Monday, August 24, 2020

REVIEW: The Reality of Everything by Rebecca Yarros

  THE REALITY OF EVERYTHING (Flight & Glory #5) by Rebecca Yarros 
Release Date: August 24th   




It's been a few years since I've been in the world of The Flight and Glory series but I've never forgotten how much I loved being in that world. The characters Rebecca Yarros created all those years ago are memorable and so when they showed up again in The Reality of Everything all of their stories immediately came flooding back.

As with all the other novels in this series, there is some serious heartbreak and angst but it's the strength of Morgan and the sweetness of Jackson that really are the heart and soul of this novel. Their love story is one of patience and laughter, sexy smirks and funny quips, and of course chemistry that just sizzles on and off the page. 

I really appreciated how Rebecca Yarros takes the time and space to really delve in to Morgan's evolution of grief. While it was a huge part of Morgan's narrative, it didn't take over the story or drag it down, and it just felt honest with the ups and downs of grieving. I also appreciated how she balanced Morgan's story with Jackson's--while his was also filled with baby mama drama, his lightness and kindness and all around goodness was the perfect pairing to Morgan's story. 

Additionally, their friends and all of the fun (and sometimes baggage) that came with them made this a novel where I laughed more than I frowned. I really enjoyed Jackson's friends and hope that Yarros can build some stories around them. I love a guy in uniform and Yarros really writes them with the swagger, knowledge, and care that must come from her years of being married to a man in uniform. I don't know that there's another writer who does it better. She has be wanting a man in uniform and I'm a happily married woman, so what the hell?! LOL. 

As I said when I started this review, it's been a hot minute or two since I've read these characters but now that I'm back there all I want to do is revisit them all again. The ease in which I just fell right back into their stories and the desire to consume The Reality of Everything as fast as I could while simultaneously putting it down to extend the reading should tell you everything you need to know. Go buy this book--you'll be so glad you did.

  Blurb: 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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