- Series: A Wild Aces Romance (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (July 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101986980
- ISBN-13: 978-1101986981
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 83 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Into the Blue (A Wild Aces Romance) Mass Market Paperback – July 5, 2016
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Praise for the Wild Aces Romances
"Sexy, funny, and heart-wrenching—this book has it all!"—Laura Kaye, New York Times bestselling author
"Chanel Cleeton bring us another inspiring and emotional roller coaster ....There is no way the emotion Into the Blue deals with could be anything other than another Perfect 10."—Romance Reviews Today
"A setting and plot that is believable, characters that are likable and engaging, modern conveniences that speak to today's reader and a sexy and exciting romance. Into the Blue is a winner for me."—All About Romance
“A sizzling example of contemporary romance at its finest. Hot couples, intelligent relationship dynamics, sex that makes you swoon, and a writing style that makes this premise as addictive as it is promising.” —Heroes and Heartbreakers
"A sexy fighter pilot hero? Yes, please. For anyone who's ever had a Top Gun fantasy, Fly With Me is for you.”—Roni Loren, New York Times bestselling author of Call On Me
“The multidimensional characters speak from the heart in this emotional page-turner.”—Publishers Weekly
“If you read one contemporary romance series this year, make it the Wild Aces.”— Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Praise for the novels of Chanel Cleeton
“A sexy hero, strong heroine, delicious romance, sizzling tension and plenty of breathtaking scandal. I loved this book!”—Monica Murphy, New York Times bestselling author
“A sassy, steamy, and sometimes sweet read that had me racing to the next page.”—Chelsea M. Cameron, New York Times bestselling author
“Fun, sexy, and kept me completely absorbed.”—Katie McGarry, author of Nowhere But Here
“Scorching hot and wicked smart, Flirting with Scandal had me hooked from page one! Sizzling with sexual tension and political intrigue, Cleeton weaves a story that is as complex as it is sexy. Thank God this is a series because I need more!”—New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris
“Sexy, intelligent, and intriguing. Chanel Cleeton makes politics scandal-icious.”—USA Todaybestselling author Tiffany King
About the Author
Chanel Cleeton is the author of the e-books Flirting with Scandal, Playing with Trouble, and Falling for Danger. She received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Richmond, the American International University in London and a master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She’s also a graduate (survivor) of law school—she earned her J.D. from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law. A summer cruise in the Caribbean changed Chanel’s life when she met and fell in love with a fighter pilot. A happily ever after later, she’s currently living an adventure with her husband and three pups.
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Into the Blue is the 2nd book in Chanel Cleeton’s “Wild Aces” series. It is technically a standalone as it deals with a different couple, Becca and Eric “Thor” but, there are major spoilers about the plot of the 1st book, Fly With Me, in the plot. Part of the storyline is dealing with events that happened in the first book. It is not necessary to read the 1st book to be able to enjoy this. However, I would recommend doing so as to be able to fully appreciate both the surprises in the 1st book and the enhanced character development that comes from knowing Eric in the 1st book.
Second chance romance, when it is done well, is one of my very favorites to read as the emotional connection that they build on is so strong because it was there before. The push and pull of those emotions from the past are so compelling.
What is great about this is Cleeton doesn’t just focus on the past, but she actually lets the reader be part of the development of the relationship. Of each of them questioning what they were, what they can be, and how they will work it out in the future…or even if they can work it out and be together. The conversations where they both address and resolve their past are both beautiful and heartbreaking.
There are amazing conversations between Becca and Eric, and a wonderful conversation with his grandmother really puts things into perspective and allows them to fully move forward, secure in the idea that their love was real 10 years ago, but that the timing was wrong. I loved this aspect…no blame was really placed, no one was really angry. Yes, there were some struggles with being able to trust in their future, but this is part of any serious relationship. The struggle for Becca and Eric was the same as it was 10 years ago…Eric’s career requires him to be able to move around, Becca’s career requires her to stay in one place and develop in her position.
The way they figure this out, and how they get around this issue, is the real pull of the story, it is what kept me reading to the end, in one night. They sort of ignore it, they don’t really discuss that he is on leave and going back to his life in the Air Force, until his leaving is imminent. Through the dual POV, you know where each of them are with being separated again, and how they each want to resolve it, which keeps you guessing the whole time and wondering what they are going to do that will allow each of them to be happy.
I absolutely LOVED the ending. I was not sure how this was going to end, and impressively Cleeton found a way to make the ending not only incredibly romantic, but perfect for them. I loved how Cleeton let you know how devoted they each were to the other, how badly they wanted things to end differently than they did 10 years ago. I love how Cleeton handles bringing Becca into the life Eric lives as “Thor” and the way she allows the reader to experience this with her. It gives a strong authenticity to the way she feels about Eric’s career and the way that her evolving feelings about it allow their relationship to evolve.
There are still obstacles for them in the future, so in a way this is more of a “Happily For Now” ending. But in the midst of this, while you know the struggles that are coming, you also get a glimpse of what will be on the other side for them, and it is good. And it is perfect, and it is authentic to who they each are both individually and within the couple. Their totally HEA is definitely coming, the first steps toward it have been taken, and you know they are not going to allow anything to take it from them this time.
Cleeton mentions, on her website, that it was her goal to explore different facets and challenges of military life. Going into this, I was afraid that it was going to be a retelling of the 1st one, but with different characters. I was worried for nothing. Yes, some of the challenges are similar, but as they are each different people, the way they resolve those challenges and approach them is very different.
Just like in the first book, there was no epilogue as the characters appear in the 2nd in the series. You get an update as to where they are…and this, based on the sneak of the next book, is also going to be what happens for Becca and Eric in the 3rd book.
Chanel Cleeton is an amazingly gifted writer. She has an ability to capture people, and emotions, in a such a way that the reader feels what they are feeling like they are in the story themselves. There is a scene, from Becca and Eric’s perspective regarding a friend request and message via social media that felt so real, I felt like checking my own Facebook for pending messages and friend requests. I felt like I was there with them. This talent for writing and storytelling allows her to tell a complex story, and to do it in such a way that you are not able to put the book down. You feel invested in the characters, you feel like you know them, you feel like you are there in the story.
You should read the first book to capture the feel for the Flying Aces and because IT WAS SOOOOO GOOD!! This book still has the sexy swagger that only fighter pilots can pull off.
This is a second chance story as Eric abandoned Becca when he chose to fly F-16’s and broke their engagement – how he does it we find out later – and it did NOT endear him to me. It’s been a long ten years and it is obvious early on that neither of them have really gotten over each other.
Becca is rightfully pissed at Eric and he is contrite about his former actions, but the story just didn’t contain the feels that I wanted and that were so readily there with “Fly with Me”. I felt she gave in a little too much when Eric pressed her to spend time with him at specific places/events. There were underlying statements attached to those, especially due to small town life and I thought she gave in way too quickly. However, it was endearing when he whispered “I love you…needing to say the words even if it wasn’t time for her to hear them.” – that melted my heart just a bit.
The story does have a heart-warming HEA and I am most definitely looking forward to Book 3 and Easy and Dani’s story. That one is sure to cause some sparks!!
Reviewed by K S for The Book Nuts.
-Kind of a standalone: It’s not necessary to read the first book to enjoy this one, but it does spoil major events in that book, so be forewarned if you're OCD about reading an entire series. Not that I would know anything about that. *whistles* Anyhoodles....
-The sitch: After the events of the first book, Eric “Thor” Jansen has struggled to move on and has flashes of PTSD that make his concentration while flying difficult. After a scary incident, he takes some time off to get his head on straight and he heads home to Bradbury, and to the girl that he never should have let go.
-Second chance romance: Becca and Eric’s relationship didn’t blow apart because of some manufactured misunderstanding, but something that happens every day - two people in love who couldn’t make their different goals in life mesh. Actually, it’s mostly because Eric, at twenty-one, was not ready to be the man that Becca needed. He left to join the Air Force and hasn’t been back since. He’s regretted it ever since and there’s never a doubt, as the reader, that he knows it. He has some major emotional grovel to dole out. He admits that he screwed up royally and let go of the best thing to ever happen to him. Did I spend some time calling him an idiot? Yes. Did he make up for it by the end and earn Becca’s love back? Absolutely.
Becca is the one left behind. The one who had to deal with the fallout of their broken engagement, Becca is a sympathetic heroine. It took her years to get past it, but she’s followed her dream to be an attorney and is successful, if a bit lonely. I truly felt for Becca and the pain of your true love choosing, in her words, a plane over her. That she’s moved on and isn’t easily letting Eric back in her life made sense and I didn’t blame her a bit for her hesitation.
-No easy fixes: Told in dual POV, this is a story that’s about reconnecting and seeing what made Becca and Eric fall in love in the first place. There’s angst, but it’s mostly about the process of overcoming the obstacles that haven’t changed, but just maybe they have. Moreover, I love that you get to see the contrast between these two and their growth as individuals. Yes, Eric bungled it up, but in the end, there’s alot of personal growth that neither would have done had they stayed together.
-That teaser: The next book is Easy and Dani’s and I am truly jonesing to see them come together. Talk about angst to the nth degree. However, just like this book, I know that in Ms. Cleeton’s capable hands, I’m in for an emotionally satisfying ride.
The Bottom Line [4 stars]
I really enjoyed it. If you’re looking for a second chance romance, or just good character-driven romance with fighter pilots, you can’t go wrong with this series. Ms. Cleeton is the real deal and I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.
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