June 04, 2016

ARC Review: Fly With Me (Wild Aces #1) by Chanel Cleeton

Title: Fly With Me
Author: Chanel Cleeton
Series: Wild Aces #1
Genre: contemporary romance, military romance
From the author of the Capital Confessions Novels comes the first in the steamy Wild Aces Romance series.

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…

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Fly With Me by Chanel Cleeton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 **Game on, fighter boy.** STARS

“He didn’t fit into any box I’d come up with, and now I was coloring outside the lines, imagining all the possibilities of where this could go if I threw caution to the wind.”

I loved this book. Seriously loved it. Military romance is kind of my guilty pleasure go to when I don’t know what else to read and for the most part those books are like painting by numbers. Would it surprise you if I told you this book hit all the cliches and still managed to be unique? Well it was.

Fly With Me was my first Chanel Cleeton book and most definitely not my last. It’s the first instalment in the Wild Aces series and each book tells the story of a member in the Wild Aces squadron. Each book can be read as a standalone, concentrating on different couple. First up, Noah and Jordan.

“I liked a challenge, and there was nothing better than taking a guy who thought he was hot shit down a peg or two. And then reaping the rewards later.”

Jordan, a thirty year old boutique owner from Florida is on a trip to Las Vegas with her younger sister who is celebrating her bachelorette party. Jordan is such an interesting character. On the outside the total cliche package. Blonde bombshell, with curves and attitude, but she is written in such a way and her personality is so refreshing that I couldn’t help but connect and fall in love with her. And you know you have a winner when the heroine doesn't lose brain cells by the minute when confronted with a hot piece of fighter pilot.

Noah is a thirty-three year old F-16 fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, single and single mindedly devoted to his work. All of that changes when he meets a gorgeous girl on a night out in Vegas. Yes, he is cocky and has the kind of self-confidence that comes with his job, but to be perfectly honest he is more of a swoon-worthy-nice-guy. He tries to do what is right both in his job and relationships, but doesn't always succeed...like most humans.

There is some major instant lust and attraction going on, but it’s so scorching hot and well done there were no complaints from me. The chemistry between the two is off the charts. I was so hooked from the first page, walking around with the biggest goofy smile.

“When it was love, capital letters, can’t-live-without-you love, there wasn’t much of a choice. We were forever, for however long forever lasted.”

Let me just say this first. The author knows what she is talking about. I read in Ms. Cleeton’s bio that her husband is in fact a fighter pilot and it shows. She goes into such detail about this world, the lifestyle and what it entails to be both a pilot and the wife/partner of one. The sacrifices that go into committing to a man who is married to the Air Force and if being always second in line is worth the trouble of giving up your life.

Yes, the book starts out as a hot as hell rom-com like read, but very fast turns into a more reflective and at time highly emotional story. I loved the balance between light and more heavy feelings. I was sucked in by the excellent writing and character development and I absolutely adore how the author developed the secondary characters. I'm so glad I have the next book already on hand or I would be running up the walls in anticipation.

So, why 4.5 stars? The ending felt a bit rushed. I wanted more and see where the characters go from there. If you look at it as a strict standalone there just needs to be more in my humble opinion. That being said, I am hopeful we will get to see Noah and Jordan again in the next instalment, Into the Blue.

That's all. Thank you for your time. ;)

**ARC very kindly provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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