Friday, 30 December 2016

Book Review: Into the blue [Wild Aces #2] by Chanel Cleeton

Title: Into the Blue
Author: Chanel Cleeton
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Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Series: Wild Aces #2
Source: Author via NetGalley
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: 5th July 2016
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
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 fiancĂ©e.

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?
My Thoughts
After finishing the previous book in this series I couldn't wait to join the Wild Aces again, so I dove into Into the Blue excited to see what would happen next. Into the Blue is Thor/Eric's story with his ex Becca. There are a lot of unresolved issues with this couple, a broken engagement, different dreams and career choices driving a wedge between them, and forcing them to go thier separate ways. For Eric his dream was the air force, but with that comes a lot of instability, traveling, and with no guarantee of a future. For Becca her dream was to become an attorney, but that means studying and staying in one place, especially if her credentials aren't accepted in another state and she has to start from the beginning again.

After the events in the previous book, Eric is struggling to come to terms with it all, especially when he finds himself in the same situation and metres from death himself. This is the wake up call that he needed, and he takes leave and returns home to Bradbury, to shake the demons and figure out what he wants from life. This is where he bumps into his ex, and finds his feeling for her didn't subside, and they resurface stronger than ever.
Becca isn't happy to see him back home, and is determined to send him packing back to the air base. But this couple soon find themselves being the shoulder to cry on for the other, the person who will listen to your feelings and worries, but someone who also understands every single thing you have gone through.

Into the Blue was a book I fell into easily. I loved that we get to see life on the air base, but also life away, and I enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere of being away from it all. This also gives us an insight into how being in the air force affects family life, the job role and process of training and moving up the ladder, the upheaval, the deployment, and what options are available when you do leave. There is no routine, no promise to be home for bed, birthdays, or holidays. The air force becomes you life, and this was the main issue for Eric, wanting to be the best at his job and the sacrifices he made to get where he is, leaving no time for personal life or future.

I liked the progression of this story within Into the Blue, and that even though there was a lot of history between the characters you don't feel like you are missing out on anything, that you get to take this journey with Becca and Eric as they do, makes it feel new. I liked that we get to see the rest of the gang, and see what they are up to now.

Final Verdict
I really enjoyed reading Into the Blue and I am eager to make a start on the net book as soon as possible.

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