When Maddie Carter comes back from the grave, will Hawk have a fresh start with the one who got away?
Deep Six pilot, former Army Nightstalker, Rhett Hawkins, knew the day would come, but he had hoped it wouldn’t be until after he was gone. Maddie Carter was destined to die young, because that is just how she lived. She flew by the seat of her pants and flying as all she cared about. He’d learned that the hard way, when he asked her to marry him and she shot him down.
But after her memorial service, Hawk just couldn’t get past the feeling that something was wrong with the recounting of the events that led to the crash and her supposed death. Neither the helo or her body had been found. It drove him insane until he decided to do some investigation of his own. After getting conflicting stories from two surviving special operators, he knew he had to go the full distance to settle his mind.
Once in Central America, Hawk realizes there is much more going on than the Army knows. Not only is the now blacked-out military helicopter back in service, Maddie is behind the stick making drug runs for a brutal cartel.
When he has to convince her she needs to be rescued, Hawk sees she is not the same. Captain Maddie Carter is scarred, hardened and has no memory of him or her former life at all.
Back home, when her memory starts to return and secrets are revealed, could it mean he’d only rescued her to lose her again? Would those secrets change his own life forever too?
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This book starts out in the heat of the moment and then has me in tears.
There are times in books when you want to smack a character upside the head and believe me the beginning of this book was one of those times.
Maggie ignores what is right in front of her, the man who loves her unconditionally and is offering her everything. All to join a special forces team her father, the General, because he pulled strings to get her admitted to the training.
Hawk can’t fight the force of the guilt that led Maggie to reject his proposal and walks away, saying good-bye. Not just for now, forever.
When Hawk’s informed of her death, he meets up with her brother at the funeral. Max shares the intel he has on the incident that resulted in her death and something about that report doesn’t sit right with Hawk.
This is a favorite scene when he calls Max in the middle of the night.
His hands shook as he threw his legs over the side of the bed and reached down to grab his flight suit to find his phone. He wasn’t going into this alone, and he knew the one man who could help him. He dialed Max Carter’s number and huffed a breath.
“What in the ever-loving hell do you want at three in the morning?!?” Max grumbled when he answered.“I need to go to Guatemala and find her,” Hawk replied, swallowing hard.
“She’s dead, Hawkins,” Max said, his voice firm but sympathetic. “I know that’s tough to accept. I’m having a hard time with it too— but even if she was alive after the crash, she’s been out in that jungle hurt for six months, so she’s dead now.” He huffed a breath. “I knew I shouldn’t have given you that report.”
“Bodies don’t disappear,” Hawk replied, shoring up his determination. “No, but two men who are foolish enough to go there in the middle of cartel turf wars do. It would be stupid of us to traipse into that hell to recover a body,” Max shot back.
“She could be alive and held captive by a cartel. Those operators who said she was dead aren’t trained medics. She could be MIA instead of KIA. Doesn’t that thought make your blood run cold?” Hawk knew it sure made his icy with fear.
“Why are you calling me in the middle of the night to drag me into your fantasy world?” Max asked with a groan. “I’m out of the secret mission business as soon as my last day of terminal leave is up. I’m fantasizing of opening a beach bar in Tahiti, not going to Guatemala.”
“I’m calling because you are the only other person on this earth who cared— cares about her. Show it and come with me.”
“Fuck me,” Levi groaned from the upper bunk. “I’m going too— and Caleb will probably want to go. Someone needs to be there to save your stupid ass.”
“No— this is my problem,” Hawk replied. “Logan needs you here for assignments.”
“If this is your problem, why the hell are you bothering me?” Max asked, and Hawk pulled the phone away from his ear to glare at it.
“Logan needs you here for assignments too,” Levi shot back. “Without you and the bird, we’re grounded anyway.”
“I’m not taking the bird,” Hawk informed. He’d come up with a plan that stretched his savings account to the max, but he could pull it off. If they found her pretty quickly.
“What? Are you walking to Guatemala?” Levi asked with a snide laugh.
“No, I’m leasing a helo,” Hawk growled, rolling his eyes as he put the phone back to his ear. “I’ll meet you at the hangar at Falcon Field at ten o’clock.”
Mickie’s brother Dante was a former Black Hawk pilot, and unemployed since the FBI terminated him, so he’d ask him to fill in while he was gone. That could be a while, because Hawk was not leaving Guatemala without Maddie, or her body.
“I didn’t say I was going with you,” Max said.
“You didn’t say you weren’t going with me, either,” Hawk shot back. “And if you don’t, you’ll be living with my death, along with your sister’s, for the rest of your life.”
“What makes you think I would care one way or another if you got yourself killed?” Max asked gruffly. “You can’t save stupid.”
“But you’ve tried enough times that the left-hand side of your uniform is ten times heavier than the right.” He’d heard about that for years from Maddie, but saw the medals for himself on the man’s dress blues at the funeral.
Max sighed. “Yes, I’m the Stupid Asshole Rescue Specialist, so I guess I’m going.”
“Good, I’ll meet you at the hangar at ten.” Hawk hung up the phone and his insides felt lighter than they had in six months.
I’m coming to find you, baby.
Becky McGraw. Hard Landing: Deep Six Security Book 6 (Kindle Locations 301-334). Becky McGraw.
A very tense mission follows, looking for the cartel and getting Maggie out. A big surprise awaits Hawk and the rescue becomes even more complicated.
Confrontations with Maggie’s father are intense on all sides. Maggie’s memory is a problem the Army needs to resolve and they also want their damn helo back.
A page turning, action packed, heartrending story, causing many tears and hold your breath moments. But also many smiles as well.
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Becky McGraw writes happily-ever-afters with heat, heart and humor. A Jill of many trades, Becky knows just enough about a variety of subjects to make her contemporary cowboy and romantic suspense novels diverse and entertaining. She resides in Florida with her husband of thirty-plus years, is the mother of three and grandmother of one. Becky is a member of the RWA, Sisters in Crime and Novelists, Inc.