Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Review: Clear to Lift by Anne A Wilson

Clear to Lift
by Anne A Wilson

Publisher: Forge Books
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Navy helicopter pilot Lt. Alison Malone has been assigned to a search and rescue team based at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, near the rugged peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and far from her former elite H-60 squadron. A rule follower by nature, Alison is exasperated and outraged every time she flies with her mission commander, "Boomer" Marks, for whom military procedures are merely a suggestion. Alison is desperate to be transferred out of the boonies, where careers stagnate, and back to her life and fianc√© in San Diego.

Alison's defenses start to slip when she meets mountain guide Will Cavanaugh during a particularly dicey mission. Will introduces her to a wild, beautiful world of adventure that she has never known before. Stranded on a mountain during a sudden dangerous blizzard, Alison questions every truth she thought she knew about herself. When Will braves the storm to save her life, she must confront the fact that she has been living a lie. But is it too late to change course?

Kritters Thoughts:  Alison Malone is engaged and a navy helicopter pilot stationed in Nevada, far from her fiance in San Diego.  She wants this to be just a stop before she can reunite and marry her safe option and start a family.  Although she has always taken the safe route her job is anything but safe as she flies in the craziest of situations to search and rescue climbers, accident victims or just explorers.  

I loved Alison's story.  It was half adventure half romance.  As the daughter of an aeronautical engineer, I have always had a fascination with aviation, so to read a book with a lot of detail about flying a helicopter and the ins and outs of search and rescue was intriguing.  I say all this to warn you that there was a lot of procedural and flying terms and such and there were some moments where it felt overwhelming.  I don't think I would say it should be edited out, but it stunted the flow of the story sometimes.

I enjoyed the characters and the main plot.  I loved Alison's journey.  

Anne Wilson has another book Hover that I am intrigued to read.  Knowing going in that there will definitely be some aviation terms and things, I think I would enjoy it.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from BookSparks PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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