This felt like a Top Gun fanfic with Solo as Maverick without the daddy issues and Panther as Iceman but with black hair and blue eyes and all the daddy issues.
In the movie, Ice was the antagonist because he didn’t trust Maverick, and he got up in Maverick’s face, accused him of being reckless and dangerous, just like Panther does to Solo. In the movie, Mav says to Ice, “That’s right. I am dangerous.” Also, they often argued in the locker rooms and sauna wearing nothing but towels around the waist and the steam all around them. Hot. Not to mention the volleyball scene at the beach, except in this book, they’re eye fucking each other.
Also, the descriptions of combat flight training didn’t feel authentic. It didn’t seem like the authors did a lot of research in military culture and operations. My dad was in the military, and I was a Navy brat, and I didn’t feel at all like I was on a military base when I was reading this book. I kept comparing the book to the movie, and seeing scenes from the movie in my mind. In terms of the setting and the combat maneuvers and the jet planes, the action scenes were just not good enough. I wasn’t feeling the thrill and the danger and excitement the way I did watching the movie.
But do we care all that much that about the military stuff and the technicalities? Solo and Panther are hot. The book is entertaining and sexy, and it’s a very good m/m romance. Instant lust, sexual tension, developing eventually into a relationship. This ends on a cliffhanger, but book 2 will be released next month so we don’t have to wait too long. Next stage, falling in love… then probably Panther’s dad will cause some conflict in their relationship, etc.
I enjoyed this, anyway. It was a quick and easy read, not too angsty, and fun. I wouldn’t mind escaping to this story again. I like the characters, and want to find out what happens next.