Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
Goodreads’ Book Description:
Love in the no-fly zone…
Distraught over the loss of her brother in a fighter jet accident, Tinklee Pinkerton decides to follow in his footsteps and prove the tragedy wasn’t his fault. But when she’s chosen as the first woman to fly the Air Force’s F-35, her plan for a life that revolves around work is thrown off course by a handsome, mysterious stranger…
Thanks to Locke’s seductive British accent, sweet nature, and one too many beers, Tink is soon inspired to throw caution to the wind and herself into his arms. She thinks maybe love can heal after all—until she discovers Locke is her superior officer. Tink has no problem risking her life in the air, but with everything on the line, is she brave enough to risk her heart on the ground?
“Karma is how you choose to deal with life, and the energy you put back into the world.”
I finished this book late at night with actual tears in my eyes (not counting the tears I shed throughout the story). My poor heart was racing a mile a minute in the last half of the story because this isn’t your regular NA read. This is an action-packed, heart-wrenching, and steamy read about a female fighter pilot named Tinklee Pinkerton who is a fighter, through and through. Tink loses her brother to the one thing that she lives for—flying a fighter jet. The anguish that she feels over her brother’s death is so profound, my heart couldn’t bear it. She’s got so much guilt over her brother’s death that she refuses to take the time to heal.
Meeting Locke, this gorgeous, British (bless) man stirs up her world. She begins to feel, even after she swore she could never–would never—feel again.
“Falling in love with Locke wasn’t an option. I couldn’t feel that way for him. I would never get close to anyone or set myself up to feel that pain ever again.”
I loved the idea of Tink losing her control when it came to Locke. Here you had the feistiest, most badass, female MC, who goes to work with the intention of clearing her brother’s name and finally getting the blame for his death put on the jet that destroyed Tink’s life. Enter Locke and Tink is a downright mess on the inside. The fact that he is her superior officer really puts a damper on her love life, but it also puts a “forbidden” romance feel to the story.
“It was like my heart had forgotten to beat without him and every part of me needed him.”
Reading this story on true heroes really opened my eyes to all of the fighters out there putting themselves in danger for us. It’s incredibly humbling to read a story that puts you right into the action. I can’t imagine the pain and suffering these men and women go through, but I am eternally grateful for their strength. That’s one of the reasons why I loved this story. It’s not just about a girl being stubborn and refusing to accept love. It’s about a fighter who has to let go of her demons that are slowly killing her to see that she deserves more love, more friendship, more family support and more time to understand herself.
“The will to live comes from having something to live for.”
I’m in love with Jamie’s writing style. She puts you right into the heart of the story and makes you believe you are actually flying a fighter jet (which was terrifying for me, oh god) and has you feel every single emotion that Tink goes through. The pain and suffering, the feeling of real-life heartbreak, I went through it all. Thank you, Jamie Rae, for getting me through this emotional, as well as uplifting, read. I’m so grateful for Tink’s story and can’t wait to read anything you write next!
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