Once in a while a book/series comes along that completely changes your opinion of what you "want" from a book, gone are your beliefs of what constitutes the "perfect" romance book and suddenly your world is completely opened up to something far more incredible than you have experienced. The Bagram Special Ops series was "that" series for me.
For so long I have stayed true to my ideals when it came to militray romance - alpha military man and a sweet damsel in distress. Whilst I loved that style of writing I shied away from stronger heroines as two book I read in the past had the "strong" heroine honestly acting more like a bitch than bad ass. So, obviously I was not expecting too much from this book when I picked it up. In fact at about the 8% mark I was ready to jump ship, the establishing of characters felt a little too dramatic and I worried the h was going to take the cold bitchy path..... I am so glad I held in for like another 10 pages because the story that unraveled was nothing short of amazing!
This book was so much more than your regular military romance, the relationship mixed with the heart stopping action and harsh realities of military life (for both men and women) had me racing through the pages and so caught up in the story I barely had time to come up for air. It has been such a long time since a series has managed to captivate and control me so deeply and I cannot praise the author enough for her incredible writing skills.
The characters are sensational and I must say it was a rare treat to actually experience active duty through not only men and women but also through the eyes of other very important members of the military. So often these books purely focus on the "typical bad ass" you know, SEALs, Rangers, Deltas etc. It was great to garner some insight into the amazing and equally important world of PJ's and helo pilots.
The attraction between Cam and Devon was off the charts but I really appreciated that whilst they were head over heels for each other that was not always the primary focus of the story nor did they act like reckless idiots, they were always professional and aware of not only their jobs but the fact they were in a war zone.
The action was fast paced, heart stopping and intense. This book was the first in a long time that has drawn so much raw emotion from me and I loved every heart pounding moment.
Devon was an incredibly capable women, she was strong, brave and smart but she also had a lovely soft side that she let shine through...... oh and of course she can also fly blackhawks into the middle of war zones and kick some serious ass.... perfect woman right?
Cam was still a tough alpha-male but never really came across as an alpha-hole which was refreshing. I truly felt like Cross achieved the perfect balance with his character, PLUS his job is to save the lives of the people who save ours..... how hot is that?!
The book is written so well that from the very outset you can't help but make a connection with all of the secondary characters too. I am not sure words can adequately describe just how excited I am to read each of their stories and after reading Deadly Descent I have absolutely no doubt this will be one of those series' that just keep getting better.
So, if like me you read the synopsis and was a little worried you may not like this book because the dynamic isn't usually what you go for, DO NOT BE A FOOL LIKE I WAS, READ IT NOW!!! I promise you will not regret it!
I love a romance story featuring strong women, preferably also with a sense of humour and this sounded like it was right up my alley. Black Hawk pilot. Military. War zone. All the elements for a great story of a woman in the modern age coping with their environment, career demands, equality without losing their femininity and humanity. So what was this. 26% into the document [I use a Kindle] and yes we've established sexual tension, guilt, confusion, submission etc. All fine qualities of a female Black Hawk pilot in a war zone. pfft. Flicking through at a furious rate, we finally find the heroine landing the Black Hawk after a mission to collect...? of course, two children, one of whom leaves her dolly behind and sets off a session of tears. The Black Hawk part lasted exactly one sentence. The abandoned Dolly a whole paragraph. Walking across the tarmac, Mr Sexual Tension walks towards her, salutes, calls her Ma'am and walks on [he's enlisted, she's an Officer] which sets off another round of confusion, tears, second-guessing, advice from more savvy females that he was showing her respect etc etc. Did I mention our heroine is an Officer. Black Hawk Pilot. Flies into war zones. Flicked on a bit more and we're back at the sexual tension he looks, she looks [with guilt] which is when I hit the Remove button. Pity. It sounded like it had great potential but one should Never judge a book by its cover or, [so it seems] blurb.
This was a great read if you love military romances.
This military aspect was really well written (from a non- military person). I could feel the angst and the drama and the terror. It was really edge of your seat reading. I also love the fact that Dev was a Captain and piloted a Black Hawk. That made her hot.
The romance part was ok. I wish that Dev wasn't quite so woosy about her relationship with Cam especially at the start. That was a it annoying, as were the reasons she couldn't be with him. It felt a little adolescent and I just wanted her to hurry up and admit to her feelings and get over the pathetic excuses. Which she did... thank goodness!
I liked Cam. He was cool. And I am looking forward to finding out about Ryan and Candace because Ryan sounds HOT and Candace sounds like a chick to give him a run for his money... which I hope she does!