The Strangers on the Plane bit grabbed my attention especially knowing the twist that particular scenario got in this one. It was surprising, funny, and poignant as it told the story of two men who came together as a result of a chance encounter on a plane and a Christmas wedding in the Caribbean. It was also a reunion of four friends who were once the members of a popular boy band and a family that needed to reconnect.
Justin Hayes hates flying, but he’ll deal with his fears to make it to his best friend’s hastily put together wedding and be the best man. Turbulence rocks the plane and in a moment of sheer terror, Justin accepts the comfort of holding the hand of the man beside him. Then Justin is really terrified that someone will notice this circumstance because he’s Justin Hayes former member of a popular boy band who now lives to stay in the background of the music industry. Things don’t end there because he takes the man up on his offer to get each other off in a quick encounter. Things get complicated really quick when Justin is introduced to the bride’s family and then the story really takes off.
I was truly impressed with how much depth and development took place in the story considering the page count. Now granted it’s more of a snapshot of what happens over a few days, but it was what was packed into those few days along with that absolutely charming epilogue that led to a satisfying and enjoyable read. I felt almost like I was being dropped into the middle of something, but the author took the time to get the reader caught up on matters. Justin and Jack were good together and good for each other even though there wasn’t a lot of time to know them well. There are some funny parts and there are some bits of drama, but for the most part it was just an enjoyable bit of distraction in a gorgeous island paradise with engaging people.
Those who want something to fill up an hour or two with a warmhearted wedding at Christmas m/m contemporary romance should give this one a try. Plus 20% of the purchase goes toward charity in support of the Ali Forney Center of NYC.
My thanks to Net Galley and Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Review by Sophia Rose
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