Andrea Finley is the flight director for NASA’s latest space flight—to the moon. The mission is the first with a woman in charge, and Andrea will stop at nothing to ensure this is a textbook perfect mission. Her personal life is virtually nonexistent, and she has devoted her entire life to this, the pinnacle of her career.
When the mission runs into serious trouble, Andrea has no choice but to call Kenner Hutchings, a brilliant twenty-something whiz kid from MIT with a reputation for living life fast and loose. Kenner is their last chance to save the lives of the seven astronauts entrusted into Andrea’s care.
Andrea doesn’t trust Kenner to get the job done, and Kenner takes it as a challenge to break the reserve of her new boss. Can two strong-willed, powerful women overcome their differences to save the lives of seven others and begin a life they never imagined together?
Cannon (Because of You) mixes high tension and even higher stakes for a tumultuous courtship in this disjointed contemporary. Andrea Finley is NASA's first female flight director. When a manned mission to the moon goes awry, she calls in Kenner Hutchings, a technological genius with a uniquely free-form way of approaching problems. Sparks fly between the two, but Kenner's casual manner and blatant sexuality are at odds with Andrea's rigid routine and tightly controlled life. Their professional relationship is increasingly complicated by personality clashes that hide mutual attraction, with the stress of the emergency at hand putting pressure on every encounter. Cannon struggles to develop the women's antagonism into a believable relationship; it's somewhat telling that one of the hottest sex scenes is actually a fantasy, and it takes quite a while before Andrea and Kenner can even converse civilly. Space fans hoping for scientific details will be disappointed; the malfunctioning space shuttle problem is handwaved in favor of emotional exploration and interpersonal drama. Cannon pulls it all together by the end, but readers may not get that far.