Title: Deadly Descent
Author: Kaylea Cross
My Rating: A-
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Main Characters: Dev & Cam
Release Date: September 2011
Links to Purchase:
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Story Overview:Devon Crawford is an officer; Air Force Pararescueman Cam Munro is enlisted. Dev flies medical evacuations; Cam jumps into danger zones to save lives. Dev wants to return home from Afghanistan with her heart untouched; Cam will do anything to win the woman he loves.
Reaching for happiness in a war zone is the last thing Captain Devon Crawford plans, but she can't ignore the feelings she's hidden for so long. Cam's sexy charm and wicked kisses weaken her resistance, but she's too afraid of losing him to give in.
When Dev's helicopter and crew are shot down and set up as bait by a notorious warlord, Cam risks all to save the team. What he doesn't know is that the trap is set for him.
Whoa, this is a seriously powerful book. I think that, honestly, this is the most that I have ever cried throughout the ENTIRE book. Oh my goodness. Such a powerful story with so much incredible emotion!! Wow...
WARNING: the following has slight spoilers which may affect your ability to react emotionally to the story.
Dev is a helicopter pilot. She is dealing with issues of guilt after the death of her boyfriend, a PJ named Ty, on a mission in Afghanistan. They only dated for a few weeks before he deployed and then they were cooling things off. They were never serious or even exclusive. They simply had a fun time together, until Dev met his best friend Cam and realized that she was much more drawn to him than she was to Ty. That doesn't change the fact that she was on the mission to rescue him when he was wounded (although she didn't know it at the time) and she called off the mission because the fog was to thick to get to the landing zone. He died and now she can't get past the fact that she didn't go into to get him out or the fact that she is falling for his best friend Cam.
Cam is pure hero material. Another PJ, he tells it exactly like it is. He knows that there is something between him and Dev and knows that Ty would never have had an issue with it after his death. He is a protector with a capital "P" which he proves over and over throughout this book. His first priority is Dev and her safety.
When they both end up stationed at the same base in Afghanistan, things start to heat up a LOT! The main issue, besides lingering guilt about Ty for Dev, is that Dev is an officer and Cam is enlisted. This is a HUGE no-no in the US military and was really my only issue with this book. This is a major no-no in the military...not only can it end your career, but you can also go to jail for it. The only saving grace was that they are separate branches of the military, so it may be allowed to slide somewhat. (After discussing it with DH who is retired Lt. Col from the Air Force, he was more concerned about the PJ mission at Bagram and said that didn't really fit with how they actually operate, but I honestly don't think he was really listening to me when I explained the story and how it played out. Hehe!)
From the moment I picked this book up, there was no stopping me from reading it. It was so good!! So much suspense and they are operating out of a war zone so it was seriously emotional and high-stress. I could NOT put this book down...and like I said, I cried from the very beginning...all the way throughout the book. The emotion was there all the way through. Really just a phenomenal book. If you are looking for a great emotional read with a beautiful romance, then you are going to like this one...a LOT!