Landon “Blackhawk” Walker is ready to get out of the Navy SEALs. He has seen and done enough, and can’t wait to get to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where three tasks await him: get back into civilian mode, take a boat out to the El Arco Rocks, and win back the heart of the woman he lost because of his career.
Maya Gonzalez has tired of the heartbreak that comes with Landon’s deployments year after year. When he walks back into her life, she cannot deny her heart, despite her reservations.
As they lose themselves in each other and the beauty of Cabo, their passion is rekindled once again, but Maya knows that one phone call means deployment for Landon, putting an end to their reunion, and possibly their relationship.
“Where were you?” she finally asked, her voice quiet.
He didn’t look at her, but he felt her body tense next to his. “Were you hurt?”
He shrugged, but then thought better of trying to blow off her questions. Maya had always said she wanted nothing but honesty from him, and he had been the one to offer this Q&A.
“I took some shrapnel in my chest, but it was all superficial.” He gazed down at her as she studied his chest as if she could see the wounds he was talking about.
“Did you kill?” she whispered, her stare never leaving his chest.
Dammit. This was the part he hated because she abhorred violence, but killing was his job. If he didn’t take out the bad guys, they would kill American soldiers, and he would be damned if that happened on his watch. “Yes.”
She closed her eyes for a moment.
“Did you think of me?”
“Oh, God, Maya.” He put his finger under her chin and turned her face to his. Her brown eyes sparkled with tears that made his heart feel as though it might quit beating. “Maya, it’s always you. It’s thinking of you that made me want to stay alive. It’s the thought of your smile, your face, your body pressed up against mine that kept me warm at night, the sound of your laughter that made me smile when I felt like I couldn’t smile again. Maya....”
He didn’t know what else to say, so he did what he had wanted to do since the day he left her almost a year ago.
He brought his lips to hers.
Reviewed by Mary Beth Witkop
4 out of 5 stars
Carly Fall has written a passion packed story in her Novella Chica Bella.
Imagine this, your name is Landon Walker and you are a soldier in one of the most secret and revered branches of the US military, the Navy Seal's. Not only are you one of the best snipers in the game you have been doing it for a long time. Your tired and exhausted mentally, physically and most definitely emotionally. The only thing that is getting you through everyday is one thing Maya Gonzalez. She is the love of your life but the last time you saw each other was when you were leaving for another tour of duty and suffice to say it didn't end to well.
Now your leave for 2 weeks in Cabo San Lucas and hope to see her again so you can rekindle the romance that you have each time you return. The most important things are gaining her trust and love again and waiting to hear if a replacement has been found so you can end your military career.
What I liked best was the realistic relationship between Landon and Maya. Each time he left her she was crushed but she kept living her life and when he returned this last time she was a little weary and afraid she would get hurt again even though she knew how much she loved him. One of my favorite lines is "I don't think this chica can give you any more chances." But she took that chance and was brave enough to give him one more shot.
Each time the two came together and made love there was such a raw emotion because neither one knew if this would be the last time. I think my favorite part is at the end where she goes ballistic after he took the call from his commanding officer. I would tell you more but I suggest you read it for yourself.
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