Striving to be the best, Chaz goes for one of the hardest assignments in the fleet, gunner in a state-of-the-art ship called a Needle. No one know much about the vessel, just that you have to be the best to fly in one. That’s good enough for Chaz. When he arrives on base, he discovers the best kept secret in the fleet. And the old adage “be careful what you wish for” starts to have new meaning.
Ferron has lost his gunner and doesn’t think he’ll ever match with another. To fly in a Needle, pilot and gunner have to be close, real close. And there’s the rub.
This story made me a teeny bit uncomfortable in that it kind of hinted that all men have homosexual tendencies and are just not aware of them. Even the protagonist of the story, who claimed to hate gays, wanted to top the heroes of our story. Go figure. That said, the developing relationship between Ferron and Chaz was full of denial and controversy, added pressures from family and classmates, and lots of steamy chemistry.
This was no hearts and roses romance. It was harsh and mean at times, but as the reader I was invested in Chaz and Ferron and had to keep reading it. The end was more than I anticipated, and worth the wait. Definitely worth your time and an escape from the norm if you are looking for something a little different.
Chaz is the youngest recruit the Academy has ever seen. Godlike reflexes and hawk eyes make him a natural gunner assigned to fly the futuristic ship with technology so advanced it’s still classified. But it takes a two-man crew and Chaz, the lone wolf, must have a partner.
On his first day he meets Ferron, the most dangerous man at the Academy. The ice blue eyes and scarred face of the older cadet aren’t enough to scare Chaz. Nor are the rumors that Ferron killed his last partner. But when he finds out they are to be a team, his anxiety starts to mount.
Tension climbs to a breaking point when Ferron informs him that in order to fly the Needle he and Chaz must have their bodies pressed together in a dance of sensual intimacy that makes the sexually straight Chaz angry and uncomfortable.
Ferron must master Chaz completely and break down his physical and emotional boundaries. The only thing that will keep them alive is their partnership—any space between them means certain death.