With one week to complete a top-secret mission, Major Jack “Cobra” Korba did not need emotional distractions. But when flight surgeon Monica Hyatt, his estranged ex-lover, was added to his team, the sensitive assignment suddenly became all too personal.
With two sisters trapped behind enemy lines, Monica maneuvered herself onto Jack’s flight crew, determined to rescue her loved ones while keeping her desire for Jack safely in check. Yet on the brink of the most dangerous task either had ever faced, their passions led to an explosive encounter.
With three words still left unsaid and time of the essence, would Jack, Monica and all those embroiled in the battle to save innocent lives find a way to complete their duty before all hell finally broke loose?
Written by Catherine Mann, a few of her books are on my list, this being the first reading of the bunch. As most of you may or may not know I cannot do straight romance, there has to be some kind of action, deception…something dangerous in the plot. Anything, Anywhere, Anytime had a plethora of subplots all with some sort of suspense written into them. Most of the book takes place either in a military complex or a warzone. The book is driven by the plot with the characters changing as we go. Overall I enjoyed the book, and I was left satisfied with the ending. Characters are believable, likeable and you are rooting for them to make it through the crisis.
The only negative in the book was how it was written, that is to say, a lot of the novel takes place within the characters heads. I use inner dialogue myself in my writing and I am a big proponent when used sporadically. It may not be accurate but it felt to me, as the reader a good 75% of the book was inner dialogue. Way too much! It was also utilized during conversations which is a big no-no in my book. If I am reading a conversation I do not want a paragraph or two between each sentence to explain why the character is feeling something, or the tingling of their toes in anticipation. One five-minute real time conversation ends up taking five pages. This may be a personal thing but for me it takes away all elements of wonder, and or surprise. It kills the anticipation of anything going to happen instead of heightening it for the reader. This is, for me, a clear case of telling me instead of showing me.
This may have been an isolated incident for the author, and I do intend to read my other selections by Catherine Mann. As I stated in the beginning, I do love the plot and the characters, just a little too much inside information for my taste.