Review of Alpha Crew: The Mission Begins


Alpha Crew: The Mission Begins: At the Edge and Edge of Surrender

Laura Griffin

August 7, 2017

Pocket Star

Blurb: The first two Alpha Crew installments of scorching hot romance between Emma and Ryan are together for the first time in a bundle of sexy, suspenseful adventure!


When Emma Wright’s government plane goes down over the Philippine jungle, she’s forced to survive alone until an ultra-elite SEAL team goes in after her. As the leader of Alpha Crew, Ryan Owen is no stranger to challenges, but he’s never tackled anything quite like this sexy, smart, and resourceful woman. The mission is to get Emma home safely, but danger is everywhere, and Ryan’s unexpected desire for Emma could be a deadly distraction.

Back home in California, Ryan’s mission is over—but Emma’s has just begun. She knows her plane crash was no accident, and she’s determined to uncover the truth about what happened—even if her quest for answers puts her at risk. Torn between duty and desire, Ryan searches for a way win Emma’s heart while protecting her from an invisible enemy who wants her dead.


Ryan had one job: keep Emma safe at all costs. But after a night of passion, Emma takes off and Ryan soon realizes he’s not the only one looking for her. Can he figure out who’s after the beautiful government aide, and why, before she falls into the wrong hands…if she hasn’t already?

Emma’s fighting to get justice for her fallen comrades, but she can’t do it alone. She needs Ryan’s help, but that means trusting him—and dealing with the out-of-control desire blazing between them. Can there be any future for a marked woman and a man trained to kill? She hopes they live long enough to find out…


After reading Alpha Crew: The Mission Begins: At the Edge and Edge of Surrender and just having written a review for another book, it feels like I should add a new measure as well as an overall rating: a book’s putting-downness (not a good made up word so I may have to work on that). What I mean, which I hope is obvious, is the frequency with which you voluntarily set a book aside while reading. 

For Alpha Crew: The Mission Begins: At the Edge and Edge of Surrender I hardly volunteered to set it aside at all.

Like most Laura Griffin novels I’ve read, Alpha Crew starts out with a bang and just keeps rolling. She intermixes a scorching love affair with the action without missing a beat.

I also loved the characters of Emma and Ryan. While they were both likable, they also felt very human with their doubts and little screw-ups and the heat they create is off-the-scale.

Also, since this is in my mind after having just written a review of a book that was also the beginning of a series, Griffin did not introduce a ton of characters. She wrote what was needed and didn’t confuse the reader.

Interjected with all of the action and romance was enough detail about the Philippine jungle and other elements of the story that showed Griffin, as always, had done research to accompany her writing. While most readers may not appreciate that or even care, this one does, very much.

If you’re considering adding this to your list of reads and look at the Goodreads or Amazon reviews for each installment, you may find that some readers were frustrated by the fact that Emma and Ryan’s story was initially sold in two parts. This review is for the novel which incorporates both parts so that should alleviate some of the less than stellar reviews.

What a great start to a new series! I am off to read the next one, Cover of Night, with the review hopefully coming in the next couple of days to precede next week’s release.

While I have been a fan of her Tracers series, I am so pleased that she has decided to write about SEALS. What fun! It seems like Griffin and SEAL stories were meant for each other!

This is the odd case that shows how disorganized yours truly is because I bought the kindle version as well as received an ARC for an honest review. Ah, well.

From AmazonAlpha Crew

rating: 4-and-a-half

4 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies


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