Fly With Me, Chanel Cleeton

fly with me

Grade: A

Doing it at: 26%

Catnip: What Happens in Vegas, Long Distance Love, Pilot, GI Joe, Dual Narrative, Strong Female Lead, Alpha Hero

Shame Scale: Are you ashamed of watching Top Gun? Then you shouldn’t be ashamed of reading Fly With Me

Fantasy Cast:  Henry Cavill, Margot Robbie

What Do We Taste Like: Bourbon

Book Description:

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…

Hi Guys! Since we started with the podcasting, we haven’t so much been doing the reviewing as much, or at all for that matter. Podcasting actually requires more writing than I originally thought it would. We quickly discovered that if we don’t have some sort of script in place (yes, that is us trying to follow a script and mostly failing) we sound even more like bumbling idiots. BUT, I liked this book so much I felt like it deserved a full write up, after Elle and I have both mentioned it up top in different podcast episodes. So, here’s Fly With Me!

Fly With Me is book one in the Wild Aces series, and the first book I’ve ever read by Chanel Cleeton. This was recommended to us by one of our new friends over in our Book Shame Book Club Facebook group (come join us! It’s fun!), and Elle read it first and then raved about it so hard there was no way I wasn’t going to give it a shot. I’m so glad I did.

Jordan is in Vegas for her little sister’s bachelor party, she’s having some feelings about still being single at 30, and her baby sister beating her down the aisle and just the general lack of good men in general. Noah, call sign Burn ::SWOON::  is in town with his fighter pilot squad, and out on the prowl for a good time. When he sees Jordan blonde bombshelling it up on the dance floor with a tiara of bobbing penises on her head everything inside of him says that SHE’S his good time. He literally calls dibs on her to the other single members of his squad, and you know that is such catnip for us Shame Girls.

Noah is handsome, smart, funny, just the right amount of cocky, and an amazing kisser. Jordan is pretty sure she has found the urban dating myth of the perfect guy:

And then there was the urban legend, Chupucabra-like myth of a man who would fuck you up against a wall while he pulled your hair and then spoon you to sleep after. The guy who would bring you breakfast in bed with an orgasm on the side. The kind of guy who was so masculine he could get you pregnant just by looking at you.

Spoiler alert, that is exactly the kind of guy Noah is, Burn is a book boyfriend to ruin all other book boyfriends, and certainly all real boyfriends for you. The rub is that he is the perfect guy in the less than perfect career. Noah is  career military, and he is currently stationed in Oklahoma; but has no real say in where he gets sent next, or how long he will be in one place. That has never been a problem before, but as he finds himself falling incredibly fast for sweet, hot, funny, once-in-a-lifetime Jordan he is wishing that he had a stable home base to offer her. Especially since her home base (in Florida) is the definition of stable- she owns a business, her whole family is there, she has a dog. Noah’s transient lifestyle is not one she ever pictured for herself.

It’s rare to read a book that addresses the realities of how hard a long distance relationship is. I think in this “modern age” long distance is kind of seen as a hurdle that is easier to jump than it really is; in theory smart phones, and face time, and skype should help you feel close to your love when they’re far away. Unfortunately, as Jordan and Noah find out a screen isn’t a substitute for the flesh and blood companionship of someone you desire in ALL ways. And the pair need to decide if they can compromise, and build a life together.

I can not stress enough how delightful this book was, and how fricking hot all the doing it is:

He touched me the entire night — twisting my hair around his fingers, his hips against mine, a hand grazing my legs, waist, back, my face buried in the curve of his neck, his lips ghosting across my skin. His scent covered me.

See? Hot and sweet, and also playful. I felt like I was reading about a hero and heroine who genuinely LIKE each other beyond the lust, which can be sadly lacking in romance books:

“What about just the tip?”

She snorted, “What are you, sixteen?”

“Feels like it.”

She laughed. “It’s been like six hours.”

“It’s been eight.”

We award automatic extra book points for any mention of “just the tip” — we can’t help it, it makes us laugh.

Fly With Me does a fair bit of world building, and place setting, for books two and three in the series, which Elle and I are also reading/whole heartedly endorsing. As the weather turns steamy we strongly urge you to take Fly With Me along on your summer adventures, you will not regret taking that leap.

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