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 jeopardize 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.Kaylea Cross's Tactical Strike is a suspenseful romance that puts readers in the thick of military warfare. The second novel of the Bagram Special Ops series can probably be read without reading it's prequel, Deadly Descent. Tactical Strike focuses on Captain Candace "Ace" Bradford and Sergeant Ryan Wenworth.
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...
Cross is an excellent writer. Her attention to detail and the ability to make you feel like you're climbing a mountain during a blizzard, in the middle of battle, is done precisely so. The romance seems to fall behind the action, which isn't necessarily a negative element, but if you're not really fascinated by the war experience it'll make the story drag a little.
The characters like Candace and Ryan are the kind you'd want to have your back when you're in a tight spot, loyal and dependable. At times Cross alludes to both characters having some kind of history in their lives that shaped their present attitudes, but I don't recall them ever explicitly talking about their pasts. Sure there were some statements that explained why Candace held herself apart from Ryan and why she was such a stickler for the rules, but I still felt like the story missed some pertinent personal information.
Tactical Strike is a great novel to start with if you've never read military romance. The romance may not be extraordinarily different from what any romance reader is used to, but the military aspects that Cross uses to build the plot will open up the possibility of a new favorite genre.
*eGalley provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Pub Date: March 11, 2013
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages/Format: 214, ebook, audio
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