France, 1916. The Great War. High above the carnage in the trenches, British and German aces joust like knights of old for control of the skies. The strain and tension of living every day on the edge of death leads to dangerous choices and wild risks. When British ace Bat Bryant’s past catches up with him, he strikes out in panic and kills the man threatening him with exposure. But there’s a witness: the big, handsome American pilot Cowboy Cooper.
Cowboy, it seems, has his own ideas of rough justice.
I am going to start this out stating that I do not traditionally like historical because of the secrecy that must exist. There can usually not be a HEA.
The writing is wonderfully done. I do wish that there had been a bit more detail. Most of the book is fairly frank and short. Still you catch a glimpse of what these men lived through in WWI as pilots. Most didn’t live. The statistic given of 11 days being a pilots life span is one I have heard before and it is startling. You feel for them.
The characters are interesting and you care some for them but they aren’t as fully “fleshed” out as one would hope. You get nothing on Cowboy’s background and little more on Bat’s. You don’t get a good enough grip on what drives these men beyond the war. It leads to a lack of attachment to them and so makes it harder to approach Cowboy’s actions in the beginning of the story with any hope of understanding. Most readers aren’t going to like Cowboy because of his actions. To me it really didn’t feel like non-con but I know others will feel differently.
The plot was fairly simple and not involved. To be honest the blurb wraps up most of it. This isn’t a long read so there really isn’t much to tell with it. I could guess where the story was heading from the beginning so it was more about how the author choose to get there.
Overall it was a decent read but nothing really great. I enjoyed it but didn’t think it anything to wonderful.
Message in a bottle.
Somewhere in the cobwebbed cellar of the decrepit antebellum mansion known as Ballineen are the legendary Lee bottles — and Austin Gillespie is there to find them. The last thing on his mind is hot and heavy romance with handsome bad boy Jeff Brady. But Jeff has other ideas and, after one intoxicating night, so does Austin.
The only problem is they have different ideas. Jeff doesnít believe in love at first sight, and even if he did, heís buried more deeply in the closet than those famous missing bottles of vintage Madeira. Popping a cork or two is one thing. Popping the question? No way. No how.
Unless Austin is ready to give up on another dream, heís going to have to figure out how to make sure the lights go on — and stay on — in Georgia.
(This 41K+ novella was previously published by Loose Id Publishing)
Austin is going to an old plantation house to catalogue and authenticate the family’s wine collection. He is hoping to find the mythological Lee bottles. Austin is hoping this will save his job. He meets Jeff at the place. Jeff has been with the family’s daughter Carson. Jeff comes on to Austin and Austin caves, but when Austin falls for Jeff complications arise.
This is an interesting story. The plot line and writing are really good. I love this author’s way with descriptions. The characters are interesting but I just didn’t get the usual feel for any characters other than Austin, since he is the “voice” of the story. Austin has horrible self image. He lets that dictate most of his life. I think this leads in great part to what happens between Austin, Jeff, and Carson. I really didn’t get Jeff’s motivation behind the whole thing. I really didn’t ever like Jeff. He never really redeems himself in this book. I don’t see his motivation and I might have understood why he was the way he was if it was all about Jeff’s Dad, but even Jeff says that wasn’t really it. I really didn’t even want these two to get together. I just didn’t connect to the characters like I should have. Still the writing and the story are excellent