Fly with Me
Author: Hudson Lin
Themes & Genres: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Adult
WARNING: This book contains a scene of sexual harassment
She set out to explore the world and found love along the way.
Vivian Ng is as experienced as flight attendants come. Taking charge and getting stuff done has always been her MO. When her father pushes her to give up her Asian routes in favor of flights to Europe, she’s nervous about the change, but her skills have never failed her before.
Flight attendant Marco Chang is charming and he knows it. Growing up as an immigrant with absentee parents, he learned how to win people over with a smile and a sexy accent. But being popular never meant his heart was available.
When Vivian and Marco find themselves working the same flight to Rome, Marco is immediately smitten. Vivian is smart, competent, kicks ass and takes names. Vivian’s not as impressed. Marco’s cute, sure, but he’s helpful to a fault and she doesn’t need some guy telling her how to do her job.
As they hop back and forth across the Atlantic, the romance of European cities works its magic. But if there’s any hope of their budding attraction taking off, she’ll need to let go and he’ll need to let her in.
What I think of the book:
Fly with Me is a short read about two people who get closer to each other due to their job and discover they’d like to be more than just colleagues. Short stories sometimes skip subplots, but we have some backstory and a subplot here, involving Vivian’s father – Tom, which I appreciate.
As for the characters…
Marco didn’t leave that big an impression on me as something other than a good, flirty guy, but Vivian is someone I remember more vividly.
Sadly, it’s not for a good reason.
She isn’t a bad person, but I often found myself annoyed with her.
She can be testy and unfair, calling Marco a “misogynistic asshole” based on the fact that he’s flirty and helpful, the latter of which she sees as him “mocking her” (exact quote) as she is a woman and him stepping in for her means he thinks she’s unable to do things herself.
We see a softer, more pleasant side of her when she’s talking with or about her dad, who she worries over constantly. She tends to send him videos of the places she visits and Marco joins her in that; I’d usually consider it rude – inserting himself in a situation without being invited – but he does ask her if she’s okay with it, which, to me, turns the scene to sweet.
Speaking of scenes: the sexual harassment that I mentioned in the warning above is short, not even a page long and doesn’t include any violence (just someone copping a feel; lasts a couple of seconds), so unless you’ve been sexually harassed, I doubt it will trigger anyone. Piss off – yes, but that’s about it, so if you were thinking about giving the book a pass because of it: don’t.
Lastly: I was hesitating between two ratings, but decided to go with the lower one. Marco keeps thinking (and thus telling the audience) that he sees Vivian being amazing at her job, but in most of the scenes in which we are shown her doing something other than offering food and beverages, she doesn’t handle things that well. I understand that since Fly with Me is a short story the author had to leave some things out and they’d probably left these scenes in because they prompted an action from Marco, which led to an interaction between him and Vivian, but this creates a dissonance between what we are told and shown and that kind of threw me off.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend Fly with Me to people who have a few hours to kill and like to read about foreign places. I learned a couple of interesting facts about the sights Vivian and Marco visited.
My rating: (3.5/5 paper planes)
Would I re-read this book? Maybe.
Am I interested in other books by this author? I might check some out.
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