Book review: Fly by Molly McLain

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Despite the distance between them, Colton and Taylor have remained best friends throughout the years. While Colton moved to Los Angeles to focus on his motocross career, Taylor stayed back home in Wisconsin to help her mother take care of her sick father. They don’t see each other often, but they talk and text every day.

When Colton goes home for a rare visit, he’s surprised to see Taylor as more than just a friend. The chemistry between them is electric, but even setting aside the miles between them, neither is willing to risk their close friendship for a passing crush. Eventually, things become too heated to ignore, but what happens when they finally take the plunge?

Alright, so this book contains a few of my favorite things:

  • a friends-to-lovers romance,
  • a setting in Wisconsin,
  • mentions of the city where I went to college,
  • and a scene where the friends get drunk and flirty but don’t immediately hook up

The first half of the book was great. Easily five stars. I have a huge soft spot for books set in my home state and I loved that even after Colton moved away, he still considered Wisconsin his home.

Unfortunately, the second half of the book didn’t do it for me. There’s way too much manufactured drama, willful miscommunication, and pettiness. The book ends on a cliffhanger that features one of my least favorite tropes, so I have absolutely zero desire to read the next book. The two halves of the series are both pretty short – Fly is under 200 pages and Fight is 250 – so they could have just been combined into one 450-page book.

I don’t even know how to rate this book because I had such vastly different feelings about the beginning and the end. I’m going right in the middle with a 2.5, but given how much I enjoyed the first half, I’m rounding up.

Final rating: ★★★☆☆

#killingthetbr: 15 months on shelf