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Product Details

  • Series: Elite Force: That Others May Live
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; d edition (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402274963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402274961
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this fourth book in her Elite Force series, Mann pairs Stella Cameron, a field operative for Interpol, with Jose Cuervo James, a pararescueman whom she first meets in a sea-pickup operation involving Somali pirates. Six months later, they meet again in East Africa, where she is searching for information about her mother, after she has ended their passionate affair because of his unwavering decision never to have children because of his family’s alcoholism. At this point, she has been taken hostage on a job while posing as an American student, and he is part of the group rescuing her. As they work their way toward a compromise so they can be together again, they confront a plot to kill the U.S. vice-president’s wife on a goodwill tour, and Stella is in for a big surprise. Mann’s novel of romantic suspense has everything she’s known for—competent and engaging protagonists, a solid military background, great sex and sexual tension, several suspenseful subplots, and a ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy. --Mary K. Chelton


"Mann sweeps readers along with pulse-pounding suspense, passion and a full-out frontal assault of the senses that will keep readers gripping their seats... 4 ½ Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"Catherine Mann at her best.... this is a not-to-be-missed installment of the Elite Force series. " - Love Affair with an e-Reader

"Catherine Mann engages all the emotions and all the senses of the reader as she lures the reader into bone-chilling fearful actions, into deep, personal motivations that drive the characters, and into euphoric love scenes with soul mate lovers. " - Long and Short Reviews

"Mann gives us a plot riddled with surprises and It the background of the danger, subterfuge and betrayal and endearing heart wrenching love story that caused a lump in my throat more then once." - Book Lovers Inc.

"With all the twists and turns, peeks into the past, and the surprise surrounding Stella's mother, the action and emotions are non-stop. It is the perfect book for romance readers, action junkies and mystery lovers. " - Fresh Fiction

"Mann's novel of romantic suspense has everything she's known for-competent and engaging protagonists, a solid military background, great sex and sexual tension, several suspenseful subplots, and a ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy." - Booklist

"I was enthralled by the mystery in this novel and all the twists and surprises will keep the reader entertained." - Joyfully Reviewed

"An expert blend of raw emotion and suspenseful thrills." - BookPage

"Every book in this series has held me on the edge of my seat, holding my breath and clenching my stomach muscles waiting to see what happens on the next page!" - The Book Reading Gals

"I loved the seriously strong emotions between the hero/heroine and just how emotionally shattered they BOTH are by all that is happening between them and how they both know it's going to turn out." - Smitten with Reading

More About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Catherine Mann writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, and Sourcebooks, with her work reprinted in more than twenty countries. She lives on the Florida coast where she and her military flyboy husband have brought up four children. An active volunteer with her local Humane Society, Catherine enjoys writing while foster puppies nap on her feet. FMI:

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Once again the love burns between them but will love be enough to hold their relationship together.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bookaholics Reviewer on March 6, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Free Fall by Catherine Mann
Contemporary Romance –March 5th, 2013
4 stars

Jose James is good as his job as a sexy Pararescueman. The elite of the elite, he takes pride in his job and feels his teammates give him a sense of family he knows and understands. However, he still longs for the ultra intelligent Interpol agent Stella Carson. But Stella left him when he wouldn’t quit his job and become and bring their relationship to a more serious level. Now his finds his latest mission is to rescue Stella. Being apart from her has made him realize how much his misses her. But for Jose commitment is still a nasty word and Stella has an agenda of her own. For she is torn by the loss of her mother in Africa. A mysterious death that haunts still her. Stella is determined to find out the truth even if it may put her precious job in jeopardy. But some truths may be better left covered.

Stella is an amazing heroine, gutsy, smart woman that unwilling to settle for second best with Jose. This book had tons of suspense and another romance which I though was very sweet. I liked that the two stubborn main characters have a lot to learn. It made this book more compelling. Both characters are quietly driven people who are fantastic at their jobs -just not so good in a real relationship. Jose is afraid of having a family ‘issues.’ And since Stella’s mother mysteriously died her family life was broken even further. She doesn’t want the same and craves a stable family life. As both face danger they come to realize that their love is worth the risk and the possible heartache. As mentioned earlier, there is another quieter romance about an older couple that intertwines in the story. This and another subplot about a poor orphan make this a meatier and satisfying read.

Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anon on March 12, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There were quite a few things that I did not like about this book so spoilers ahead.

First of all, the characters' relationship. The entire reason they broke up in the first place is never really resolved. At the end, Jose just decides he thinks he could maybe want kids. Boom, they're together and happy. There was never any real discussion between the two. I felt like the heroine never tried to understand things from Jose's point of view, at all. She just kept badgering him about wanting a family, telling him they couldn't be together and then immediately sleeping with him, or being really selfish and stupid -- she never realized the danger she was in? She made some comment about not realizing how her job was similar to Jose's -- a Interpol agent doesn't realize her job is dangerous and has risks? Are you kidding me? It just struck me as really disingenuous. I liked Jose more and felt he had valid concerns - also he's onl 27!- and didn't like how his concerns were just brushed aside as if they were stupid. When the characters talked about their issues, nothing real was ever said or any resolution given - it was the same conversation five different times with nothing different, no compromise, nothing real about it.

Also, there is no real bad guy here. They are setting up this terrorist threat and this "traitor" whose family is being tortured and then . . . it's some random character we've never really met and nothing is resolved. His wife is dead and he's a traitor but he's caught! Story solved! Also, where is his family that these African terrorists can simply kidnap and torture them? Why was there no resolution for that? How did the student get involved with this? Again, nothing is there as explanation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GraceDZ on March 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed." -- Carl Jung

I immediately grinned when I saw my favorite Carl Jung quote at the beginning of Free Fall. Upon finishing, I revisited this quote and thought how fitting it was for Jose and Stella's story.

Although Stella Carson, a code breaker and trained agent for Interpol, meets pararescueman Jose "Cuervo" James in the prologue, the story quickly jumps forward six months later to the present when they are no longer together. Circumstance brings their lives together again when Jose is called in to be part of the team to rescue Stella, who was taken hostage while undercover.

In the midst of terrorists threats and twists unfolding, we get glimpses of Jose and Stella's relationship through flashbacks. I know some would prefer that the story not go back and forth from past to present, but I found this didn't bother me so much. The flashbacks to their romantic dates together were some of my favorite parts! In these scenes Catherine Mann whisks the reader away to the most romantic and exotic locations in Africa. Jose planned some truly special dates for Stella to sweep her off her feet. Really, even I was swept off my feet! So, why did these two soul mates and intense lovers break up?

I found two running themes throughout Free Fall...second chances and making difficult choices in order to protect loved ones. Jose and Stella have a huge opportunity for a second chance to be together if they can only work out their differences. I love how Catherine Mann wove the second theme throughout the story. Boy, does it get really emotional as the plot thickens!
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