Gunship pilot Captain Candace Bradford has worked long and hard to earn her rank and position within the male-dominated world of Air Force Special Operations. She’s not about to let anything or anyone jeopardise that, let alone one sinfully tempting man who seems determined to cause her nothing but trouble. Even if she’s starting to fall for him.
As an elite Combat Controller, Staff Sergeant Ryan Wentworth is used to overcoming adversity in order to complete a mission. Breaking through Candace’s prickly exterior and into her heart is a challenge he can’t let go. But just when he’s begun to gain her trust, they’re thrown together in the field facing an overwhelming enemy force.
Candace and Ryan find themselves on the run, searching the skies for an emergency extraction. But one dangerous enemy has an agenda in mind and he’ll use whatever means necessary to achieve it, including using American forces to do his dirty work.
If I’m in a reading rut, I will always gravitate to military romance or romantic suspense to pick me up. It is a genre that has books ranging from amazing to awful, but when you find a good author of the genre, there’s nothing better.
There’re two things that set Kaylea Cross’ books apart, and make her one of my favourite authors:
1. Her research. Oh my goodness, this author does the most extensive research for her books, and every time you pick up one of her books she has transported you to the centre of a warzone. In a genre that is sadly marked by books where the attitude appears to be, ‘Readers won’t know any better, so we’ll just write whatever, without checking facts – and focus on the romance’, Cross’ books are a revelation.
2. The relationships. You actually see that people are falling in love, we’re not just told they are. And if you’re looking for something steamy then you won’t find anyone who writes it better than Cross.
Now, I love, love, love the first book in this series, and when you love a first book, the worry always is that you won’t like the second anywhere near as much. Happily, I can say this isn’t the case here.
I loved Candace and Ryan, and I recommend you read book one first, because they have some interactions there.
What I especially like is that the characters – male and female – always have a reason to be caught up in the action. There’s a reason both characters are being hunted, and it’s not a situation where the woman is just the helpless female who fell into a situation where she didn’t belong.
I also like that Cross comes up with truly suspenseful situations. When a character is hurt, there are genuine obstacles that put their life in danger. Sometimes bad things happen when you don’t expect them to.
It’s so important for writers in this genre to remember the suspense aspect. The reason some people move away from romantic suspense is because writers don’t know how to keep the action going at the same time as developing relationships. It’s how you get stuck with bizarre sex scenes in bizarre places, and laughable lapses in security in order to focus on the relationship.
Cross doesn’t do this. And her books are better for it.
I hope we don’t have to wait as long for the third book as we did for this one!
Review copy provided by NetGalley.