Series: Elite Ops #1
Published by Forever Yours
Publication Date: May 2nd 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In the heat of the Nevada desert, the most elite military pilots in the world are about to engage in some friendly competition. Only this year, someone is changing all the rules…
RAF pilot Dexter Stone has been through his fair share of sticky situations. After living through a crash in enemy territory where no one expected him to walk away, the Red Flag training exercises should be a piece of cake-assuming he can keep his mind on the mission and not on the smart mouth of his gorgeous American competition.
As one of the few women in a sky full of hotshot flyboys, Maj. Eleanor Daniels has worked day and night to earn a coveted spot at Red Flag. And she’s not about to let some cocky British bad boy distract her from winning. But when the games take a deadly turn, he may be her only hope for survival.
Military romance? Military pilots? Throw in a sexy Brit and some cloak and dagger stuff? Well, sign me up! I was so excited to get my hands on this book, especially after enjoying the author’s Alpha Ops series so much and I was expecting more of the same thrilling suspense and action.
Unfortunately, ACES WILD did not live up to my expectations for it. I enjoy a fast-paced story as well as the next person, and this story started out at breakneck and just stayed there for all of it, but here is my issue: it felt like I was missing sections of the story completely. Ms. Curtis has always been able to deliver on military details and she did here, but this only made the other areas stand out is stark contrast.
Both the romance and suspense went from zero to Mach speed rapidly but much of the development of both was missing. We barely got to know the characters before they went from barely tolerating each other to hot and heavy with nothing in between. A routine training exercise went to hell very fast with no build up and very scant details.
I completely get that the few clues strewn about in the book are supposed to lay a foundation for an overarching story-line spanning the entire series (maybe), but I would really have loved it if there was enough of this story to engage me and build up my enthusiasm for the rest of the series. At the moment, all I have is a headache from trying to connect the dots and disappointment because I really wanted to love this book so much.