Countdown by Julie Cannon by Countdown by Julie Cannon ~ Book Review by Ameliah

Countdown-CoverTitle: Countdown by Julie Cannon

Author: Countdown by Julie Cannon

Publisher: Bold Strokes Publishing

Cover Artist: Sheri(graphicartist2020@hotmail.com)

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/19/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Fiction, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance

Blurb:

Lesbian Romance — Andrea Finley is the flight director for NASA’s latest space flight—to the moon. The mission is the first with a woman in charge, and Andrea will stop at nothing to ensure this is a textbook perfect mission. Her personal life is virtually nonexistent, and she has devoted her entire life to this, the pinnacle of her career.
When the mission runs into serious trouble, Andrea has no choice but to call Kenner Hutchings, a brilliant twenty-something whiz kid from MIT with a reputation for living life fast and loose. Kenner is their last chance to save the lives of the seven astronauts entrusted into Andrea’s care.
Andrea doesn’t trust Kenner to get the job done, and Kenner takes it as a challenge to break the reserve of her new boss. Can two strong-willed, powerful women overcome their differences to save the lives of seven others and begin a life they never imagined together?

My View:

To the Moon and Back

Thirty seven year old Andrea Finley is the flight director for the first moon landing in over 40 years. Everything goes smoothly until it is time for the seven person crew to come home eight days later. It is then that Andrea hears those five little words that make her blood run cold… “Houston, we have a problem.” Enter Kenner Hutchings. She is a twenty six year old genius with degrees in mathematics and aeronautical engineering from MIT. On her first vacation in years Kenner is keeping company with a woman in the South of France. She is not happy to get the call that she is needed but heads to Houston anyway. Andrea is even less pleased that she will have to bring Kenner up to speed on NASA mission operations. Somehow they need to get the crew back and they have less than twelve days to do it.

First of all, Ms Cannon really did her homework on this book! Goodness, there are a lot of specifics about how the space shuttle and NASA work. It is very fascinating and written in a way that is easy to understand. Countdown has a great story line and I could not read it fast enough.

I loved the conflict between the “A to Z” personality Andrea has and the “I need to see it all before I start” Kenner. Andrea doesn’t like that Kenner needs to eat and relax a bit to keep her head in the game and is really short tempered with the open and free brain child. At least some of the tension is sexual, something else Andrea resents Kenner for. After reading about Andrea’s naughty dreams I totally get it! If I thought I needed a cold shower then I really needed one after their first time together, WHEW!!

The constant strife for each other left me wondering where the romance was. Andrea spent a lot of time hostile and bitchy toward Kenner. Kenner makes it clear she wants to give them a chance but I have to wonder why. I felt Andrea should have done more to let Kenner know she was feeling afraid and off center but interested. That being said, the ending scene was absolutely flawless, it was perfect in my opinion. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Links

Countdown by Julie Cannon on Goodreads
Bold Strokes Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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