Pride tore them apart…
Warrant Officer Honor Girard made the worst mistake of her life in walking away from the man she promised to marry—and she knows it. An attack on base unexpectedly pushes them together and in the aftermath she realizes she can’t let him go a second time. Only he’s not willing to let her back in. After orders send her back stateside she realizes she’s probably lost him forever. It will take either a miracle to bring them back together—or a life-altering tragedy.
Only forgiveness can bring them back together.
Major Liam Magrath lives his life on the edge, flying dangerous missions with the Army’s elite Night Stalkers. Since losing Honor he’s been totally focused on his career, his missions and the welfare of his crew. Then she’s suddenly thrust back into his life and tells him the last thing he expects to hear: she wants another chance. Losing her once was hard enough—giving her another shot isn’t an option. He’s determined to keep his heart walled off from the only woman he’s ever loved, until a catastrophic terrorist attack on American soil changes everything. Now that he’s finally made up his mind to go after her, however, it may be too late. Liam is determined to fight for her at all costs—but first they’ll have to fight for their lives in a disastrous attack that hits far too close to home.
It’s no secret I love Kaylea Cross’ books. She writes just about the best military romance/suspense stories around, and writes them realistically, with by far the best research I’ve ever come across. Her books are not for the faint of heart because they’re as realistic as you can get, but that makes them all the more satisfying to me.
Collateral Damage – apart from the epilogue, where all past characters reunite – is perfectly readable on its own. Each book in this series works fine as a standalone read, so don’t be daunted by this one being the last in the series. That said, I think it’s better to read them in order, because background tensions have been growing and growing, and this is the big climax to the series.
I don’t like sappy romances, and so the combination of realistic, intense relationships in this series and the danger and action and serious life-or-death situations works so well for me. I think Cross manages to not put in too many unrealistic situations. Characters aren’t having sex on the run, for example!
Honor and Liam are just as great a couple as every other in this series, with the added bonus this one uses my favourite trope: the reunion romance. These two have been in the background in past books, but we never found out what went wrong between them.
My favourite thing about Cross’ heroines is that they’re strong without being ridiculous and impossible to relate to. My favourite thing about her heroes is that they’re realistic but also make you wish you had one of them for yourself. At the same time they don’t come across as “fake men” written from a woman’s perspective (for example, I might have had a few issues with the politics of a past hero, but by God was he a more believable military hero than most I’ve read).
There are only a handful of authors who I know will ALWAYS deliver a book I’m going to love, and this author is one of them. If you’re into edgier books without all the pathetic misogyny so many of them contain, give this series a go.