Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Release Day Review: The Flyaways - A.R. Hadley

The Flyaways
by A.R. Hadley
Published: March 13, 2019
Genre: Novella, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Women's Fiction

Holly’s life changes the moment she steps foot into his classroom.

Set in Daytona Beach and spanning two semesters of college, is the story of bright, young student, Holly Kerr, her beautiful Professor Kelley Nicolo and the forbidden games they play when they fall in love … despite his marriage and their vast differences.

Or maybe they’re more alike than they realize. Souls searching day and night, never resting … flyaways lost and looking for a place to land.

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5 Stars
Holly feels her world tilt on its axis the moment her eyes meet Kelley Nicolo's, his azure colored eyes stealing her breath and her attention. He's her professor though, and more than that he's married, has a young child, and has differing opinions about love and commitment. The lust and passion they share drives them together and Holly knows that love is brewing. Both are seeking something more, something for their soul, and they soon discover it's a someone that will fill the hole, if only they would let it.

"We're only talking. I like you. Don't you like me?"

Oh my word, I don't like novellas, I don't like my erotica with a lot of emotion, I don't like crying over two characters and not being able to see a happy ending, but I loved The Flyaways. It's a quick read filled with passionate words, descriptive love scenes, and two characters that seem so broken and yet whole when they come together. Holly is not your classic lost girl case, her upbringing has only strengthened her and, while naive, she faces things without abandon. Her life could have marked her, but she doesn't allow it to and despite her fear of Kelley's hold over her, she embraces him even knowing the hurt will come. Kelley is an enigma, a handsome professor with a love of poetry that would make any student, any women, fall for him. It's a stunning release from A.R. Hadley that had me wrapped up in the pages, unable to look up in fear of missing anything. 

"He was the reason people penned the words Kelley claimed held no meaning."

It's true what A.R. Hadley says about her male characters, they can be cold, but for me Kelley was not that way. He had some deep hurt, he had some thoughts about life that maybe I didn't agree with, sure, but he wasn't cold. He was closed off from an emotion that had let him down and in turn he let down the girl feeling that same emotion. It didn't take away from this story though, it displayed a very real, ugly side of love and allowed for growth in the characters. More than love, A.R. Hadley explores the nature of manipulation, of raw emotions, and of passion; it made for an incredibly captivating story.

"'Your eyes are like glass. I might cut myself, Ms. Kerr,' he said, then clicked off. Or see himself more clearly, she thought."

The Flyways is a 30,000 word novella, but it reads like a full length novel. The characters are fleshed out, the setting includes an entire town and college, there are secondary characters, and there is a plot that is as thick as molasses to wade through. While it does feature a subject readers don't typically reach for, an open marriage affair to be specific, it is the type of book I love. I think it allows the story to feel realistic with heightened emotions and a threat of no HEA. I loved the way A.R. Hadley made me feel reading this, even when I had tears in my eyes or thought Kelley was being a right jerk, because it meant she had pulled me into the story with her and that is a successful read in my opinion.
About the Author
A.R. Hadley writes imperfectly perfect sentences by the light of her iPhone.
She loves her husband.
Her children.
And Cary Grant.
She annoys those darling little children by quoting lines from Back to the Future, but despite her knowledge of eighties and nineties pop culture, she was actually meant to live alongside the Lost Generation after the Great War and write a mediocre novel while drinking absinthe with Hemingway. Instead, find her sipping sweet tea with extra lemons on her porch as she weaves fictional tales of love and angst amid reality.

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