Cover Me (Elite Force #1)
Rating: 3.25 stars
Synopsis: It should have been a simple mission…
Pararescueman Wade Rocha fast ropes from the back of a helicopter into a blizzard to save a climber stranded on an Aleutian Island, but Sunny Foster insists she can take care of herself just fine…
But when it comes to passion, nothing is ever simple…
With the snowstorm kicking into overdrive, Sunny and Wade hunker down in a cave and barely resist the urge to keep each other warm… until they discover the frozen remains of a horrific crime… Unable to trust the local police force, Sunny and Wade investigate, while their irresistible passion for each other gets them more and more dangerously entangled…
Review: Sunny has been living with her family in a tiny settlement in the mountains away from most of civilization. After escorting a couple of friends of of town she finds herself stranded in a snow storm and being rescued by Wade. Sunny doesn’t need rescuing but Wade is not about to leave a woman stranded in the middle of nowhere when his mission is to get her to safety. A series of events develop and Sunny and Wade find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation and more.
Cover Me is a thrilling, engaging read that kept my attention from beginning to end. Catherine Mann did a great job of of bringing together the romance between these two stubborn people while still keeping the reader riveted in the ongoing conflict that was brewing around the main characters.
I liked the fact that the hero and the heroine were both strong minded individuals that knew how to handle themselves in most situations, but that when they got together they truly let go and gave themselves to the attraction between them. I enjoyed the introduction and participation of the secondary characters, especially the other pararescuemen that will star in their own book down the line.
Packed full of action, intrigue and sizzling chemistry, Cover Me is a great first installment in the Elite Force series.
Hot Zone (Elite Force #2)
Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis: HE’LL TAKE ANY MISSION, THE RISKIER THE BETTER…
The haunted eyes of pararescueman Hugh Franco should have been her first clue that deep pain roiled beneath the surface. But if Amelia couldn’t see the damage, how could she be expected to know he’d break her heart?
SHE’LL PROVE TO BE HIS BIGGEST RISK YET…
Amelia Bailey’s not the kind of girl who usually needs rescuing…but there are anything but usual circumstances.
USA Today bestselling author Catherine Mann delivers another hero from the Air Force’s celebrated Pararescue Jumpers-“The PJs”- an ultra-elite force who put themselves at extreme risk in the most dangerous emergencies so that others may live. A sizzling thrill-rise of action and attraction, Hot Zone will leave your pulse pounding.
Review: Hugh Franco lives for his missions – the more dangerous the better. He finds himself in the Bahamas in a mission to help rescue victims after a devastating earthquake left the island in disarray. There he meets Amelia, a young woman who fights to keep her nephew and herself alive after being buried under a pile of debris. He can’t seem to step away from the woman, even when staying with her is a threat to his safety. It is while being stuck underground that Hugh and Amelia develop a common bond that they can’t shake off even after being rescued and going their separate ways.
I enjoyed the story as a whole, but I especially liked the complexity of the characters and the way their connection developed. Catherine Mann managed to capture perfectly the chaos of the town after the earthquake and the conflict within the main characters. I felt like I was a participant in the story, where I could smell the burning building and hear the cries of the people.
I appreciated the way that the author first brought Hugh and Amelia together. To me it felt believable that they would get together sexually, even amongst the mess they were in. It added to my understanding of their feelings during and after the tragedy. This in turn helped me cheer them on when they found themselves questioning their feelings for each other and the viability of a future together.
The concept behind this story and the conflict that was brought to the page was executed well and it added to my overall enjoyment of the story. With a dash of angst, plenty of lust-filled moments and a controversial storyline, Hot Zone is a great addition to the Elite Force series. Although this is the second book in the series, it can also be read as a stand alone book.
Under Fire (Elite Force #3)
Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: A decorated hero, pararescueman Liam McCabe lives to serve. Six months ago, he and Rachel Flores met in the horrific aftermath of an earthquake in the Bahamas. They were tempted by an explosive attraction, yet parted ways. Still, Liam has thought about Rachel every day—and night—since.
Now, after ignoring all his phone calls for six months, Rachel has turned up on base with a wild story about a high-ranking military traitor. She claims no one but Liam can help her—and she won’t trust anyone else.
With nothing but her word and the testimony of a discharged military cop to go on, Liam would be insane to risk his career—even his life—to help this woman who left him in the dust.
Review: Liam is thinking about giving up his missions because he feels like his body is not up to the grueling treatment it gets with training and on the job. But what bothers him the most is the fact that he can’t stop thinking about Rachel Flores, a woman he met while on a mission in the Bahamas. Although he has been married and divorced three times and admits that he falls in love easily, this time around he is certain that what he is feeling for Rachel is the real deal. Just as he determines that he needs to stop thinking about Rachel, she shows up asking for his help.
I loved, loved, loved this story. Catherine Mann perfectly combined the suspense and the romance, bringing to the page a riveting mystery starring two strong minded individuals whose sexual chemistry added another level of excitement to the story. I enjoyed how Liam questioned his feelings towards Rachel and kept trying to not make the same mistakes he made in his previous relationships. However, it was Rachel’s journey in opening to Liam and accepting what was developing between her and Liam that I enjoyed the most. It was a treat to see how she went from a woman reluctant to try her hand at another relationship and see her embrace not only her attraction to Liam but the feelings she was developing for him.
Needless to say that Liam and Rachel’s chemistry was off the charts HOT! When these two were in the same room together you could feel the sexual tension between them and the strain it was having on both of them – physically and emotionally. Their first kiss alone (in this book) was everything I was expecting and then some!
With strong main characters, meaningful and revealing dialogue, an exciting plot and sweet side story, Under Fire is an awesome addition to the Elite Force series.