Jewel of the Kimberley by Erin Moira O’Hara

Jewel of the Kimberley by Erin Moira O’HaraJewel of the Kimberley by Erin Moira O'Hara
Series: Steele Ops #3
Published by Erin Moira O'Hara on July 14th 2016
Pages: 267
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Nick Flanagan had two passions—his fiancée, Ava, and flying Black Hawks. Then he was accepted into a special unit within the SAS, it was a dream come true. That dream cost him Ava. In the four years since, he’s lived hard and fast. Now, having discovered a treacherous lie, Nick wants Ava back. First though, he must contend with a rival, who has an agenda of his own.
Ava Mitchell’s parents had been cool and distant her whole life, so when she fell for fun loving Nick Flanagan, he became her world. After three wonderful years together, Nick joined the SAS and cancelled their wedding. Devastated, Ava walked out, hoping he’d resign and come after her. Several weeks later her biggest fear became a reality when she received word he’d been killed.
Now a successful designer, Ava is about to risk her heart again when the unimaginable happens—Nick walks back into her life. Can she trust the man she once adored, or will he and a band of smugglers destroy her life? To survive she will need a miracle or perhaps a team of heroic commandos.

The blurb alone made me pick up my overdue Kindle subscription but it wasn’t too long before I questioned my own judgement in doing that.

I liked the location (never been to Broome, but I can just imagine the pristine waters and the beautiful Australian landscape) and the unusual suspense story, which is a lot to take in.

Much less convincing however, was the romance and the whiplash speed at which it went, as though it was quickly written to be put out of the way before the suspense could take centre stage. The easy way Ava welcomed Nick back with open arms by the second night despite the fact he’d left her, chosen the army over her and pretty much just tomcatted his way through the whole time left me hanging with disbelief. That their reunion went without bumps at all, progressing to the point where declarations of love were dished out so speedily after Nick simply walked back into her and assumed everything would fall into place somehow made it all hard to swallow and consequently harder for me to like both Ava/Nick as leading characters who simply seemed content to brush the past away too easily. I felt that it should have been a lot more difficult and complicated, with a fuck-ton of issues to sort through. It wasn’t and as a result, beyond disappointing to read.

There is a host of other interesting characters (that I’m mildly curious about) as well when the suspense finally kicks in, but left without the tension and the bit of angst I’d expected, it was simply difficult to get my interest to hold steady after that.