Into the Blue by Chanel Cleeton
Series: Wild Aces #2
Published: July 5th, 2016
320 pages (eARC)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Acquired this book: Via the publisher in exchange for honest consideration
Warning: May contain spoilers
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Eric Jansen—call sign Thor—loves nothing more than pushing his F-16 to the limit. Returning home to South Carolina after a tragic loss, he hopes to fix the mistake he made long ago, when he chose the Air Force over his fiancée.
Becca Madison isn’t quick to welcome Thor back. She can’t forget how he shattered her heart. But Thor won’t give up once he’s set his sights on what he wants—and he wants Becca.
Thor shows Becca that he’s no longer the impulsive boy he used to be, and Becca finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. But will Thor be able to walk away from his dream of flying the F-16 for their love or does his heart belong to the sky?
Cleeton did a fantastic job of setting up the Wild Aces trilogy with the first book. We got a look at what it’s like to be a fighter pilot, to be in the military, and to be a partner to someone in the military. We got the highs and lows, the complications, and the triumphs. In Into the Blue, we still got to see elements of that life, but it was more of a straight-up romance than a ‘fighter pilot romance’. Cleeton also did a great job of setting things up for the final book, On Broken Wings.
I loved Becca and Thor, together and separately. I’m a sucker for a well-written second chance romance, and this one is my new favourite. It was absolutely beautiful. Becca and Thor had so much history, so many past hurts from their childhoods and from each other, but also great memories together, plus that lingering sense of love and family they found with each other as kids. They also had sizzling chemistry; this book was hella sexy. There was a perfect combination of emotion, steam, and humour. I couldn't put this book down, and I would have happily continued reading about Becca and Thor forever. I loved how everything was wrapped up perfectly without feeling too perfect/neat or unrealistic. Everything came together in a way that felt right and had me happy sighing and wiping away a few tears.
Into the Blue was a beautiful, engrossing story about second chances and true love. It was sexy, funny, sweet, romantic, and emotional. After just two books, I feel like I’m part of the Wild Aces family, and I can’t wait to see more of these amazingly complex, real characters.
Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure.
Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband.
Chanel writes contemporary romances, women's fiction, and thrillers. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, Assassins, and Wild Aces series.
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Read my 5-star review (plus an excerpt!) of Fly With Me, book #1 in the Wild Aces trilogy
Watch for book #3 in the Wild Aces series, On Broken Wings, coming January 3rd, 2017!
Alex “Easy” Rogers is used to fighting enemies in the skies, but on the ground, he’ll soon be fighting his feelings. It’s a battle he just might lose...
Have you read Fly With Me or Into the Blue? What did you think? If you haven't read them, do you plan to? Have you read any books with characters who are in the military?