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Friday, July 15, 2016

Blog Tour! Into The Blue by Chanel Cleeton

From the author of Fly with Me and the Capital Confessions Novels comes the newest in the sexy Wild Aces Romance series.
Eric Jansen—call sign Thor—loves nothing more than pushing his F-16 to the limit. Returning home to South Carolina after a tragic loss, he hopes to fix the mistake he made long ago, when he chose the Air Force over his fiancĂ©e.
Becca Madison isn’t quick to welcome Thor back. She can’t forget how he shattered her heart. But Thor won’t give up once he’s set his sights on what he wants—and he wants Becca.Thor shows Becca that he’s no longer the impulsive boy he used to be, and Becca finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. But will Thor be able to walk away from his dream of flying the F-16 for their love or does his heart belong to the sky?

Into the Blue is the 2nd book in Chanel Cleeton’s “Wild Aces” series. It is technically a standalone as it deals with a different couple, Becca and Eric “Thor” but, there are major spoilers about the plot of the 1st book, Fly With Me, in the plot. Part of the storyline is dealing with events that happened in the first book. It is not necessary to read the 1st book to be able to enjoy this. However, I would recommend doing so as to be able to fully appreciate both the surprises in the 1st book and the enhanced character development that comes from knowing Eric in the 1st book.

Second chance romance, when it is done well, is one of my very favorites to read as the emotional connection that they build on is so strong because it was there before. The push and pull of those emotions from the past are so compelling.

What is great about this is Cleeton doesn’t just focus on the past, but she actually lets the reader be part of the development of the relationship. Of each of them questioning what they were, what they can be, and how they will work it out in the future…or even if they can work it out and be together. The conversations where they both address and resolve their past are both beautiful and heartbreaking.

There are amazing conversations between Becca and Eric, and a wonderful conversation with his grandmother really puts things into perspective and allows them to fully move forward, secure in the idea that their love was real 10 years ago, but that the timing was wrong. I loved this aspect…no blame was really placed, no one was really angry. Yes, there were some struggles with being able to trust in their future, but this is part of any serious relationship. The struggle for Becca and Eric was the same as it was 10 years ago…Eric’s career requires him to be able to move around, Becca’s career requires her to stay in one place and develop in her position.

The way they figure this out, and how they get around this issue, is the real pull of the story, it is what kept me reading to the end, in one night. They sort of ignore it, they don’t really discuss that he is on leave and going back to his life in the Air Force, until his leaving is imminent. Through the dual POV, you know where each of them are with being separated again, and how they each want to resolve it, which keeps you guessing the whole time and wondering what they are going to do that will allow each of them to be happy.

I absolutely LOVED the ending. I was not sure how this was going to end, and impressively Cleeton found a way to make the ending not only incredibly romantic, but perfect for them. I loved how Cleeton let you know how devoted they each were to the other, how badly they wanted things to end differently than they did 10 years ago. I love how Cleeton handles bringing Becca into the life Eric lives as “Thor” and the way she allows the reader to experience this with her. It gives a strong authenticity to the way she feels about Eric’s career and the way that her evolving feelings about it allow their relationship to evolve.

There are still obstacles for them in the future, so in a way this is more of a “Happily For Now” ending. But in the midst of this, while you know the struggles that are coming, you also get a glimpse of what will be on the other side for them, and it is good. And it is perfect, and it is authentic to who they each are both individually and within the couple. Their totally HEA is definitely coming, the first steps toward it have been taken, and you know they are not going to allow anything to take it from them this time.

Cleeton mentions, on her website, that it was her goal to explore different facets and challenges of military life. Going into this, I was afraid that it was going to be a retelling of the 1st one, but with different characters. I was worried for nothing. Yes, some of the challenges are similar, but as they are each different people, the way they resolve those challenges and approach them is very different.

Just like in the first book, there was no epilogue as the characters appear in the 2nd in the series. You get an update as to where they are…and this, based on the sneak of the next book, is also going to be what happens for Becca and Eric in the 3rd book.

Chanel Cleeton is an amazingly gifted writer. She has an ability to capture people, and emotions, in a such a way that the reader feels what they are feeling like they are in the story themselves. There is a scene, from Becca and Eric’s perspective regarding a friend request and message via social media that felt so real, I felt like checking my own Facebook for pending messages and friend requests. I felt like I was there with them. This talent for writing and storytelling allows her to tell a complex story, and to do it in such a way that you are not able to put the book down. You feel invested in the characters, you feel like you know them, you feel like you are there in the story.

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Eric’s hand felt warm against mine—warm and big. He squeezed, and even though he touched my fingers, I swore I felt an answering tightness around my heart, as though the power to crush it lay in the palm of his hand.

I wanted to pull back, had never intended to let him get this close, but here we were, and I didn’t move. The temptation was just too strong to ignore and it felt too good to have him hold my hand.

“I’m so sorry,” he whispered again, his voice and eyes full of an emotion that spelled trouble.

This time I did pull back, too close to losing my heart. Too much time had passed, too much between us. I didn’t want to fall into the trap of thinking that this could be something again, of letting old feelings confuse me.

“I need to go.”

“Can we get dinner sometime, or coffee, or something?”

“I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

“I know I don’t deserve for you to let me in again, not after what I did, but what if we just gave it a chance. If we took things slowly? What if we started as friends?”

I didn’t know how I was supposed to answer that one, what slow was with people who had the kind of baggage we did. We’d been engaged; I didn’t know how to pretend we were just two people getting to know each other. At the same time, I didn’t really know him. Not anymore. But what was the point of getting to know him if he was just going to leave again?

“What’s changed?”

“What do you mean?”

“What’s changed?” I repeated. “You’re back here, but what’s different? What’s the point? You’re going back to Oklahoma in a few weeks, aren’t you?”

He nodded.

“Then what?”

He shifted in his seat, his expression guarded. “Well, we have the deployment coming up, and then I’ll probably go on to my next assignment. I don’t know where yet.”

Yeah, I’d been here before.

“So nothing has changed. Not really.”

“I’ve missed you.”

I’d missed him, too. It wasn’t enough. It had been ten years. We’d been apart longer than we’d been together. It wasn’t like we could just hit “Play” and pick up where we’d left off.

“We still want different things.”

He didn’t answer me for a beat. “What if we didn’t want different things?”

I froze. He knew me too well, knew just how to worm his way back in.

“Don’t try to make this about me. Don’t come back here with your ‘maybes’ and your ‘what-ifs’ and expect me to hang my future on it. I’ve been here before. I know how this goes. You’ve been back, what, a day? Do you honestly think that after everything we’ve been through, I’m going to trust that you want a future together? That you’ll actually choose me?

“I’m not going down this road with you again. I’ve been there and all it did was give me years of heartbreak. I don’t trust you anymore. There is no us. Not anymore.”

I grabbed my wallet, putting some cash on the table for my breakfast. I got up on shaky legs, not giving him a chance to respond, not sparing him another glance.

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Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure.

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband. 

Chanel writes contemporary romances, women's fiction, and thrillers. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, Assassins, and Wild Aces series.

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