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4.20  ·  Rating details ·  549 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Kristin Hannah meets Tom Clancy: a thrilling, emotional women’s journey written by a groundbreaking former Navy pilot

Helicopter pilot Lt. Sara Denning joins a Navy battle group with little fanfare—and that’s just the way she likes it. After her brother Ian’s tragic death, her career path seemed obvious: step into his shoes and join the Naval Academy, despite her fear of wa
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Forge Books
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Originally I said...

Yet another book I'd love to read, but won't be able to because of the excessive price...$11.99 for the Kindle e-book is way too much for a debut author. I could probably name only two or three longtime favourite authors I'd be willing to pay that price for.

I didn't buy this book. Many thanks to my local library for getting it in.

According to Ms Wilson's author biography she was an active-duty navy helicopter pilot. What she does well here in Hover ...and she
4.5 stars rounded up to 5

"Frigid water fills the cockpit. It seeps into my boots and crawls up my flight suit, slipping through the zippers and finding ever seam."

These are the first two sentences in HOVER. The story contained a kick-a** female with insecurities, a hero to die for, enough action to make you feel as though you were on a roller-coaster ride and plenty of military technology. It is very pro-American. And this is the first time that I would love to write a review but can't; I fear I
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Romantic Suspense Unforgettable

Once in a great while, I will pick up a novel and, within a page or two, recognize that it's a rare find, a truly gifted author, a book worth far more than 5 stars.

This is it. A stunning debut novel with remarkable realism. Absolutely brilliant...breathtaking even.

I give this book my highest recommendation, even for my friends who don't hang out in the romance genre. On the spectrum between romance and suspense, this tips a bit more toward suspense. Actually, scra
I hoped that I would enjoy it more.

As Linda summarized: "The story contained a kick-a** female with insecurities, a hero to die for, enough action to make you feel as though you were on a roller-coaster ride and plenty of military technology. It is very pro-American."

The hero is exactly so: "to die for". He is like a knight from a medieval romance or a fairy-tale. I think all fans of romances sigh and swoon dreaming about such heroes, me too ;-) But for me it is almost the only one thing I liked
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. Hover is a book that just gets better and better.

I initially read a sample of the first 100 pages of this book. I was highly intrigued from the very first page. In fact, I loved every one of those 100 pages. But the question is, having now read the whole book, do I still love it? Yes. Resoundingly, YES! In fact this book only gets better and better. My previous comments stand: I was blown away with how great it was. I was sucked in from page one. I was laughing, intrigued, excited. I
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was able to download a preview of this book from netgalley... the first 15 chapters... loved it. :) Definitely want to get my hands on the full book when it's released this summer!
The story revolves around a female pilot in the Navy. I loved getting a taste of what life is actually like when you're stuck on a ship in the ocean. There is a very appealing budding romance between her and another officer that has me anticipating what will happen next. Also, a very emotional side story involving h
Renée Ahdieh
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to snag an advanced copy of this book, and I absolutely fell in love with it. It's the type of book you can curl alongside a fire with or read by a shore with your favorite beverage on hand.

Anne Wilson's characters get under your skin and stay there. Sara is so put together on the surface . . . and yet not. And Eric? Let's just say I'm a huge fan ;-)

Pick up this book and watch as the words dissolve from the page. I adored every moment of it, and I can't wait to see what Anne w
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am not sure that I ever have stopped reading a book at the halfway mark to come to Goodreads and give it a 5-star rating but I did last night for Hover.

And now that I am done (after staying up until 2am to read), I am still firm in the belief that this is an absolutely fantastic book. That this is the author's debut is even more impressive.

Perfectly executed, solid, exciting writing and a wonderful, strong heroine to root for. I don't think I can say enough good things about this book, besid
Kaity B
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
2-2.5 stars..

There were parts that I enjoyed in this book, like all the military information that you don't normally see in military romances, but I think I couldn't connect with Sara as much as I would have liked.

I also didn't feel the connection as much between her and Eric... I had high expectations going in to this book since it had such high ratings both on Goodreads and Amazon, but you shouldn't always take that as the final word and I am learning that.

This book to me wasn't worth the $7
Cyana Scriptora
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was fantastic. Inspired by the experience of the author, I got a chance to see the life of a female naval helicopter pilot. And the missions were so exciting. There are lot of great elements in this story... the sequencing and mystery of the plot was done very well, pacing was good. Character development really picked up at the end. Her descriptions were so detailed, at times I could feel myself rocking from side to side like I was on a carrier. Not many people can create that illusio ...more
Chris Wolak
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw this novel a couple times at my local bookstore and wasn't sure about it. It's military fiction, which I'm often drawn to, but it also sounded kind of romancy. I worried it would be too far on the romance side for my tastes. Plus, the officer's hair on the cover is unsat. :)

At the mention of Navy SEALs on the back cover blurb, red flags starting unfurling in the back of my mind. I'm not blind, I've seen the covers in the romance section where SEALs seem to be code for Steamy Erotic Amazing
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hovering in the audio section of my library (you see what I did there!?), and I found this book. I was hesitant about checking this one out as I thought it might be too "romancie" for my liking. However, I loved the title, and it seemed meant to be in that moment. I'm so happy I did so because I loved this debut book! Yes, there is romance, but there are many other well written relationships as well. As I read (well, listened to this one if I am honest), I was frequently reminded of the au ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a european teenager so this book was really difficult for me to comprehend, but I still enjoyed it a lot!
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
If I were giving this a letter grade, I'd give it a B.

Solid little debut novel.

Sara Denning has issues with water (stemming from the death of her brother), but that doesn't stop her from being an uber-competent Navy helicopter pilot. In fact, she's really good at everything her job requires of her: flying choppers, shooting a pistol, dismantling and reassembling a weapon, spouting off rules and regulations... (This, by the way, is a slight negative about the book. I'm not a fan of heroines who
Elizabeth "Eli" Olmedo
Anne A. Wilson’s Hover delivers an intense roller coaster ride, plunging readers in the deep end from the get go as the book opens with Sara trapped underwater. My own lungs clamored for air as Sara navigated her escape plan, her oxygen running out.

A navy pilot herself, Wilson afforded an unparalleled level of realism to her plot that had me standing on the ship feeling the salty wind or flying the helicopter, its rotors whipping overhead. Wilson placed me in the center of the action without con
Cathy Cole
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you want to know what it's like to be a woman in a male-dominated world like the U.S. Navy, read Anne Wilson's Hover. If you want to know about the technology and training that goes into being a Navy helicopter pilot, read Anne Wilson's Hover. If you want to feel as though you're participating in secret Navy SEAL missions, read Anne Wilson's Hover. And if that's not enough for you, throw in a toe-curling romance.

As I've already stated, Sara Denning is a mass of contradictions. The words she u
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author, Anne Wilson, lives in Arizona and came to my kids' school two weeks ago. An engaging and personable speaker, she gave a presentation about her time as a Navy pilot, complete with pictures that looked like they belonged on a poster for a movie about SEALS, and about how she came to writing as a career. My husband was in the Navy, so I know a good bit about amphibious ships--and I was totally intrigued by the idea of a woman pilot as a protagonist in a Gulf War book, and this genre-cro ...more
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wilson’s experience as a crack Navy helicopter pilot shows in her debut. You can taste the salt spray and feel the helicopter's shuffle as it flies over pitching and rolling ships below.

Sara Denning, gifted aviator, is a complex character who shuns the limelight and wants to be judged only on her performance as an aviator and officer. Thrills and romance abound as Sara is forced to deal with demons from her past, resentful pilots in her detachment, and an overbearing senior officer who seems to
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked it. Liked the female in a man's world adventure with a little romance thrown in. Some things were not plausible (in story line) but strong military/Navy details. Especially liked the "first female" syndrome. Been there, done that. Although she had a few more mentors than most of us. Appreciated her "small dot" philosophy - do your job really well but keep a low profile. I look forward to her next novel but not sure that the story will be appreciated by anyone without a military ba ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding! I do not give 5 stars lightly, but this is a terrific debut. The characters are engrossing, warts and all. The action is fast and furious, with plenty of detail, technical and narrative, about piloting a military helicopter under extreme circumstances. It's a great thriller, with personal bravery and ingenuity used to thwart the villain. It's a good love story. It provides insight into the integration of women in the Navy. It's well written. READ IT!
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
I loved this harlequinesque story! I'll read almost anything military, as I was in the Army Reserves. The author hits the culture of male and female interactions on the head! This was enjoyable because conversations and behaviors were authentic. I refer to "harlequin" as in the romance novels, because despite the perfect capture of the challenges of a woman in the military, much of the romance was over the top and cliche. Still a fun read!
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fantastic read. I thoroughly enjoyed this gripping and very emotional read by Anne A. Wilson and can't wait to read her other novels. I have no hesitation in HIGHLY recommending this novel.

My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher Macmillan-Tor/Forge for the digital copy to review.
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Fantastic debut! Strong heroine, and great plot line. This was one that I could not put down...I walked around reading it, brushed my teeth reading it, accomplished nothing because I could not stop reading it. Can't wait for more from Anne Wilson.
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read the original manuscript and couldn't put this book down ! Looking forward to reading it again !
Cherie O'Boyle
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good first novel. I know she's writing more, so I'll be looking for those too.
Lars Nordhagen
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hover by Anne A. Wilson is an action-packed and heartwarming story about Sara, a helicopter pilot in the Navy. In the story, Sara is deployed onto a ship to serve but shortly after, her helicopter almost goes down but she maneuvers it back to the ground safely. But after she was given an award for her bravery, she is struck with heavy controversy. Throughout the novel, the book shows to be a strong, independent person and to not listen to other people’s words and or actions, similar to how Sara ...more
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
So it gets a little (okay, it gets very) ridiculous at the end (aside from that, it would be five stars easily), but overall this is a pretty fantastic romance about two helicopter pilots falling in love in the middle of a WestPac deployment.

I loved Sara, who was badass and forced to balance what so many women in the military must—her femininity versus her professionalism. While Sara copes with being one woman in a sea of men by shutting down everything, her roommate and fellow pilot Emily was o
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent military thriller

Lt. Sara Denning goes through the U.S. Naval Academy and becomes a Navy helicopter pilot - all while being deathly afraid of being submerged in water. There are reasons - that you find out in the story - but she's devoted the last eight years of her life to the military and she finds that she loves flying helicopters.

This was a very realistic feeling book. I'm sure a major reason for this is that the author herself graduated from the Naval Academy and flew Navy helicop
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-romance
"Hover" is one of those books I couldn't put down and was always sneaking just one chapter in each brake (as during heating water for a tea). While I'm not particularly fond of the first person point of view, it worked very well in this book as one really lives with the heroine's feelings and thoughts.
My one point of critique: the overall, especially the end of, the suspense-plot ( the main action of the suspense was well executed) could have been a little bit longer (or I may just want to read
Corinne Bradney
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Corinne by: Won a book giveaway
Hover is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Hover is about Sarah a strong female lead who accomplishes much in her young lifetime. The book drops you right in the middle of her military career where she is experiencing technical difficulties with her helicopter amidst dealing with a difficult commander who seems to have a personal vendetta against Sarah. The book takes you through Sarah's journey as a female helicopter pilot who meets an unexpected love interest and gets thrown into more than she ...more
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Anne A. Wilson lives with her husband and two sons in Fountain Hills, Arizona. When not writing, Anne spends her days on a pool deck coaching triathletes and teaching adults how to swim. She has also worked in the semiconductor industry, and prior to that, served nine years active duty as a navy helicopter pilot, which included three years of search and rescue flying in the high peaks of the Sierr ...more

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