Playboy Pilot by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland
Price: $3.99 (Kindle Edition); $10.59 (Paperback)
Review: I came across this book while looking through the list of new ebook releases on Amazon. I’m familiar with both of the authors because I’d read (and enjoyed) novels by one or both of them in the past, so when I saw that they’d released a new book, I knew that I needed to get myself a copy ASAP.
I’m happy to the say (or type) that, with little to no surprise, I throughly enjoyed this story and its many characters.
Playboy Pilot opens with Kendall Sparks sitting in an airport lounge playing a game of “eenie, meenie, miney, mo.”
The time has come for her to make a really tough decision that will completely change her life, but, because she has no idea what to do, she decides to go on a trip. She hopes that she’ll receive some type of clue and/or sign that’ll help lead her in the right direction. But, as we all know, in order to take a trip, you need a destination and, unfortunately, Kendall doesn’t have one.
Enter Carter Clynes. At the time of their meeting, Carter’s just some random guy who, in addition to causing her to spill her martini on her $800 shirt, ends up helping her decide on a destination. After talking for a couple minutes, Carter makes a quick getaway leaving Kendall extremely curious about the very sexy man that she’d just met.
She boards the plane that he recommended and is instantly disappointed that she doesn’t see him anywhere, so she takes a couple seconds to beat herself up for taking advice from a random stranger and settles in for a long flight. As she’s settling in, the pilot clicks in to address his passengers and Kendall is thrown for a complete loop.
As it turns out, Carter is on the flight, but not as a passenger. He’s the pilot.
This marks the beginning of Carter and Kendall’s journey to make peace with the past and to begin constructing a happy path for their futures.
As I said earlier, I really enjoyed this story and its characters. Carter and Kendall were both pretty lost when the novel began. She was confused as to what was next in her life and he was still drowning in the mistakes of his past, but, in the end, they ended up helping one another take the necessary steps to move forward.
Kendall’s family was rich, so money was never an issue for her while growing up, so when that stability was threatened, she thought about doing the unthinkable to recreate that level of security. I liked Kendall. Even though she was raised with money, she didn’t come off as stuck up or bougie (other than the blouse incident). She was a really nice and funny character.
As for Carter, other than being extremely attractive, he was also a very complex character. There were a lot of layers to him that we didn’t figure out until later on in the novel. He was a kind hearted, loving and, surprisingly, very sensitive character that I completely fell in love with. Something really traumatizing happened to him in his college years and he never really dealt with it, so he just kind of carried it around. However, the things that he did for his neighbors made my heart melt. He definitely wasn’t as shallow as he seemed.
Speaking of Carter’s neighbors, I was very shocked to find out about his living arrangement. Although it worked out perfectly for him and his neighbors, is that even allowed? Don’t have you have to be over a certain age to live in one of those communities?
Anyway, he was really sweet to them and, not only did he take care of them, but they also took care of him. I adored the interaction that he and Kendall had with his “father” and the rest of his quirky neighbors. Plus, the mystery around the missing uniforms was hilarious and I was just as shocked as they were when they first found out.
Now about the romance. Kendall and Carter’s romance was very sweet. Honestly, I was a little shocked that he was as considerate as he was. Considering his track record and the many conversations that Kendall overheard, he didn’t seem like the ideal boyfriend. He actually sounded like a real jerk, but he didn’t treat Kendall (or any other woman that he interacted with outside of work) that way, so I have no problem with him.
For those who are curious, there was a lot of sexual content. However, it was written just right, so it wasn’t cringeworthy or anything.
The duo did a lot of traveling in this novel, so it was nice getting a glimpse into the few countries that they visited on their adventure. With the exception of Dubai, every other place seemed like fun and I would gladly visit them one day. However, I was shocked at the number of rules that Dubai had. It’s pretty clear that they value modesty so, according to Carter, exchanging inappropriate texts could easily get you some jail time. That’s intimidating as hell and a lot of the rules were things that one wouldn’t bat an eye at in other countries (i.e. Amsterdam, which is another place that they visited), like kissing and holding hands in public.
I’m all about respecting boundaries (and not going to jail!), so if I ever visited Dubai, I will make it a point to know every rule that’s being enforced.
Overal, this was a great book and I recommend it. The epilogue was adorable and it put a nice tight lid on the Carter and Kendall’s story.
If you’re one of the few who hasn’t picked this book up, then you might want to. It’s a great read and I know you’ll love it, especially if you’ve read and enjoyed one of Ms. Ward and/or Ms. Keeland’s books in the past.