Book Review – Flightless by L. Duarte

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Book Review – Flightless by L. Duarte Title: Flightless
Author: L. Duarte
Publisher by: LD Publishing LLC
Published on: January 23, 2017
Genres: New Adult Romance
Page Count: 193
Format: eARC
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Everyone has a story.

Mine went like this: Once upon a time, I met a boy. He was the most handsome fella in the land. I fell in love. Together, we had cosmic chemistry. I believed I would live a life of unending bliss. Until he broke my heart. Shattered it to pieces. And I lived unhappily ever after instead. The end.

Or so I thought.

Life found a way to reunite us. But to change that unhappy ending, I had to learn how to forgive. And my heart seemed unable to do so.

This is a love story. But it is also, much more. It’s the story of how I coped with my shortcomings, my fears and rewrote my destiny. Everyone has a story. This is mine.

“He tasted of lemon pie and sunshine. In that infinite second, I knew, I had found the only person I would ever love.”

I am always drawn to L. Duarte’s books, so when Flightless popped up on my kindle I was beyond excited. I saw nothing more than the cover and I jumped into this book blindly. Flightless is a quick second chance romance. Gray Davis and Galel Asner were best friends and high school sweethearts. They fell in love from the moment they met, but it only took one mistake to break them apart.

“Words are what we make out of them. Words can close a gap or open one. They can create wars and end wars. They’re powerful. They can be as fluid and reflective as water or as dangerous and destructive as fire.”

After their breakup, Gray left their small town behind. In the 10 years since she was gone, Gray became a superstar singer, song writer, and entertainer. Other than her mom and best friend, she didn’t keep in touch with anyone from their hometown. Gray still had so much anger and resent towards Galel, that she never went back home. When her mom falls ill, she has no choice to come back home to Glory Falls.

Gray knew that coming home meant running into Galel. Initially I had mixed feelings about Galel. I knew he hurt Grey emotionally, so I was curious about what really happened between them. Grey was sweet, sexy, and kind. He knew and understood Grey well. He was hard not to like but I was still on the fence about him. There was plenty of tension between Grey and Galel, but it was clear that they still loved and cared for one another.  Gray had years of anger and pain about their breakup. She was rightfully angry, but sometimes her back and forth attitude drove me crazy. The story navigated through the fragile pieces of their relationship and you did get little glimpse of their past.

Ultimately I liked this story but my greatest issue with it was that I wanted more. I didn’t get the level of angst and tension that I would expect from a second chance romance. I wanted to see much more of Galel and Grey’s past. Also there was another parallel plot in this story that I wish has been more developed. This was quick read but I did enjoy the sweet moments that the characters.

“No matter what happens in this journey we’re starting, I want you to know that my heart is full because you have lived in it.”


About L. Duarte

have found that there is only one thing better than reading, and that is writing. I am always torn between the two. I am also frequently torn between chocolate and coffee. However, I emphatically do not like the month of February, lies, and flies. For me, bravery is defined by the courage to do what we fear the most. This conviction is reflected in my debut work of romantic fiction, Chasing Stars. I live in Connecticut with my husband and two children. Drop a few lines. I would love to hear from you.