BOOK REVIEW ~ UNTIL WE FLY BY COURTNEY COLE

By | February 8, 2019

Ex-Army Ranger, Brand Killien, has always been good.
A good friend, a good soldier, a good everything. .The problem is, good hasn’t gotten him anything but a crushed heart.
So after licking his wounds, he decides to move on. And moving on doesn’t include being good anymore.
Bad sounds so much better.
Jaded and detached, Brand is determined to never open himself up to anyone again. It’s not worth the pain. Instead, he becomes closed, hardened, aloof.
But then he’s called back home for a family emergency… a family that he is estranged from. A family that he put out of his mind a long time ago for very good reasons…reasons that involve secrets and pain. Reasons he tried hard to forget.
But home is where the heart is, and it just might be where Brand finds his again.
Why? Because home is where Nora Greene is. A fiery, red-headed spitfire, Nora is a thing from his past. A beautiful, feisty thing. When Brand left, she was away at boarding school.
But she’s back now.
And she wants Brand, scars and all.

I’ve had this book on my TBR for the longest time but never got around to reading it…and now I’m asking myself why?! Why didn’t I read this book earlier? Because it easily makes my top favorites list. Not only did I love both main characters, the plot itself was layered and had so many surprising twists I never got bored, never wanted to put the book down, and quite frankly, didn’t want the story to end when it did. And out of all the books in this series, this one’s now my favorite – it was addicting, unputdownable, and memorable.
I’ll admit, before I even started this book, I was prone to adore it because of the hero Brand Killien. Throughout this series, the one side character that has always stood out to me was him and no one deserved to find love more than this sweet, considerate guy. He’s different from most books heroes I’ve read in that he’s truly a good guy. Not a bad boy, not a womanizer, just a gentleman through and through. A former soldier and expert in weaponry and machinery, Brand returns to his hometown for a family emergency and before he’s even situated, a car crash grabs his attention and he heroically rescues the people in trouble, including the heroine Nora.
Though from a wealthy family background, Nora Greene lives a trapped life. She’s groomed and expected to follow the footsteps of her father and brother in their family business and hides deep her insecurities and emotional scars, never letting anyone really see the real her. But the one guy she’s always kept in her heart is Brand, even though he never really noticed her. And with him back and her staying in town for just the summer, Nora doesn’t want to have any regrets and asks for a no-strings-attached fling.
Having a hero who wasn’t a bad boy, jerk, or womanizer was refreshing. Having a heroine who had a clear mind and knew what she wanted was even more refreshing, because that’s who Nora was. Her personality may come off as brazen and desperate, but because the author does such a good job of setting up her background and explaining her motivations, I thought she was strong and feisty, yet still retaining this layer of vulnerability only Brand understands and can relate to.
The only thing keeping me from giving this book the full 5 stars is towards the end, I thought some of the twists that were revealed got tied up too nicely and quickly without much explanation afterwards. It was noticeable, yet didn’t bother me too much. But what really stood out to me aside from the endearing characters was the writing. Because good lord, this author can write! The book seriously started with a bang, immediately gripping me, and that’s when I knew this one would be a winner for sure. In the beginning I thought I was reading just another typical NA romance but the more I read, the more my preconceptions faded away. At the heart of the book is a story of self-discovery and two individuals, two halves of a whole who really do find love in the most unexpected of places and heal together.
I will warn you though, this book is slightly dark (which I LOVE) and has a twist that will shock but make you feel for these characters and so if dark content isn’t your thing, this book may not be for you. Otherwise, give this one a try! I wholeheartedly recommend it and who knows…it may surprise you like it did for me
Until We Fly is a NA romance within the Beautifully Broken series. You can definitely read it as a standalone, but for the best reading experience possible, I suggest checking out If You Leave at the very least so you can get a feel for Brand’s character. I started this book already loving the hero because of what I read about him in previous books
Rating: 4.5 stars!!