Review: Into the Blue by Chanel Cleeton

Posted July 8, 2016 by Wil in Blog Tours, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Into the Blue by Chanel CleetonInto the Blue by Chanel Cleeton
four-stars
Published by Berkley on July 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Military, Second Chance Romance
Pages: 320
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From the author of Fly with Me and the Capital Confessions Novels comes the newest in the sexy Wild Aces Romance 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?

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REVIEW

 

“Have you ever looked back on a part of your life with regret? Like if you could have a do-over, would you take it?”

 

This series is definitely becoming one of my favorites, and this author is now a must read for me. I loved this book! You know I’m a huge fan of military romances and second chance romances, so once again, I was on book heaven. Just like with Fly With Me, I love that the author has created a military series that is extremely realistic and where the characters actually act like mature adults.

 

 

 

This is book 2 in the Wild Aces series and can be read as a standalone. But I loved book 1 so I recommend you read them both! If you read Fly With Me, Eric is Noah’s friend and squad member. Becca and Eric (call sign Thor) dated as teenagers and were engaged to be married. Eric’s dream was to become a pilot and Becca’s dream was to become a lawyer. Eric broke off the engagement in order to fulfill his dream, breaking Becca’s heart in the process. Now, 10 years later, they find each other again, reconnect and try to see if they can have a future together.

 

 

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I loved both Becca and Eric. Chanel is super talented and writes characters that are extremely relatable. Becca is a strong, smart girl that has been through a lot in life. And Eric, well he’s pretty awesome as well. He realizes he made a huge mistake by leaving Becca 10 years ago, and goes out of his way to prove to her what they have is the real deal and worth the effort.

I have to say their chemistry is amazing, and there are some scorching hot scenes!!! The romance for the most part is slow building since both of them have to rebuild their relationship, especially their trust. But the way the story is written you can’t help but root foe this couple to make it. I also loved the secondary characters, and the cameos by Jordan and Noah.

F16 Fighter jet shown against stormy skies and rain.

Overall, I loved this book. The only reason why I don’t give it 5 stars is because the ending felt abrupt and there’s no epilogue. And you know how much I love my epilogues. I love all of these characters and this series, and I just can’t wait for Easy and Dani’s book. I have been waiting for that couple to happen since book 1, so I need this book yesterday!!! If you’re looking for an awesome, well-written book, with tons of romance without the unnecessary drama, then you definitely need this book and this series in your life!

 

young couple kissing on the background of a sunset in the field

 

 

Wil

 

*An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review*

 

EXCERPT

I walked into Liberty, my gaze peeled on the crowd, searching for Becca.

Easy had texted me two hours ago and mentioned that she was here, and I’d gone back and forth over whether I should come out at all. It hadn’t escaped my notice that she’d pretty much been avoiding me all week, whatever truce we’d reached in the cemetery on Wednesday apparently forgotten, and while part of me knew I should give her the space she needed, another part of me was afraid that she would use the space to keep a wedge between us.

I couldn’t apologize, couldn’t grovel at her feet, if she wouldn’t forgive me. And right now, she was a locked door I couldn’t break through. I’d thought I stood a chance, thought that the fact that she still talked to me like I meant something to her, like we were friends, meant we had a shot. But now it felt like that had just been wishful thinking, and I really had blown it with her.

So this was it. My Hail Mary, Hallelujah, final attempt at getting her to let me in. I’d caused her enough pain over the years; I didn’t want to keep doing it. If she truly wanted me out of her life, then I’d give her that.

I spotted Easy first, his arm wrapped around the same girl he’d been with the first night—a girl with hair eerily similar to Dani’s. Easy saw me across the crowd and waved me over, the girl—Rachel or something—tensing immediately at the sight of me and answering the question of whether she knew who I was to Becca.

I cut through the crowd, still searching for her, nerves rolling around in my stomach.

Easy jerked his head in greeting. “Hey, man.”

Rachel looked ready to bolt and warn Becca I was here.

“Hey, how’s it going?” I asked, glancing over his shoulder, trying to make out Becca’s features in the sea of people. Liberty was packed tonight.

His lips curved. “She’s by the bar with Bandit.”

Shit.

I didn’t know Bandit that well, but we’d been out together before, and if he was with Becca, it definitely wasn’t because he wanted to be friends.

Easy shot me a pointed look that irked the shit out of me. “Can you blame the guy?”

Fuck.

My gaze drifted to the bar, and then I froze.

Becca stood in a corner, the lights shining down on her like a fucking halo, the skirt of her dress brushing against Bandit.

She looked so beautiful that I felt it like a pang in my chest, the smile on her face one I’d seen so many times before, aimed at me. The one I’d lost. Thrown away. She looked like she was having fun, and then Bandit leaned in closer and said something that made her laugh, and her whole face transformed, her shoulders shaking, eyes sparkling.

I held my breath as her gaze drifted through the crowd; my heart hammered, waiting for the moment . . .

Our gazes locked, her body stiffening, the smile sliding off her face.

It knocked me back like a blow.

I’d envisioned finding a way to talk to her tonight, maybe dance with her, flirt with her; I hadn’t envisioned standing here with my heart in my hand, watching her flirt with Bandit of all fucking people, as what little hope I’d clung to died a bit inside.

I waited to see if she’d acknowledge me somehow, the plea that she’d throw me one of her smiles—something, anything—battering me inside. A wave, even. Just some sign that she saw me, that she still cared, that there might be a chance for us to put the past between us.

I’d missed her this week, missed seeing her face, hearing her laugh. We’d been apart for a decade, and somehow the glimpses I’d had of her had made everything harder, bringing back all those feelings we’d had for each other with a sharpness that pierced me.

Look at me. Please. Forgive me. Let me in.

I stood there like an idiot, the sound of Easy saying my name over and over again drowned out by the bar noise and the pounding of my heart.

And then she did turn, shifting her body away from me, tilting her face up to Bandit, her lips curving in a smile I knew all too well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

four-stars

About Chanel Cleeton

Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure.

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband.

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