Into the Blue by Chanel Cleeton
Series: The Wild Aces #2
on July 5th, 2016
Genres: romance, contemporary, military romance
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From the author of Fly with Me and the Capital Confessions Novels comes the newest in the sexy Wild Aces Romance series.
Eric Jansen—call sign Thor—loves nothing more than pushing his F-16 to the limit. Returning home to South Carolina after a tragic loss, he hopes to fix the mistake he made long ago, when he chose the Air Force over his fiancée.
Becca Madison isn’t quick to welcome Thor back. She can’t forget how he shattered her heart. But Thor won’t give up once he’s set his sights on what he wants—and he wants Becca.
Thor shows Becca that he’s no longer the impulsive boy he used to be, and Becca finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. But will Thor be able to walk away from his dream of flying the F-16 for their love or does his heart belong to the sky?
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If you regularly read my blog it should be no surprise that Into the Blue was one of my most anticipated books for this year! I have enjoyed all of Chanel Cleeton’s books and I’m always anxious to get my hands on her new releases. I was most excited about Into the Blue‘s premise of a second-chance love story. Second chance romances are among my top three favorite romantic story lines. There’s just something about a couple “rekindling an old flame”.
We are introduced to Eric (call sign Thor) briefly in Fly With Me and it’s clear that there’s definitely the ghost of an ex that still haunts him. After the events of Fly With Me, Eric is dealing with some serious emotional fall-out. He decides he needs to take a break before he puts his life, and the life of his squadron, in jeopardy. After a recent run-in with his ex-fiancee, Becca, Eric decides to head back to his hometown.
It’s been 10 long years since Eric left Becca behind to become an F16 fighter pilot. However, not a day goes by that Eric doesn’t think of Becca and how he destroyed her heart by breaking off their engagement. Becca is now a successful lawyer in their hometown, hell bent on bringing justice to people who have faced tragedy at the hands of others. When Eric returns, it’s clear Becca is not ready to forgive and forget and attempts to avoid Eric at all costs.
As the reader, Eric’s reasons for leaving Becca are clear but two big questions linger: will Eric be able to convince Becca he made a mistake and he’s ready to be the man she needs? Will Becca forgive Eric?
I’m usually apprehensive towards anyone who has broken someone’s heart the way Eric broke Becca’s but ultimately I was swayed to team Becca and Eric. It’s apparent that the chemistry between them is more than physical, they’re like family. I loved how Becca made Eric work for every inch she gave him. I respected that she took her time to make sure she knew what she wanted with regards to Eric and his career in the military. Becca and Eric know that neither one is willing to walk away from their careers but neither is sure how to compromise to fit the other into their respective lives.
It seemed like my entire adult life had been spent either running from or to this one girl. She was the compass when I was so lost I couldn’t find my way.
One of my favorite things about this series is that the male characters are genuinely good guys. They want what’s best for the women in their lives and do everything they can to make them happy. I loved that Eric put so much effort in to making Becca a priority in his life when he could have easily decided it was too much effort to make up for the past.
This series is one of my new favorites. It’s blends real life situations with sweet and simmering romance. The characters are well-rounded and the plots are engaging. If you’re looking for a series that’s feel-good romance with a bit of steam, look no further than the Wild Aces series.