Saturday, January 21, 2012
Book Review of #2 Tailspin by Cara Summers
Author: Cara Summers
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Part of a Series: Wilder, Fortune and Stone Trilogy; Take my breath away prequel; Sexy Silent Nights sequel
Type of book: adult, 2011, air force, hidden secrets, mystery, romance, adult
Year it was published: 2011
Subject: Air Force Captain Nash Fortune
Current Status: On assignment, teaching at the Air Force Academy
Mission: Brief his former flame on long-ago event. Full disclosure.
Obstacle: Their past. Their future. And a very distracting present!
Bianca Quinn makes her living writing true-crime books. Her latest book is about a decade-old case involving a missing cadet-a case somebody doesn't want opened. And her best source of intel? None other than her still-way-too-hot high-school sweetheart, Nash Fortune...
But this is no sweet, shy reunion. That same heated chemistry is still very potent, and Bianca and Nash find themselves losing control-fast! Can they pull out of the tailspin... or do they dare find out just how far this desire might go?
The characters from Take My Breath Away, the couple anyways, make a cameo as well as Jonah Stone from Sexy Silent Nights and the future Cilia Michaels. For me personally the characters aren't very memorable. Bianca Quinn is very resourceful and talented at putting all the pieces together. She also fears of going through pain and isn't impulsive. Nash, too, is unwilling to acknowledge how his feelings towards Bianca have grown and is impulsive and romantic and sentimental as well as focused and dedicated. Both characters struggle with correcting mistakes from the past and try to get to the happily ever after.
Sometimes things happen and plans, for better or worse, go awry.
This is written in third person narrative from Nash's and Bianca's points of view. I don't think its necessary to read Take My Breath Away, unless you'd like to know how Gabe and Nicola have met. The book is designed as a stand alone novel and with minor things it flows smoothly from start to finish. Also, at least in the books I've read by her, this is very different than the standard formula.
Was Cara Summers born with the dream of becoming a published romance novelist? No. But now that she is, she still feels her dreams has come true. She loves writing for the Blaze line because it allows her to create strong, determined women and seriously sexy men who will risk everything to achieve their dreams. Cara has written more than thirty-five books for Harlequin Books, and when she isn't working on new stories, she teachers in the Writing Program at Syracuse University and at a community college near her home.
I have read a number of Blaze books by Cara Summers, and I noticed a slight pattern in them, which I won't reveal, but this is first book I've fallen upon by her that removes the pattern and gives a fresh perspective to read. I don't think she answered certain questions and for me there was a slight confusion with Maggie. She's Nash's grandmother, yet why don't they say 'great-grandkids' and why say grandkids? This is a change of pace for a mystery of Cara Summers which involves guns, car chases (sometimes I imagine it as James Bond type mysteries,) because they are trying to discover Brian Silko and at the same time the true story of Nash's ancestors, Jeremiah and Thaddeus Fortune. The links will be surprising although I had to admit that I could see them well.
3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)