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  • Dangerous Times

    When her plane-crazy high school sweetheart goes off to join the Army Air Corps, Pam Wright writes him often but is disappointed that he doesn’t reply to every letter. She’s lonely, hurting from his seeming lack of interest, and dances with someone else one Saturday night.

    By the time Pearl Harbor is attacked, Lieutenant Tom Shafer has been home on leave, explained how busy he’s been with officer training, and made sure Pam will be waiting for him after the war. He’s also had a fight with the guy who won’t leave her alone after that one dance. But is it safe to leave her in the same town with this obsessed bully? How can Tom fulfill his promises to protect both his country and the love of his life?

    Rating: Spicy
    Page Count: 238
    Word Count 65300
    Print ISBN: 1-60154-931-8

    Excerpt:

    “Will you tell me where Vic Houston is?”

    Jake nodded toward an old blue Oldsmobile. “He’s working under the hood over there.”

    “Thanks, Jake.” The smell of gas, grease, and rubber hit Tom's nose as he made his way to the Olds. He saw Vic with a wrench, tightening something in the engine. Tom leaned against the fender. “Vic, do you have a moment?”

    Vic looked surprised, and Tom noticed his grease-grimed hand clench the wrench tighter. “What do you want, Shafer?” His voice was rough.

    “I didn’t come here to fight you, but before I leave to go back to base, I have something to say. If I hear you’ve hurt Pam in any way, I will find you.”

    Vic's fingers bunched the dirty cloth that covered the radiator grill. “I don’t plan to hurt Pam, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try to date her. And the big-time flyboy didn’t bring any charges against me. Are you too chicken?” He spit on the floor by Tom’s feet.

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05/16/2012

Review

Reviewed by JoAnne at Romancing the Book.

This is the third book in the Dangerous Times series by Fridl who is a new author to me. I didn’t read books 1 and 2 but will have to find them and do so. This was a quick and enjoyable read that drew me in from the first page to the last even without reading the first two books since they gave a lot of background throughout this book.

Most of the story took place in Juneau, Alaska where the families were living. The rest of the story took place in the Pacific during World War II with many of the characters enlisting in the war. You became a part of the heat, the battles, the loneliness, and the fear. Tom, the main male character, was a pilot and flying and his girl Pam were his life. There was romance, some laughter, lots of angst and a few tears. There was family, friends, history, battles, casualties, injuries, a stalker, mystery and suspense.

I enjoyed the letters written by the various characters to family and friends that helped give their innermost thoughts as well as kept them connected when they were so far from each other. There was a happily ever after that looked on the verge of not happening many times with the twists and turns to the storyline but I’m glad that it worked out. I enjoyed the epilogue as well since it helped give closure to the story. I look forward to reading more books by Fridl in the future.

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