Into the Blue

Into the Blue

by Chanel Cleeton

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From the author of Fly with Me comes the second romance in the Wild Aces 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101986981
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2016
Series: A Wild Aces Romance Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 472,367
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Chanel Cleeton is the author of Next Year in Havana, the Wild Aces series, and the Capital Confessions series. She received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master's degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.

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Into the Blue 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
Having adored, Fly With Me, the first in Chanel Cleeton’s Wild Aces series, I couldn’t wait to acquaint myself with Eric “Thor” Jansen. " was the force of Eric. Six-feet-two-inches of Eric.” Following the tragedy that unfolded in the first book, Eric finds himself taking time away from base, returning home to South Carolina determined to lay old ghosts to rest. Ten years previously he left, determined to become a successful fighter pilot, but in his wake he left a devastated and broken-hearted fiancée. “I hurt you and I hurt myself, and if I could undo all of the wreckage I caused, I would.” This time around readers are treated to second chance story of love, regret and rediscovery between Eric and now-attorney, Becca Madison. He wears his heart on his sleeve and sets out to break through her defences to prove to her that whilst he left Bradbury a boy, he has very much returned a man and his feelings for her haven’t diminished over the years. ”What we had—what we have—you and I both know it isn’t a given. I’ve never found it with anyone else, never felt the way I do about you. And I think you feel the same way.” It’s not plain sailing by any stretch and I did spend a fair proportion of Into the Blue questioning just how Becca and Eric could find their HEA because her career is important to her and not particularly conducive to air force life, however there is absolutely no doubt that they are meant to be together. Chanel Cleeton has once again created a couple to absolutely adore, who are completely relatable and pull all the emotion from you and, whilst the first book had the edge for me, Into the Blue is still a strong addition to a wonderful series which I highly recommend.
AshleyMillard More than 1 year ago
It’s been a few months since I’ve had an all-consuming reading experience, but Chanel Cleeton’s Into the Blue has ended my fangirling dry spell. If you’re a fan of contemporary second chance romances, you will want to move this book to the top of your TBR! The second novel in the Wild Aces series, it can be read as a standalone; but I would recommend reading the first installment, Fly with Me, before diving into this one as you’ll have a deeper understanding of Eric’s backstory. Into the Blue is made up of everything that I love in second chance romances. Becca and Eric are such relatable characters that I became almost immediately invested in their pursuit of a happily ever after. They carry the weight of ten years of unresolved emotional baggage and Cleeton did a skillful job of infusing their reunion with heartfelt angst. Each feeling exchanged between this couple was palpable and I FELT every single one. For as much as this was a second chance romance, it was also a second chance at self-discovery for Becca and Eric. This exploration of what it means to want something when in your early twenties and then having to reconcile that continued want after ten years of growth brought added layers of depth to an already strong story. Simply put, I fell in love with Into the Blue – the characters, the writing, the fact that the hero fought, truly, honestly, and steadfastly fought, to win back the love of his life. There are very few books where I highlight entire chapters, but the book’s climax was so emotionally impactful that I will without a doubt be going back for re-reads of this chapter again in the future. Cleeton has deservedly earned a spot on my automatic one-click author list and I can’t wait for the next book in this series because it’s shaping up to be one hell of a hard-won HEA!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not like the heroine. She wanted him to give up everything to prove his love and she wasn't willing to sacrifice anything. It would have been a better book if he leave her behind and found someone who was actually nice and not selfish.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was so incredibly good. Loved the playfulness, the tension, the emotion, and the amazing chemistry the characters had. I love this series! Eric and Becca were so wonderful. These very real people in this really hard situation. I was pulled into what they were going through and the conflict that they were battling. I thought it made for a fantastic story. I loved Eric and the fact that he was such a straight shooter, open and honest and he didn't play games. He just laid his heart out there even though he was dealing with so many things and feeling guilty about past choices. I totally got Becca and understood that pain and anger she was hanging on to. I loved learning their histories and watch her walls come down. They were so sweet together and I thought them reconnecting was fun, playful, challenging, and a bit angsty. I loved the conflict that Becca and Eric were going through. It felt like such a real thing. I loved the emotion that came from it all. It was an excellent story and I loved the writing. I am so thankful that I found this author because she writes a wonderful story that is captivating. It had a fantastic build, a great flow, and just pulled me in making me apart of the characters world. Loved seeing the guys from the Wild Aces and the updates on everyone. I am super excited for Easy’s story. There was a lot of hints laid out for his book really hooking me. And I swear this was one of the best happy endings I have ever read. I might have clapped. It was just so fantastic. Loved it all!
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
This review was written by Marie for a guest review post on Ever After Book Reviews blog: 3 Stars Meh. I hate it when I have to review a book that I didn’t particularly love. Into the Blue is that book for me. It was entirely too Top Gun-esque and extremely cliché. At first, I enjoyed the pace of the story and the characters. The author had a lot to work with and began the book really well. But somewhere along the way, I lost interest and just couldn’t get in to the so-so chemistry that “Thor” and Becca had. In all fairness to the author, she can write some pretty awesome scenes. There are a few moments in Into the Blue that tried to bring me back, but ultimately, my lack of interest in the characters won out. I enjoyed the first book of this series, and I’m hoping that this one is just a hiccup in what started out to be a very promising series. ***I read and reviewed a paperback copy of the book gifted to the blog, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Into the Blue is the second book in Chanel Cleeton’s Wild Aces series, but it is truly standalone read. In Fly with Me, the Wild Aces Squadron suffered a loss. Into the Blue finds all the guys and their significant others dealing with the fall out and trying to move forward. However, two months after the accident, Eric “Thor” Jansen is finding it hard to do the job he once loved. When a chance encounter with Becca Madison has him questioning his choices, he returns to his hometown to regroup. The same hometown he ran away from ten years ago. The same hometown he hasn’t been back to because he didn’t want to deal with the ghosts of the past and the girl he once wanted to promise his life to. Into the Blue is a second chance love story of two people who never got over each other. In the ten years since they last saw each other, Eric and Becca are still carrying the emotional scars and baggage of the past. In some ways, they have each grown as people, but in some ways they haven’t. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the love they felt for each other. The story is told in dual first person point of views. You’re able to sit on the characters’ shoulders and get a front row seat to their thoughts as they come to terms with their changing feelings. Into the Blue deals with PTSD and learning to overcome it. You get to watch Eric and Becca change their viewpoints and thoughts on what they want out of life. What they’re able to gain and change for love. I found Into the Blue to be a really good story. It wasn’t heart-wrenching like Fly with Me. It didn’t pull me in emotionally, but it was a solid second chance love story. I loved watching Eric and Becca not lose themselves to love, but be open to change for the love they wanted. **Received a copy of the book from Berkley and voluntarily reviewed.**
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Into the Blue is a wonderful second chance novel. Over ten years ago Eric walked out on Becca via a letter before they were to get married saying he couldn’t do it. He was looking to start a carrier in the Air Force as a fighter pilot and he wasn’t willing to settle down in North Carolina. Becca’s been harboring some serious hate toward Eric for bailing on their relationship. So, imagine her shock when years later, she spots him in her local grocery store like he belongs there. Needless to say, their relationship is not an easy one. Both have careers that are on opposite sides of the country, and both have a lot of issues to overcome before they can make anything work between them. I have to admit that Thor wasn’t even on my radar in the last book. I mean, we see him and he’s part of the small group of guys, but I don’t know, I just wasn’t invested in him. So, I wasn’t overly sure how I’d take to his story. However, I really enjoyed it. He’s having a rough time with some of the events that happened in the previous book and he decided a little R&R in his hometown is needed in order to get his head on straight. It may also have a little something to do with seeing Becca again and trying to set the wrongs he made. As he’s home he tries to make things better between them. Eric was definitely a good guy who just really loved what he did. He was a pilot through and through and even though he loved Becca, he couldn’t fully turn his back on flying. I loved that he wasn’t a character that would change their life around just because he fell in love. He doesn’t drop out of the military and become a house-husband. Instead he starts trying to plan ahead and find a way to where she can continue practicing law in her hometown where she has an amazing job, while not having to give up flying a F-16. I really liked the way the author wrote his character. Speaking of the author. I love that she has such an in depth knowledge of military life. I have a huge pet-peeve with military books and I rarely ever read them because the authors don’t seem to know what they are talking about. They make the guys too aggressive and throw our military acronyms left and right… and that’s just not how it is. I would know, I’ve been a military wife for almost twelve years. So, I LOVE that she hits the nail on the head with what it’s like to not only be in the military but also what it’s like to be the spouse or significant other to someone in the military. I love that she talks about how as Eric gains rank in the Air Force, it becomes less hands-on and fun and more political, with a lot of networking. That’s something that I’ve seen my husband going through over the last few years. He used to be a worker-bee and is now flying all over to events to network. I, personally, never knew that this was an aspect to the military life and thought it was just the day-to-day job on base. So, the fact that she included this little tidbit in the story was awesome. She really captured what it’s like in the military and I didn’t feel like I was reading a fictional story about someone playing a role in the military, I felt like these people ARE real. Heck, I’m surprised in the author’s bio it doesn’t say she’s a military wife. I mean, she just writes it SO WELL. Okay, back to the story. If you can’t tell, I really enjoyed it. I loved that not only did she get the military part down, but we also got some time with Eric in the cockpit while he flew. We got to see what he experienced and h
PA-DePaul More than 1 year ago
I dub Chanel Cleeton "Queen of the feels!" Once again she delivers an amazing story about two people who seem like they have no way to be together but ultimately find a way to work it out. One of main things I love about Ms. Cleeton is her ability to present both sides of the story in such a way that you can *feel* how the struggle is real and how it seems impossible for the hero and heroine to find a compromise. It's a gift I'm glad she shares.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
INTO THE BLUE is the second installment in Chanel Cleeton’s contemporary, adult WILD ACES military, erotic romance series focusing a group of U.S. Air Force fighter pilots known as the Wild Aces. This is fighter pilot Eric ‘Thor’ Jansen, and attorney Becca Madison’s second chance story line. INTO THE BLUE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous installment is revealed where necessary. Told from dual first person points of view (Becca and Eric) INTO THE BLUE looks at the rekindling romance between attorney Becca Madison, and fighter pilot Eric Jansen. Ten years earlier Eric walked out of Becca’s life when his decision to join the Air Force interfered in Becca’s plans to go to law school. A broken engagement, and their plans for the future shattered until Eric’s return home to South Carolina ten years later, following a devastating loss that affected everyone on his team. Coming home meant coming back to Becca, and the possibility of starting over with the woman he has always loved. Eric and Becca had been high school sweethearts with a promise for the future but different goals, different directions in life, and Eric’s need to find himself found our couple at opposite ends. When neither one was willing to compromise, the ‘it-couple’ from South Carolina were no longer an item, but their love always simmered in the back of their minds. A rekindling romance, and the potential for change allows for the possibility of something more. The $ex scenes are intimate, provocative and intense. The secondary and supporting characters include all of Eric’s fellow fighter pilots including Jordan and Noah (book one). Noah is currently stationed in Korea but Jordan’s return home comes with exciting news. Alex ‘Easy’ Rogers returns pining for a woman who lost her heart to another man- a man who will be not be coming home. Easy’s story will be told next in ON BROKEN WINGS. The world building continues to focus on the fighter pilots: their assignments; their missions; their family and their lives. There is always the possibility that not everyone will return, and in this the couples struggle with the potential of broken hearts and broken lives. INTO THE BLUE is an emotional story line. The reader is pulled into the heartbreaking aftermath of one man’s decision to walk away from the woman he loves. The premise is passionate and compelling; the characters are fascinating and real; the romance is a second chance at forever. INTO THE BLUE is not as intense as FLY WITH ME but you can’t go wrong with a sexy fighter pilot who goes for what he wants.
christokes More than 1 year ago
It is no secret that I love Chanel Cleeton’s books. Her stories are fun and flirty with an emotional edge to hook you in deep. Into the Blue is a brilliant second installment in the Wild Aces series and by far my favorite. I am a sucker for a second chance romance story and this one is steeped in passion, heartache, and hope. Eric and Becca are brilliant. These two are so obviously made for each other and hard choices have to be made in order for a future to happen. The question in my mind while reading this book was never if these two characters were meant to be together. Instead I wondered how it would all work out. They are both so passionate about what they do that having one give up their dream in favor of the relationship seemed unfair. So often in romance stories someone, usually the female lead, gives up part of who she is to be with the man of her dreams. I am not saying this is necessarily a bad thing but sometimes it seems wrong. So naturally I was curious about what would come about. Well, there was no need to fear because Chanel made the relationship solid and the choices understood. The history and chemistry between Eric and Becca are perfect. Their passion is hot and their friendship is sweet. I loved their comradery and easy way with each other despite the looming confusion and heartache. One of my favorite things about this series so far is that there may be a main storyline happening but the other characters we have met in the Wild Aces series and those we will meet are all so intertwined in the story. The Wild Aces squad is a family and naturally their lives would be interconnected in brotherhood and friendship. Seeing those qualities play out and the important roles they play in each other’s lives adds something refreshing and foundational to the series. Chanel is building something bigger than the moment and I love getting to see it all start and grow. This series keeps getting better and better. I loved seeing glimpses of Jordan and Noah from Fly With Me. I am salivating and anxious for Easy’s story up next. I never want to Wild Aces series to end! Chanel Cleeton is surpassing all my expectations with this romance series and that is surprising considering they were already set so high with her past books. I have loved what I have read and cannot wait for even more.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
After a devastating loss to his team, fighter pilot Eric Jansen is having a hard time dealing with the loss, and maintaining his focus while he is in the cockpit, so he decides a break from work is in order to get himself back on track. He thinks returning home to South Carolina might be just what he needs, but he has his reservations about facing what he left behind when he walked away ten years ago. Leaving his ex-fiance Becca behind was the hardest thing he's ever done, but he knew staying there with her wasn't the right thing for him at the time, he had dreams of accomplishing big things in the military and she wasn't willing to follow along, so he chose to walk away. Running into her a few weeks ago completely knocked his world off it's axis, and the minute their eye's connected everything he once felt for her came rushing back full force and he hasn't been able to stop thinking about her since. He knows letting her go was the biggest mistake of his life, one that he has paid dearly for over the years, but now he's ready to try and make it up to her, and try to find a place in her life again, and maybe back into heart... After a stressful week in the office Becca Madison was looking forward to a night out with the girls, and the minute she arrives at the bar and sees her friends talking to a group of handsome fighter pilots, she thinks her plans to unwind for the night just improved... that is until she comes face to face with her past. The minute they lock eyes, those old feelings hit her like a ton of bricks, and her heart and head are screaming for her to run, so she does, and hopes she is giving him a little taste of his own medicine while she does too! Seeing him again was something she wasn't prepared for, after all he walked away from her ten years ago and has never looked back, so she has spent the last ten years trying to move on and let go of what they had, and she thought she had done that. But seeing him again just proved her thought wrong, all those hurtful feelings are back full force, along with the lingering feelings of love she once had for him, and now she feels like she is back at square one again... and before she can start to tuck them away again, she learns he's back in town, and has agenda that involves her! The second I finished Fly With Me, the first installment in this series, I was desperate to dive right back into the world of the Wild Aces, and get myself better acquainted with another one of Ms. Cleeton's sexy fighter pilots!! There is something about these stories that grabs a hold of you from the very first paragraph, manages to captivate every ounce of your attention, and puts you front and center in these characters lives, as if every bit of it is real, and has you feeling every expressed emotion right along with them. For me, the best stories are the ones that hit you deep, have you literally feeling every written word on the page, and completely take control of every facet of your life while your with them, and this series has done that to me! These characters have struck a cord deep within me, and have taken me on a literary journey I have every intention of never letting go of, and I look forward to getting back to them very soon! Ms. Cleeton has created a true literary gem with this series, and I HIGHLY recommend you make a point to meet these characters, they'll pull you into their world, monopolize your every thought, and have you never wanting to let go!!
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
Another amazing book by this author! I’m so in love with this series, each character has something unique to them that just makes me so happy to be reading their stories. This book is about Thor and Becca, they were together in high school and college but then Thor decides that he wants to go into the military and suddenly things start to get complicated and he breaks up with Becca. Fast forward 10 years and now Becca and Thor are living separate lives, she is a lawyer and he flies with the Wild Aces squadron, but if you read the past book you know that there is a certain event that shakes the lives of these men and Thor is really in need of help and some well deserved rest, so he goes back home to his grandma and to Becca. The story is beautifully written, it has so much love but also so much heartache and I loved that Chanel didn’t just let Becca give up her entire life for Thor, I loved that there were heartfelt conversations between these two, that they were able to connect again and to forgive or at least understand each other a little better. I was lovely to see their relationship as adults and how much those interactions between two people in love change with age. I think I spent the entire book swooning over Thor and how wonderful he was and how he was willing to finally fight for her, their love and their future. I’m really looking forward to the next one in the series, I’m sure is going to be the death of me.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
Chanel Cleeton is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors in contemporary romance. She doesn’t just write books. She writes stories that will captivate your heart and take you on journeys you never expected. Her latest book, Into The Blue is exactly what I want in a second chance romance. You see, when I read a second chance romance, I want all the feels. I want to connect with the characters. I want to feel their loss and their heartbreak. And with Into The Blue, I felt it all. Into The Blue gave me all the feels! I mean all of them. This book is so well written. It will captivate you from the very first page. From the very first page, you will be sucked into Eric and Becca’s story. And I gotta tell you, at that point, you might as well cancel all of your plans for the day, because you are not going to want to do anything else except for read this book. Chanel Cleeton has written this story and these characters in such a way that they don’t feel like characters in a book. They feel real. They feel like they are your friends and that you KNOW them. Their emotions are so strong and will feel so real, it will be as if they are your own. Eric and Becca’s story is a beautiful one of second chances. From the moment you meet these two, you can feel just how strong their feelings are for one another. That despite all the pain and time that has passed, there is still a spark there. You can’t help but root for these two and hope that they are able to find a way past all the hurt and try again. Eric…he messed up. He knows he did, but at the time, he thought he was making the right choice. He regretted his decision instantly and let his fear rule his life. However, once he saw the error of his ways, he stopped at nothing to win Becca back. Yes, he hurt her. Yes, he broke her heart, but this man worked so hard to win her back and regain her trust. And Becca….I connected with her instantly. We’ve all been hurt in this game of love, so I knew and understood where she was coming from. I thought her reactions were justified and even though she made him work for forgiveness, it was done in the right way. Again, just seeing these two together had me praying they could find a way to move past their pasts. Into The Blue is an amazing addition to The Wild Aces Series. It is a story of young love and the mistakes you make when you think you’re doing the right thing. It is a story about heartbreak and the struggle to move on. It is a story of hope and second chances. It is a story of forgiveness and fighting for what you want. It is a story about love and never giving up on that love, no matter how much time has gone by. Into The Blue was just amazing from start to finish. It was beautiful, touching and at times heartbreaking. I am a big fan of this series and can not wait to see whose story is up next in The Wild Aces Series.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Into the Blue is the second book in Chanel Cleeton’s Wild Aces series. Think ‘Top Gun’ but with a bit of a modern twist. Eric, call sign Thor, is finding things tough after the death of a colleague. It’s making him question his decisions, in and out of the air. When he runs into his ex-fiancee Becca at a teammate's bachelor party he’s struck with remorse over the way things ended between them. Taking a short leave of absence from his job as an F-16 pilot, he comes back to his home town to sort through the options for his future. But he's also determined to rekindle his friendship, and maybe more, with Becca. Becca nursed herself through a broken heart when Eric left her ten years earlier, picking up the pieces and moving on with her life. She put Eric into the past and carried on with her career plans of becoming a lawyer. Still single, seeing Eric again is a reminder of the hurt he caused her but also the good memories they shared. With Eric’s apology heartfelt, and his time at home limited, Becca must decide whether to throw caution to the winds and let him back in, or guard her heart against the man who could fly away again. Eric comes across as a smart, confident, level headed man – who happens to be dealing with a case of PTSD, even though he doesn’t want to admit it to himself. Still, he can’t deny that things don't feel right and that he’s not comfortable being in the cockpit. On meeting Becca again, he wishes that he'd handled things differently. At the time that he broke things off with Becca he just didn’t see their futures aligning. He took the quick way out, and went on to live his dream. But ten years later, his dream is no longer the same. Becca is a lovely woman who has dealt with issues of abandonment in her life. Her parents died tragically when she was young, and then Eric left her when they were in college. She realizes now in hindsight that she had a hand in pushing Eric away. He wasn’t ready for the commitment level that she wanted, and even though they were engaged, her idea of a perfect home and family life in their small town was her dream, not his. It’s understandable that she is reluctant to get involved with Eric again, even just as friends. But it’s so easy to forget the heartbreak when they are sitting and talking and laughing like they used to. Eric’s apology is sincere, both in deed and in action. He clearly still cares about Becca (and never stopped) and Becca, though she’s aware of the danger, can’t quite bury the part of her heart that Eric owns. The slow and sweet approach Eric makes to get Becca to give him another chance leads to some sensual and very sexy love scenes between them. He really is a genuinely nice guy and it’s impossible for her not to fall for him again. This story is a fine example of what works in a contemporary romance. A setting and plot that is believable, characters that are likable and engaging, modern conveniences that speak to today’s reader and a sexy and exciting romance – Into the Blue is a winner for me.
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
It’s a second-chance romance you don’t want to miss. Eric and Becca had a past – it was pretty amazing until it ended. What was supposed to be something beautiful and supposed to end in happy-ever-after turned out to be messy, painful and heartbreaking that brought the two of them apart. They were pretty young when they fell in love, and yet it was true, it was pure, until life got in a way and pulled them apart. Eric went to the air force and Becca started lawschool. For ten years, their paths haven’t crossed, even if they live in the same small town. But fate is about to push them together – it was time. Eric decided to have a break from work after the accident that happened. He decided to go home and find some time to relax and clear his mind. And perhaps to see the girl, or woman that held his heart for the very long time. The two characters are just easy to love. They are just perfect for each other. Eric is a great guy, he can be an a** sometimes, but he’s caring, thoughtful, and hot. Becca, on the other hand, is a strong, independent woman you’d simply adore. Despite their history together, no doubt the fire is still burning. Trying to get through their past was quite hard, especially for Becca. It was hard watching the two of them struggling to do it. Although the love is still there, but the painful memories would put it on the back seat most of the time. Nevertheless, I was glad when they finally decided to compromise and work things out. The two of them are older and wiser and more mature, they have already reached their goals and finally felt that they are worthy of each other. I had an amazing time reading it – I laughed, I squirmed, I got teary-eyed in some parts. It was a perfect mix of drama, steam and romance. Into the Blue is a fantastic addition to Chanel Cleeton’s series. A perfect story of second-chances, forgiveness, and healing.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
Second-chance-at-love stories are my favorite, and this one did not disappoint! Becca and Eric have a lot to overcome: their history, their careers, the prying eyes of their small town, but I enjoyed watching them work through their feeling and issues like adults. As with the first book in the series, there is plenty of humor, heart, and heat. I am convinced this is what Chanel Cleeton was thinking when she wrote these books... Fly With Me: I will make you laugh until you cry. And you will love it. Into The Blue: I will make you laugh while simultaneously kicking you in the feels. And you will love it. On Broken Wings: And you will love it. But it's cool because Fighter Pilots.
cordee More than 1 year ago
The whole remaining squadron of the Wild Aces is still reeling from the tragic events in book 1. They try to deal with it but Eric, call sign Thor, finds it increasingly hard to focus. An almost accident makes him realize that he needs a time out, away from the job he loves to find solid ground again, to move on. After a chance run-in with his ex fiancée Becca he takes up the opportunity to go home and see where they stand, wanting to salvage the ties he cut loose a decade ago because they wanted different things out of life. His regret hasn't subsided in those ten years but will Becca be able to forgive him? Seeing her ex again after such a long time has left Becca angry and confused. And when he comes to his home town after a decade of absence she does everything she can to shut him out and put up walls against this different yet familiar Eric. He sneaks past Becca's walls though and soon she finds herself entangled with him again. Forgiving is hard, forgetting almost impossible, and nobody wants to be second fiddle to your guy's job. I have no idea how to put all my emotions for this book and the series into words. The heartbreak these two endured separated from the other because of one bad decision, the love that jumps from each page at you, the hope that is tangible, it all lured me in, hook, line and sinker and I just couldn't stop reading. Becca is an endearing heroine with a huge chip on her shoulder. Her strength is what defines her, so it's no surprise that forgiveness doesn't come easy to Becca but she is willing to work through the history that connects her with Eric. And so is he, he shows her with small and big gestures that he thinks the world of her. The way he treats Becca is achingly sweet. Eric is such a swoon-worthy hero. He has it all, the cockiness, the arrogance and the depth to make him doubt himself and his decisions. His remorse for cutting himself loose is in every word he says. With his heart in Becca's hands he is desperate to find a solution out of the mess he created otherwise it would mean ending up where they did those ten years ago. Their soul deep connection makes this story so worth reading. They try so hard to get past their messy history, it's beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. And then there is that lady parts-tingling attraction, the undeniable force that draws them together that makes you gasp and hold your breath. Their deep sexual need for one another is exciting and it almost makes you feel like an intruder. I loved their chemistry. At some point I was wondering how this would play out, with both of them being on completely different paths and not being able to stray from them. I couldn't see either of them give in...but I shouldn't have doubted that the author would get it right. When Becca finally realizes that things have changed from the impossibility of their love to the only way, it is mindblowingly sweet. You realize that these two had to go through the heartbreak to find a common path. They weren't in the same place when separated and only the time apart got them to where they had to be. Chanel Cleeton's writing style is fluid. The dialogues feel natural and you can't help sinking into the story and being swept away with it. I hope after this series finishes Chanel Cleeton will continue writing romance with fighter pilots. I have no idea why not more authors do it, there is so much potential, but I think if this author continues what she's doing she'll strike a rich vein.
beckyb0416 More than 1 year ago
This second book in the Wild Aces series is right up there in the hot category that I found in the first book Fly With Me. Ms Cleeton has once again delivered on the sexy, drop dead gorgeous men who are F-16 Fighter Pilots and the women who love them. Along with the mental eye candy she provides, the author also delivers on clever, whip smart dialogue and lots of witty banter...which I'm finding to be her trademark brand of writing. This is the story of Eric (call sign Thor) and Becca, the woman he was engaged to and left to join the Air Force, and become a fighter pilot, ten years ago. After a chance encounter, and ten years of no communication, Becca is thrown off balance when Eric is suddenly tossed back into her life. Though she tries to ward off his draw, she cannot ignore the heat he nearly scorches her with each time he is near. Ms Cleeton simply has a gift for creating explosive chemistry between her characters...the kind that jumps off the pages and grabs you, holding on tight until way past the end of the book. This is definitely one book that you'll think about long after you have finished reading it. I look forward to the third book in the Wild Aces series, Broken Wings, about Alex (call sign Easy) and Dani. Anyone who has read the first two books in the series will know what a phenomenal story this one will be. This book was provided by Netgalley for my honest review. (less)