Erryn reviews ‘During the Flight (A Small Town Hearts Book3’ by Emma Alcott. This book was released on July 30, 2020, and is 347 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was released October 8, 2020 narrated by Michael Dean and is 8 hrs and 57 mins. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’m loving this series.
They say joining the Army changes a man…too bad Chris never got the memo.
Sure, his battle-sculpted body and brooding blue eyes are hotter than asphalt in summer, but he’s still every bit the jerk he was before leaving their small town for the military years ago. Pompous. Arrogant. Cocky as hell…and constantly on Warren’s mind.
It should be easy to ignore him. Straight single dads aren’t worth pining over, and straight a–holes even less. If only Warren could stop dreaming about the way it would feel if Chris were to grab him by the hair, rake his teeth down his neck, and – well, you get the point.
The problem is, Warren’s fantasies aren’t likely to dry up, because something about Chris did change while he was away…and the glint of desire in his eyes when he argues with Warren now? There’s nothing straight about that.
During the Flight is the hot and hilarious third book in the Small Town Hearts series, but no knowledge of previous books is needed to fall in love with this one.
I’m in love with Emma Alcott’s small-town romance series. These books are only connected by the fact they take place in small American towns and the characters don’t overlap so if you land in this one first, you’ll be fine. In fact, this one may be my favorite of all. It packed an emotional wallop I didn’t see coming and plenty of humor to boot – something I’ve come to expect from Ms. Alcott.
Warren spent his entire childhood being bullied by Chris. In retaliation for what he views as the ultimate act, Warren creates an entry to the urban dictionary and uses Chris’ real name. Apparently these entries cannot be altered and when things go viral…well, you can guess.
Chris goes off to serve his country. He also marries and has a wonderful son. Upon the breakdown of his marriage, he moves home to get help from family and friends. Friends including his soon-to-be-ex-sister-in-law. Libby (also known as Liberty) is a great aunt who will, of course, step up and help raise here nephew. Slight problem? Her roommate is Warren and he still hates Chris. So Libby tries to hide things but of course the ruse doesn’t work. The problem? Warren is already falling in love with Chris’ son and it’s becoming increasingly harder to hate the father. Because although time might not heal all wounds, it does allow for some personal growth.
For Chris’ part, he’d never understood Warren’s animosity and the urban dictionary fiasco has been a real thing in his life. He doesn’t want his son to discover the entry and have that form his son’s impression of his younger years.
Slowly, bit by bit, Chris and Warren achieve détente. Helps that they work together. Then comes the phone call when it becomes clear there’s a lot of hate and a lot of repression going on. They come together in a…unique way. Something neither expected. Something that satisfies them both. So they embark on the f#ck buddy relationship but that term doesn’t feel right either. Hate sex is great, but there are heightened emotions. There are higher stakes. There are more than just the two of them.
There is just more.
Then the unthinkable happens and wow, did not see that coming.
This book took me through an emotional roller coaster. I got the trademark Alcott humor I was expecting, I got the warm and fuzzies at the romantic relationship, and I got some amazing side characters who are just loveable.
I can’t say enough good things about this book. And “The Quaker Oats guy is not my Oatie Daddy” is a thing. Just sayin’.
Each book in this series has a different narrator and I was thrilled to see Michael Dean helming this one. He was perfect in everyway and it was another great performance. I really recommend this book.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Should you ever find yourself traveling down the gravel street of a quiet forest community in the Midwest, you may come across Emma Alcott—suburbanite by birth, but small-towner by choice. Emma loves all things doctors say you should only enjoy in moderation, writing the stories of her heart, and traveling. Once upon a time, she fell in love with a man from another country and moved mountains in order to be with him. They’ve now been married for half a decade and have far too many fur-children. Seriously. Do you want a dog?