Hi there! Today I’m sharing my review of Jamie Rae’s CALL SIGN KARMA, a contemporary military romance. There’s a blog tour on, so don’t forget to enter below.
Distraught over the loss of her brother in a fighter jet accident, Tinklee Pinkerton decides to follow in his footsteps and prove the tragedy wasn’t his fault. But when she’s chosen as the first woman to fly the Air Force’s F-35, her plan for a life that revolves around work is thrown off course by a handsome, mysterious stranger…
Thanks to Locke’s seductive British accent, sweet nature, and one too many beers, Tink is soon inspired to throw caution to the wind and herself into his arms. She thinks maybe love can heal after all—until she discovers Locke is her superior officer. Tink has no problem risking her life in the air, but with everything on the line, is she brave enough to risk her heart on the ground?
Tinklee Pinkerton is a 22 y/o newly graduated Air Force pilot who is being trained on a new jet, the same jet her father has helped design/sell and also the same jet which crashed killing her older brother, Colin. Tink is sure there’s something wrong with the jet, and it malfunctioned–resulting in Colin’s death–and she’s determined to prove it. Of course, the night before she begins training she gets drunk, trying to drown her jitters and grief, and has a one nighter with a stranger…who turns out to be Capt. Locke of the Royal Air Force, and one of her instructors.
The sexual tension is high, though both Tink and Locke know they must stay away from each other, or risk their positions on the squadron. There is a lot of animosity, too, as Tink thinks Locke believes Colin died due to pilot error. And, there’s a love square with one pushy brunette (Kassie) and a Special Forces operative (Ash) who won’t accept “no” for an answer.
Tink successfully pilot’s her dad’s jet–many times, and still struggles to find the answers behind Colin’s crash. Being deployed doesn’t help–as Tink’s very unsettled. So much so she’s ready to pull the plug on flying altogether–until Locke goes down behind enemy lines.
What I liked about the story: Tink is a strong woman who is used to being harassed by the men in her field. She handles herself with grace, much of the time. She is also unduly stubborn and this causes her many, many problems. At times her obstinacy was irritating, and I wished she could have gotten an emotional grip a long time prior to getting in the cockpit. There seems to be a lot of procedural info about the Air Force, which brought authenticity to the story, but sometimes bogged the pace.
Locke was a decent guy, and so was Ash. Tink had a ton of great guys to lean on, and even the d-bags were there when she needed them. I think there were two issues that kept this from being a great read, for me. First, there was almost no heat. All the smexytimes were completely glossed over–barely happened. Second, I had a hard time believing that such an inexperienced pilot would be one of the trainees on such a new aircraft. Such a big emphasis of the book was placed on Tink’s newbie status and it just seemed irrational. I know the military has standards for pilots, and I’d have felt more connected if Tink had had a few years of piloting under her belt. Her young age didn’t add anything to this story, but confusion. Made me think the Air Force was pretty, um, dumb–putting a young, untested pilot in an untested plane–one which crashed recently killing her only sibling. I supposed it COULD have happened, but it made it harder for me to accept the story as a reader. It also interfered with my understanding of the story’s timeline, as well.
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About the Author
JAMIE RAE is a New Adult and Young Adult author. She writes with one goal in mind–create stories with a positive message that will stay with the reader long after they’ve finished reading.
Jamie is an avid reader and loves discovering stories with a great hook, though she will not eat, sleep, or speak until she reaches the end. The Harry Potter years weren’t pretty!! Convinced that her Hogwarts letter was lost in the mail, she keeps a watchful eye for owls hoping her children will have better luck!
In her other life, Jamie Rae is an orthodontist, and literary agent. She keeps her heart overflowing with love as a mother of three and has perfected the art of nomadic living as a military spouse and Air Force veteran. Jamie has a passion for critters of all shapes and sizes and you can often find her sneaking them into her own home or volunteering for rescues.
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