Friday, June 15, 2012

Dark Side of Valor by Alicia Singleton

Book Description:
Child advocate Lelia Freeman saves children for a living. As the director of ChildSafe Shelters, she ventures to abandoned squats and crackhouses to rescue teens from the hellish streets of Los Angeles. When she is summoned to Washington to serve on a committee that aids the children of a war-torn African nation, Lelia is kidnapped and becomes a political pawn in a sinister conspiracy. Oceans away from everything she knows, she must trust a mercenary to save her life, or die in the clutches of a psychopath.

Hunting, combat and staying alive are Elijah Dune's specialties. Vengeance is his passion. Haunted by past demons, he travels to the Motherland to collect a debt. A debt that demands one payment. Death.

Caught in the crosshairs of a madman, Lelia and Elijah must survive the jungles of Zaire and the horrors of their pasts or be forever consumed by the DARK SIDE OF VALOR.

My Thoughts:
This was an intriguing book.  Lelia is a child advocate and pretty much saves kids from the street.  This calling is a personal one for her and she takes it very seriously.  She is nominated to go to Africa and work over there with the children but when she gets there discovers that all isn't as it seems.  She escapes and the man she finds to help her is a mercenary!  Elijah has his own issues and is a man on a mission, but Lelia has to trust him with her life so she can get back to the kids!
The author does a good job with this book.  The plot is intriguing, plenty of action, romance and a couple of good twists.  I love that Lelia is from the same background as the kids she is trying to help and isn't afraid to go into the horrible places to bring them out.  She was by far my favorite character--though the kids tug at your heart!  Elijah's story was kept a mystery and it was intriguing and that is all I can say without giving something away. 
4/ has a great mix but there were a couple of things that I had issues with.  Overall though, good book!
Thank you to PumpUpYourBook for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


  1. Thank you so much for your wonderful review today, Ashley!