by Catherine Mann

March 2003
ISBN: 0-373-21815-X
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Mass Market Paperback

Bigger, better, bolder. That’s Catherine Mann’s Wingmen Warriors’ Anything, Anywhere, Anytime. Three sisters, three completely different women, three men worthy of their trust, three love stories. All of them merging and belonging together. All of them different. All of them important, beautiful and emotional.

Anything, Anywhere, Anytime is compelling and patriotic, sensual and brave. Catherine Mann’s first single-title release not only features the beloved Wingmen Warriors characters but also Army Rangers and Navy Seals. Bringing them all together on a mission to rescue American hostages in a Middle Eastern country.

One of the hostages is flight surgeon Monica Hyatt’s little sister. And not even the daunting aspect of having to work under her ex-lover Major Jack "Cobra" Korba could keep her from manipulating her way onto his crew. However, not only does Monica have to deal with her conflicting feelings for Jack and the fear for her sister Sydney, but also with the sudden appearance of her estranged half-sister Yasmine Halibiz.

All three love stories in Anything, Anywhere, Anytime are gripping, passionate and intense. However, it is Sydney’s struggle in captivity and her strength that fascinated me the most about Catherine Mann’s latest release. Sydney is strong besides everything that she has to endure at the hands of her captors. She stays unbroken. And even though I found it a heavy subject to tackle within the romance genre, I found that Catherine Mann handled it just right. The horror of Sydney’s situation is obvious but never takes precedence. Of more importance to the story are her strength and the very tough and brave decisions she makes. I’m not sure that in real life all of those decisions are that easy, but it feels good to see Catherine Mann and her characters believing it.

Whereas Catherine Mann engages all the readers’ senses within the safe perimeters of the military base, it’s easy to appreciate the close and personal research resources available to Ms. Mann, as it is the small details that bring her stories to life — the world outside the fences shielding the military personnel is vague and only seems to intrude with violence. However, instead of coloring all of the Middle Eastern country’s inhabitants as evil and out for blood, Ms Mann painted a compassionate picture of a nation suffering under the actions of its government and a group of fanatics.

The story is definitely too patriotic and too political to be translated into all languages available to the Silhouette romance market. A shame! After all when it comes to military romances Catherine Mann is the author to read. This award-winning novelist is one of the best when it comes to delivering emotional punch and in-depth characterization. Always delivered in a voice that is strong, tolerant and compassionate.

Anything, Anywhere, Anytime is one wonderful action packed romance celebrating and embracing tolerance, life and kick-ass-heroines.

Reviewed in February 2004 by Kris Alice.

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