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.

the reality of everything

by rebecca yarros

The Reality of Everything is the highly anticipated fifth installment in Rebecca Yarros brilliantly captivating Flight and Glory series and I must say that it was COMPLETELY worth the wait! This series has held a special place in my heart since 2014 (yes I even checked my account to confirm that I have actually been addicted to this series and author since the very beginning) and I just knew that she was going to give us Morgan Bartley's one day AND finally that day is upon us!

There is no doubt that loyal fans of this series wanted Morgan to get her own happily ever after, especially after what happened to William Carter in Hallowed Ground. Those two never got their chance and I can't even begin to tell you how many tears I shed as I read that chapter. Even years later that dreaded chapter still brings me to my knees every time I pick up that book and I ALWAYS have to put it down for at least an hour before I can continue.

Rebecca Yarros is the kind of author that brings her readers to their breaking point before healing us with her words. Her characters have had to go through some emotional hardships and through their journeys, out hearts are healed. So yes, I was beyond excited when I learned that Morgan's story was finally being told and let me say that her story was another emotional rollercoaster ride full of tears, but it was always one about healing and learning ones own strength.

My heart ached for Morgan and I just wish that I could have reached through the pages to give her as hug and tell her that everything was going to be okay. Yes, she had to jump through some tough hurdles when it came to her healing process. She lost the man she loved, the man she never got the opportunity to love out in the open and who never got the chance to love her as well. However, in the end she found her way to two people deserving of her love, Jackson Montgomery and his adorable daughter, Finley. They both helped to make her strong enough to move on (but never forget) and find their own version of happily ever after.

There is so much more I could have said about this beautifully heartwarming story, but no words could have given this story the justice it so rightfully deserves, so I will just say that you need to go and read this story today. Make sure to CLEAR your entire scheduled for the day because once you start reading, there is NO freaking way that you will be able to put it down since the emotions will engulf your soul until the end!

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series; flight and glory #5
genres: contemporary romance
release date: august 24, 2020