Thursday, May 12, 2016

Blog Tour Review: Fly With Me by Chanel Cleeton

I'm thrilled to be part of the review tour for Chanel Cleeton's latest contemporary romance, Fly With Me. I loved this book SO much, and I can't wait for more people to discover Jordan and Noah's story and hopefully fall for them the way I did. You can check out the first chapter of Fly With Me here.

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Fly With Me by Chanel Cleeton
Series: Wild Aces #1
Published: May 3rd, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
320 pages (eARC)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Acquired this book: Via NetGalley in exchange for honest consideration
Warning: May contain spoilers
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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…


I don’t even know how to start this review. Thinking about Fly With Me makes me smile and tear up at the same time. I’ve been on a lucky streak with great books lately, but Fly With Me has left the greatest impression. I had three initial thoughts before I started reading: 1) having read Chanel’s International School series, I figured Fly With Me would be sexy; 2) I thought it would be interesting because of the fighter pilot aspect and I knew approximately zip about fighter pilots or really the military in general; and 3) I expected to enjoy it. What I didn’t expect was to love the book from the first page and fall more and more in love with each page I read. This book has everything I love most about contemporary romance, and yet it’s unlike any other contemporary I’ve read. It was laugh-out-loud funny, unbelievably sexy, romantic, touching, heartbreaking, and hopeful.

Jordan was a great main character. She was smart, sassy, funny, and caring. Her easy, honest, witty voice made me connect with her immediately. One of the things I loved best about her was her confidence. I’d love to see more girls like this in books (and movies and TV and real life): girls who are confident, own their curves, own their imperfections, know they can be over the top and aren’t ashamed, enjoy sex without any apologies or reservations, feel comfortable in their bodies. Part of me wishes I could be Jordan and the other part desperately wants her as a friend.

I enjoyed learning about fighter pilots and military life, especially from the perspective of a significant other. It was obvious the author knew her stuff (check out this article to read the unbelievably romantic story of how Chanel Cleeton met her own fighter pilot husband - seriously, I cried), and she managed to weave in the informational bits in interesting, natural ways, which I appreciated. Jordan’s internal struggles felt very authentic, and I enjoyed watching how she figured things out. I was impressed and proud of her strength and her growth, the way you would be with a close friend who was going through something intense and managed to stay strong.

I adored Jordan and Noah as a couple. Their banter was hilarious and their sexytimes were so. Freaking. Hot. I loved their chemistry, and while they had an intense sexual attraction they also learned a lot about each other and genuinely cared about each other. They challenged each other and life challenged them, but they worked hard to make things work. I really believed in their love and rooted for them every step of the way. I laughed with them, cried for them, and swooned over them. They definitely earned a spot on my list of favourite literary couples.

Fly With Me is one of the best contemporary romances I’ve read in a long time. It’s funny, romantic, sexy, and full of heart and real emotion. It kept me up late at night reading (and bawling my eyes out) because I was so invested in these characters and their story. Jordan and Noah made a lasting impression and will stick with me for a long time. I can’t wait to continue with the Wild Aces series.




Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure.  

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband. 

 

Chanel writes contemporary romances, women's fiction, and thrillers. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, Assassins, and Wild Aces series.

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 Watch for book #2 in the Wild Aces series, Into the Blue, coming July 5th

Eric Jansen—call sign Thor—loves nothing more than pushing his F-16 to the limit. Returning home to South Carolina after a tragic loss, he hopes to fix the mistake he made long ago, when he chose the Air Force over his fiancĂ©e.

Becca Madison isn’t quick to welcome Thor back. She can’t forget how he shattered her heart. But Thor won’t give up once he’s set his sights on what he wants—and he wants Becca.

Thor shows Becca that he’s no longer the impulsive boy he used to be, and Becca finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. But will Thor be able to walk away from his dream of flying the F-16 for their love or does his heart belong to the sky?

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Have you read Fly With Me? What did you think? If you haven't read it, do you plan to? Have you read any of Chanel's other books? Have you read any books with characters who are in the military?

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