Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
The crash of Flight HA1710 brings life into focus for Phil Stewart. Before meeting Davin Tierney, love seemed only a myth to Phil, but one night in New York City changed everything, giving him something he didn’t even know existed. But Phil wasn’t comfortable saying I love you. During the crash, Davin suffers a brain injury, leaving him in a coma. Phil wonders how love can be so cruel to give him Davin and then take him away so suddenly.
Davin never intended to give Phil a second look, but Phil broke through barriers and made amazing overtures before stalling on the word love. The crash changes everything, and he’s no longer willing to play it safe, but can Phil actually change from the playboy Davin first met?
Velocity by Sara York is the second in the airline disaster series HA1710 from a group of writers. Six authors are telling the stories of six couples deeply impacted by this tragedy because they were on the plane when it went down or because they were closely connected to it. The idea behind this series is a moving and emotional one. Book one, Retrograde by RJ Scott, kicked off the series with a terrific installment from the surviving pilot’s POV. Now comes Sara York’s Velocity and we’re caught up in the aftermath from the perspective of a couple that were passengers on the flight who survived the crash…just.
The couple, Phil Stewart and Davin Tierney, are flying to Chicago from their home in Ireland in order for Davin to meet Phil’s mother, who’s health has left her unable to travel. Phil is taking their 6-month relationship to the next level and this indicates just how serious he is about David and their future together. Then the plane crashes shortly after takeoff.
The story opens a day after the crash. Phil is hospitalized with his injuries and desperate to find out what happened to Davin. Its one frantic, pain filled scene after another and its Phil’s anguish and uncertainty that pulls us into their story. We understand his panic and frustration with the hospital personnel, and the lack of information available since the crash is still so fresh. I thought this was actually the best section of the story. Its impact is immediate and deeply felt.
Interspersed with scenes from the present day activities and Phil’s attempts to find Davin, we get flashbacks to the night when player Phil first encounters Davin leaving a club in Chicago. Their first connection is electric and it changes their lives in an instant. That is especially true for Phil, who is a “love them and leave them” sort of individual. These scenes worked too. I believed in Phil and Davin’s bond and Phil’s surprise at the strength of his own feelings.
For the majority of Velocity, I found the story and the couple realistic and believable. Their plight was moving, and the situation around them had the authentic feel of the aftermath of a catastrophe. But then something almost indefinable occurs and the story and their relationship (or perhaps more realistically my interest in their relationship) started to wain. The narrative becomes a bit jumbled as the men try to pick up their lives again.
York only partially addresses the mental and emotional state of those who have just survived a tragedy of such enormous measure, the impact upon them felt fleeting and unbelievable. There is one scene that appears with an emotional explosion that lifts the ennui that has settled over the plot, which would be fine (and authentic) except the author has laid no foundation for it previously in her story. It comes out of nowhere and disappears just as quickly. And the fact that this element was a fascinating turn of events (one of the better ones), left this reader feeling frustrated at its promise and loss.
Velocity is a sweet story that had the potential of a terrific one, the promise of which dribbles away as the story moves to its conclusion. Still, I’m happy to have made Phil and Davin’s acquaintance and look forward to the next story in the series, Flashbulb by Clare London. We meet up with Rory Kendrick from RJ Scott’s story, Retrograde, in a moving scene at the hospital and I hope that’s an element we will have in each story as the investigation of the crash and the impact on peoples lives moves forward. I really like this series and can’t wait to see where the stories and characters go next.
If you love reading sweet M/M romance with a hint of angst, this story is for you.
Cover art by Meredith Russell is amazing. I love the way the artist has branded the series and yet still keep each cover individual in design. Great job.
Published June 19th 2015 by Smashwords Edition
seriesFlight HA1710 #2
Flight HA1710 series
6 authors, 6 primary works
When Flight HA1710 crashes killing seven people the after effects are too many to think on. But how does the crash change people’s lives? From the pilot to the guy who missed the plane we chart the stories of those whose lives were impacted by the crash.
- Retrograde (Flight HA1710 #1) by R.J. Scott
- Velocity (Flight HA1710 #2) by Sara York
- Flashbulb (Flight HA1710 #3) by Clare London
- Fallout (Flight HA1710 #4) by Meredith Russell
- Aviophobia (Flight HA1710, #5) by Serena Yates
- Fracture (Flight HA1710 #6) by Amber Kell