Series: Wild Aces #1
Published by Penguin, Berkley on 5/3/2016
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U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Noah Miller—call sign Burn—loves nothing more than flying hard and fast. When he meets a gorgeous and sassy woman while partying in Las Vegas, he immediately locks on to her.
Jordan Callahan owns a thriving clothing boutique, but her love life is far less successful. Her luck changes when six feet, two inches of sexy swagger asks her to dance and turns her world upside down.
One scorching weekend becomes an undeniable chemistry that they can’t leave in Vegas. But the long distance relationship and their different lives threaten to ground their romance. And when the dangers of Noah’s job become all too real, Jordan learns being with a fighter pilot means risking it all for a shot at love…
My romance obsession was cemented with a military romance series. I was fourteen years old, lonely, and I picked up The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann. That series provided so much joy and distraction when I needed it, and eventually I branched out to other romance sub-genres and became the fanatic that I am today. It’s been a while since I visited this world, but recently I needed a familiar escape, one that would make be feel safe and optimistic again, and Chanel Cleeton’s Wild Aces series showed up at exactly the right time.
The first book, Fly With Me is a great series opener that provides a charming plot filled with emotion, and enough pull to keep you interested enough after the last page to open the next book, Into the Blue.
This romance follows Jordan and Noah, two thirty-somethings who find themselves drawn to each other by some seriously smoking sexual chemistry, and the story unfolds over a few months as their feelings deepen. I really enjoyed Jordan and Noah’s chemistry and I loved their individual perspectives. The narrative alternates between their points of view, and since Cleeton created characters that I quickly cared for, the pages flew as I got more invested in their love story.
I was in the military, so I was unsure about how realistic Cleeton would portray a budding relationship between a career military member and a civilian, but I had nothing to worry about because she did a superb job. She didn’t glamorize the hardship that couples face or romanticize what is a very frustrating and heartbreaking experience. But, it’s because she kept it real that it’s so romantic. This is a situation in which an (sort of) insta-love trope works. The stakes are high and they don’t have the luxury of waiting and to see how their connection plays out. And though I would’ve liked the ending to be more extended, and more of the plot focused on Jordan’s life and the consequences of the choices she made, particularly dealing with her family, overall I liked the quick intensity of this love story.
I loved seeing Jordan, a woman who so clearly had her life planned out, struggle to adjust her expectations against the life Noah lives, and the uncertain future that lies ahead if she takes a chance on him. I also loved seeing Noah, a committed military officer balance his feelings for Jordan and his responsibilities with a life that’s not entirely his own. There were times when I felt sad for them, as I simultaneously melted from their heat and spark. Did I tell you that I loved the chemistry?
This book and series was recommended by my friend, Margie, and I love her for suggesting it and bringing me back to my roots. This story is a nice mixture of sweet, sexy, and a little bit of heartbreak. Also, there are great surrounding characters, two in particular that I was instantly drawn to who were the reason I dove right into book 2. Chanel Cleeton surprised me with this one, and I’m happy to recommend it to you so you can fall for it as well.