Once again I am behind in my blogging, but the #TBRChallenge is getting me back into the groove. (I have been reading, but have not been writing and posting reviews.) Luckily, the theme this month is Series – book that is part of series, and I just happened to be reading such a book: Free Fall by Emma Barry & Genevieve Turner. Free Fall is part of the Fly Me to the Moon series, an alternate history version of the early NASA space programs. I have read three of series books in a row, and I have enjoyed every one of them.
I will start out by telling you I love this book, and I think it is the best in the series so far. It is a marriage of convenience story as well, and that is my absolute favorite of all romance novel tropes. It tells the story of Vivy Muller, a 19-year-old from a wealthy family who doesn’t quite fit her mother’s view of a proper lady, both in appearance and behavior, and astronaut Dean Garland, a quite man who doesn’t expect to find himself married. A one-night stand leads to an unplanned pregnancy and the resulting marriage of Vivy and Dean. There is a bit of unbelievable direction from Dean’s superiors that results in a marriage in name only for the couple, but the characters and the story was so enjoyable otherwise I was able to overlook this somewhat silly plot point.
Vivy is a larger-than-life character, who tends to live every minute to the fullest, and it was interesting to see her mature over the course of the book. She needs to grow up so that she and Dean can have a successful marriage, a process that also involves seeing her beloved father and his business in real-world terms. She is also a woman who is not stick thin, and a disappointment to her mother because of this, but Dean loves who she is. Dean is very quiet, and while in some romances there seems to be an imbalance in the character development of the hero and heroine, in this book it was fascinating to see his changes as well. Both of their character arcs were believable, and it was satisfying to see them reach their happily ever after.
I was a small child when the Apollo program took place, and I have always been fascinated by the space program. In this book (and series) I can see the research the authors have done. This is an alternate history version, so instead of NASA we have the ASD (American Space Department), but there are echoes of real life events, as well as things that they have created for the book series. I always enjoy reading books where I learn something from the story apart from the “regular” plot, and this series has been especially enjoyable in that regard. I highly recommend the entire series.