Aussie Book Review: Wings of Fear by Helene Young

Wings of Fear (Formerly Border Watch) Helene Young- Wings of Fear

 Format- Paperback

 Source- Review copy provided by author

 Synopsis: Contemporary Suspense Novel set in Northern Australia.

Above the crystal-blue waters of North Queensland, Captain Morgan Pentland patrols the vast Australian coastline. When Customs Agent Rafe Daniels joins her crew, she is immediately suspicious. Why is he boarding her plane when she isn’t there? And why is he asking so many questions?

What Morgan doesn’t know is that Rafe has her under surveillance. Critical information about their Border Watch operations is being leaked and she is the main suspect, but when Morgan and Rafe are shot down in a tragic midair attack, they realise they have to start working together – and quickly. One of Australia’s most loved icons is the next target and they have only nine days to stop it.

Will they uncover details of the plot in time, or will the tension that is growing between them jeopardise everything?

 Review: I loved this book! Wings of Fear was my introduction to Suspense Romance and I must say I am now hooked! I love trying a new genre and being pleasantly surprised. What’s more exciting is that it is by an Australian author, Helene Young.

Captain Morgan Pentland patrols the coastline of North Queensland Australia and leads a team who are like her family, co-pilot Lauren
and IT genius Gavin. Customs Agent Rafe Daniels joins her crew and Morgan is not too happy with his authoritative presence. Little does she know she is under surveillance as a suspect a serious leak in custom operations.

What stood out for me about this story is the character development. If I can connect with a character then I am halfway there to loving the story. Morgan has a shaky past- her father murdered her mother and she grew up in foster care. Now dealing with the fallout from abusive boyfriend (and policeman) Carl Wiseman she throws herself into her work and tries to forget the attractive ‘latin lover’ Rafe peering over her shoulder. Morgan’s history influences her choice in adult relationships and she recognises the destructive patterns she has fallen into despite her confidence and intelligence. She does not easily trust people and is certainly not willing to give her heart away easily. So when Commander Rafe takes an interest in her he recognises the many layers of defences he needs to get through to really connect with her.

Wings of Fear is told in third person and so we get to know both Morgan and Rafe in depth as well as Lauren to some extent. Young succeeded in creating characters who are relateable with even young flirty Lauren having personality depth and intelligence which makes this story stand out from the chic lit genre.

Of course with a storyline involving awesome characters with aviation and customs involvement the plot is also full of action and kept me in suspense throughout the entire novel. I tried to drag out reading the book by the end because i didn’t want to finish it! I’m glad I did though because the ending was perfect in my eyes.

Wings of Fear is the first in a loosely linked trilogy and I can’t wait to read the second novel, Shattered Sky.

 5/5 rating

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About the author: I live by a beach just north of Cairns – my own tiny slice of paradise in North Queensland. When I’m not writing, you’ll find me flying Dash 8 aircraft for a major airline around regional Australia.

I write romantic suspense with feisty, confident heroines who (not surprisingly) work in the aviation industry. My stories are set in the top end of Australia – a wild and wonderful, larger-than-life environment just begging to be showcased in novels filled with intrigue.

I grew up thinking everyone had their head stuck in a book so writing seemed to flow on naturally from there! (From Goodreads)

More titles by Helene Young:

Shattered Sky

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