In the heat of the Nevada desert, the most elite military pilots in the world are about to engage in some friendly competition. Only this year, someone is changing all the rules...
RAF pilot Dexter Stone has been through his fair share of sticky situations. After living through a crash in enemy territory where no one expected him to walk away, the Red Flag training exercises should be a piece of cake-assuming he can keep his mind on the mission and not on the smart mouth of his gorgeous American competition.
As one of the few women in a sky full of hotshot flyboys, Maj. Eleanor Daniels has worked day and night to earn a coveted spot at Red Flag. And she's not about to let some cocky British bad boy distract her from winning. But when the games take a deadly turn, he may be her only hope for survival.
Aces Wild was a wild, fast-paced adrenaline ride with an original plot that had lots of action, realistic military life, wit and banter, and romance that had me sighing and smiling with the lighting strike speed they jumped into the opportunity and possibility of something special.
It came clear through the story that the author truly knows the military life inside out. It was easy to enjoy that aspect of the story, as it was so real, fresh, and authentic, flowing of the pages so seamlessly. I loved the connection, the alliance, and the teamwork the pilots had in between them across the nationalaties.
Dexter Stone was charming, fun, sexy, and tough. He won me over immediately with his vulnerability and braveness, his kindness and protectiveness. He wasn't perfect, yet there was much to admire and swoon over.
Eleanor Daniels was prickly and defensive of her place in the military because of the constant shadow her father laid over her career and success. She had sass, attitude and even arrogance at times. She was looking for a release, fun time and end of the dry spell, and Dexter allured her mind and body. The attraction between them was palpable, the connection they had was real, and they seemed to understand each other in a unique way, the pressures and stress of their jobs at hand and careers in general. The fun word games and outrageous, humorous declarations of emotions and marriage proposals turn into a bit more meaningful conversation when the danger they are in turns deadly.
I loved these two together, the adoration and attraction between them was so natural, passionate, yet sweet and caring as well. They charmed me completely, and I love how the lighting strike attraction they had was given time to deepen through the story. It is a romance novel, so I don't think to say that the ending was just perfect for them is giving any spoilers out.
The suspense got really toe-curling intense towards the climax. I wish that side of the story would have been little more in-depth, what, who, why, and how where questions still in my mind after the end. It wasn't a cliffhanger ending, but very open ended with the criminal side of the tale. There are more books to come in the series, and I really hope more light will be shined into the events at the Red Flag training or the following investigation and why it was swept under the rug. What really happen behind the closed doors, and where were all the clues given leading into?! Yes, the story got me hooked and I'm looking forward to finding out what will happen in the books to come.
~ Four Spoons
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me