Review: Fly with Me by Chanel Cleeton

Posted May 10, 2016 by Nima in Contemporary Romance, Rating B, Reviews Tags: , , ,

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Chanel Cleeton
Rating: B

What I’m Talking About:

Fly With Me, book one in the Wild Aces series, is a lot of what you expect just looking at the cover:  super-hot, confident, smart, fighter pilot finds the love of his life and asks her to risk her heart so they can fly away happily ever after.  Indeed, this is how the story starts.  U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and weapons specialist Noah Miller is blowing off steam with his squad members at a Las Vegas night club.  Florida native and successful clothing boutique owner, which means she has the right outfit for every occasion, Jordan Callahan happens to be in the same nightclub celebrating her little sister’s bachelorette party.  They see each other across a crowded room, she plays hard to get, she’s unlike anyone he’s ever known, their chemistry is combustible… *cue the sappy music*

I love me some sexy inguinal creases, but what you might not expect at first glance is that Cleeton writes about some significant and serious issues that go with loving someone committed to military life.  The book almost feels like it was written by two people, one who was writing a cheesy romance novel full of sex and clichés and the other who was writing a serious love story that evoked genuine emotion. I also wasn’t expecting a love story that moved from its impulsive beginning straight through to its conclusion.  The book maintains a certain intensity because of that, but there is no subplot even though we were set up for one.  The groom for Jordan’s little sister’s wedding?  Jordan’s ex.  That had drama written all over it, but it was never pursued.

Finally, I found it unfortunate that while there was explicit sexuality all over the book, it didn’t necessarily breed the intimacy that was being suddenly taken for granted as a matter of chemistry.  A great physical relationship doesn’t guarantee an emotional one.  Cleeton made an attempt at suggesting the growing emotional bond between her characters by having Noah and Jordan speak on the phone nearly every day from their separate parts of the country, but the reader wasn’t privy to most of those conversations—unless, of course, it was phone sex.  We didn’t get to build emotional intimacy until crisis hit. Then, finally, we get something meaningful.  I wish the story had more of that.

I think I would have given it a higher rating if it had more of the good stuff and less of the over-done orgasm.  Cleeton is a new author to me so I can’t say how this compares to her other books.  However, included in my ARC was an excerpt for the second book in the Wild Aces series, Into the Blue, and I was disappointed to see lines that at first glance were funny and original in Fly With Me were regurgitated and reused almost verbatim.

…or the fact that my ovaries exploded as he engaged all of my senses… ~Fly With Me

…the guys turned, and my ovaries exploded a bit as three sexy smiles flashed back at me… ~Into the Blue

There’s this desperation to shove the relationship on us instead of building it and letting us see it go up.  It can still be whirlwind, but the depth needs to come from more than chemistry.

My Rating: B, Liked It


About the Book:

U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Noah Miller—call sign Burn—loves nothing more than flying hard and fast. When he meets a gorgeous and sassy woman while partying in Las Vegas, he immediately locks on to her.

Jordan Callahan owns a thriving clothing boutique, but her love life is far less successful. Her luck changes when six feet, two inches of sexy swagger asks her to dance and turns her world upside down. 

One scorching weekend becomes an undeniable chemistry that they can’t leave in Vegas. But the long distance relationship and their different lives threaten to ground their romance. And when the dangers of Noah’s job become all too real, Jordan learns being with a fighter pilot means risking it all for a shot at love…

Release Date: May 3, 2016
Wild Aces #1
ISBN: #1101986964
Contemporary Romance
Paperback (320 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

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