Free Fall by Catherine Mann


Free Fall by Catherine Mann
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (319 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

On This Mission, There Are No Accidents…

Pararescueman Jose “Cuervo” James is the guy they call for the most dangerous assignments. He lives for his job.

On a high-risk rescue deep in the African jungle, Jose encounters sexy, smart Interpol agent Stella Carson. They’d once had an affair that burned hot and fast, but family is everything to Stella, and Jose just can’t go there.

Fate has thrown them into the deadly hot zone together, and sparks will fly…but only if they can live to tell about it.

She saves him and he saves her right back. It wasn’t planned to be that way but fate, or whatever one wishes to call it, deemed it so.

Stella Carson, an Interpol Agent and Jose “Cuervo” James, a pararescueman, feel a connection at first sight, but dangers and duty keep them fully occupied. Determined LOVE refuses to be left behind. It sneaks in, hides in a safe place deep inside hearts and abides, all the time putting down deep roots.

Stella’s underlying reason for being in Africa colors her actions. She is a complex woman with unique insightfulness. With her infectious laugh and playfulness, she is compellingly irresistible. But her long-range goals and Jose’s do not mesh, so a future together seems impossible—it hurts both of them.

Jose, with his family history, his alcohol addiction that must be struggled with daily and his determination to not further the family genes that have bedeviled his life, sets him at odds with Stella hopes for home and family in due time. Yet to see Stella happy and to be with her—his true soul mate—is a need he can’t out run. “They are so good together and yet so wrong for each other.”

The danger-infested action, the sub-plot of Annie Johnson and Samir Al-Shennaive and Ajaya add depth to the maIn plot and reveal much about the characters and their motivation.

The actions of clandestine agencies and the military that Catherine Mann makes so real keep the story at an adrenaline-pumping level much of the time, but her love scenes take the reader to an entirely different place on the emotional continuum where just wanting to feel and rejoice in the ecstasy of that mystical, timeless connection of true lovers takes the readers breath away.

Side stories seem minor yet they have a major impact on the outcome of tense situations that help make Free Fall a breath-holding read at times.

The motto of the Elite Force: “These things we do, so others may live” becomes very clear as the overwhelming dangers are met and conquered by the super heroes that Jose is a part of.

Catherine Mann engages all the emotions and all the senses of the reader as she lures the reader into bone-chilling fearful actions, into deep, personal motivations that drive the characters, and into euphoric love scenes with soul mate lovers. The piquant details Ms. Mann weaves into Free Fall make it riveting.

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