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Category: Contemporary Romance
This is an anthology of two novellas.
The Christmas Wild Bunch by Lindsay McKenna
When pilot Mike Murdoch learns a woman has been sent in to tame his unruly task force, he’s prepared to hate her. But the more he flies with Dallas Klein, the more she gets under his skin… and into his heart. Can their love withstand a dangerous Christmas Day mission?
Major Dallas Klein has gained an impressive and impeccable reputation flying combat helicopters and serving with The Black Jaguar Squadron, an all-female team, stopping Peruvian drug shipments from entering North America. She is now assigned as the Executive Officer to the Nogales Border Patrol Unit, an all-men team, that’s also known as the Wild Bunch for their unruly antics and behaviour. It is hoped that her management style and woman’s touch will bring some semblance of order to this group of smart, gutsy but errant men.
Agent Mike Murdoch takes one look at his new X.O. and his scowl grows deeper. His Commanding Officer’s new weapon. A woman, and a very attractive one at that. As they invariably spend time together, he can’t help being attracted to her … not only is she beautiful, she is also intelligent, capable, warm and had flown drug flights in South America (something that shocks him) … how can he not fall in love with her?
There is quite a bit of flying jargon, which clearly shows that the author knew what she was writing. I thought it got a bit in the way of the love story, but then I had no interest in planes and flying.
All in all, this is a pleasant, average read. 3 out of 5
Snowbound With A Prince by Susan Grant
On a humanitarian Christmas drop in
Aleksas Barons, the Crown Prince of Virsland, first met Kat about seven years ago, when he was sent by his ailing father to
Alek went home, expecting everything to be the same as before. He arrived in the midst of a military coup, was ambushed, then witnessed his father’s assassination. To the rest of the world, the King and Crown Prince of Virsland died that day.
Six years later, Kat, now a USAF Captain, was to fly humanitarian aid to … Virsland. She had never forgotten that handsome, charming bad-boy prince. She hadn’t forgotten how she was already half in love with him, but couldn’t and didn’t let that love show. Part of her still couldn’t accept that Alek had died. Then she came face to face with the leader of the freedom fighters of Virsland.
I love this story. I truly do. I read it about a month ago, and I still remember it vividly now. This story is only 114 pages long but the author managed to pack enough details – characterization, emotion, back story, ambiance, action – and made this short modern-day fairy tale come alive.
I love Alek and Kat. They are a great couple, each complementing the other. As with other Susan Grant couples, these characters take centre-stage. I love how six years hadn’t dim their love for, and memories of, each other and when they meet again, their love only grows stronger. This is heart-melting stuff.
I absolutely must mention the fictional
This quick, fantastic read is a keeper. 4.5 out of 5
Read the author’s write-up and the excerpt of this story here.
*** Shout-out to my friend, K. Thanks very much for sending me this book, otherwise I would’ve missed Susan’s story and that would indeed be a shame.