Genres: Military Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Harlequin
Released on August 9, 2005
They share a grief for a man who died serving his country, but they might share a bit of something else that sizzles between them. A photo journalist and a special operations pilot caught up with a terrorist plot over the jungles of Central America from the pen of new to me author in an older series had me perked up and ready to read.
Code of Honor is the first book in a series about the US Air Force’s Special Operations. It pulled together several elements and tropes making it a very complicated story. It has a strong military flavor written by someone who has lived the life and done her homework. The romance- or should I say main romance- is between a best friend still grieving his pal and that man’s off limits lover, Bridget, who has walked away from her edgy photo journalism to pack away feelings and everything content to just exist until suddenly she isn’t and wants the man who has stood by her for the last two years. Joe has suffered from his bestfriend seeing Bridget first and having to suppress his own interest and then Cooper’s death putting her further off limits since she is still not over him. Bridget wants a temporary friends with benies, but he knows she’s not wired that way and he can’t be when it comes to her, but the flared up sexual attraction is driving them both nuts right when they get intel into who sold Cooper and his Green Beret team out. If that wasn’t complicated enough, Cooper isn’t dead, but he chose to slip into the CIA rather than go back after the injury to his leg that permanently sidelined him from the team. He’d rather get revenge by fereting out the terrorists who got his team killed and scotching their latest horrendous plot through a Central American drug lord. His revenge plot gets complicated when the druglord’s woman gets his attention and his best friend and former girlfriend are now on the scene.
As you can tell, this one had a lot going on. I was hooked as soon as I knew this one was going to be a more authentic military background and focus on the Air Force Spec Ops with Joe’s flying and his crew. I did want to see him and Bridget work past their grief. I even liked seeing Cooper broken from his experiences of injury and captivity and then being embedded in the drug cartel for the CIA, but I was not looking forward to that moment when Bridget and Joe learned Cooper was alive or that Cooper was moving on with his attraction to another woman when he had unfinished business. I really liked all the main characters so didn’t want to see them in that mess, but I also found the two stories that were converging hard to read because I kept getting jerked from one story to the other, but blessedly the fall out when the truth hit wasn’t the angsty storm I was dreading. There was some lag time in the middle especially with Bridget and Joe’s story line, but not terribly so. There was plenty of tension and sorting things out, but that was exactly when all the action this book was leading towards broke and turned this into a fantastic page turner.
The Cooper/Lena and the Joe/Bridget plots really did feel separate and I think I’d have liked it more if they ended up being two different books since there was definitely enough there for that to happen.
So, my first encounter with this author’s books has me kicking myself that I waited so long to try them. This one was even better than I anticipated and roused my interest in military romantic suspense once again. Those who enjoy that genre should definitely pick up this book/series.
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