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Accidentally in Love with the Pilot by Teri Anne Stanley
Published: August 13, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Publishing; LLC (Lovestruck)
Genres: romance, contemporary romance
Rating: 3 stars
Recommend to fans of: contemporary romance, introverted male leads, quirky and supportive families
Read with food: your favorite foods that a kind attractive man will cook for you #goals
Fighter pilot Ben Rutledge loves his solitude. Which means spending a month of leave in overcrowded, over-glitzy Las Vegas isn’t up his alley, especially after his friend ditches him. His first inclination is to bow out, and quickly. Instead, he finds himself sharing drinks—and a whole lot more—with a sexy woman celebrating her birthday. After all, it’s just one night, and he can go back to his quiet life tomorrow.
Megan Shuttlekrump doesn’t have time for a boyfriend, much less a husband. But a night of celebratory drinks with a handsome stranger ends with a ring on her finger—and no memory of how it got there. Her new “husband” is over the top hot, but he’ll be out of her life once his leave is over. As long as they can find out which of the thousand or so chapels in Vegas married them…
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for an ARC copy of the ebook. As always, an honest review.
Accidentally in Love with the Pilot was a bit underwhelming. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the story, but it wasn’t quite what I expected. Based on the title and summary I thought it would be a typical sexy contemporary romance strongly featuring an alpha male who is a pilot. What we got was a guy who happened to be in town on leave. The pilot aspect really didn’t figure into the story. He could have had almost any other career, and the story would be the same. A missed opportunity in my opinion.
Also Ben is an introvert, which we don’t see as much in romance novels. I quite enjoyed this as it gave the character and book some depth. I also liked that there was a good mix of romance and friendship between Megan and Ben. He truly does encourage her to pursue her dreams while respecting her wishes. The book works well as contemporary fiction and not just romance.
However, the romance aspect wasn’t as great as the rest. There was plenty of sexy time, but the reason Ben and Megan are together feels forced. It moved so fast and didn’t feel at all like a natural progression. For me, it took away from the book.
Overall, I enjoyed the friendship between Ben and Megan. The character growth was enjoyable and added many layers. However the romance didn’t live up to my expectations.