Author: Chalon Linton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Air Force Pilots #1
Release Date: June 1, 2020
Will Paige decide to share her heart or fly solo?
Paige Hall’s happy ending may just be in sight. She has been dating her boyfriend for months and feels confident their relationship is going in the right direction—until she catches him kissing another woman. Humiliated and hurt, Paige retreats from the dating scene and pledges to never fall hard again as she throws herself into her work as a speech therapist. Her vow is upended in a grocery store parking lot when she is nearly run over by a handsome and very apologetic air force pilot.
Captain Jake Summers is everything a girl could dream of: charming, considerate, and hardworking. Despite Paige’s determination to avoid falling into another relationship, her resolve is no match for the whirlwind romance that ensues. When Jake is not flying, he and Paige are inseparable, and Paige begins to believe in happily ever afters again. But when the couple faces a heartrending loss, they must find strength in each other and in their faith or risk losing a once-in-a-lifetime love.
Reviewer: Amy Smelser
This was a sweet, charming, and heart-tugging novel that I enjoyed so very much. What happens when your heart is broken, and your dreams are snatched away? That is exactly what has happened to Paige, and we watch her struggle as she makes her decisions, some of them hard, picks herself back up, and decides to move on. So it is no surprise that Paige remains cautious when she and Jake Summers accidentally meet, and Jake pursues her.
As they travel down this new relationship road, they both experience ups and downs. Life circumstances weigh on them and often get between them. I thought this story did a really good job of showing how true love can manifest. Both characters grow and change for the better. I felt many moments for Paige - cheering, shedding a tear or two, and wanting to smack Jake for her as well. Falling in love can be easy, but truly loving someone takes work, and getting to know that person is crucial.
This story also highlights a little about the military and the unexpected life it gives. I am not a military spouse, but I cannot imagine how hard it can be, and I am ever more thankful for them and their sacrifices. The secondary characters and both families and their dynamics made this story all the more special.
This is one of my favorite reads for this year, and my first author, Linton, read. I look forward to escaping into one of her Regency novels.
I was provided this novel courtesy of Covenant Communications through Interviews & Reviews. I was not required to post a positive review, and all views and opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Marta Aldrighetti
"I'd always thought living life to the fullest meant filling my days with a variety of things, but maybe the reality was if I cut back, I could better enjoy the activities I selected to do."
So true! Nowadays we do so much, we are always busy, running here and there, we haven't free time, we rarely stop our life to think about important things and people. Sometimes a guy disappoints you and your life become upside down, so you start thinking about your love story and understand something you didn't see before.
"Giving seemed the natural thing to do for someone you loved."
You'll find your boyfriend, he'll give you peace, love, hugs, loyalty, and your life will be balanced. Very nice story: I barely put down the book! I recommend it.
My thanks to the author and Interviews & Reviews for letting me read this book.
Reviewer: Trixi Oberembt
"I wanted a man who would love me wholly; I also wanted a partner whose faith matched my own. Someone who would open my door, hold my hand, pull me into a hug just because. Someone who wanted to share his life with me."~Paige
As someone who has been through what Paige went through—an unexpected breakup of a long term relationship of no fault of her own—I could totally relate to her. All the emotions, the feeling of betrayal, the questioning of "what went wrong" & "could I have fixed it," the "why couldn't I keep him," and the feeling of never wanting to trust a man again sort of things that cause some pretty deep hurts and a bruised heart. Also, the lesson of what I call "rebound romance" rarely ever works out and just adds to the fuel of hurt. For Paige, she quite accidentally meets Captain Jake Summers, an air force pilot and one man who could literally shake her world upside down. Except she's not ready to go there again, if ever! But then he begins to dig under the armor she's put up with his boyish charm & genuineness. Will she allow her heart to be healed, or will she close herself off to the one man who could be her "Mr. Forever?"
This isn't what I call a fluffy romance; it's filled with real-life situations that any newly formed relationship can go through and can either destroy or make it stronger. Linton throws both Paige & Jake in the fire pretty early on, and I looked forward to how they handled each one as they came up. I rooted for their love to grow despite hard things that came their way. I felt they both maturely handled things and learned to be honest with each other. I also loved when Paige shared with Jake how her strong faith in God had helped through some deep valleys in her life. I also liked seeing her relationship with her family develop and how that played a major role in changing her heart. It was fun to watch all things play out from the sidelines! The only thing I wished was different, what was Jake's faith like? The author didn't make it clear, though we have a few hints he believes in God. I just wanted to know for certain where he stood since Paige said she really wanted a partner whose faith matched her own. That's just my take and probably wouldn't bother some other readers as much.
Anyone who loves contemporary romance with an inspirational thread would enjoy this one. It's not too long or overbearing and has just the right amount of pacing for the romance. I really enjoyed getting to know Paige because of how much I related to her in my own life. I'll be looking for more books by Chalon; her writing is fantastic, in my opinion!
I received this book courtesy of Covenant Communications, through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.
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