Author: Tracy Tappan
Publisher: B. Reed Publishing
Publishing Date: September 25, 2015
Genre: Military Romance, Suspense
Eric “LZ” O’Dwyer, a senior lieutenant stationed out of San Diego, is in command of his own helicopter detachment out of the HSM-75 Wolf Pack. Deployed off the coast of South America on a counterdrug operation, Eric jumps at the chance to take down a ruthless drug lord. But to do it, he’ll have to join forces with badass DEA Agent Nicole Gamboa.
Infiltrating the drug lord’s mansion is crucial to the mission, and to pull it off, Eric and Nicole have to play out an intimate scene together that leaves them both reeling. In the aftermath, Eric wants to foster something real with Nicole, but there is a secret part of Nicole’s life that makes a relationship impossible. The mission erupts again, and Nicole and Eric end up relying on each other in ways they’d never predicted. The stakes are raised to their highest when the drug lord gains the upper hand, and living or dying hinges on a final showdown between Nicole and her past…and whether Eric can get to her in time!
Content warning: contains profanity and adult situations.
Absolutely, hands down, the best military romance book I've read this year. Tappan hit it out of the park with this book and as is true with her other books, I can't wait for the next installment. She has a way with words and a knack for weaving a tale.
This tale is nothing short of brilliant. There is a perfect blend of action, suspense, sex, romance, and hot military men. My favorite character has to be Nicole though. She is a tough, fierce DEA agent who doesn't let anyone stand in her way. She is determined to prove herself in a world of men who want to use her for her feminine assets rather than her abilities. She has her emotional walls up and is going to guard her heart at all costs. She meets a man who will challenge her on every level, especially when they are thrust together on a job that will push their boundaries both personally and professionally.
Enter O'Dwyer. He's sex on a stick and works hard to be at the top of his game, but Nicole throws him for a loop and he can't get her out of his mind. Their lives are on the line throughout most of the book and I love their clear avoidance anything but the job for as long as possible. Eric has a soft side and a fiercely loyal side that is nothing short of hot. He is a born leader and others follow him without question, but Nicole tends to push against his leadership, making him slightly crazy. They clash, drift apart and come back together in a beautifully crafted dance.
There are two short stories that are bookends to this book:
Eightball Two-Three: Military Romance Suspense Novella (Wings of Gold Book 1) - (This novella now includes a second novella titled Cleared Hot.)
The Reckoning Day - (A free novella for her subscribers.)