THE REALITY OF EVERYTHING (Flight & Glory #5) by Rebecca Yarros Release Date: August 24th
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Two years after the man she loved was killed in Afghanistan, Morgan Bartley is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. The reno on her dilapidated beach house in the Outer Banks might be just the distraction she needs to keep her debilitating anxiety attacks at bay and begin to heal her heart…if she can ignore the ridiculously handsome guy next door.
At twenty-eight, single-dad Jackson Montgomery’s life revolves around his five-year-old daughter and his job as a search-and-rescue pilot for the coast guard. He’s no stranger to saving a damsel in distress, and though his gorgeous new neighbor is clearly in distress, she’s no damsel. She’s stubborn as hell with walls a mile thick, and the dog tags hanging from her rearview mirror give him a pretty good clue as to why.
It doesn’t matter that their attraction is undeniable—she swore she’d never fall for another pilot, let alone a military man. There are some wounds time can’t heal, and some fears too consuming to conquer. She’s a barely breathing heartbreak on the edge of recovery.
He’s a crash waiting to happen.
Together they could have it all…if they can endure the coming storm.
About the Author:
Rebecca is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels, and is always ready to bring on the emotions. She’s also the recipient of the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence for Eyes Turned Skyward from her Flight and Glory series. She loves military heroes and has been blissfully married to hers for eighteen years. She’s the mother of six children, ranging from kindergarten to law school, and is currently surviving the teenage years with two of her four hockey-playing sons. When she’s not writing, you can find her at the hockey rink or sneaking in some guitar time. She lives in Colorado with her family, their stubborn English bulldog, and a feisty chinchilla. Having fostered then adopted their youngest daughter, Rebecca is passionate about helping children in the foster system through her nonprofit, One October.
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*** ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. ***
This story took my breath away. Morgan’s journey through grieving went straight to my heart and soul. I’ve been mind-blown by the strength of this story, powerful and heartbreakingly, emotionally charged. I don’t have enough words to say how much I loved this story. My love for this story goes beyond words, because that story there?? Just phenomenal!
I appreciated that the main characters revealed their true personality, flaws and all, tortured or happy, on their best days or not. Something real and also with issues rooted in reality.
How to grieve when you couldn’t even deal with it?
Morgan was a walking heartbreak trying to survive this, but rejecting the family that reminded her of her past life and decided to reno an old house, at the pace of her healing. Starting from scratch. Just like her soul. Until she met her new neighbor, single dad Jackson, who had trouble coming her way, the good kind.
They won me over. Morgan was stuck on her own, like an ever ending circle, that kept her back to the moment she lost Will, the man she loved. She hid for so long her feelings to her friends and the moment she met Jackson, it was like she found someone who wouldn’t judge her and listen to her, someone that for once would choose her. I felt her pain and distress, so palpable and heartbreaking. When she let some parts of her to take over it, it was so freaking beautiful, her sassy side coming back. That woman was a fighter.
I was team Jackson from the beginning. A man that knew how to read Morgan, caring and patient, not backing up when it was hard. He was honest and loyal to his loved ones. Stubborn as much when it came to Morgan, letting her find her pace, determined to let her see what was in front of her. Morgan was keeping him on his toes and inversely. He definitely has a way with words… damn my heart!! And when he was with his daughter… ovaries explode!
The chemistry was off the charts. Morgan and Jackson rocked the boat. More like a slow burn, scorching and intense. With their ups and downs. Literally. Their interactions melted my heart and I adored how natural it was with Jackson’s daughter, a beautiful relationship with a little girl who was so darn cute. Natural and genuine.
There were so many things I wanted to share but this story had to be experienced to feel the true beauty in it. It was raw, honest and tortured for sure. I just fell for it, not searching for perfection but how it would make me feel. Something real. The reality of everything is a story I will treasure for a long time. One of my favorite reads for this year.