Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Free Fall by Catherine Mann

Title: Hot Zone
Author: Catherine Mann
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Series: Elite Force #4
Main Characters: Hugh & Amelia
Release Date: March 2013

Publisher: Sourcebooks
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
On This Mission, There Are No Accidents...

Pararescueman Jose "Cuervo" James is the guy they call for the most dangerous assignments. He lives for his job.

On a high-risk rescue deep in the African jungle, Jose encounters sexy, smart Interpol agent Stella Carson. They'd once had an affair that burned hot and fast, but family is everything to Stella, and Jose just can't go there.

Fate has thrown them into the deadly hot zone together, and sparks will fly...but only if they can live to tell about it.

My Review:
This book is a different style of book. The prologue is written when the hero/heroine meet, but the actual book takes place after they dated for five months and then broke up a month ago. You don't get to see any of their relationship in current time. It's all done in flashbacks and I was fine with that at first, but by the middle of the book, I wanted to concentrate on their story. 

Their story in current time is that they are caught up in this huge political firestorm in Africa. Jose is a PJ...a pararescueman in the Air Force who runs high-risk missions all the time. Stella is an Interpol agent. The book starts when Stella has been kidnapped and Jose is part of the mission to go in and recover her. Catherine Mann wrote these scenes so incredibly well...*gah*, the emotions!

Yes, they've broken up, but not because they didn't love each other. They broke up because of a significant disagreement about a future with kids. Jose grew up in an alcoholic family and is a recovering alcoholic himself. He refuses to curse another child with his genetic makeup. Stella can't see her future without a family. She grew up in a fairly disfunctional one herself, but that has just made it so that she craves the whole 2 1/2 kids and a picket fence all that much more. 

The tension and action is great in this. It starts from the first page and carries you pretty much through the entire book. I loved the seriously strong emotions between the hero/heroine and just how emotionally shattered they BOTH are by all that is happening between them and how they both know it's going to turn out. I love a good angsty book and this one worked for me in that regard. I also have a personal fondness for PJ's, so once again this book/series is a winner in my book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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