Pushing the Limit

Pushing the Limit

by Emmy Curtis


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After their one-night fling at a wedding, archaeologist Henrietta "Harry" Markowitz thought she'd never see war hero Matt Stanning again. So when they're paired up to investigate a military plane crash in Iraq, she's not sure if the three-month reunion is serendipitous or cursed. What she does know is this gorgeous man lights her body on fire-and incredible sex is always a welcome distraction.

Air Force Sergeant Matt Stanning has been called a hero, but he feels nothing like one when he realizes the sexy blonde in his bed is the widow of his fallen brother-in-arms. Even worse, he actually has to work with her, and she's unearthed evidence that points to a military conspiracy. If they dig deeper, they'll put their lives in danger. If they don't, they'll never know the truth-not only about the mysterious plane crash, but about each other.

Alpha Ops Series:
Book 1: Dangerous Territory (novella)
Book 2: Over the Line
Book 3: Pushing the Limit
Book 4: Blowback
Book 5: Compromised
Book 6: Risk of Exposure

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455530953
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Series: Alpha Ops Series , #3
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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.

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Pushing the Limit 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
This was a really good read--I've found a new author to stalk..ahem, read avidly ;) Both Harry and Matt are fantastic characters. I loved that Harry is an archaeologist--such an unusual occupation, especially for a woman. And Matt admitting to himself that he's gotten lucky more than once thanks to the combination of his job and women connecting it with Top Gun? Yeah, he pretty much had me from that moment on. Sadly for him, it didn't work so well with Harry... I'm often very picky about how widows are portrayed in romance, and Ms. Curtis did a great job with Harry. It's always so refreshing to read about a character who has loved and lost and finds love again without needing to vilify the first love. That type of plot drives me crazy, especially when for most of the book it looks like they're not going to go that route. Just the fact that Ms. Curtis didn't do so would have had me looking up the other books in the series to see what else she can do, but add to that the fact that the suspense part of the romantic suspense was so well done, and the romance? Definitely sigh worthy. Sign me up for more! Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series. We first met both Matt and Harry in the first book of the series, where they're making serious lust-eyes at each other at a rehearsal dinner the prior couple were attending. She's an archaeologist haunted by the loss of her military husband about ten years ago and he, unknowingly, was the commander of the fateful mission that killed her husband and in fact is also still haunted by it. This is not revealed until AFTER their initial googly-eye moments and then - yeah. There ends up being a lot of "Oh, I can't go near her because she's his wife..." angst. On the whole, I liked this book a lot. There's continuing intrigue in the Middle East as Harry meets up with the military specialist (Matt) about a metal fragment she found while on a dig. Together they find themselves drawn further in as a fellow archaeologist dies suddenly and the donors behind Harry's (and others') digs presses harder and harder to know what she might have found. I laughed and cried at times in this book. Harry really needed to finish healing from losing her husband and I think Matt was good for her. Matt ... yeah, he's a typical military guy, focused on completing his mission and as Harry becomes PART of that mission, his attempts to avoid getting close to her fail miserably. She's pretty good for him and I loved the two falling in love. There were some nice secondary characters who provided a healthy bit of suspicion as to their real motivations for being on (or near) Harry's dig. I didn't see some of the twists and turns this book and I really like that fact. So, over all, this is a great book and I heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a good military romance set in the Middle East (between two Westerners). 4 solid gargoyles! Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
RachaelBrown More than 1 year ago
Henrietta (Harry) hadn't seen Matt since their fling at a friend's wedding three months ago. When she runs into him in Iraq, she is thrilled to have a second chance to explore their chemistry. What neither of them anticipated was learning that Harry is Matt's best friend's widow. He feels as if he betrayed his best friend and is determined to quickly finish his job in Iraq so that he isn't tempted by Harry. Matt has the difficult job of keeping Harry safe from harm while keeping his heart safe from her. Pushing the Limit is full of suspense and unexpected twists. Even though this is the third book in the series, Pushing the Limit can be read as a standalone. I look forward to catching up on all of the other books in the Alpha Ops series.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***Received the ebook from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for an honest review The cover is very nice, but I sort of wish we could see his eyes :) I have a thing for eyes! This is the 3rd book in the series, and it is for adults only due to the steamy scenes. This is another full length novel. This is Stanning and Harry’s story. You are introduced to them in book 2. While I don’t think it is mandatory to read them in order, I think you will enjoy it that much more if you do. Both Matt and Harry have issues that they need to deal with as well as all the trouble brewing around them. So much going on that you won’t want to put it down. I’m not one for realistic fiction, but Emmy does a fantastic job keeping you gripped into the story and making my memories of the Air Force come back to life. I never had the pleasure to meet anyone from EOD, but all airmen rock whether men or women! I have come to love this series! Emmy makes the adventure and world come alive, and you won’t want to put the story down. I have already went out and bought the next 3 books in the series to read! I highly recommend this series to all the military romance fans out there especially if you hold the Air Force in your heart! I love this series!
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ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
I find that I enjoy the action and mystery in Romantic Suspense more and more. There is more to the story than the romance and that, somehow, makes it more real. The mystery of what's happening has me looking for clues. I enjoy that. I trust no one. And I really enjoy how the danger brings the couple together in ways they never would have without it. This book has all of that and more. I loved the characters. I loved the premise. I loved not knowing what was happening. I loved the story. I did want to smack Harry a few times. She's a little reckless and has her heart encased in protective armor. I get why she is that way, it just frustrated me some. And that is a good thing. Because that means she was real to me. I adored Matt. Functioning military but with nightmares that have not resolved themselves over time. He needs to get his head together and he's resisted that for seven long years. But his heart may be what finally gets him to do that. If you enjoy a good romantic suspense that will keep you guessing about who to trust along with some pretty high heat, then this one needs to go on your list.
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