There’s something about a man in uniform…but there’s something about a woman in one, too. When Hallie McCabe meets Philip Johnston at a picnic, she is drawn to his integrity. He is a gentleman. But also an officer. From her ship. Aware of the code against fraternization between officers and enlisted, Hallie conceals her Navy status, hopeful she and her secret will stay hidden on their aircraft carrier until she can figure out a way for them to sail off into the sunset together.
Caught in an emotional firestorm, Hallie faces a future without the man she loves, a career-shattering secret from the past, and the burden of being the one person who can prevent a terrorist attack on the ship she has sworn to protect with her life.
It started off strong, and built to a decent climax, but then it sort of fell apart at the end. Hallie meets a nice guy, who just happens to be wickedly sexy, that she really connects with. She likes him and wants it to be more than just a fling, until she discovers he serves on the same naval ship she does — a big no-no. It’s a great set-up for awesome romantic conflict. Even better, she doesn’t tell him, and the conflict intensifies. Throw in a terrorist on board who wants to take out the ship in epic fashion and what can go wrong?
Sadly, too much. Hallie starts out beautifully flawed but by the end, she’s so over-the top holier-than-thou that she becomes completely unlikeable. I literally couldn’t stand her by the time I hit the other side of the climax. I feel this would have been better if it had ended about two chapters before it did and the previous two chapters had been compressed into one.
The plot was good. A strong three-act structure that builds to a great climax, although I felt it took too long to get there, but the drawn out aftermath ruined it for me.
With the exception of Hallie’s transformation into “St. Hallie the Perfect” at the end, the characters are strong and believable. I particularly liked Skylark and Davis. I thought all of the supporting characters had depth and I liked that there was even growth in some of the tertiary characters, particularly the ship’s commander.
The first two-thirds is a solid romance that builds nicely and the action is good.