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Landon “Blackhawk” Walker is ready to get out of the Navy SEALs. He has seen and done enough, and can’t wait to get to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where three tasks await him: get back into civilian mode, take a boat out to the El Arco Rocks, and win back the heart of the woman he lost because of his career.
Maya Gonzalez has tired of the heartbreak that comes with Landon’s deployments year after year. When he walks back into her life, she cannot deny her heart, despite her reservations.
As they lose themselves in each other and the beauty of Cabo, their passion is rekindled once again, but Maya knows that one phone call means deployment for Landon, putting an end to their reunion, and possibly their relationship.
“Where were you?” she finally asked, her voice quiet.
He didn’t look at her, but he felt her body tense next to his. “Were you hurt?”
He shrugged, but then thought better of trying to blow off her questions. Maya had always said she wanted nothing but honesty from him, and he had been the one to offer this Q&A.
“I took some shrapnel in my chest, but it was all superficial.” He gazed down at her as she studied his chest as if she could see the wounds he was talking about.
“Did you kill?” she whispered, her stare never leaving his chest.
Dammit. This was the part he hated because she abhorred violence, but killing was his job. If he didn’t take out the bad guys, they would kill American soldiers, and he would be damned if that happened on his watch. “Yes.”
She closed her eyes for a moment.
“Did you think of me?”
“Oh, God, Maya.” He put his finger under her chin and turned her face to his. Her brown eyes sparkled with tears that made his heart feel as though it might quit beating. “Maya, it’s always you. It’s thinking of you that made me want to stay alive. It’s the thought of your smile, your face, your body pressed up against mine that kept me warm at night, the sound of your laughter that made me smile when I felt like I couldn’t smile again. Maya….”
He didn’t know what else to say, so he did what he had wanted to do since the day he left her almost a year ago.
He brought his lips to hers.
First, I have to mention that this is a novella. I know many of you don’t care for them but hear me out. One, this is only 63 pages on kindle so it’s quick and a great one to cure a book hangover. Two, because it’s quick you can finish in an hour– great when you don’t have much time or your waiting for the kids at one of their activities that you chauffeur them to.
Author Carly Fall, did a great job of story and character development in this quickie. Which let’s be honest can be quite difficult. Both Landon and Maya were strong characters who had great chemistry and a beautiful love story to tell. It’s also hard not to fall for the military guy. And Landon… he’s navy seal– do you know the bodies they possess? HOT!!! K- let’s get back to the book 😉 Landon was loyal and driven. But he wasn’t immune to what military life brought to someone like him and relationships. Maya’s character was completely believable to the story. She was guarded and for good reason but her heart wanted Landon. She wasn’t a wishy washy character either. She was independent and strong all while realizing what made her vulnerable.
The story of Landon and Maya was not far from what real life would be for a career military man- especially a seal. Because this is a novella, we do not get much back story on the characters and this is where I wish Chica Bella was a full length novel. I think there is so much story that could be told with Landon and Maya. For example their first encounters with each other and the last time Landon left for his tour of duty would make for some emotional and heart tugging story.
I also, wish that Fall would have heated up the love scenes just a bit more. Don’t get me wrong– they were good but the way I see it, Landon and Maya had not seen each other in a year. Couple that with the fact that Maya is not sure how to feel because her heart and her head are at odds with each other. So can you imagine the sexual fire that needs to be doused?
If someone had not recommended Chica Bella to me, I probably never would have read it based on the title. I understand the title and yes it does go with the story but I think there could have been way more enticing, drawing and catchy titles that Fall could have come up with. But hey, that’s just my opinion.
All in all, this was a decent read. Take it as it is– a novella. So it gives a quickie. And hey if we’re being honest we all love a quickie once in a while. They’re hot. They don’t take much time. They put a smile on our face and they give us just enough to satisfy us but we’re ready to go again when we have the time for foreplay and snuggle time after. 😉
D a solid 3.5/5
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