Review: Afterburner by Lex Valentine (Afterburner #1)


Note: A review copy was provided by the author via LesCourt ARC Team.

Afterburner is a novella penned by Lex Valentine and set a couple or so years before Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal in 2010. The story opens to thirty-eight-year-old Sebastian Marchetti a few months into his retirement from the Air Force and working on the planes for his family's air show business. The sudden appearance of a man wanting to rent the space that he says he rented before is the beginning of yet another change in Bas's life. Thirty-six-year-old Ryder Beckett turns out to be the man who took Bas's spot on Plane 5 of the Thunderbirds, making him a still active member of the Air Force. The attraction between them is palpable and both decide to jump in and explore the possibilities of their connection being more. Their feelings develop quickly, but the looming shadow of DADT could be a hurdle too much to overcome.

This novella was a quick read, coming in at a little over fifty pages story-wise. It was fast-paced, as most novellas tend to be, with the author focusing on milestones in the relationship of Bas and Ryder, aka Babe and Flip (their call names in the Air Force). I feel liked this worked really well because it allowed me to focus on the things that mattered and what moved their relationship forward rather than get stuck on the in-betweens that may be sweet and sexy but would simply be nothing more than filler, something unnecessary for a novella-length read. I loved Ryder's conviction, something that he had from the get-go, and I liked seeing how much Bas as a character developed the more he was with Ryder. Afterburner was a reminder that true love should always be worth standing up for. This sweet and sexy novella gets four stars. ♥

Date Read: 22 March 2019

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