Friday, May 23, 2014

eBook Review: Falling for the Wingman

Lord help the mister that comes between me and my sister...
Air Force pilot Caleb Kelly has come back home with one mission in mind—to propose to the woman whose letters and lucky charm helped him survive his deployment in Afghanistan. But when he finds their apartment empty with a note saying she’s left him, he arrives at her mother’s house in rural Alabama less than a week before Kourtney is about to marry another man. Now he’s out to win her heart again and gets some unexpected assistance from her younger sister, Alex.

...And Lord help the sister that comes between me and my man
Alex Leadbetter has always thought Caleb was too good for her manipulative, social-climbing sister. She had assumed Kourtney’s identity to write letters to him and keep his spirits up until he returned home to the hard truth, never expecting to fall in love with him along the way. After he shows up in town, she convinces him that the best way to get Kourtney back is to make her think he’s fallen for someone new — her. But when a fake romance becomes all too real, her deception may leave them both grounded.

Ah contemporary romance based on a musical I really like (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers).  We're going to go ahead and ignore the fact this based on that musical because if I try to find the similarities I'll not enjoy the book itself.

I've always kind of liked the romance premise where one person is writing to another and that's how love grows.  I've always found it easier to explain myself through words so for me that feels like the most natural way to express my personality.  I think that Alex wasn't wrong in what she did (and was relieved to see that Caleb didn't hold it again her).  Her sister spends much of the book the most obnoxious, selfish person on the planet.  The fact that she just left a note for him to find, instead of at least calling, was despicable.  Its one thing if you can't handle the military lifestyle, its another to force an ultimatum on your significant other.

I do wish that more had been made about that fact though.  Not about Kourtney--who makes it perfectly clear why it wouldn't work for her, but about Alex.  I didn't get the feeling that Caleb understood what exactly it would mean to Alex.  Other then a couple throw away lines about how much she loved the town and the town loved her, Caleb didn't think about the large adjustment it would be for Alex.  Since his feelings came pretty late into the book, that aspect of a more serious relationship is barely brushed upon.

And let me just say this.  What Kourtney did at the end to Alex, well she was let off too easily with a "I was so jealous and mad" excuse.  Her little bout of frustration could have ended much worse for Alex and her, and the court wouldn't have looked kindly on her.  The fact their mother blames ALEX for it happening is also just beyond disturbing.  I really wish there had been actual consequences to Kourtney for her behavior towards Alex throughout the book. 

Alex and Caleb though, they were great together.  I liked that Alex initiated the seduction as much as Caleb did (if not more) and that she demanded her pleasure from him.  Their physical relationship was on equal terms, even if their emotional one was not at times.  McHugh tosses some curveballs into the last quarter of the book that I don't think were needed.  They created a false sense of obstruction when instead she could have focused on other things.