Last week my cohort Kim did a week-long tribute of books/writers related to the military in honor of Pearl Harbor Day (check out her blog here). On Friday, she posted what she calls a “dueling review” (I might have termed it more of an interview).
Here’s the jist: We both read the book (see my review here), then came up with several thought-provoking questions for each other to answer about the book.
She asked me about scenes that resonated, why I was attracted to the book, and how I would classify the book. I asked her more specific questions, and since her answers are so insightful, I decided to re-post them here. Enjoy!
Tracey: The opening scene of the book depicts a mission going south. What did you like about it (or not like), and how did that make you want to continue to read the book?
Kim: I tend to shy away from Romantic Suspense, but Anne Elizabeth hooked me. She wrote the scene in a away that it was compelling but not gratuitous.
Tracey: The hero is a Navy SEAL who’s been sidelined by an injury and memory loss. What scene did you feel best displayed his core personality in dealing with this?
Kim: Jack invited Laurie back to his apartment and she commented on his abundance of games. Jack explained that he went to live with his grandfather after his mother died and his father abandoned him. His grandfather played games with him to draw out the shell shocked six year old. Jack commented that his grandfather had been in the Navy and Jack wanted to follow his Grandfather’s example of doing the right thing. This scene blew me away.
Tracey: The heroine’s backstory as a SEAL “pup” and her relationship with her adoptive SEAL father affects her attitude toward all Navy SEALs. Why do you think she ultimately falls for a Navy SEAL?
Kim: Although Laurie claims she does not want to date any military men, it’s hard to get it out of her blood. Tracey and I are members of the RomVets – women veterans who are now writing romance (they write, I blog). We have a Yahoo group for us to share … because we get each other. Ultimately, Laurie “gets” Jack.
Tracey: How did you feel about the “apparitions” or appearances of the hero’s dead partner? Did they add to the story?
Kim: I commend Anne Elizabeth for giving Jack a means to wrestle with these demons. Throughout the book, he feels guilty that his swim buddy died, leaving behind a family. In fact, his partner made several appearances to “kick Jack’s butt” over his guilt. Since this is a HEA, its safe to say that Jack finds peace … have a hanky available for Jack’s final scene with his swim buddy. I think Anne Elizabeth left it to the reader to decide if it is his spirit or Jack’s imagination.