Opening lines: Kyle rolled over on the mattress and slowly lifted his eyelids. Rumpled sheets, empty bed…
“Mrs. Tappan writes one of the best accounts of today's military fighting man/woman... The characters are so real, and the story so enthralling, that you don't want to put the book down!”
~ Fan review
Compelled to join an operation by an admiral with a personal agenda, Lieutenant Kyle “Mikey” Hammond finds himself thrust into the harsh desert terrain of northern Pakistan. Four American engineers have been kidnapped, and Kyle is tasked to work with Samantha, a civilian authority on Pakistan, whose expertise in terrorist negotiations is the hostages’ only hope. However, this is just one part of Kyle’s assignment. He’s also operating off a set of top-secret orders that could ruin his military career.
From the outset, Samantha’s negotiations with the terrorists walk the sharp edge between life and death. But she is an expert at such shrewd tactics…tactics that soon begin to mirror her personal dealings with the enigmatic Navy lieutenant. Determined to unearth the true Kyle, Samantha engages in a cat-and-mouse game with him that ends up peeling away some of her own carefully concealed layers. Once both their masks are lowered, love blossoms between them. But when the daring hostage rescue finally gets underway, a horrifying accident nearly shatters everything they’ve worked to attain. Their survival will hinge on the strength of their love…and if the man she’s certain can save the day will become the hero he’s convinced he’s not.
Content warning: contains profanity, violence, and adult situations.
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This book had me in fear for Max and Kyle. The rescue was amazing and had me crying like a baby. Your and excellent writer. Good success to you. Chanda Hofrichter
The BEST one yet!!!
OMG where do I start?!? As a former military spouse I LOVE how the real emotions of separation are described in such raw detail. The reader immediately has a front row seat to an exciting and believable situation with richly made characters and detailed descriptions. I enjoyed this book more than the first one because you could tell there was a very personal aspect to the storyline- that made a difference in the amount of emotion I was willing to commit to the book. I read it in one day!!!!! Buy it! Read it! And check out her other stuff! A+++
I was ADDICTED to this book!
I was ADDICTED to this book!
Just like the previous book, Beyond the Call of Duty, I couldn't put this one down. The tension between Samantha and Kyle built and simmered slowly, and the action and suspense elements were truly "edge-of-your-seat." When the book was heavy, it was HEAVY, but it was realistically balanced out with lighter moments.
This book was personal for Tracy, and it shows. The amount of research she put in is above and beyond. She uses the jargon like a pro, and THANK GOODNESS for the built-in glossary! I loved learning new terms and phrases!
In the beginning, Samantha and Kyle have sort of a pseudo-meeting, then they officially re-meet the next day. I knew from that moment that the sparks would fly between them!
Kyle had such a funny voice, both externally in the things he said and especially internally with the things he thought. He's a hero for sure, but I enjoyed reading how Samantha got under his armor and discovered what made the hero/player/wise guy tick.
And holy cow, when Kyle finally said out loud to Samantha the things he had only wished he could say out loud to Samantha, I totally had an out-loud AWWWW moment.
And holy cow, the major conflict that happened with the helicopter towards the end had me turning the pages like a crazy person to see how it got resolved!
And holy cow, I just loved absolutely everything about it and would read ANY book in this series!!!
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***