Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: FALLING FOR THE WINGMAN by Crista McHugh


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Book Info:

Title: Falling for the Wingman
Author: Crista McHugh
Series: Kelly Brothers Series #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 3, 2014

Book Blurb:

Air Force pilot Caleb Kelly has come back home with one mission in mind—to propose to the woman whose letters and lucky charm helped him survive his deployment in Afghanistan. But when he finds their apartment empty with a note saying she’s left him, he arrives at her mother’s house in rural Alabama less than a week before Kourtney is about to marry another man. Now he’s out to win her heart again and gets some unexpected assistance from her younger sister, Alex.

Alex Leadbetter has always thought Caleb was too good for her manipulative, social-climbing sister. She had assumed Kourtney’s identity to write letters to him and keep his spirits up until he returned home to the hard truth, never expecting to fall in love with him along the way. After he shows up in town, she convinces him that the best way to get Kourtney back is to make her think he’s fallen for someone new — her. But when a fake romance becomes all too real, her deception may leave them both grounded.


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My Review:

Crista McHugh brings us the story of next Kelly Brother who finds himself inching closer meeting his match on his way to the altar. This latest installment packs a punch in the sweetness and “aww”-inducing department with a hero whose mixture of playboy past and present “good-boy” vibes and a heroine whose girl next door and girl without frills personality make for some really memorable scenes.

As a novel, it was a bit shorter than her previous one, which featured Caleb’s brother Ben and dealt with a much heavier issue. Caleb’s story is light in some ways, a feel-good reading, but it also dealt with legitimate issues that readers can easily relate to.

I love the pacing of the story and how our main characters really just put themselves out there. While I appreciate being inside their heads, so to speak, and hearing their thoughts and finding out their feelings, I really appreciate the fact that they act, they do, they move forward.  There wasn’t much of that brooding (although I’m not saying that brooding is bad) but this take on how things flow is refreshing for me as a reader.

Another thing I appreciate in this novel is how the author takes the story one step further and gives us some of the ups and downs after the main couple gets together. Of course, some of that happily-ever-after feeling can already be felt when they decided to be together but I also love that the author was able to share with us the fact that life or relationships don’t stop there. Everything’s not going to be rosy or perfect all the time even if you’re with the one who means everything to you.

Caleb is an interesting and totally lovable and swoon-worthy character. Yes, there were times when I would have like to just shake him hard to knock some sense in him so he can open his eyes to the truth that’s been staring at his face all this time. But I love his loyalty, his closeness to his mother and brothers, his easygoing personality. He might have been painted as a playboy but the author has also showed that he has moved beyond that particular point in this past.

Alex, I adore. At first I was afraid that I wasn’t going to like her because she seemed to be badmouthing his own sister to his sister’s ex, the same person she wanted to win for herself. But then I got to really ‘meet’ her and I began to understand her. Because first, she has the most horrible sister and apparently, she’s had a thing for Caleb, which she hasn’t acted on at all out of loyalty to her sister and a little bit of insecurity on the side, for a while now. I love how she’s independent. I love that she’s a car mechanic and owns and runs her own garage. I love that she has the guts to finally pursue the man she wants. And it was really interesting and good for the story that she came up with a plan to get Caleb to fall for her true self. Talk about being pro-active.

These two are sizzling hot together. I really enjoy the easy camaraderie and friendship that seem obvious from the pages when they interact. And it didn’t hurt at all that there were some pretty steamy scenes between them. They had chemistry, obviously. But they also had understanding and acceptance between them that would sustain their relationship.

This is a great addition to the Kelly Brothers series and I can’t wait to find out what Crista has in store for the remaining four brothers.

My Rating:

3-5 stars


You can read Chapter One HERE! Check it out!

About the Author:

Crista McHugh is a multiple award-winning author of fantasy romance and paranormal romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary. She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

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