During the cultural revolution of the 1960's and '70's, the war in Vietnam continued, daily casualties calmly reported on the evening news. Shaw, a brilliant ex-Navy Seal, has managed to come home alive after two tours in Vietnam and is now involved in black ops with Naval Intelligence, stationed in the exotic Hawaiian Islands.
The revolution had evolved into social and anti-war protests, rock 'n roll, drugs, feminism, burn-your-bras, and casual sex, arriving in Hawaii as tradewinds of change.
An unorthodox romance springs up between Shaw and Marie, his boss's daughter. From the moment they meet, sparks fly and the erotic heat between them runs as hot as the lava streaming from Hawaii's volcano, Kilauea.
Thus, the first installment of the Sliding into Black trilogy begins.
I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. To be honest, I had no idea what I was getting into, nor did I know it was a trilogy!! Talk about me yelling at the kindle and making Mr. Wonderful look at me like I had 12 heads!!
With that said, I had a really hard time rating this story. After finishing it, and having time to digest it, I'm still struggling. The story is based in 1970, in Hawaii, during the Vietnam war. The story line is very fast paced, and there where times I had a hard time following along but the plot line itself, sucked me right in.
Shaw is an ex-Navy Seal working under cover when he runs into beautiful, strong, intelligent, and stubborn as hell, Marie. Their whirlwind romance starts almost immediately after meeting, only Marie has no intentions of starting a long term romance. After finding out that he and her father some how know each other, she can't help but want to see him more.
As the setting it war-time, you can imagine how the story plays out. The ending though... talk about cliff hanger!! As mentioned early, this has to be the toughest book for me to review. While the story and cliff hanger has me pulling my hair out and begging for book 2, I did feel like it was a little rushed. This is the first of T.L. KitAE series and I am anxiously awaiting to see where we go next. Can Shaw and Marie have their happy ending, or will the war break them apart?