Note: This ARC was provided by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for an honest review.
Wingman is the second novel in the romantic suspense series Elite Ops penned by author Emmy Curtis. This story takes place immediately after the plane crash in the first novel, Aces Wild, and we find Major Missy Malden in a holding cell and Lieutenant Colonel Francis Conrad, her front-seat pilot, needing answers as to what's been going on with the Red Flag exercise. As if things weren't already complicated, what with Missy having informed Conrad that she's put in for a transfer--a transfer Conrad never saw coming. She has her reasons, the most telling being her need to distance herself from the man she's falling for. He's never shown any interest any way, seeing her as nothing more than his friend and wingman. But what Missy doesn't realize is that Conrad sees her in a manner that goes beyond professional. Will the impending trouble brewing within Red Flag force these two to acknowledge what's been developing between them all this time or will those who want to tie up lose ends not only wreak even more havoc but endanger Missy's life before Conrad can spill his feelings for the only woman beneath his wings?
While Aces Wild was a mixed bag, I actually enjoyed Wingman as a whole, with its quicker pacing and more intense story line. Missy and Conrad also had history as partners in the cockpit, although things between them were very much professional, which is what caused Missy to think it was better for her to move on to another home base than continue staying wherever Conrad was. While things between them were heating up, the mysterious goings-on with regards to Red Flag were hitting an all-time high. It's pretty clear who's been pulling the strings, although, if I'm being honest here, I can't help but wonder if there could be someone with some political pull who may turn out to be the man behind the proverbial curtain (although that could just be the paranoid conspiracy theorist in me). If you're looking for traditional hearts-and-flowers romance, you're going to have to find that elsewhere, but that doesn't mean that what happens here isn't sweet. Umm, hello, the guy goes above and beyond for his woman in life-threatening circumstances, people! Wingman gets four out of five stars and can't wait for Free Fall in 2018. ♥
Read my reviews for the Elite Ops series:
Aces Wild (book one) - 3.5 stars - My Review
Wingman (book two) - four stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 03 November 2017
Date Read: 02 November 2017
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