Everyone loves military heroes. I might be one of the biggest fans, because I’m pretty much guaranteed to insta-buy a book if the hero is military (or even former military). I knew going in that Ryan, the hero of IN BED WITH MR. WRONG, would be military, but he went through several variations before I settled on one particular job.
See, originally, I had him as a Marine. I love Marines. They’re hardcore and tough and tend to possess the majority of characteristics we like to see in romance novel heroes. Alpha in the extreme.
The only problem? It just wasn’t meshing well. Plus, I’d just read like four Marine books in a row, and I was craving something different.
So I went researching (one of my favorite parts of my job). A good friend of mine recommended I check out Surviving the Cut. It’s a show that basically highlights some of the toughest boot camps the various armed forces have. Rangers, Marines (Snipers and otherwise), special forces divers, and Air Force pararescuers.
I confess, I’d never even heard of pararescuers (known as PJs). I was astounded as I watched them go through the most insane training I’ve ever seen—all in a 24 hr period. You see, they’re not just special forces teams that go in and get the bad guy, recon, etc. No, PJs are medics as well as survivalists and soldiers. They are sent in when a solider is hurt to stabilize his/her condition and get them back to base. They’re the people SEALS, Rangers, and Marines call when they give a 911.
In doing more research, I found a mini-series that had been on National Geographic. Let me tell you, these guys are no joke. They go into situations that are volatile and dangerous, and they put their lives on the line repeatedly in order to save someone else. But, what’s more, they take the whole thing with kind of a shrug and “just doing my job” attitude.
“Oh, yeah, well this one mission I parachuted onto a minefield during blackout conditions to save an IED victim. But, you know, it’s not a big deal. I was able to save that guy’s life and that’s all that really matters.”
It was that attitude that hit me right in the chest. Their motto is That Others May Live. If that’s not badass in a huge way, I don’t know what is.
So, yes, that’s how I fell in love with Air Force PJs in general and Ryan in specific. And, let me tell you, I’m not done writing the guys that risk their lives to save others!
In Bed with Mr. Wrong by Katee Robert
The blind date from hell is about to get hotter…
Brianne Nave is never doing her friends a favor again. When they begged her to go on a blind date, she didn’t expect someone so perfectly gorgeous. She’s a mousy librarian—totally not in this man’s league. And judging by his odd reaction when she opens the door, he knows it, too.
Air Force Pararescuer Ryan Flannery avoids his hometown at all costs. He’s not thrilled about the date until he’s shocked silent by the prickly little librarian’s sweet curves and kissable lips…and her smart mouth. But then an argument leads to a kiss that spirals out of control. How can two people have so little chemistry outside the bedroom when they fit together so perfectly in it?
When their friends strand them in a cabin to “work things out,” Bri’s not sure whether to kill him or put the industrial-sized box of condoms they find to use. Bottom line—Ryan’s career military and hates the tiny town she loves. He’ll leave, just like everyone else in her life. And if she’s foolish enough to give him her heart, he’ll take it with him.
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