Saturday, May 11, 2013

Jenn's Review of Chica Bella by Carly Fall

Landon “Blackhawk” Walker is ready to get out of the Navy SEALs. He has seen and done enough, and can’t wait to get to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where three tasks await him: get back into civilian mode, take a boat out to the El Arco Rocks, and win back the heart of the woman he lost because of his career.
Maya Gonzalez has tired of the heartbreak that comes with Landon’s deployments year after year. When he walks back into her life, she cannot deny her heart, despite her reservations.
As they lose themselves in each other and the beauty of Cabo, their passion is rekindled once again, but Maya knows that one phone call means deployment for Landon, putting an end to their reunion, and possibly their relationship.

“Where were you?” she finally asked, her voice quiet.
He didn’t look at her, but he felt her body tense next to his. “Were you hurt?”
He shrugged, but then thought better of trying to blow off her questions. Maya had always said she wanted nothing but honesty from him, and he had been the one to offer this Q&A.
“I took some shrapnel in my chest, but it was all superficial.” He gazed down at her as she studied his chest as if she could see the wounds he was talking about.
“Did you kill?” she whispered, her stare never leaving his chest.
Dammit. This was the part he hated because she abhorred violence, but killing was his job. If he didn’t take out the bad guys, they would kill American soldiers, and he would be damned if that happened on his watch. “Yes.”
She closed her eyes for a moment.
“Did you think of me?”
“Oh, God, Maya.” He put his finger under her chin and turned her face to his. Her brown eyes sparkled with tears that made his heart feel as though it might quit beating. “Maya, it’s always you. It’s thinking of you that made me want to stay alive. It’s the thought of your smile, your face, your body pressed up against mine that kept me warm at night, the sound of your laughter that made me smile when I felt like I couldn’t smile again. Maya....”
He didn’t know what else to say, so he did what he had wanted to do since the day he left her almost a year ago.
He brought his lips to hers.

 Jenn's Review

        I must say that Carly Fall knows how to pack a lot of story into a novella. And even though it  was not a full length novel, it had ALL the right components for me to love it. Plus, she added a man in uniform!

Landon wants out of the SEALs in a bad way. The only thing he wants is to return to Maya and hopefully pick up where they left off all those months ago. Problem is, he has no idea if she would even want to see him. In his line of work, it’s not like he can pick up the phone and let her know he’s alright. At this point, I am already on his side. His feelings are deep and they are strong.

When we meet Maya, she is working at the resort where Landon always stays. Landon comes to her rescue when she get hassled by some drunk spring breakers. She’s confused, to put it mildly. Where has he been and how can he just show up and make her heart wake up again? I feel for Maya and I can understand her reluctance at starting a relationship with Landon. He could get a call at any time and he would have to leave at a moment’s notice.

Maya decides to go for it. Broken heart be damned. And, Landon completely earns his place in her heart. He will do whatever he can to keep it. This story was sexy, sweet and a mini adventure. I’m very glad I was introduced to Carly’s work! 4/5


  1. Thank you for having me today and for taking the time to read and write the review, Jennifer. I appreciate it! :)

  2. I would definitely prefer to vacation somewhere warm, preferably with a beach!