Author: Jennifer Echols
Book #: 1
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: .7
Goodreads Rating: 4.33
T.B.Published: July 10th, 2012
A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.
But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business — until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers — and the consequences could be deadly.
I don't read many contemporary books because for the most part if a book doesn't have fangs, claws, or invisible people on them I mostly get bored, but this one kept me hooked. I feel like this book was interesting, complex, and real. The relationship between the characters, that's what the whole book is about and it nails it.
The places in where the books nailed it:
The characters- True they don't have a healthy diet of blood, but real as they are these characters will keep you at the edge of your seat. Cliche maybe, but they really will! The thing about them is they are so complicated, starting with the main female character Leah and Grayson. Leah is spunky and she has a lot of snark (which is fun to read about). At the beginning she bothered me because she didn't stand up for herself, but I am happy to announce there is character development and that by the end she turns out to be someone you wouldn't mind hanging out with. Grayson on the other hand was so fucked up! Their relationship started in a bad manner, and he was such an ass through the novel. And sure we get to know his intentions and everything, but still he bothered me! At the end there he redeems himself, but just barely. Not going into my list of ultimate boyfriend's I would like to have, but man he sure will give you a healthy dose of sexy.
The romance was electric! There was chemistry coming out of these characters like there was no tomorrow, and the scenes between Grayson and Leah are not to be taken lightly. Which leads me to warn people about the potential sex, "bad" words, and other kinds of real life dialogue that might appear in this novel. If you are easy to faint or light of heart when someone drops the f bomb, well first off I am sorry for the ones dropped in this review alone, and second be weary because there is bound to be some heavy, real content in this novel.
There was one relationship that had no romance in it but it was still my favourite, the relationship between Leah and Mr. Hall, Grayson and Alec's father. He took her in and helped her like if he was her father, she listened to him and was there for him like a daughter. It was a beautiful father/daughter relationship, one I think it is almost always lacking in other books I read because most of the time the main characters are orphans or their parents aren't in the picture at all. The way that relationship is questioned in the book makes for an interesting read that will keep you thoroughly invested.
Things I might have disliked- The novel and the writing was not lacking at all, I am just not used to contemporary. It is not my favourite genre, but I still really liked this novel so imagine that. At some points I thought the relationships had conversations missing, like fixing-the-relationship-in-order-to-tolerate-you conversations, between Leah and the boys, and between Leah and her best friend who acted weird through the novel.
This is my first try at a Jennifer Echols novel and I gotta say that I will read more work by her. It was interesting, and it rocked. Only thing missing from it was some impending doom, a British accent, or two, and some paranormal characters. But as far as contemporary goes, this one was a winner.