The most elite military pilots in the world are about to engage in some friendly competition. Only this year, someone is changing all the rules...
RAF pilot Dexter Stone has been through his fair share of sticky situations. After living through a crash in enemy territory where no one expected him to walk away, the Red Flag training exercises should be a piece of cakeassuming he can keep his mind on the mission and not on the smart mouth of his gorgeous American competition.
As one of the few women in a sky full of hotshot flyboys, Maj. Eleanor Daniels has worked day and night to earn a coveted spot at Red Flag. And she's not about to let some cocky British bad boy distract her from winning. But when the games take a deadly turn, he may be her only hope for survival.
"What happens when you mix aerial combat training, dogfights, sexy pilots, conspiracies and cover ups and add a big dollop of romance? You have a story that just can't lose." Heroes & Heartbreakers on Aces Wild
"A wild ride of espionage, sabotage, and finding love in extraordinary circumstances." Fresh Fiction on Aces Wild
"Curtis's fast-paced novel avoids the annoying trope of the female soldier having to prove herself to the male soldier. Eleanor and Dex are thrown together right away and work as a team from the beginning. And with a vibrant cast of fellow pilots and soldiers, Aces Wild is an exhilarating start to the Elite Ops series." BookPage on Aces Wild
About the Author
Emmy Curtis is an editor and a romance writer. An ex-pat Brit, she quells her homesickness with Cadbury Flakes and Fray Bentos pies. She's lived in London, Paris and New York, and has settled for the time being, in North Carolina. When not writing, Emmy loves to travel with her military husband and take long walks with their Lab. All things considered, her life is chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny. And if you get that reference...well, she already considers you kin.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
aces wild kicks off the elite ops series in thrilling style. the world's most elite military pilots are all in the nevada desert for a friendly, competition-style training mission. raf pilot dexter stone is just getting back into the swing of things after a horrific crash. he has to prove he is ready to fly into danger if he's going to reclaim his former role on his squad. when he meets a mysterious and sexy stranger on the bus to the military base the red flag exercises are run out of, he realizes he may need to work on his game because he manages to be cocky and awkward and unintentionally amusing, which is kind of the opposite of what he was going for. maj. eleanor daniels has plenty to prove at red flag, she's sick of living in her father's shadow and having to work twice as hard as her male peers. she knows that she has the skills to act as squad leader if given the chance. so the last thing she is looking for is a romantic connection, even with a sexy british pilot. they're on opposite sides for this training exercise and she doesn't need a cocky pilot distracting her. but things get complicated quickly. for the first time, the private sector is involved in the training exercise and shady dealings seem to be happening on every corner. when eleanor overhears something she shouldn't have in her father's office she's suddenly targeted by goons that appear to be out to kill her. while on a mission, her plane and dex's are sabotaged, and they are left out in the desert without water or supplies and must use all their training in order to keep going. even as dexter and eleanor's story comes to a close, there is so much going on at the base that you know there is more romance and suspense ahead in this series. i really enjoyed the chemistry between the leads and the mystery of what is happening on the base totally worked for me. **aces wild published on april 30, 2017. i received a digital copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever yours) in exchange for my honest review.
Major Eleanor Daniels is trying to make her mark in a very male dominated world, and so far she's on the right path, even earning the title of being one of the best pilots in her field, but of course she still has a lot to prove. So when she is offered the opportunity to join the elite Red Flag company she jumps at the chance to prove herself amongst some of the worlds best, even if everyone around her has their doubts about her skills. She isn't there to make friends, but shortly after meeting hunky fellow pilot Dexter Stone, she can't but be intrigued with him, and maybe even a little attracted to him to, he pushes her buttons, and makes her feel things she hasn't in a long while. But she can't be falling for a fellow pilot right now, she has a dream to conquer and distractions just aren't welcomed right now, so she tries to keep things with him under wraps. But then she hears something that wasn't meant for her ears, and soon danger ensues, and the only person she can turn to is the man she has been trying to avoid... now her and Ace are thrown into the path of danger and she is hoping he can keep them safe! This was my first experience with this author's work and I have to say I was impressed with what I found, she created a intriguing story that kept me captivated from start to finish! The story line was packed with action, humor, mystery, and even a little toe curling romance too! It was fun to read a story where the heroine was on a level playing field with the hero and could totally handle everything that he dished out, and give it just as good in return. I enjoyed meeting these two and look forward to future visits to the series, highly recommend this one! Definitely a can't miss read!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
I really, really enjoyed this book, until the end. The romance plot was finished well, but the suspense plot, not so much. U.S. Air Force Major Eleanor Daniels is a top pilot. She's at the Red Flag training exercises in Las Vegas to prove her worth, to her team, and the Air Force in general. She's sick to death of fellow airmen who think, and even imply aloud, that she's only where she is because her dad is a 3-star General. If only they knew that she has practically no relationship with her father, and he's had nothing to do with her career. Even so, it seems they're inextricably linked, and it makes her mad. Then, her father shows up at the Red Flag training, and she's even more steamed, and more determined to prove herself. She doesn't need any distractions. RAF flyboy Dexter Stone crashed his plane a year ago, and managed to walk away basically unscathed. The Red Flag training is his way to prove he's still got it, and can continue his work as a top notch pilot for the British military. He is focused on his objective, and he's not going to let anything stand in his way. Famous last words... Dex and Eleanor's chemistry was great, and their banter was spot on and so entertaining. I loved their fun interactions. I loved even more when their chemistry started to lead somewhere, amidst the crazy suspense plot that was also taking place. The pacing of the suspense plot was quick, and exciting, and the romance matched perfectly with it. I really liked both Dex and Eleanor, and I liked them even better together. They faced a ton of outside conflict during the time when most main characters in books are in the getting-to-know-you phase. That made everything feel more urgent, and important, and I liked that. I was very disappointed, however, with resolution of the suspense part of the plot. I can't say much without spoiling, so I won't. It appears there are 2 more books in the series scheduled, but there is no info available, so I have no idea if the same suspense plot will continue in the later books, or not. I understand they are in the military and can't always ask questions or access information regarding an investigation like a civilian, but it just felt so unfinished to me, and that non-resolution led me to knock my rating from 4-stars, to 3-stars. There were some very interesting side characters whose stories also got left unfinished, and I can only hope that the next books are about them. I can't imagine them being about anyone else. I AM curious to find out, though. I guess that means the author's job was done well, regardless of how it made me feel.
Aces Wild was a wild, fast-paced adrenaline ride with an original plot that had lots of action, realistic military life, wit and banter, and romance that had me sighing and smiling with the lighting strike speed they jumped into the opportunity and possibility of something special. It came clear through the story that the author truly knows the military life inside out. It was easy to enjoy that aspect of the story, as it was so real, fresh, and authentic, flowing of the pages so seamlessly. I loved the connection, the alliance, and the teamwork the pilots had in between them across the nationalaties. Dexter Stone was charming, fun, sexy, and tough. He won me over immediately with his vulnerability and braveness, his kindness and protectiveness. He wasn't perfect, yet there was much to admire and swoon over. Eleanor Daniels was prickly and defensive of her place in the military because of the constant shadow her father laid over her career and success. She had sass, attitude and even arrogance at times. She was looking for a release, fun time and end of the dry spell, and Dexter allured her mind and body. The attraction between them was palpable, the connection they had was real, and they seemed to understand each other in a unique way, the pressures and stress of their jobs at hand and careers in general. The fun word games and outrageous, humorous declarations of emotions and marriage proposals turn into a bit more meaningful conversation when the danger they are in turns deadly. I loved these two together, the adoration and attraction between them was so natural, passionate, yet sweet and caring as well. They charmed me completely, and I love how the lighting strike attraction they had was given time to deepen through the story. It is a romance novel, so I don't think to say that the ending was just perfect for them is giving any spoilers out. The suspense got really toe-curling intense towards the climax. I wish that side of the story would have been little more in-depth, what, who, why, and how where questions still in my mind after the end. It wasn't a cliffhanger ending, but very open ended with the criminal side of the tale. There are more books to come in the series, and I really hope more light will be shined into the events at the Red Flag training or the following investigation and why it was swept under the rug. What really happen behind the closed doors, and where were all the clues given leading into?! Yes, the story got me hooked and I'm looking forward to finding out what will happen in the books to come. ~ Four Spoons