Series: Alpha Ops
Author: Emmy Curtis
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Forever Yours
Head-strong reporter, Grace Grainger, has been embedded with an Airborne Battalion in Afghanistan, for eleven exciting months. Shortly before she and the unit head back Stateside, she accompanies a late night security patrol into the mountains. When disaster strikes, she is separated from the patrol by a flood of enemy combatants.
U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Josh Travers, has never met a reporter he didn't want to shoot on sight. But duty calls, and before he knows it, he's roping from a Chinook in the dead of night to save some journalist—who just happens to be the most frustratingly beautiful woman he's ever met.
As insurgents search for one that got away, Grace figures that if these are her last days on earth she may as well make the most of them. After all, if she's going out with a bang, it's going to be a bang of her choosing. And she chooses Josh.
Grace Grainger has spent the last four years of her life between the Four Seasons hotel in D.C. and Afghanistan. Now, on her fourth deployment as an embedded reporter with the American troops, she’s come to know danger up close as their convoy is attacked, she doesn’t make it to the rescue helicopter, and is suddenly huddled in a cave in the middle of nowhere with Air Force Master Sergeant Josh Travers...The man she spent the last three years thinking and dreaming about.
It’s always a good feeling when an impulse buy pays off. And this one payed off magnificently. Yes, it was short, but it packed quite a punch with wonderful, well-developed characters, a perfect-for-the-big-screen (or book, in this case) romance, just the right amount of drama, tension and danger, and some scorching hot sex (both in a cave and a hut in a remote Afghan village).
As said, both Grace and Josh were great characters, realistic, multi-dimensional, and very nicely layered, and their interactions together spanned the emotional spectrum from hot to cold, from happy to sad and everything in between, but with that unmistakable layer of bitter-sweet underneath it all. I wished for them to actually talk things through, her telling him the truth about her writing and true purpose for being in Afghanistan for him to finally get over his animosity toward her as a reporter, and I was disappointed it didn’t actually happened, and the author chose the “easier” fix of him reading one of her articles.
And I kept hoping for a HEA, and I must admit, although this is a romance novel, Ms Curtis had me doubting things for a moment toward the end...The end that could’ve been cheesy, but strangely wasn’t. It was a rather “easy” ending, but with such a feel-good vibe, it brought a smile to my face.
This story was just up my alley. Nicely structured, well-paced, with great characters, and a romance that truly shone through. Loved it.
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