Erryn reviews ‘Virgin Flyer’ by Lucy Lennox. The ebook was released March 2, 2020 and is 262 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Michael Dean, released March 11, 2020, and is 8 hrs and 25 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: Lucy and Michael? Count me in.
Wanted: One night together, no strings attached. Hold me, make love to me, treat me like I’m the most important person in the world. No talking. No names. And don’t be surprised if I’m gone in the morning.
After crushing on my best friend for years, I realize he’ll never want someone inexperienced like me. So I decide to get it over with, play the V-card once and for all with an anonymous hook-up. The terms are simple: No talking, no names.
It isn’t as easy as it seems. Now I can’t get the handsome stranger who greeted me with soft kisses and gentle touches out of my mind. Those hands, those lips…but it was just a one-time thing, and I need to forget about him once and for all.
At least I know I won’t ever see him again – until I board a flight and catch sight of a familiar profile in the cockpit just as the door closes.
I have yet to meet a Lucy Lennox book I didn’t love. With Virgin Flyer, I loved it so much that it might become one of my favorites. It’s her first stand alone book and although I love her series, I appreciated she had a story she wanted to tell and that she took the risk to dot it. It’s always a gamble to step away from what you’re known for. That being said, this is a classic Lucy Lennox romance with all the feel good ‘aw’ moments that I’ve come to look forward to. I’ll add in that Michael Dean narrated this book and, again, he’s just perfect. His voices for Teo and Jack were perfect and his choices for the elder Hattie and Mr. Banks were also spot on.
I loved the premise of this book. A guy who’s been in love with his best friend for years believes he’ll never get anywhere if he doesn’t play his V-card. Teo’s friend Chris has dated many women in their young lives, but he’d pledged himself to Teo when they were young and he’s clinging to that promise. Chris wouldn’t have said it if he didn’t mean it, right? And he’s staying in the closet because of his homophobic family but eventually he’ll be in the position to take his relationship with Teo public.
Except, is there really a relationship? That’s the question that carries through the book.
Teo creates a profile on a hook up app and asks for one night. One night – no names, no words – just a night of gentle affection and no recriminations. His ad broke my heart because the guts it took to put himself out there like that… To have waited twenty-six years and then being willing to risk it all for a one-night stand took guts. He lucked out with Jack, though. Jack the seasoned pilot who lives for hook-ups because he’s not ready to settle down. A friendly guy who enjoys a healthy sexual appetite, but also is moved by the plea of this young man. When he wakes up alone after their night together, he is a little disappointed. But it was meant to be a one-off, so he moves on with his life.
Until fate intervenes.
Turns out that Jack is the pilot of Teo’s virgin flight. I won’t go into the details, but the two men wind up in close quarters for a while. Given their past, is it any surprise they get together again. Only this time words are exchanged and they both realize they can help the other man out. Each could really use a fake boyfriend. And a plan is hatched.
I love the fake boyfriend trope, especially when it is done well. I also think it’s great when the stakes are higher – as in both men need a boyfriend and so there’s a mutuality to the situation. And there’s a lot of give and take in the relationship. I might have also cried a bit with one of the secondary characters and equally been in awe of another. Quick plug – if you subscribe to Lucy’s newsletter you get all these little short scenes. I was hoping one of the characters would get his own book. He didn’t, but the short I got to read was satisfying enough. Also, Teo’s friend Chris was just a jerk but I want to believe some day he’ll get his comeuppance. And find the man he’s destined to be with.
Okay, so I hope I’ve convinced you to give this book a try. I adored it and can’t wait for the next Lucy project. And of course Michael Dean will be narrating so, like, yay!
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Lucy Lennox is finally putting good use to that English Lit degree earned way back in the 1900s.
She enjoys naps, pizza, and procrastinating. She has some snarky kids and is married to someone who is better at math than romance but who makes her laugh every single day and is the best dancer in the history of ever.
She stays up way too late each night reading M/M romance because that stuff is hot.