Devon Crawford is an officer; Air Force Pararescueman Cam Munro is enlisted. Dev flies medical evacuations; Cam jumps into danger zones to save lives. Dev wants to return home from Afghanistan with her heart untouched; Cam will do anything to win the woman he loves.
Reaching for happiness in a war zone is the last thing Captain Devon Crawford plans, but she can’t ignore the feelings she’s hidden for so long. Cam’s sexy charm and wicked kisses weaken her resistance, but she’s too afraid of losing him to give in.
When Dev’s helicopter and crew are shot down and set up as bait by a notorious warlord, Cam risks all to save the team. What he doesn’t know is that the trap is set for him.
The second book in this wonderful, realistic military romance series is coming out at the start of the coming week, so I thought I’d cover this one first. The blurb is surprisingly (or perhaps not so surprisingly, as it’s being marketed as romance rather than suspense) light on plot details – and there’s a very strong plot going on here.
There’re plenty of authors writing military-themed books, and plenty writing them from a romantic angle, but only a select handful who belong on my favourites shelf. When this genre is written well, it’s my absolute favourite. However, there just aren’t that many people willing to even attempt realism in their writing, and so even though it is my favourite genre, it’s not really one I find myself reading as often as I would like.
Kaylea Cross’ first suspense series is one of my all-time favourites. This new one – Bagram Special Ops – takes the military aspect one step further, with both hero and heroine based in the Middle East and playing some part in the US Military. This helps to heighten the tension and add to the suspense.
It also helps that Cross is one author who understands how to write steamy without making it seedy or gratuitous.
The author’s meticulous research doesn’t mean you’re going to be bogged down in detail as much as it means you’re going to feel like you’re really there, and these people are living out their lives as they would really happen. Issues like fraternisation are taken seriously, and shown as a genuine hurdle for two members of the military who fall in love.
Cam is one of the best leading men I’ve read in a book. But then, I pretty much say that about all of Cross’ heroes! She doesn’t fall into the trap of making them sappy female fantasy characters, but instead manages to make them seem like real men who happen to fall in love in a dangerous situation.
Devon holds her own in this book. She is an accomplished pilot. She is there because she’s needed, not just to be a love interest. One thing many authors get wrong is that they think they have to turn their heroines into unnecessarily violent macho-types in order to make them strong. I’m happy to say this doesn’t happen here. Devon is someone you’ll respect for holding her own in what is still essentially a man’s world, but she does it with integrity. I thought she was great.
Now, there’re certain authors who turn me into a crazy fangirl, and Cross is one of them. I don’t particularly enjoy the kind of sugary romances some readers do. I don’t want to cringe with embarrassment while reading! One of the major reasons I love this genre is that there’s always an edge to it, and I’m certain this author delivers it better than almost anyone.
Read Deadly Descent. I don’t think you could regret it.