Series: Flight and Glory #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Outer Banks, NC
Source: ARC, Publisher/PR
Also by this author: Wilder, Nova, Rebel
Two years after the man she loved was killed in Afghanistan, Morgan Bartley is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. The reno on her dilapidated beach house in the Outer Banks might be just the distraction she needs to keep her debilitating anxiety attacks at bay and begin to heal her heart...if she can ignore the ridiculously handsome guy next door.
At twenty-eight, single-dad Jackson Montgomery’s life revolves around his five-year-old daughter and his job as a search-and-rescue pilot for the coast guard. He’s no stranger to saving a damsel in distress, and though his gorgeous new neighbor is clearly in distress, she’s no damsel. She’s stubborn as hell with walls a mile thick, and the dog tags hanging from her rearview mirror give him a pretty good clue as to why.
It doesn’t matter that their attraction is undeniable—she swore she’d never fall for another pilot, let alone a military man. There are some wounds time can’t heal, and some fears too consuming to conquer.
She’s a barely breathing heartbreak on the edge of recovery.
He’s a crash waiting to happen.
Together they could have it all...if they can endure the coming storm.
The Reality of Everything is book 5 in the Flight and Glory series but it totally stands alone! Here are just a few of the reasons I loved this book:
- The setting: The Outer Banks of NC! I lived in NC for years and there is just something unique and gorgeous about the banks. I love reading books set there because I have such vivid images of all the places and things I saw.
- The heroine is a war veteran. I always love books about military heroes, but I especially love to see stories about how female military heroes reacclimate to daily life.
- The hero is a single dad with a cute 5 year old! LOVE it.
What I feel for you isn’t quiet. It’s loud and inconvenient and demands to be said as often as possible
I think that quote sums up so much from The Reality of Everything! First, Morgan is grieving someone who was prominent in previous books in the series, so I really suggest you read in order or you will feel like you are missing something. Readers of the series will break along side Morgan and that makes Jax even more loveable. I’m not a huge fan of the dead first love theme…how could the next love ever NOT feel like a consolation prize?! But, that is all part of what makes the story so emotional. There is just so much baggage. I don’t mean that in a bad way-just that both Jax and Morgan have a lot of crap to wade through and process in order to find their HEA.
Since this is part of a series, you have great secondary characters that really help lighten the plot at times. Jax’s daughter is great as well. While the story is certainly a tear jerker, its real. There is not fabricated drama for emotional manipulation happening here. Bring tissues. The Reality of Everything is beautifully written and intensely raw (emotionally); readers will gobble up the opportunity to be back in the Flight and Glory world.
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: yes
- Trope: ex military, single dad
- Triggers: View Spoiler »obviously, Morgan is dealing with a death and also her own trauma from being in a war « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
other romances featuring former military men and women like Lethal Edge by Kaylea Cross, Dream Maker by Kristen Ashley, May Contain Wine by Lani Lynn Vale …then you will probably like The Reality of Everything!
Fantastic review! I love to read books with NC settings now that I live here.
There’s a return to the Flight and Glory series? Awesome, now I know I need to read this as that is such a good series (from what I remember, it’s been a while). Hopefully I’ll enjoy it does sound good.