Tactical Strike (Bagram Special Ops #2)
As an elite Combat Controll ...more
It's been a long time since I read and enjoyed Deadly Descent. Tactical Strike picks up right where Deadly Descent left off and tells us Ryan and Candace's story. No worries though, it was well worth the wait!
Staff Sergeant Ryan Wentworth "Went" is a CCT (Air Force Combat Controller), and a member of AFSOC (Air Force Special Operations Command). These men are some of the most proficiently trained military members in all of the Armed Forces. Their motto i ...more
This Bagram Special Ops series is possibly THE best military romantic suspense series at the moment!
No fraternisation between enlisted men and officers. It's a protocol that the military takes seriously to ensure that discipline and the chain-of-command are not compromised.
Air Force Staff Sergeant, Ryan Wentworth is fond of bending the rules. He's interested in the tall, blonde gunship pilot who helped save his team several weeks ago. Captain Candace 'Ace' Bradford follows the rules ...more
The mission of a Combat Controller is to deploy by the most feasible means available into combat and non-permissive environments. Combat Controllers are Special Tactics Operators who establish assault zones while simultaneously providing air traffic control, fire support and command and control communications in the joint arena. Additionally, Combat Controllers expertly employ all terrain vehicles, amphibious vehicles, weapons and demolitions. First There....more
—Combat Controller mission state
This book has everything I love in a military romantic suspense. A protective, sweet and sexy alpha male hero in Ryan, a kick ass, at times prickly but lovable heroine in Candace, non-stop action, great plot and absolutely delicious romance makes this a standout!
He didn’t touch her. Just stood there looking down at her for a long moment, his gaze gliding over her face like a lover’s caress. Hot. Seductive. “So, if we were alone right now, would you kiss me?”
Her mouth went dry. Sh ...more
This was an amazing story, and it will hold a place on my favorites shelf!
We met Candace Bradford and Ryan Wentworth in Deadly Descent as supporting characters, I was thrilled to know they were getting their own story.
Candace Bradford is a pilot (officer)and she has worked hard to succeed in a male dominated field. She has earned her place by working hard and following the rules, keeping her emotions in check and not giving anyone an opportunity to take what she has worked hard for.
Ryan Wentwo ...more
Story Rating 5 Stars
Character Rating 5 Stars
Romance Rating 5 Stars
Heat Level 3.5 Stars
Action Level 5+ Stars
Overall Rating 5 Stars
THIS READ WAS AMAZING!!! I loved every second I spent reading this story and there was not one thing about it that I did not like. It grabbed me from page one where the action took off right from the start and kept right on going. These scenes were so well written that they took me there and had me feeling ever ...more
*Spoiler free review*
“What...what about the others?”
“They won’t be back for hours. I made sure.” He stroked gently over her stomach. Slow, firm circles that made her want to rotate her hips in time with his rhythm. Her mind was still fighting it.
He’d made sure? What did that mean, and how could he know? “You can’t be sure—”
“I’m sure. I’m good at recon and planning missions.”
This is Ryan Wentworth, elite Combat Controller, for you! :DDD
I loved this book even better than the first one. From the pr
Tactical Strike is Kaylea Cross’ second book in the Bagram Special Ops series and as fantastic as the first one.
Candace and Ryan’s relationship started in Deadly Descent and it promised fireworks and sparks. If you had the same expectations I did, you’re not going to be disappointed with Tactical Strike. While the plot is quite similar to Deadly Descent, Tactical Strike still manages to thrill and excite. It’s a fast-paced read that will leave you breathless but very satisfied.
I absolu ...more
What an AMAZING ride this story was!
LOVED the characters, writing, and story!
I loved Candace's strength, courage, discipline, and compassion, and attitude.
... and Ryan was just PERFECT! What an amazing, dangerous, and crazy job he has as a CCT!
His courage, honor, discipline, focus, compassion, strength, humility, sense of humor, and intelligence... WOW! He is the WHOLE package!
I also loved Candace's grandmother!
"Holy shit, he'd just been bitch-slapped by an old lady. **Literally laughed out lo ...more
Riveted from the very beginning, I didn’t want to put this book down. From the war zone battlefield in Afghanistan to the frenzied, delicious romance, I loved it all. Kaylea Cross’ incredible talent once again excels as she takes the reader into the midst of the combat zone while also offering a highly charged, emot ...more
Full review to follow but in the interim will just say that it was well worth the wait!
This book can be read as a stand-alone but I honestly wouldn't recommend it - I really do think you should read the first one before this.
ARC kindly supplied by Carina Press via Netgalley
In the first book Deadly Descent readers were introduced to by the rules pilot Captain Candace Bradford and rebellious Staff Sergeant Ryan Wentworth and the sparks they struck of each other but Candace is miles apart from Ryan, first she is an officer and fraternization is forbidden then she isn't sure she likes Ryan half of the time, he has a big mouth and disobeys her ...more
I love the series and this book is well written, full of action and good. Cross fans will enjoy it and if you like cocky dominating males, probably love it. I like a bit more time spent on the building up of the relationship than this had. I skimmed the parts from the terrorist's point-of-view because I would rather read about the main characters.
My reasons for not loving it may just be my preference. I felt like it was repeatedly mentioned how hard Canda ...more
This is going to be a “let’s dissect the blurb”-review.
Gunship pilot Captain Candace Bradford has worked long and hard to earn her rank and position within the male-dominated world of Air Force Special Operations.
This is the set up and since I’ve not read the first book in the series I’m going to take this at face value. She does crash a plane but technically that’s not her fault, so I’m guessing she’s worked hard to earn her wings ...more
If I’m in a reading rut, I will always gravitate to military romance or romantic suspense to pick me up. It is a genre that has books ranging from amazing to awful, but when you find a good author of the genre, there’s nothing better.
There’re two things that set Kaylea Cross’ books apart, and make her one of my favourite authors:
1. Her research. Oh my goodness, this author does the most extensive research for her books, and every time you up one of her books she has trans ...more
I. Loved. Ryan. Wentworth. I regressed back to my high school crush days, and wrote this all over my notebook. Good lord, the man was beautiful – his strength, dominance, and confidence did it for me like nothing else. He charmed me from the very beginning.
I loved Candace too. She was a little stiff at first, what with the stick up her ass, but she was Ryan’s equal in every way. I respected her dedication and ability. I understood and appreciated her fear and ...more
Frustrated and angry at his general's poor leadership, Khalid decides it's time to lead his own team and gives that ultima ...more
I thought I was going to love Tactical Strike, I really like military novels and I found the blurb for this really intriguing. I really liked the idea of a strong military woman and I was attracted by the trapped behind enemy lines storyline. The truth was that this blurb is a little deceptive and in the end this was not what I thought it was at all.
Candace is not what I would consider a strong female character and I was surprised at her military career to be hone ...more
I'm going to try to formulate a review that makes sense but I'm not sure I can do that. I LOVED this book. She does such a good job of combining the reality of the situation the characters find themselves in. Officer and enlisted soldiers. Candace also has a little bit of... baggage of her own. And frankly the chip on her shoulder (well said Ryan) makes me want to shake her in the beginning. I mean, ...more
As far as the story line i ...more
Candace is not looking for a hook-up or anything that could threaten what she has worked so hard for. But Ryan is relentless and her determination to keep him at bay is withering.
Ryan wants Candace. He admires the hell out of her, but he is also attracted to her. She is a challenge, and he never backs out of a challenge.
Finding themselves in a difficult situation, Ryan realizes that Candace has come to mean more to him that he first intended.
I wanted to love this story, yet I didn't.
Ryan's a great character. He's flirty, sexy and fun, yet serious and take charge when doing his job and prot ...more