Quote-tastic Review + Giveaway | Into the Blue by Chanel Cleeton

Confession time – this is supposed to be a re-read tour, but this was actually my first read of this book. One of my fellow bloggers read this series and really enjoyed it, and it’s because of her Wild Aces is on my to be read list. I knew I needed to bump it up, and this was the perfect time to do that! Don’t forget to read to the end of the post and enter to win a copy of the third Wild Aces book, ON BROKEN WINGS. This is Easy’s book, and you’re not going to want to miss this one!

Into the Blue by Chanel Cleeton | Wild Aces #2
Contemporary Romance
Published on July 5th, 2016
ARC from Netgalley

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Book Blurb: 

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 fiancée.

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?

| Book Review |

When I started Into the Blue, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve read my fair share of military romances, and if there’s one thing that can be said about them, it’s that they’re all different. And that’s part of what makes it fun to just dive in and go. I’m happy to say that I loved this book, and I’m so excited there are more to read. This is the second in the series, but I started here and didn’t feel lost at all.

I started highlighting from the second I opened this book, and I never stopped. I loved Becca and Eric from the very first page. Their past was fleshed out without overwhelming the present story being told, and I was really able to feel the love they’d shared, and I could buy why, even ten years later, they still weren’t over each other. This is the balance that so many second chance romances are missing, and Chanel Cleeton nailed it.

I’ll be sharing quotes with you to tell you why I loved this book so much, but I want to give you a quick review first. This book is serious, there’s no doubt about it. Eric and Becca’s struggle was real and deep, but there was humor here and so many fond memories. Both of them had matured and found career success without each other, but there’s always been something missing for each of them. While I loved them both, I loved Eric’s candor with Becca the most. Eric’s longing was tangible, and I felt like he was a relationship waiting to happen. He had so many good qualities that would make him a good partner, and I wanted Becca to just say yes and throw herself at him. But at the same time, I could feel Becca’s grief, and it was like seeing Eric again opened all those old wounds. The length of time it took her to finally give him a chance felt realistic, and I appreciated that Eric (and the author) allowed Becca time to come to terms with her feelings. Also, I like that Eric’s PTSD wasn’t in your face. It was a very realistic portrayal of the way events can eat at us and mark us, maybe not loudly or on the outside, but scarring nonetheless, especially if they’re not dealt with.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the build up to Easy and Dani’s story. Holy Hannah. I want to blow right onto that one, but I have a friend who has threatened my life if I don’t go back and read book number one first. Overall, Into the Blue was a huge win for me, and I can’t wait to go back and read Fly with Me. I will also be eagerly anticipating On Broken Wings where Easy gets his happily ever after!

| Rating |

5-stars

The ‘Quote-tastic’ review meme is brought to you by Anna from Herding Cats & Burning Soup. This is a meme she posts on Mondays, and I’m excited to jump in on this today and share some of my favorite quotes from Into the Blue.

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I walked into the bar, already feeling about ten years past my prime.

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I’d known one fighter pilot in my entire life, and since that experience had left me completely and utterly fucked–and not just in a screaming orgasm sort of way–once had been enough.

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…despite all of my best intentions not to keep tabs on him, he was frequently in the back of my mind. I’d waited for years, my heart in my throat, wondering when someone would mention in passing that he’d gotten married, mentally steeling myself for the inevitable blow that never came.

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Her dark hair was up, exposing the curve of her neck and highlighting the deep V between her breasts. Glasses perched atop her nose, dark frames that somehow complemented her deep brown eyes and made her even more beautiful. She’d never been in-your-face sexy; instead, she’d cornered the market on the sexy librarian fantasy, the good girl you wanted to play with until she turned bad.

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He’d sent me a friend request. That one was a game changer. I stared at it for what felt like an eternity, wondering if accepting would be a sign of personal growth or enabling my crazy.

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…if I’d had abandonment issues after my parents died, having my fiance dump me in a letter hadn’t exactly helped. Trust was a luxury I rarely afforded myself.

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“I want to be clear with him that this is just sex. And I want the upper hand.” I wanted this to be fun. Not sad exes reconnecting or anything like that. “Up until now, all of the moves have been his. How bad is it if I send him a picture? Hot or desperate?”

Lizzie grinned. “Well, first off, you guys were together for like forever. Second, I was there Friday night and he looked at you like he was gagging for it. And finally, he went down on you in a field on Monday. I’m thinking a Wednesday sext is well timed.”

And that was why she was my best friend.

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If she hadn’t ruined me for other women before–which I was pretty sure she fucking had–then she’d definitely accomplished it in one afternoon and evening. I didn’t know what had gotten into her or what I’d done to deserve it, but she’d taken sexy to a whole new level, and I was more than happy to reap the rewards.

Series: Wild Aces

Click on the the book covers to add to your Goodreads shelf.

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| about the author |

Chanel Cleeton is the author of the e-books Flirting with Scandal, Playing with Trouble, and Falling for Danger. She received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Richmond, the American International University in London and a master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She’s also a graduate (survivor) of law school—she earned her J.D. from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law. A summer cruise in the Caribbean changed Chanel’s life when she met and fell in love with a fighter pilot. A happily ever after later, she’s currently living an adventure with her husband and three pups.

| giveaway |

If you’d like to win a copy of ON BROKEN WINGS (Easy and Dani’s book- I am dying for this one,) just leave a comment below. I will pick a winner on December 12th with random.org.

U.S. entrants only, and due to the sexy nature of this series, 18 years of age and up.

16 thoughts on “Quote-tastic Review + Giveaway | Into the Blue by Chanel Cleeton

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  1. “This is the balance that so many second chance romances are missing, and Chanel Cleeton nailed it.” And this is why I’m ready to marry this series in a heartbeat!

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    1. It really was wonderfully written. I’ve read so many second chance stories where the author relies on a past history that’s not even fleshed out, and that is so disappointing to me. This one was perfect! 🙂

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  2. Yep, I’m a big fan of this series. I’m part of the re-read tour and picked this book b/c I loved how she handled their second chance romance, too. Need Easy and Dani!!!!

    Great quote picks!

    Please don’t enter me for the book. 🙂

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  3. Oh my gosh. You have GOT to read book one (before book 3!) it was amazing and the bits with Easy and Dani just about did me in. Glad you enjoyed this one so much 😀

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