This tension-filled military romantic suspense story is filled with excitement, realism, and plenty of larger-than-life characters. I love women who are warriors in their own right and Nicole is definitely a capable and deadly operative, and the cocky and self-assured Eric makes a great match for her. I thought the original scenario that brought them together was a bit lame and couldn’t believe that anyone seriously thought their mission was going to succeed, but I realize that one really had to suspend disbelief in order for the rest of the story to spool out. Despite that, the action was intense, and I loved the realism provided by all of the genuine terminology scattered throughout the story, and I appreciate the glossary in the back for those of us who are curious. There are multiple threads dangled throughout the story, some of which are resolved, and others that make me curious about what is going to happen next, but not so much that this is a cliffhanger. I have not read the other stories in the series and was just fine reading this as a stand-alone story but I really enjoyed the author’s style and am anxious to read more adventures featuring these remarkable folks.
“Beyond the Call of Duty” by Tracy Tappan is part of the ‘Wings of Gold’ series and gives a glimpse of the lives of senior lieutenant and pilot Eric O’Dwyer and DEA agent Nicole Gamboa as they join forces to try to take down a drug lord. Their forced proximity causes them to become far more intimate than either would normally have pushed for so quickly, but multiple factors interfere with the development of any ‘normal’ relationship—including family drama, high-risk vocations, residences in different countries, and danger looming. Good thing each believes in fighting for what is important!
Eric “LZ” O’Dwyer, a senior lieutenant stationed out of San Diego, is in command of his own helicopter detachment out of the HSM-75 Wolf Pack. Deployed off the coast of South America on a counterdrug operation, Eric jumps at the chance to take down a ruthless drug lord. But to do it, he’ll have to join forces with badass DEA Agent Nicole Gamboa. Infiltrating the drug lord’s mansion is crucial to the mission, and to pull it off, Eric and Nicole have to play out an intimate scene together that leaves them both reeling. In the aftermath, Eric wants to foster something real with Nicole, but there is a secret part of Nicole’s life that makes a relationship impossible. The mission erupts again, and Nicole and Eric end up relying on each other in ways they’d never predicted. The stakes are raised to their highest when the drug lord gains the upper hand, and living or dying hinges on a final showdown between Nicole and her past…and whether Eric can get to her in time!
Content warning: contains profanity and adult situations.