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ROMANCE: Enemies to Lovers
This is probably my favorite of the whole series! Sebastian was absolutely perfect with all his charm and jokes. The overall story line of the war between the UEF and the CSS really ramps up in this book and we're left with some very intriguing things for the future.
Sebastian Rayne: A Sub-Lieutenant in the UEF Fighter Pilot Squadron, Seb uses jokes to deflect difficult conversations. He's used to being the risk taking, wise-cracking cowboy willing to take on any mission, no matter how crazy. But ever since his best friend and partner, Lawler, was revealed to be a CSS mole, he's struggled to get his head on straight.
Jenna Maxwell: Working as a Command Intelligence Agent, Jenna, is used to pushing away all close relationships and constantly living a fake life. When her own people turn against her, she doesn't know who she can trust other than Seb. But Jenna has lived a long life in isolation and she knows taking on CI is practically a suicide mission.
What I Liked
-- Sebastian! I loved his personality and his jokes. He had me smiling throughout. Perfect blend of cocky and charming. He was just what the stoic Jenna needed.
-- The deeper look at the overarching conflict between the UEF and the CSS. Up to this point, the big story has been pretty focused inward (Kai recovering, Alpha searching for a mole) but this one really brings the whole war into perspective.
-- The revelations about Ilari and what's really going on (view spoiler)
What I Didn’t Like
-- Jenna and Seb jump into a relationship really fast considering Jenna's history and job.
-- In the beginning, there was a fair bit of misspellings considering this is from a publishing house. Not a terrible amount, but more than I expect when an editor is involved.
Cover Fire is a solid read that builds on events of the previous books. The world expands, as does the struggle against enemy forces, while the men and women on the Valiant Knox go above and beyond the call of duty to do what is right, even when the enemy turns out to be a mole within their own forces. The hero, fighter pilot Sebastian, and heroine, undercover operative Jenna, find themselves thrown together repeatedly in this fight. Both have been betrayed and struggle to learn to trust again. Somewhere amid attacks from an unknown foe (a space ninja!), dodging fire fights, and working their way behind enemy lines, Seb and Jenna discover that love can come when you don't expect it and goes a long way to curing those internal wounds!
Best of all? An excellent setup for MORE action and romance -- feels like the overarching story is just getting started! -- so crossing my fingers and toes that another book will show up soon!
Mostly because of Seb. He’s a charming daredevil with a heart of gold, a beautiful face and emotionally bruised by previous betrayals. There is a lot more to him than the carefree face he tends to show the world, but his courage and loyalty when it came to protecting Jenna just proves what a strong man he is underneath all the hurt and humor. I loved him.
I liked Jenna too. She’s a woman who has been alone and isolated for a long time, constantly undercover, working to expose the secrets of the tyrannical CSS and help win the war. Yet, like Seb, there’s so much more to her than her spy skills. She’s also full of doubts about the work she does and the people she works for. Plus, she’s a far better person than she ever believes herself to be. She and Seb make an excellent team.
There’s rarely a dull moment in this tale as the pair of them lurch from mission to disaster to mystery to chaos. Their romance is equally explosive, pushing forward at some unsuitable moments and filled with plenty of heat. It moves pretty fast at times, but it fits the speed of the book, so I didn’t mind too much.
The speed with which people healed, however, I did have a problem with. There are some serious injuries incurred throughout, but it seems that within hours they’re all back up and bouncing straight into the action again. I would say those are some good drugs they’re using, but there isn’t a chance for any after one beating, yet the injuries are still shaken off and they’re all sprinting about the next day. There’s also a scene which implies some pretty heavy psychological damage, yet again, within a few pages it’s as if it never happened. Except it did happen and by effectively forgetting about it all, my enjoyment of the whole book was sadly undermined.
Which is a huge shame, because I thought the rest of it was great. The characters are fun, the plot is packed with action, the romance is hot and it was nice catching up with the crew of the Knox again. If you can stop yourself from getting too distracted by stuff I probably take too seriously, and can read this as the high-octane space romp it is, then you’ll probably enjoy it too.
(ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.)
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