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Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Trouble with Pilots by Kristi Ahlers

The Trouble with Pilots by Kristi Ahlers
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (29 pages)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 3.5 stars
Review by: Fennel

Wedding dress designer Sarah Harper's best friend is getting married and Sophie has been asked to design the dress. When she discovers it means getting on a plane for Paris, all her flying fears spring to life. But this is for her best friend, Hannah, and the notoriety of designing a dress for the bride of one of France's nobility is an opportunity Sarah can't pass up. Even if it means sitting beside an off-duty pilot. Sophie swore off pilots when she left her ex, but her seatmate's touch and spicy scent makes her forget all about the flight, and her promise. She blames the medication her doctor gave her and her naughty dreams on what happens just before landing. Could she be any more mortified?

Trey Chasen is finally taking some well-deserved time off and uses his friend's engagement as an excuse to see Paris. At first, Trey lamented the loss of another jet-setter to the arms of a good woman, but he soon feels something is missing in his own life. When he meets his seatmate on the flight to Paris, his interest is instantly sparked, yet not in a way he's used to. Using her fear of flying as an excuse to soothe her, he discovers he wants to get to know this pixie of a woman better. He just didn't expect it would be so soon, or during the flight.

When the two realize their destinations are the same, it's Hannah and Damien who set Sarah and Trey straight about the important things in life. Can Sarah put aside her trouble with pilots to find love? Trey likes is a challenge, and before Sarah returns to the States, he's going to make sure he proves to her that pilots aren't trouble but worth loving.

I didn’t know when I chose it, The Trouble with Pilots, is Ms. Ahler's 2nd book in the series, but that said, the story reads very well as a stand-alone novella. The author has managed to pack a well constructed and pleasant read into less than thirty pages.

I did have trouble, as the story unfolded, understanding why her heroine, Sarah, a wedding dress designer, had so much fear of flying. But perhaps that was explained in the previous book.

As for her dream during the flight? Well, *smiles* that was some dream! I have to say Trey was a real gentleman.

Ms. Ahlers offers a feisty and believable character in Sarah, and also with her hero, Trey. Sadly, as far as Sarah is concerned he has one strike against him before he starts, simply because he's a pilot, so he’s got a lot of work to do to convince Sarah to change her mind about him. The author takes the reader into Trey’s mind and emotions with great skill, given the lack of story length she had to do it in.

Although her timeline is tight, the author manages to stretch it to acceptable and believable lengths before the end of the read, which in this reader’s view adds to the charm of the story.

This short and delightful story is enough to pick up when ‘me’ time is scarce and limited. It's not a ‘deep’ story, none-the-less it is an ideal, ‘feel-good-tale’ to consider dipping into if you have some spare time during a stressful day.