Beyond What is Given (Flight & Glory #3)
by Rebecca Yarros
A New Adult Contemporary Romance
Released September 28th 2015
Lt. Grayson Masters is focused on graduating the Apache helicopter course, and the last thing he needs is his gorgeous new roommate Samantha Fitzgerald distracting him. While her smart mouth and free spirit are irresistibly irritating, he can’t deny their off-the-charts chemistry, no matter how hard he tries.
Having just been expelled from college, Sam has no business digging for Grayson’s secrets while she’s hiding her own, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to tear down his walls. Each barrier she busts through drops one of her own, though, and she’s not prepared for the truth: another woman laid claim to Grayson’s heart long ago.
Falling in love is something neither Grayson nor Sam can afford, and when that line is crossed and secrets are exposed, they’ll learn that sometimes it’s the answered prayers that will put you through hell.
♪ I’ve got the sweetest hangover I don’t wanna get over… ♫
*dreamy sigh* Grayson.
Lt. Grayson Masters’ main focus is his career. Even though he prefers to keep to himself he has made efforts to open himself to friendship, especially that of his roommates. So when they inform him that a new tenant is moving in he doesn’t find much problem with this new outcome. He doesn’t like change, but as long as he has his space he doesn’t see how the new roommate could affect his life much. Until he sets eyes on Sam.
A new town, a new beginning. Samantha Fitzgerald is determined to set her life back on track regardless of the many hurdles in her path–even if they come in the shape of a sexy, stubborn man. At first glance, Sam finds Grayson broody and unapproachable. However, the more time she spends in his presence the more she comes to recognizes the many intricacies Grayson tries so hard to keep hidden from everyone.
I loved this story so much. The characters, the feels and the overall journey Sam and Grayson traveled to come together was a treat for me to experience. Kudos to Rebecca Yarros for bringing forth a story packed-full of emotions while still making it fun and sexy all the way through. I admit, there were some angsty moments in this story that threatened to weigh it down, but the author made a great effort of keeping an appropriate balance between all the elements brought to the page.
While the romance was slow in coming, the connection between Sam and Grayson was immediately recognizable. Even after that tense first meeting you could glimpse that Sam and Grayson had something there to build upon. Although they appear incompatible at first glance, soon the author had these two bickering, flirting and sharing a great deal of honest and candid interactions. These are served to showcase how their connection continued to grow the more time they spent together.
As for the chemistry between Sam and Grayson, well that was a given from the first moment they set eyes on each other. The chemistry they shared flowed under the surface of their every interaction–always present, always intense. I loved watching them trying to keep it at bay just as much as I enjoyed the moments when they gave into it. Red-hot, unforgiving, all-encompassing.
I did find the pace in the beginning of the story to be a bit slow, what with Grayson being all broody and silent and Sam thinking about how to put her life back in order. Fortunately it soon picked up speed, with Sam and Grayson spending more time together as they got to know each other and made strides in their life–him planning his future while dealing with his past and Sam by taking her future back into her hands. Soon I was fully invested in Sam and Grayson’s relationship—-drama and all. And there was drama up to the wazzo! Mind you, some of it was necessary to further the story along, but some of it was unnecessary IMO.
I enjoyed visiting with Josh, Jagger, Paisley and Ember (couples from the previous books) and what they brought to the story. It was great to see them enjoying their HEA while still providing support to their friends. But even though this is the third book in the Flight & Glory series, it can be read as a stand alone.
All in all, an intense yet sweet and sexy romance between two individuals who were NOT looking for love but nonetheless found it and allowed themselves the chance to enjoy it.
*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.
I shrieked as the mixer whirred a shrill pitch
and batter exploded, hitting the walls, the cabinets, my face…everything. I sputtered as some landed in my mouth, and slammed my hand against the lever to turn it off.
This was going to be a bitch to clean up.
“Are you okay?” Grayson ran in, hair damp from the shower. His eyes widened as he took in the state of his precious kitchen. “You weren’t kidding about the mess.”
“Oh this?” I smiled. “It’s a new aeration technique. I totally meant to do this.” My awesome excuse died as a glob of brownie mix fell off the tip of my nose.
“Is that so?” he asked, walking over to me slowly, consuming my vision. My breath hitched as he swiped his finger across my cheek, and then licked the brownie mix off the digit. Holy hot. “Hmm… I think there’s something to be said for this method. Maybe a little more air in the batter?”
My mouth popped open. “Are you making fun of me?”
He smirked, which must have had a direct link to my panties, because they unanimously voted to drop. Now. There was sexy, and there was Grayson’s tongue sweeping across his lower lip, which was a step beyond hedonistic. His eyes took on a mischievous glint but kept the same signature intensity that held me captive, unable to look anywhere else as he lowered his face toward mine. What…what was he
Do you even care? Nope. Not one bit.
“Maybe another taste to be sure?” he asked, his voice low as his lips skimmed across my jawline. “Mmm. Definitely more.” Shivers coursed down my body. Holy shit. His mouth was actually on me, and I was awake.
He flipped the switch on the mixer and chocolate flew.
“You did not!” I let my knees buckle so I slipped to the floor, leaving Grayson to be splattered by the flying confection.
“I most certainly did!” He lifted me up like I weighed nothing, and batter smacked the back of my tank top. “Man, you’re slippery.” He mock-dropped me.
I yelped, locking my ankles around his waist and my hands around his neck. He turned off the mixer and chuckled low in his throat. “You can laugh?” I asked, yanking my head back to look at him.
“I have been known to on occasion,” he answered, that stupid, crazy-sexy smirk in play despite the chocolate on his cheeks and forehead. How the hell could someone look so hot while literally dripping brownie batter?
“I like it,” I admitted.
His smirk disappeared, and his grip tightened on my bare thighs as his gaze dropped to my lips. They parted as if he’d freaking asked them to. We weren’t just stepping out of the friend-zone here, we were on a damn missile into let- me-jump-you-ville.
“I do, too,” he whispered.
About the Author
Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She’s a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.
When she’s not writing, she’s tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years, and they’re currently stationed in Upstate NY with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog, but she would always rather be home in Colorado.