Beyond the Call of Duty by Tracy Tappan Wings of Gold #2 Publication Date: September 25, 2015 Genres: Contemporary, Military, Romance, Suspense
Synopsis: Eric “LZ” O’Dwyer, a senior lieutenant stationed out of San Diego, is in command of his own helicopter detachment out of the HSM-75 Wolf Pack. Deployed off the coast of South America on a counterdrug operation, Eric jumps at the chance to take down a ruthless drug lord. But to do it, he’ll have to join forces with badass DEA Agent Nicole Gamboa. Infiltrating the drug lord’s mansion is crucial to the mission, and to pull it off, Eric and Nicole have to play out an intimate scene together that leaves them both reeling. In the aftermath, Eric wants to foster something real with Nicole, but there is a secret part of Nicole’s life that makes a relationship impossible. The mission erupts again, and Nicole and Eric end up relying on each other in ways they’d never predicted. The stakes are raised to their highest when the drug lord gains the upper hand, and living or dying hinges on a final showdown between Nicole and her past…and whether Eric can get to her in time!Content warning: contains profanity and adult situations.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
The hero of this book was introduced in the novella Eightball Two-Three. I wasn’t that keen on him in that book, mainly because he seemed to be an arrogant, cocky jerk, but he grew on me in Beyond the Call of Duty.
Nearly a decade has passed and now, Eric “LZ” O’Dwyer is stationed out of San Diego. He is a senior lieutenant and is in command of his own helicopter detachment. Whilst working on a drug operation in South America, he finds he has to work closely and undercover with DEA agent Nicole Gamboa.
Gone is the arrogant brashness; he is now a confident leader, who has worked hard for the position and respect he has. He has also remained friends with Mikey, one of the pilots from his training days and it was obvious that the trust and camaraderie they shared had grown.
I enjoyed the story lines and particularly liked that we were given the history behind both Eric and Nicole and what caused them to become who they are today. There was plenty of action in this book and I liked how the characters and their relationship were developed.
Eric and Nicole are thrust into dangerous situations and Nicole will have to eventually face her past before she can contemplate a future with Eric.
I also liked how it was Eric that wanted to pursue a relationship and Nicole who was the one holding back. I admired Nicole’s strength and determination to succeed in what is perceived to be a man’s job, however I was put off on occasion by her fixation about her looks.
I hope Mikey gets his own book because I know there is more to him than we have seen so far. He does come across as a bit of a jerk at times, but still I want to learn more about him. This was a great book and I will look forward to reading more in the series as this is a genre I enjoy.