When asked what he does for a living, Commander Mark Bishop is deliberately low-key: "I'm in the navy."
But commanding the ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada, keeping its crew trained and focused during 90-day submerged patrols, and being prepared to launch weapons on valid presidential orders, carries a burden of command like few other jobs in the military. Mark Bishop is a man who accepts that responsibility, and carries it well. And at a time when tensions are escalating in the Pacific Rim, the navy is glad to have him.
Mark wants someone to come home to after sea patrols. The woman he has in mind is young, pretty, and very smart. She's a civilian, but she understands life in the navy. And he has a strong sense that life with her would never be boring. But she may be too deep in her work to see the potential in a relationship with him.
Gina Gray would love to be married. She has always envisioned her life that way. But a breakup she didn't see coming has her focusing all her attention on what she does best--ocean science research. She's on the cusp of a breakthrough, and she needs Mark Bishop's perspective and help. Because what she's told the navy she's figured out is only the beginning. If she's right, submarine warfare is about to enter a new and dangerous chapter.
If I had to describe this book in one word it would be, "Boring." And that seriously makes me sad. You have no idea how much I wanted to like this book. I kept slogging through hoping it would get better. It never did.
I would say that 90% of the book was about submarines. How they operate, what they do, what life is like in the Navy while on one of them. But you don't discover these facts through the story. They are just laid out like, "Oh, I have all this research that I need to lay out for people". If you like submarines, boy this will be a good book for you. 10 % of this book was the story, and even that was questionable. Gina wants to get married really bad, and she now has two great guys wanting to marry her and she still doesn't get it. She's so smart she almost can't function it seems. Plus, what's with all the security around her? Yes, I understand why they said it was necessary in the book. It was mentioned multiple times, but why? It had no bearing on the book at all. She was never kidnapped, or hurt, or even sought after by people who would harm her. Nothing. Just a lot about how she was at risk and needed security.
Let's look at the great guys for a minute. Now, normally I love when the guys are great in a novel. I'm not one for the rebel type character. But boy, both of these guys were so great they were completely unreal. Neither one would fight for Gina, they were both, "Whoever she picks is going to be lucky, and I'll still be friendly and nice and not hurt at all." It showed a lack of feeling to me, instead of supposedly loving this woman.
Did I mention there is no conflict in this book either? No climax. Nothing happens. She discovers great things, both men and her brother go off to sea, even when a war almost breaks out, it doesn't and nothing happens. In fact, every time the story started to get interesting the author would skip the interesting part and the next thing I knew it was "two weeks later" and the interesting part was over with nothing to show for it.
Content wise it is squeaky squeaky clean. Even the kissing that took place was boring.
Would I buy this? No. Would I recommend this? No.
Author: Dee Henderson
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: April 2014
Source: I received an eCopy from NetGalley in exchange for a review.