If you’ve been following the blog, you know I’m a big fan of Rebecca Yarros. Even though I know her books normally break my heart she has an amazing way with words. The Reality of Everything is the fifth book in the Flight & Glory series. I can tell you that this was another emotional roller coaster ride, but it was amazing. Keep on reading to find out more!
A big thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC to read and review.
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.
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When Rebecca announced this book all of us Flight & Glory fans were happy. My heart was scared, but I also couldn’t wait to dive into this book. I have to say I loved every minute of this book, I took my time to savor it as well. I loved Morgan, Jackson and Finley and just didn’t want it to end. The Reality of Everything wasn’t an ugly cry book like other books by this author, but I didn’t get through without crying either.
Before I start talking about the characters and the story I want to start with something else. Rebecca takes on mental health in this story in such a realistic way. I’ve never read a story with complicated grief, but she didn’t shy away from anything. We got to read the good, the bad and the ugly. I loved that she made this a big part of the story. It’s still such a big thing that isn’t talked about and I think it’s good to see in the stories we read.
I see you everywhere, in the stars, in the river; to me you’re everything that exists; the reality of everything. Though the confession belonged to a man who had never lived, published in a book that had been written over a hundred years ago, my chest tightened and my breath caught because I knew that feeling with an intimacy that shook my very being. I saw him everywhere. Somewhere in the last five months, my existence had shifted. My center of gravity had moved. He was my reality of everything.
Okay, back to the story. Morgan is still dealing with a major loss and bought a house for a new start. I love Morgan and think she was an amazing character. All she wanted was to not hurt anymore. Her journey was so big in this book. I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose the man you love the way she did. Before you were ever really able to have a chance at happiness again. I’d want to lock up my heart and throw away the key as well. Morgan is such a strong woman and takes this therapy journey head on. It’s not easy, but she stick at it. I feel that she was raw and genuine. I felt every emotion jumping off of the page. If anyone deserves a happy ending, it’s this woman.
Jackson, the single dad and next door neighbor. He’s made it to the top of this list of book boyfriends. He’s dedicated to his daughter and his job. One night stands are all he does, because he won’t just bring anyone into his daughter’s life. His daughter Finley is adorable and I loved her parts in this book. She keeps him on his toes and it’s wonderful. He never expected to fall for his neighbor or have a similar job that killed this woman’s loved one. Jackson is kind, loving, strong and protective. He’ll carry the weight of the world for Morgan if he can. I could write a book about him, but believe me, read The Reality of Everything!
The romance in this book is raw and realistic. Morgan isn’t in a place for a relationship right away, but Jackson doesn’t give up. It was so interesting to see them both falling for each other, but approaching these feelings carefully. They’re journey to each other had me laughing, crying and being totally frustrated. It was worth every single emotion though. They just work!
”I damn well think you deserve to know that you might preach you’re a mess, but I think you’re pretty fucking perfect, wreckage and all.”
Besides these amazing characters and romance I also loved the setting. I would definitely dream to live on a house by the beach. It sounds like a beautiful place and having a dream home there sounds amazing. And last but not least, the cast of side characters. Some we already know from Flight & Glory and it was amazing to read about them again. But Jackson’s group of friends were equally amazing!
I think I have a new favorite Rebecca Yarros book. The Reality of Everything is filled with family, friends, love, grief, healing, second chances and a new start. This author has such a way with words and I’m amazed every time I read a book by her. If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend it.
About the Author
Rebecca is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels, and is always ready to bring on the emotions. She’s also the recipient of the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence for Eyes Turned Skyward from her Flight and Glory series.
She loves military heroes and has been blissfully married to hers for eighteen years. She’s the mother of six children, ranging from kindergarten to law school, and is currently surviving the teenage years with two of her four hockey-playing sons. When she’s not writing, you can find her at the hockey rink or sneaking in some guitar time. She lives in Colorado with her family, their stubborn English bulldog, and a feisty chinchilla. Having fostered then adopted their youngest daughter, Rebecca is passionate about helping children in the foster system through her nonprofit, One October.
Connect with Rebecca
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Rebecca did it again and I loved every minute of this book. I’m still so amazed when an author is able to make you feel something with their words. I know I’ll be revisiting this series in the near future. If you’ve ever read anything by this author, I’d love to hear what you thought!