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We find the H and h are both top notch pilots and are engaged in the famous RED FLAG competition. It is an honor to be one that is nominated to attend this event and the h is determined that she will win the competition against all her male counterparts.
We find Dexter Stone, a Brit, and a RAF pilot who is recovering from a near fatal crash in enemy territory must prove that he is still the best of the best. Dexter Stone will not allow his attraction to a certain female pilot distract him from his objective.
Maj. Eleanor Daniels has worked hard to earn a coveted spot on the Red Flag. Eleanor will stay focused on the goal because it is too important to her, after all she is one of a few females who is out there with the hotshot ‘flyboys’. She refused to allow Dexter Stone to distract her from her purpose. It is too important to her.
Dexter and Eleanor immediately feel the attraction between them immediately but neither will allow this feeling to go farther than looking. As the aerial combat training and dogfights begin, there is a conspiracy by someone that is determined that some competitors will not live.
As Dexter and Eleanor are targeted and both must eject from their aircrafts and it becomes essential to survive while in the desert with no water or food. As they fight for their lives while the ‘enemy’ come after them, they realize that their attraction is too great to ignore. As the mystery unfolds to who has sabotaged the event, they just need to live long enough to get back to the commander and turn him in. Will they make it or were they fated from the start.
I enjoy love Military Romance stories and have read most of Ms. Curtis’ books. I like fast paced books, but, I would have liked to seen more “build” up of the relationship between Dexter and Eleanor. Having said that, the book does keep you turning each page to find out who is the saboteur. I would have given the book a sold 4 – 4 ½ if the relationship would have unfolded more realistic.
Overall reaction to the story? Aces Wild isn't a bad way to start a new series but it DID have some issues that kept it from being rated a solid four. For starters, the pace was too fast. It seemed like things were happening super fast over a long period of time when in fact it had only been a few days. Also, for two characters like Dex and Eleanor who didn't have a past together, I expected a bit more development from them when it came to romance. I know the setting doesn't exactly lend itself to slow romance but I felt like there was something missing from it at the end. Another issue I had was with the suspense plot. It felt unfinished, and left me thinking I had missed something. The buildup was great and had me all in but the way that aspect of the book wrapped up fell short of my expectations. Even with my hangups about the book, I would still pick up the next book in the series.
Describe the hero in five words: Cocky. Stubborn. Fun. Loyal. Smart.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Dex is all about trying to prove he can still be the best after basically walking away from a death defying plane crash. I loved his determination to succeed but I also loved that he wasn't a jerk about it. He was willing to work hard to reach his goal but he wasn't one of those guys who would walk all over or worse, sabotage a fellow pilot's reputation to do it. He was confident but overall, a really good guy who was fighting some anxiety along the way and ended up meeting a woman he couldn't let go of. Speaking of which, Dex was never intimidated by Eleanor or women in the military in general, a trait which should never be overlooked in a male character. I loved how he could be an easy going, teasing charmer to a highly trained RAF pilot in the blink of an eye.
Describe the heroine in five words: Determined. Intelligent. Loyal. Stubborn. Confident.
Did you like her? Yes
Why? Eleanor is the type of heroine who really stands out in book like Aces Wild because she's determined to succeed on her own merit in a male dominated workplace. Her father is a high ranking officer who hasn't paid all that much attention to her and has certainly never helped her get ahead but that doesn't stop people from thinking he has. I loved that she could back up her tough girl talk with actions, she wasn't just mouthing off about proving herself, she actually did it. For the most part she was confident about her ability to do the job she was trained to do but she also recognized when she needed help. She was a definite leader but at the same time she knew when someone else was better suited to lead in a difficult situation. Love those traits in a female character.
Let’s talk about the romance: Okay so the attraction between Dex and Eleanor was spot on and always there, even when the focus was on work it was hanging around in the background waiting for the right moment to really dig in.These two worked so well together and their personalities complimented each other BUT I do think the romance needed more development instead of seeming like it happened off page or worse, too fast. I get that the book is a romantic suspense but a balance between the two is possible, especially with two characters like Dex and Eleanor who play off each other so nicely when they were bantering and teasing each other.
Click It or Skip It? Click It. Even with the issues I had, Aces Wild is still worth reading and generates a lot of interest in the rest of the series.
* A copy of this book was and provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.
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