Rash daredevils with a score to settle. Swaggering jet jocks with no regard for rules or safety. Unchecked egos battling for superiority. This is the picture Hollywood paints of the military fighter pilot—but what really happens behind the closed doors of an Air Force fighter squadron?
English Michaels knows.
All seventeen-year-old Charlotte wanted was a raspberry slushie and a plan for getting the hell out of Iowa.
Resolve and hard work granted her wish, and now Charlotte "Miles" Christman is an Air Force pilot, savoring the self-reliance and relishing the chaotic camaraderie of fighter squadron life. The constraints of her childhood shaped a person with an unquenchable thirst for independence. Her passion for flying and craving for freedom leaves no room for intimacy—a complication Miles studiously avoids— until one cataclysmic morning alters the course of her life for good.
Flight Lieutenant Oliver Bloodworth, on an RAF exchange tour, is elated to be assigned stateside near his best mates—cousins Vivianne and Jacob, a Scorpion squadron pilot. Nothing's more important to Oliver than family. He hopes for a love to nurture and a family of his own someday, but the prospect appears distant—until he makes a random stop at Kwik Shopper.
A chance encounter over a raspberry slushie causes their paths to converge, but the timing couldn't be worse. Miles is at a crossroads, forced to consider the cost of her treasured self-sufficiency. Patiently, Oliver navigates Miles's carefully constructed defenses as she examines the choices that brought her to this watershed moment. His steadiness and careful protection as Miles weathers the storm contrasts sharply with the powerful way he loves her in the dark. Far from limiting the freedom Miles desires, his devotion is giving her wings—and she's falling fast.
Change is afoot, but consequences seem inevitable. In the face of so many obstacles, is love always enough?