Title: Daring the Pilot (Men of Marietta #3)
Author: Jeannie Moon
Publisher: Montana Born, Tule Publishing
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Western Romance
Rating: 2 Stars
Keely Andersen hasn’t visited her hometown more than a handful of times in the last ten years, but when her doctoral research sends her back to Marietta for the immediate future, she can’t wait to reconnect with the community and the mountains she missed so much. Of course, nothing goes as planned, and Keely’s truck breaks down a few miles outside of town. When help arrives, she finds herself face to face with her brother’s best friend – the guy she used to call big, bad and gorgeous – Jonah Clark.
Still settling back into Marietta after a harrowing stint as an army helicopter pilot, Jonah Clark plans to spend a few days hiking the local mountains to prepare for his job as a pilot for Crawford County’s Search and Rescue team. When he stops to help a stranded driver, Jonah is shocked to find his best friend’s younger sister is the one behind the wheel. Only now, instead of the geeky teen he remembered, Keely is all grown up with curves he can’t resist.
Though the sparks of attraction ignite immediately, they’re hesitant to act because of their shared past. But when a project dear to their hearts is threatened, and a boy is lost on Copper Mountain, Keely and Jonah drop everything to fight for what matters, including each other.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Bummer. I was so excited to read this after catching up on two previous story and Jonah seemed like such an enigma, but Daring the Pilot fell short from what I expected.
While the overall idea of the story was nice, the writing had me floundering as it choppy flow and hops all over the pages. Too bad really, I love the portrayal of the main characters. Brainiac geologist Keely Andersen and mentally scarred former army pilot turned search-and-rescue helo rider Jonah Clark sound like a great pair. Alas, even with alternate POVs I couldn’t really get into their characters or found their attraction believable.
Not helping matters were the situation with Keely’s family, more so when it’s more telling (by Keely) than showing on the supposed reasons or any sorting-out of the matter afterwards.
Perhaps I’m just not familiar with the author’s writing style being new to her works. But of the “Men of Marietta series” I’ve read so far, this novella is my least favorite. I hope the next entry would click better with me than this.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.