Keely Andersen hasn’t visited her hometown more than a handful of times in the last ten years, but when her doctoral research sends her back to Marietta for the immediate future, she can’t wait to reconnect with the community and the mountains she missed so much. Of course, nothing goes as planned, and Keely’s truck breaks down a few miles outside of town. When help arrives, she finds herself face to face with her brother’s best friend – the guy she used to call big, bad and gorgeous – Jonah Clark.

Still settling back into Marietta after a harrowing stint as an army helicopter pilot, Jonah Clark plans to spend a few days hiking the local mountains to prepare for his job as a pilot for Crawford County’s Search and Rescue team. When he stops to help a stranded driver, Jonah is shocked to find his best friend’s younger sister is the one behind the wheel. Only now, instead of the geeky teen he remembered, Keely is all grown up with curves he can’t resist.

Though the sparks of attraction ignite immediately, they’re hesitant to act because of their shared past. But when a project dear to their hearts is threatened, and a boy is lost on Copper Mountain, Keely and Jonah drop everything to fight for what matters, including each other.

Titles in the Men of Marietta series include:  Tempting The Deputy by Heidi RiceFlirting With Fire by Kate HardyDaring The Pilot by Jeannie Moon – Falling For The Ranger by Kaylie Newell – Burning With Desire by Patricia W. Fischer

Title:  Daring The Pilot
Series:  Men of Marietta #3
Author:  Jeannie Moon
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 4, 2017
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

Keely and Jonah are both back in their hometown of Marietta, Montana.  Jonah for good as a helicopter pilot for the Search & Rescue, Keely for just a year as she finishes up her research into the complexities of the earth we all call home.  They’ve known each other most of their lives as Keely is the younger sister of one of Jonah’s friends.  Although Keely was always the brainy kid who might have been picked on throughout her school years – not when Jonah could prevent it, teaching the bullies a lesson they’d not soon forget.  If Keely was aware of his early protection, she never let on – but she’s always had a huge crush on the boy now turned into a handsome man.  Always her hero.

It’s hard to call Keely and Jonah’s romance a slow burn since they’ve know each other for years, and there’s always been an underlying affection.  Now they’re coming together as adults, free to make up their own minds and live their own lives.  But that involves risks that each are a bit slow to take.  Their easy paced getting to know the person you are now romance hit all the right emotional buttons.  Yes, there are mistakes and miscommunication.  What relationship doesn’t have those on occasion?  One dangerous encounter will open eyes up a bit more in order to see the truth of their affection for each other.  One man who never saw himself as a hero loves the woman who will always see him as the best there is.  Their romance is a growing from what they were to who they are now, and I was completely charmed by both Jonah and Keely.  Her parents, however, were a bit over protective and interfering.  Okay, she was sick as a child but she’s a grown woman now who is intelligent, street smart and has traveled the world by herself for over a decade so treat her like the capable woman she is.  As a parent myself, I know it’s hard to let go, but you have to as it’s part of nurturing a child into living a full, happy life.

I enjoyed Daring The Pilot very much and would recommend this story and this series to any Romance reader.  Now it’s time to wait for the next story in the Men of Marietta series.  I can’t wait,

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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