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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.
Dex "Ironman" Stone survived a crash and a group of insurgents while on a mission overseas but his commanding officer took him to task for being too reckless and taking unnecessary chances. So now he finds himself at the Red Flag training exercise outside Las Vegas trying to prove he is still the best and guarantee he is able to continue flying a plane instead of becoming a desk jockey. When he meets a feisty and steely female on the bus on the way there, he brushes off his rusty flirting skills only to be brushed off himself, yet he finds himself intrigued by the elusive Eleanor.
Eleanor Daniels has spent her entire career trying to accomplish two things: prove to her father that she has what it takes to be worthy of his praise, and prove to her team that she has absolutely earned everything she has gained over the course of her career despite the fact her father is a high ranking officer because he has certainly never taken the time to help her advance no matter what anyone thinks. Red Flag is her chance to show everyone exactly how skilled she is and no one is going to distract her from that task, not even one completely sexy James Bond- sounding RAF pilot who is a legend in his own right. She learned long ago that sleeping with a fellow pilot only brings her more headaches but he certainly is tempting!
Once they arrive and split into their teams, things turn strange fast between the private contractor who seems to be running this military exercise and civilians showing up in places on base they have no business being in. Add in that Eleanor's father is unexpectedly onsite and she is very suspicious. When she goes to try to talk to him to find out what is going on, she inadvertently overhears a conversation she was never meant to be privy to and her life is suddenly turned upside down as she becomes the target of a set of men determined to kill her. Dex is pulled into the fray when he steps him to save her from being strong-armed, and now he is a target in their plan too. Bullets fly, planes may be sabotaged, and they have no idea who they can trust aside from each other. When both their planes mysteriously malfunction on a mission, they are in a fight for their lives.
Dex and Eleanor were a lot of fun together! His cockiness and humor have a way of melting through the steel walls she put up around her heart years ago, and her spirit and passion appeal to him in a way he hasn't experienced before. They have some fun (and hot) moments in between the competitions and the danger that stalks them, and it serves them well when things turn bad. If they can survive long enough to get back to base, what awaits them there? And what kind of future can they have when he has to return to duty in England and she is tied to the US military?
Aces Wild was a quick read that kept me entertained, but I was a bit disappointed in the things that were left open-ended and unresolved. I was waffling back and forth between 3.5 and 4 stars for this read, so I rounded up to 4 in the end. I know this book is part of a series so I am looking forward to finding out what comes next and I hope to see more of Dex and Eleanor while finding out the answers to my lingering questions.
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