Review: Tactical Strike by Kaylea Cross

Tactical StrikeBook info:

Title: Tactical Strike (Bagram Special Ops Series, #2)
Author: Kaylea Cross
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: March 11, 2013
Rating: 5 stars

Official Summary:

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.

My Thoughts:

If you like military romantic suspense you must read Kaylea’s books. Just by reading them you can tell the level of passion she has for the US Military (and she is Canadian!). Ryan and Candace’s story is just as romantic and intense as her other books. I enjoy the different points of view Kaylea writes in because not only do you get to see things from the hero and heroine perspective but also the antagonist, which in this book is Khalid.

Staff Seargant Ryan Wentworth has a pretty awesome job. Probably the coolest one I have read about. Not only is he on the ground with the other troops, but he is essentially an air traffic controller so he gets to call in some bombers to take care of business. How cool is that? He does his job with such confidence and precision, which is exactly who you want out there when the enemy is closing in on you. He also has a bit of a bad boy in him and he likes to stretch rules and boundaries, especially where Candace is concerned.

Captain Candace “Ace” Bradford is one tough cookie. She worked hard to get where she is and does not want to jeopardize her job or career in any fashion, so she does her best to ward of the flirtatious Ryan. She is the daughter of a senator and feels that every move she makes will affect her family so she is pretty tightly wound at the beginning of the story. Ryan is so good at getting Candace to loosen up and the chemistry between them is hard to ignore.

Kaylea does a great job of balancing the romance and suspense in this story. We get to see the romantic interactions between the two while they are at Bagram but when they are in the heat of action in the cold mountains and fighting for their lives you have the suspense and the part of the story that has you holding your book (or ereader) just a bit too hard. Even when I was forced to put the book down I was thinking about the Ryan, Candace and the other US troops in the book like they were real people. My emotions and worry for the characters and the situation in the book spilled over to my reality a little bit.

I really liked Ryan’s glossary of terms in the back of the book. The military uses so many acronyms it is hard to keep up but Ryan was thoughtful enough to give us a glossary, with some added commentary of course. This was my favorite comment of his in the glossary: “AFSOC: Air Force Special Operations Command. Made up of CCTs like me, PJs, Weathermen (way more badass than it sounds) and gunship crews like Ace. We CCTs are the most awesome though, in case you were wondering.” This gives you a glimpse of Ryan’s fun personality. I was glad that in this book we got a glimpse of Maya and Jackson and look forward toward their book next in the series!

Reviewed by: Amy R.

Five stars

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