Deadly Descent [NOOK Book]

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 ...

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Deadly Descent

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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 himÂ….

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426892202
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 9/5/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 44,307
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Kaylea Cross is an award-winning author of military romantic suspense. Her books have won the Heart of Excellence Award, Laurel Wreath Award, and have twice been shortlisted in the EPIC Awards. A Registered Massage Therapist, Kaylea is an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, special ops aficionado, belly dancer and former nationally carded softball pitcher. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and two little men.

Her books always feature alpha military heroes, and showcase the incredible capabilities of our men and women in uniform. She loves researching so much that despite her fear of flying, she even braved a few helicopter rides so she could interview the pilots and experience flying in a helo firsthand. To get through it, the whole time she secretly imagined she was a spec ops soldier heading into enemy territory.

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Captain Devon "Spike" Crawford's hands sweated inside her flight gloves as she awaited the tower's response to her request for clearance. Through her night vision goggles she watched the relentless wall of fog outside the cockpit thicken. It crept over the ground like a shroud, swallowing everything in its path.

Her pulse drummed in her ears. Visibility was bad here, but even worse where they were going.

The answer she'd been waiting for finally came over the radio. "Angel one-niner cleared for takeoff."

She let out a slow breath. "Roger that."

Her co-pilot, Will, glanced at her but she ignored the questioning look. Heavy fog made the flight dangerous, but American soldiers were dying in that remote mountain village. They were counting on her to evacuate them to a hospital.

Willing her pounding heart to slow down, she raised the collective until the wheels were clear, checked her center of gravity and pushed forward on the cyclic. The Black Hawk lifted off the tarmac and cruised forward, gaining altitude. The pitch of the engines changed, rising with the power increase. The bird climbed steadily into the night air, strong and smooth. Above the occasional traffic on the radio, her three crew members remained deathly silent.

Their unspoken tension weighed on her with each passing kilometer. As pilot commander, she was responsible for the safety of her aircraft and crew. Their lives were literally in her hands.

But so were the lives of the wounded out at the distant LZ, waiting and praying for medevac extraction. She owed them her best shot, no matter how bad the visibility was.

The steady hum of the engines filled the cabin as they left the relative safety of Bagram behind and banked southeast toward the darkened mountains. Their snow-capped peaks were obscured by the ever encroaching fog. It made navigation next to impossible and increased the chance of clipping a rotor blade when they cruised through the narrow mountain passes. By the time she hit the first waypoint, near zero visibility made any further attempt practically suicidal.

Her damp hands tightened around the controls as she put the bird into a hover. "I can't see shit out there." She clenched her jaw, battling the gnawing fear and guilt. "Will?"

He glanced over at her for a moment, and then shook his head. "This is crazy. Call it, Dev."

Dammit. Her gaze strayed to the south. Out there somewhere beyond the crippling low cloud cover, men were dying. It tore her up that she wasn't going to get them out, but she had no choice.

She spoke over the intercom to the crew chief and medic. "That's it guys, I'm calling it off. We're outta here." Was it her imagination, or did a collective sigh of relief follow her words? She dialed in the frequency for the ops center. "This is Angel one-niner. Visibility is compromised. We're returning to base." Sorry, she added silently to the men she was about to abandon. But she couldn't risk her crew and the bird by going any further.

"Copy that, Angel one-niner."

With a heavy heart, Devon turned the Black Hawk back. The fog continued to roll in on the return trip, and when she finally touched down at Bagram her hands and armpits were soaked with cold sweat. She reached overhead to shut off the power and removed her helmet. Damn, she was glad just to be on the ground without incident after flying through that.

A hand settled on her shoulder, and she looked over to meet Will's knowing stare.

"Hey. We gave it our best."

Yeah, but tell that to the wounded men in the village. She rubbed her gritty eyes.

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  • Posted July 31, 2013

    WOW!!! Absolutely loved it. I'm a huge fan of the genre (milita

    WOW!!!
    Absolutely loved it. I'm a huge fan of the genre (military romantic suspense) and this book has it all. Easily gave it 5 stars without hesitation; a KEEPER....I'll reread this one! Can't wait to delve into the rest of Cross's books.
    Highly recommended.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

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    Super Emotional Read...

    My Review:
    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!

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

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    Is my love for you worth breaking every rule?

    Captain Devon "Spike" Crawford is Blackhawk pilot counted on to do her job and make the right call at the right time. She is steady under pressure and can handle decisions with a clear train of thought. However, when someone she cared about was not recovered on her watch the guilt she bore was weighing her down. What Devon also understood was the very clear, concise rules of non-engagement with those ranked below you.

    Time and hard word back in Afghanistan have Devon trying to concentrate on work and not US Air Force Technical Sergeant Cam Munro, her late boyfriend's best friend. Cam is a Paraescueman who performs an elite function on the battlefront and truly is a woman's dream walking around on two legs. Cam wants in her life, every inch of her personal space, and he has expressed sincere feelings for her. Devon, the woman under control, comes completely unhinged when he is around and wonders is it the rule of not fraternizing with rank and file or a fear of commitment. Devon has as much trouble being with him as she is scared of losing his love. They are both in high stress combat positions and Devon does not think she can go through the loss again but being with him in the same room and not putting her hands on him is more control than she can muster.

    While Devon and Cam fight the warlords, rebels, and suicide bombers in Afghanistan day in and day out but knowing that they are together at the same airfield causes as many sleepless nights as it does dream filled days. No one could imagine the horror of one man's vengeance against the military that would rock both Devon and Cam to the core and shake up everything they thought they knew about each other and how to function under pressure. It was their destiny to fight their way home, ignore the rules, and not let what people think shape the way they lived any more.

    I have been a fan of Kaylea Cross since the first book I read of hers. She is able to take technical, detailed military information and scenarios and write them so that you know the characters, where they are, and what they are doing. That is a gift in a writer because while the military is an efficient machine it is also a complicated one and not readily understood, especially in a book. This story shares the grief of loss as well as the love in recovery, and how we all face down our demons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Above the Rest

    Hands down the best book I've ever read. It was shocking how much I loved it. The war is more realistic than most romantic suspenses out there... the emotion just grabbed me. I cried for their love for each other and the obsticles war threw at it. I think its a shame how little known Kaylea Cross is. If it weren't for goodreads I'd never have discovered her. Spread the word!

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  • Posted June 9, 2012

    Love Kaylea's books! As with all of Kaylea Cross’s romant

    Love Kaylea's books!

    As with all of Kaylea Cross’s romantic suspense books, this one is filled with that edge of your seat suspense that keeps you from putting the book down until you get to the end. This story introduces us to Devon and Cameron who have to go through so many things before they can be together. Just when you think it is their moment, something else comes up. I really enjoy Kaylea’s writing. She writes characters that are very smart, witty, a little damaged, and so loveable that you want to root for them. She also writes stories that seem so real when you read them that you sometimes forget you are reading fiction because of the emotions that you feel. You also realize how much you do NOT want to be in the hero and heroine’s place at times during the story.

    Devon and Cameron meet through a mutual friend who Devon dated. They had such an attraction to each other, but they did not act on it due to their loyalty to their friend at the time. Now that the situation is different they find that they want to explore those feelings with each other, however their different ranks make it impossible to do this. Devon starts to realize that life is short and why not go after what her heart wants? Throughout the story Devon and Cameron try to find a way that they can be together but one thing after another prevents that. I love watching how this story unfolds and how they never give up and follow their hearts the entire time! I thought the ending to this book was perfect.

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