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Beyond the Call of Duty by Tracy Tappan
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it was amazing

4.5 Stars

ARC received for an honest review.

I am a fan of military romance books so it is no surprise that I jumped on the opportunity to read Beyond the Call of Duty? This is book two in the Wings of Gold series. I didn’t read book one and I don’t believe I missed anything by jumping into this book first. The story stands on its own merits and, my guess, is the first book adds history but the story starts well after any events from book one. That said, I will go back and read book one when I get a chance because I really like Eric O’Dwyer and crew so any history will be appreciated.

Eric “LZ” O’Dwyer is the head of an unusual mission when his crew teams up with the DEA. The goal is to take down a major drug dealer and to do that he has to work with DEA agent Nicole Gamboa. They need to get into the dealer’s camp so their cover is to go in posing as whores—one male and one female. Yes that definitely will set up some interesting scenarios for these two.

The characters are two very interesting studies of people with pasts that impact the decisions they make in their life. They both want to excel in their careers and that is the foremost goal of each character. Eric’s childhood keeps him closed off from anyone not on his team and even with his men he holds back.

Reading about the camaraderie and trust that members of the military must have with their team is realistic and well developed. The military jargon is appropriate and explained in the glossary for anyone who wants additional information. It took me a couple clicks to realize that the icon at the end of the explanation took me back to where I was reading (I know I’m slow sometimes) and I’m grateful for that.

This is one of those stories that you want to tell all but, at the same time, don’t want to spoil the suspense and unfolding of personalities for the next reader. I love that both Eric and Nicole are strong, focused people. Nicole has a hard time being evaluated for her skills instead of her looks. Because of the innuendo that she advances on her back she builds walls so that men can’t get into her heart.

The support characters add enormously to the story. There are times when I want to know more about them and I suspect this is setting up more books to come in the series. I can’t wait to see what is going to be revealed about them.

I cannot end this review without commenting on the way this story is written. The pace of the book is fast and suspenseful and pulls out a lot of different emotions in the reader. It moves forward in plot and character development in a way that holds the readers’ interest. The story allows us to get in the heads of the characters so completely that I never doubt Eric’s military experience. This is also true of the other characters. I felt their pain, fear, laughter and anxiety. There are sections from Nicole’s point of view that brings her feelings and thoughts front and center and feel valid even if I didn’t completely agree with them.

I recommend putting Beyond the Call of Duty on your TBR list and then reading it as soon as possible. This is a great reading experience for not only people who like military romance but romance and/or suspense in general. Enjoy!
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October 15, 2015 – Finished Reading
October 16, 2015 – Shelved

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