Author: Suzanne Brockmann
Read copy: eBook
Published: September 1, 2001
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Her passion is flying. As one of the best helicopter pilots in the naval reserves, Lieutenant Teri Howe is strong, dedicated, and highly skilled—until a past mistake surfaces, jeopardizing everything she’s worked for.
Rock steady Senior Chief Stan Wolchonok has made a career of tackling difficult challenges. So it’s no surprise when he comes to Teri’s aid, knowing that his personal code of honor—and perhaps his heart—will be at risk. But when a jet carrying an American senator’s daughter is hijacked, Stan’s unflinching determination and Teri’s steadfast courage are put to the ultimate test. The rescue mission will be daring and dangerous. But somewhere between peril and resolution, the line between friends and lovers begins to blur, pushing both their lives over the edge...
Senior Chief Stan Wolchonok is Mr. Fix-It. He prevents his SEALs from getting into a bar fight, he consoles them when they're nursing a broken heart, he yells at them when they're not performing at the peak of their abilities...And he saves young Lieutenants from persistent gropers by whisking them away on a training mission.
But before they get to the training part, they have to take a detour as a plane, with a senator's daughter on board, is hijacked. But Stan has obviously too much time on his hands while they're waiting for the go signal from the powers that be, because he can't stop thinking about Teri Howe. And the only way to stop her from seeing him as some sort of hero, is to set her up with one of his SEALs...But Teri just might have other ideas...
After the utter and complete disappointment that was Book #2, and a slightly less disappointing Book #1, this one was almost perfect. Not counting the bothersome WWII flashbacks (which I don't even bother to fully read anymore, I must confess) and the whole Sam/Alyssa saga that's turned into a soap opera at the end of this third installment in the series. Will it ever end?...Although I must confess, I actually got to like Sam and Alyssa by the end of the book, because they actually talked.
Speaking of talking, the romantic conflict could've been solved by a simple conversation, but since both Stan and Teri were a bit dense, we got to enjoy the long road to it. Everything in the story (some thankfully, some not so much) took the backseat to the cuteness that were these two together. Awkward, dense, slightly idiotic sometimes, but incredibly sweet at the same time. They were adorable in their missteps, and their romance was so incredibly cute, I couldn't help but grin while reading their scenes. This was a truly feel-good love story.
There was also another love story budding, although in times of adversity, between Gina a.k.a. Karen the terrorist victim and Max Bhagat, the FBI hostage negotiator. I'm really looking forward to their story, since it all began during a hostage crisis, when they didn't see each other and his voice being the only thing keeping her strong, and the way the hostage crisis ended...It was chilling, yet empowering in the end. And with that baggage, yes, I'm looking forward to reading their book.
This one was well-written, well-paced (if you skim over the slow flashback-y parts), intense, yet so unbelievably cute. It just made me want to hug someone. :)