Tactical Strike by Kaylea Cross
Bagram Special Ops #2
Captain Candace Bradford has worked hard to reach her rank in the military and she refuses to let anything mess with the reputation she’s created for herself. She might be unexpectedly attracted to Staff Sergeant Ryan Wentworth but she knows that a relationship with him could ruin everything. But Ryan is relentless when he wants something and he’s determined to convince Candace to take a chance on him.
When it comes to action, Tactical Strike is a great read and I didn’t want to put it down as the suspense ratcheted up. With the enemy on their heels, Ryan and his Special Forces team have to travel through the Afghan mountains while also keeping Candace and her gunship crew safe. I also really enjoyed Candace who I respect immensely for all the work she’s put into reaching the rank of Captain. In a male dominated field, Candace knows she has to prove herself even harder than a man and it’s why she does so much to push Ryan away in the first part of the book.
However, I felt like Ryan never really respected Candace’s reasons for avoiding a relationship. Ryan continually tries to flirt with Candace and convince her that her worries are unfounded. This did not endear me to Ryan at all and I kind of wish that Candace had stuck to her convictions a bit better. I was also a little uncomfortable with how reluctant Candace seemed to be about their first time having sex. She’s incredibly conflicted over her feelings of desire for Ryan and her worry about ruining her reputation. While I had some complaints about how Ryan handled things with Candace, I can’t deny how dedicated he was to protecting her. Ryan goes all in and is willing to sacrifice his own life to save Candace and that truly does make him a hero in that respect.
The relationship wasn’t my favorite in Tactical Strike but as usual the writing is top notch and I’m really enjoying Kaylea Cross’s books.
3 out of 5 stars
Gunship pilot Captain Candace Bradford has worked long and hard to earn her rank and position within the male-dominated world of Air Force Special Operations. She’s not about to let anything or anyone jeopardize that, let alone one sinfully tempting man who seems determined to cause her nothing but trouble. Even if she’s starting to fall for him.
As an elite Combat Controller, Staff Sergeant Ryan Wentworth is used to overcoming adversity in order to complete a mission. Breaking through Candace’s prickly exterior and into her heart is a challenge he can’t let go. But just when he’s begun to gain her trust, they’re thrown together in the field facing an overwhelming enemy force.
Candace and Ryan find themselves on the run, searching the skies for an emergency extraction. But one dangerous enemy has an agenda in mind and he’ll use whatever means necessary to achieve it, including using American forces to do his dirty work.
Published by Carina Press on March 14, 2016
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