Author: Tracy Tappan
Publisher: B. Reed Publishing
Published: August 10, 2015
Genre: Military Romance
**Please note: EIGHTBALL TWO-THREE is an introductory novella to the Wings of Gold series ONLY. It gives you an exciting glimpse of the men who will become the heroes of the first two full-length novels. This is not a complete romance story with a happily-ever-after…YET!
Ensign Eric O’Dwyer is on the verge of graduating from naval flight training, with only one flight left to complete at training squadron HT-8 “Eighballers,” before he earns himself his wings of gold. The day of his final solo, Eric’s copilot, Ensign Kyle Hammond—a new student on his first hop in a helicopter—is to act as no more than a warm body…
Until everything goes horribly wrong.
Fresh from the cockpit of his near-death solo flight, Eric makes it to graduation, only to find that he is a lone man in a sea of his buddies’ celebrating relatives. He finds solace in the arms of a most unlikely woman the night before shipping out to San Diego…and learns more about himself than he ever planned.
Content warning: Contains profanity and adult situations.
In the first full-length book of the series, BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY, Eric O’Dwyer is now a senior lieutenant in command of his own helicopter detachment. Deployed off the coast on a counterdrug operation, Eric will face the most challenging mission of his life with DEA Agent Nicole Gamboa.
This was a fun introduction to the series. I can't wait to get my hands on the first one and learn more about these heroic men. But....I digress. Eric is a confused man struggling to get his life back on track. He's finally graduated and ready to take on the world and all it has to offer him, but he's not sure he's ready. Enter Leslie, the Barracuda. She's known around the bar as the woman who takes home one student from the class of graduates and having a night with them, then taking off.
Eric is sure its all talk, but he's not sure he cares at this point. She's hot. She's intriguing. And she wants him. He only wants to forget everything for a night and Leslie gives him that opportunity, but once she gets what she wants, she walks out the door and out of his life. I loved that she left him slack-jawed and wanting more. That's it. Much like Eric, I was shocked that it was over and if Tappan wanted a loyal reader, she's garnered one. Well played!