of the jungle in a missionary clinic: But that is not the whole story. The clinic serves multiple purposes. Not only is it a playground for Tristan and Rowan, but a pivotal springboard for Zane and Olivia’s relationship.Caleb and Vivi: Meanwhile, back in the States, Army Delta member Caleb “Cael” Scott (yes, one of Zane’s older brothers) has his hands full of Vivienne Clare. DMH has somehow gotten its deadly hands on her computer program and is planning on using it for their dastardly deeds. It is up to Cael to prove Vivi’s innocence no matter how harsh the interrogation.Cael glanced toward the bedroom and wondered how much Vivi would spill to him now that she was tired and secluded. Wondered how much of a prick he’d have to be to see if she’d been telling him the truth all along.

  • Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-01-22 13:20

    3.5 StarsThis review was posted at Under The CoversThis book really did have potential. The storyline is actually really good. If we remember from book one, Olivia was Skylar's doctor. So now she's in Africa and Zane is taking it upon himself to go get her and bring her safely to the States. Of course right off the bat I loved that they both agree that their situation is not going to be like Dylan and Riley, hehe, when in reality they are very attracted to each other. They have more than just bad guys after them to overcome since Olivia truly wants to do good there and they end up getting involved and helping with other situations there as well.Like the first novel in this series there's a second couple. Which I liked as well. Caleb and Vivi. Caleb is yet another brother of the Dylan/Zane clan. He's in charge of protecting Vivi, computer genius, while she's working on a software glitch that could mean a breach of security if its not fixed. Although Vivi is a bit of a recluse and not the most social person, Caleb is very attracted to Ms. Smartypants. And how could she not be attracted to him? Yeah, the brothers are all very alpha and drool-worthy.But here is where it gets complicated and why, even though I really enjoyed the book and Ms. Tyler's writing I couldn't give it more than 3.5 stars. There is a THIRD couple thrown in the mix about 2/3 way through. I found this distracting, the book is already split enough and has so much going on with two couples and each dealing with a different set of issues, to put another couple with their own issues was spreading this too thin for me. Even though I actually liked Rowan and Tristan a lot. I actually would've liked to see more of them.Nonetheless I find this series very entertaining, full of suspense and I can't wait to get the next book!

  • Sammie
    2019-02-08 06:45

    It was pretty good , there were a few things that i would have changed only because i felt like she put to many stories in one book , i really kinda wanted the others to get their own books but other then that i really enjoyed the book.I am full on in love with Zane he is so sexy/awesome that if i was ever get kidnapped i would want him to save me , there's just something that draws you to his character and i love the way he is with Olivia , she's pretty cool but some of the time she can be a bit stupid there was no way she was gonna make it on her own much longer if Zane hadn't found her but he did and i loved how there story played out. (Sigh)Now the other 2 stories in this book was great but i did feel like that should have there own book that were so good, i love Caleb & Vivienne together they totally rock , i loved how they ended up meeting and just how everything was up until the end of this book i hope they are in the next one because they can't leave it like that. Now for the other story it was kick ass , i think i might have liked Tristen even more them Caleb , there's just something about Tristen that makes you want to know more a about him , and Rowan is pretty cool and i find her very interesting from the first time we meet her , The 1st time she meets Tristen i was like omg things just got way more interesting and then the 2nd time in the tent i was thinking to myself Holy crap this is getten so good , i loved their story that i was left wanting more , which was why i was kinda upset that they didn't get their own book because that would have been so awesome . but overall i loved this book and i am really like this series , i can't wait to read the other books .

  • Nell
    2019-02-15 14:35

    Okay, talk about falling in love with a character. This book was different and even better than the first in the series. Zane was a wonderful character. It was great to see him grow up a little in this book and to find out more about him and his past. I felt like I really got to know him. Olivia was all right. She had been through so much by this book that it was amazing that she was able to survive it sane, but she did. Really great characters, really great book - The secondary characters were great as well. In this book you also get to know Kaleb better. You even start to like him a little even though he’s a worry-wart and a pain in Zane’s backside. You get to know two other characters that you’re not really sure why she placed in the book, but you like their story anyway. I think she attempted to do a lot in this book and she did a good job with it for the most part although, as I said before, you’re not really sure about a couple that she brings into the book. They play a role in the book, but it wasn’t essential that we know their backstory and witness their romance. I think I’m missing something. Maybe they are characters from books I haven’t read or something; I don’t know.However, this was a pretty good second installment and made me want to read the next book.

  • Lee Ann
    2019-02-09 11:24

    Book 2 in the Shadow Force series features Dylan's younger brother Zane, one tough hombre that we know is a Navy Seal, a partyer and womanizer extraordinaire. So at the end of Lie to Me when Zane helps Cameron and Dylan in their mission to keep Skylar safe from DMH, he's sent to find out what he can about Dr. Olivia Strohm, Skylar's transplant surgeon, who's been taken by the terrorists. No one expects him to form an attachment to a woman he's never met.The book starts a few months after her capture when Zane heads to Africa to aid in Olivia's rescue. But he finds she's already managed her own escape and doesn't want to be rescued and brought home. She survived a kidnapping as a child and thinks she brings trouble to all those around her. And with the DMH organization trying to recapture her, trouble equals death.There are two more romances going on in the book that are equally strong, especially Caleb and Vivi's which continues in book 3. And Rowan and Tristan, two damaged souls, who work at a clinic/mission to which Zane and Olivia head on their way out of the country, have an equally strong story. They're interesting enough that they could have had their own novella.Once again, Stephanie combines bloody thrills and sex galore to make for a steamy read.

  • Sobia
    2019-02-16 08:36

    So Stephanie Tyler Books make me happy. Having just finished Promises in the Dark though, I think I've developed a love/hate relationship with them, Love because they're just so damned good: page after page of well written story that demands you keep going hours longer then you mean too...strong characters that you cant help but like and care about, even when their not the main focus of the book, and bad guys who are....well bad...really really bad. It all comes together in a way that makes you want to go out and get every ST  title available knowing that each one will more or less take over you life...or at least your attention span  :P for a good long while. so after all those good things then why the hate? It's the damn wait between books! Drives me crazy every time! After reading one, you know your be antsy and on pins and freaking needles til you get another one!As far as Promises...." goes, it has everything I mentioned, and like most of Ms Tylers books, it makes you think as well, which for me is always a plus. Now I just have to figure out where I can find some patience while I wait for "In the Air Tonight" which is the next ShadowForce book, and doesn't release for about 9 months! almost a whole frigid year!

  • Darcy
    2019-01-18 07:21

    I was going to come here and write my review, saying that while I enjoyed this book I felt like somethings were missing, that the story started some place else. So I went to the author's website and noticed, why yes, something was missing, the whole freaking first book!! What an idiot I am, I am not sure how that happened. I do think this book should be named, Broken or I have issues. Each person you encounter in this book has so much baggage and issues you wonder if anyone in this world is normal.I did enjoy this story, it was jammed packed with action, dealt with 3 couples and their instant attraction to each other while in situations where most people would crumble. It didn't matter who's part of the story you were reading you were happy to see what was happening with them. Then the chapter would end and you would switch people, and for a minute you were upset until you remembered that you have been wondering what was happening with this couple too. I look forward to reading the first book, hopefully it will help me understand some things from this book. I also think my reading out of order is the reason this book is a 3 star vs 4 star.

  • Paula
    2019-02-04 07:24

    6 months after book 1 in the series. Olivia has escaped DMH and now Zane and Dylan have tracked her to Cambia, Sierra Leon, Africa where all of Zane's worst memories are held. After he locates her they begin their journey to safety while being tracked by DMH. We are introduced to new characters and get 3 romances all tied up nice and neat together. Zane and Olivia take refuge at a refuge/medical camp run by Doc J and his new medic Rowen and his steady "muscle" Tristan. We get a great romance between Rowen and Tristan. While all of this is happening in Africa, we find out that DMH is run by 3 different men. (1) leader is on Olivia, (1) leader is after a computer programmer that has caught the attention of the other Scott brother - Caleb (Cael). Cael kidnaps Vivian and is not too nice to her while he pushes for information in her involvement with DMH. The last we see of Cael is his deployment to fight DMH, leaving Vivian in his home. This series is great. It has taken a hold of me and I can't put it down. A lot happens, put it flows great. There is nothing lacking. Characters are developed; scenes are painted perfectly; action and "action" are great.

  • Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
    2019-01-29 11:49

    First we have Olivia and Zane. Olivia was kidnapped in the first book by DMH and it haunted Zane that there was nothing he could do. Both of these two had something traumatic that had happened to them in their childhood that made them be just a little tougher, less trusting of others. Zane finally finds Olivia in Africa but she isnt all that willing to go with her said rescuer.. Then we have Zane's brother Cael/Caleb and Vivi. DMH also wanted her for her software programs that her father had first created and then she took over. Then Rowan Moller a widow who's husband died in the twin towers. She joined the service right after. She decides to go to Africa per a recommendation of her CO to a clinic run by Jason Berent—an ex-Army Ranger who's called Dr J. Its here she meets Tristian a merc who is Jason's right hand man. As I was about 30% into the book it hit me who her writing style (the multiple story lines and romances) reminded me a little of - Suzanne Brockmann.. It was when Rowan/Dr J and Tristian were introduced and it reminded me of Molly and Jones from Brockmann's Trouble Shooter's series..

  • 3shell
    2019-02-10 12:39

    Amazing action. Enjoyed the secondary romances better than the main one. What I can't seem to fathom is how almost every couple in the series seemed to have sex (or at least desperately wanted to) within the first three days of their introductions. Kinda insensible in my opinion, even with the pretext of trying to forget about the problem (aka the bad guys trying the kill them). It kinda bugged me that I had to subtract a star in the rating, especially since in all cases the heroine was to one to make the first move (Skylar, Olivia, and Vivi). I like my heroine to have a little more dignity than that, or at least be a little more clear-headed and not simply ruled by emotion. Regardless of that and the somewhat abrupt change of POV, I like the book. Thrilling plot and intriguing characters, passionate love scenes, and ruthless but tender and passionately in love alpha heroes who would do anything to protect their women. All without being too overbearing, nonetheless. Who doesn't love them? ;)

  • Keri
    2019-01-21 06:47

    IMO, this book wasn't quite as good as the first one in the series. For one thing ST has included another romance. So we have 3 couples vying for writing time and as we know from Nina Bruhns that doesn't always work out. It didn't work for me here. I never really felt the connection for any of the couples. Just when we would get going the chapter would end and we would be on to the next couple. Zane finds Dr. Olivia, whom was kidnapped from the last book. Now that he has her, he has to convince her that he is in for the long haul. Caleb, Zane's brother also has a love interest in the works. We also have Tristan and Rowan in Dr. J's camp. That piece of story was plopped right in the middle of the book and not even sure what part it was supposed to play other than to be a vehicle to introduce Doc J. If that is the case, I will volunteer to be his love interest. :-) I do look forward to the next book, but hope that ST takes a step back and doesn't get frantic with it. I think that this book could have more than held it's own with just Zane and Olivia, but that is just me.

  • Sej
    2019-02-08 14:37

    Ok so I finally finished up with Stephanie Tyler's book. And then skimmed the next book in the series b/c there was a cliffhanger. And I have to say that in the end, I truly do not care about the characters. Or the plot. I mean there are emotions but I guess there's a lot going on in the book. The plot was slow. It wasn't moving at a fast enough pace. I mean considering that in most romantic suspense novels, they move at a frantic pace, but here everyone was just spending way too much time in their heads and not enough action. And not only that but why the hell skip over the most exciting parts??!! WTF! And I don't mean the sex scenes b/c there were plenty and it seems to be boring as well. No I'm talking about the suspense, on the edge of my seat, biting my fingernails part. I dunno, I think I'm gonna have to put this author on my do not read list because I always have a hard time getting into her books. Even with the first trilogy, while the first two were awesome, I wasn't invested enough to care about reading the 3rd.