Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Over the Line by Emmy Curtis

Title: Over the Line
Author: Emmy Curtis
My Rating: A

Genre: Military Romance 
Series: Alpha Ops #1
Main Characters: James and Beth
Release Date: October 2014
Publisher: Forever Yours
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
The last time James Walker saw Beth Garcia, he was carrying her off the battlefield. A year later, he runs into her as she’s completing her last physical therapy appointment before she can be deployed again. She’s still sexy as hell, but just as prickly and hard-headed as she was when they first met.

An arranged rock climbing weekend together quickly turns into a nightmare family wedding after a panicked phone call from his sister about mysterious and ominous emails she’s been receiving.

Beth, thinking she’s going rock climbing for the weekend, is surprised when she realizes the biggest rock she’ll be facing is the one James needs her to wear. And while trying to protect James’s sister, she’ll also have to lie to James’s father, the Director of the CIA, about who she is, jeopardizing her carefully planned career. And while she does owe James her life, he’s in for a wild ride if he thinks he can get away with this deception unscathed…

My Review:
I read and enjoyed the novella that prefaced the official start of this series, but that in no way prepared me for just how good this book was. I loved this book. It was smart, suspenseful, filled with fun, and a couple of seriously kick-butt soldiers (or in James's case...airman.)

I'll admit I have a weakness for military themed books, but the fact this one features scenes where the author has obviously been on Fort Bragg/Pope makes it even better. We lived there for three years and it was so fun to "visit" the base even if Air Force housing has gone to the pits. But enough about my personal aside...back to the review. 

This book was amazing.

Not only did this book have a great military premise, but it also had a great story that had nothing to do with the military, but instead focused on James's absolutely dysfunctional family.

James and Beth met in Afghanistan. He had a crush on her for months before he saved her life. The book takes place a year later when the two run across each other again in NC and James convinces Beth to spend a weekend rock-climbing with him. Although she has a pretty strict no-dating rule, she likes him a lot and gives in during a moment of weakness. On the way he gets a phone call and the two end up diverting to his parents house in DC for his sister's wedding...something he was working hard to avoid.

There are lots of books that use the fake girlfriend/fiancee as the basis for the story, but something about the way this one was written really set it apart. James's family is not the norm...his dad is Director of the CIA, where Beth hopes to someday work. Their presence is full of pretense and lies, but it's understandable the more James's parents talk and establish their expectations for their children.

But at the heart of the story and what made it so good were Beth and James. It went beyond them having chemistry. I liked them together. Even when they are just friends, they have a great chemistry and work off each other so well. The dialogue in the book flowed perfectly and  felt just so right in what/how things were between the two of them. Yes, they have sexual chemistry too, but their personal chemistry was through the charts too. I could believe in their friendship and the fact that they absolutely could grow old and be happy together for the next 60 years...long after the sexual chemistry diminished. There aren't many books out there that work on that level for me.

And there is action in this book too. I did mention that both these characters are in the military, right? And they aren't just military...they are highly trained, spec ops grade military with all the skills and abilities that entails. And we do get to see them in action. I loved that and how tough they both are...I love the comparison of gunshots...LOL. And then the final scene in the book before the epilogue...PERFECTION. It brought tears to my eyes and I ended the book with a smile on my face. I loved it. Emmy Curtis has a new reader fangirl in me. I can' t wait to read the second full-length book in this series.

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

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