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HAWK by Ronie Kendig at Amazon
What it's about (from publisher Shiloh Run Press):
Raptor's communications expert, Staff Sergeant Brian "Hawk" Bledsoe is struggling with his inner demons, leaving him on the verge of an "other than honorable" discharge. Plagued with corrupted intel, Raptor team continues to track down the terrorist playing chess with their lives. Afghan pilot Fekiria Haidary is devastated when a systems glitch on her aircraft forces a weapons launch on a safe target. And when the deadly bombing separates Brian from the team, he must make an impossible choice: save his brothers-in-arms, or save the woman and children depending on him to survive a brutal snowstorm.
Why you should read it: Despite the large cast of characters — and intrigues — surrounding the romantically linked pair of Brian and Fekiria, Ronie Kendig's masterful marksmanship hits the bull's-eye once again in Hawk, book two of The Quiet Professionals series. The story follows up last spring's Raptor 6, following a group of
Special Forces soldiers into hostile situations — foreign and domestic, physical and emotional. (Check out my HEA rec of Raptor 6.)
Although it takes awhile before the two main characters cross paths for any length of time, the romance grows behind the scenes as much through its denial as with its truth. When Brian and Fekiria are finally thrust into life-or-death situations together, the attraction cranks up. Meanwhile, romances develop for some other Raptor team members, as well. Those, too, are fun to watch unfold; but as usual with one of Kendig's Rapid Fire Fiction novels, it is the non-stop action that sets this story apart from its inspy romance shelf mates, drawing the reader into the challenges of surviving while being hunted by terrorists in a warzone.
If you have not yet read Raptor 6 (book one in The Quiet Professionals), make sure you do that first ... and then grab Hawk! Be ready for a bit of a cliffhanger leading into the next book, Falcon (coming in May), but what else would you expect? This series reads like a great action flick, and with real-life heroes — U.S. military veterans — featured as the cover models, even the men in your life will be happy to find these two books in their stockings on Christmas morning!
(This review originally appeared at USA Today's Happy Ever After blog)