Fly Me to Paradise

Catherine Andorka
Fly Me to Paradise
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Five Star
Release Date
March 2011
Contemporary Romance

Madeline Holt believes she has been impregnated by the sperm of her deceased husband. Her elation is short-lived when she learns there has been a mistake at the lab. The biological father is Kurt Williams, a corporate pilot who has been in remission from Hodgkin's disease and is only a year from being considered cured. Still, there are no guarantees.

Kurt and Madeline are shocked and resentful, and during their initial meeting they clash like cymbals. The one thing they do agree on is she will not terminate her pregnancy. Madeline is an independent business owner who wants nothing to do with the stranger who speaks of his desire to be involved in the "process." Kurt is determined not to follow in the footsteps of his father, who abandoned him and his mother early on.

But the chemistry between them is undeniable and further complicated by Kurt's fight with his own demons. He's coping with his unpredictable future by racing cars, jumping out of planes—whatever dangerous activity motivates a false show of bravery to prove he can outsmart the Grim Reaper. Madeline has already lost a husband and a father. She doesn't need another chapter of living on the edge.

Book Review by Literary Cravings
Nov 23, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
175 people found the following review helpful
The synopsis piqued my interest, tugging at my insides and letting me know that this would be a great book, and it was right!

From the beginning of the story, I was drawn into Ms. Andorka's world, and the trials and tribulations that Madeline Holt and Kurt Williams had to face and overcome in order to find the love that they had for each other. With Madeline losing her husband in a terrible car accident, she finds herself taking the plunge in having a baby, with that last essence left of her husband. But things go quickly awry when she finds out that the baby she is carrying is not from her late husband, but from a total stranger named Kurt Williams.

There was a huge mix up at the clinic and Kurt is the biological father, bringing this sexually enticing stranger into Madeline's clean and orderly world for the wildest ride of her life. Madeline and Kurt have instant chemistry from the first time they meet, though it's hidden by the confusion and wariness they have for each other, being strangers and all.

Ms. Andorka did a great job pacing the story and the intense romance between Madeline and Kurt. Both main characters felt real, and having dealt with life and the terrible things that happened in their past, they acquired depth and substance. The interaction between them was greatly entrancing and had me flipping the pages to find out what would happen next. The saying "opposites attract" was displayed in this book, with prim and proper Madeline paired with the wild and impulsive Kurt, which I believe made the story that much better.

I enjoyed Kurt and Madeline and how, even though they were both strong characters, they both had vulnerabilities as they battled their problems as well as the growing attraction to each other. Their romance was passionate as well as thoughtful, and I really liked how even though it was a mistake that Madeline was carrying Kurt's child, Kurt stood up to his responsibilities in wanting to be a part of the child's life no matter the resistance from Madeline. Though Kurt was reckless with his life at times, there was a reason behind it, further adding depth to his character.

Ms. Andorka created a thoughtful entertaining romance that left me appreciating life and all the things that we normally take for granted. This was a great read filled with romance, drama, action and characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading.
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Book Review by Michelle R
Dec 14, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
156 people found the following review helpful
A heavenly journey that left me soaring.

FLY ME TO PARADISE is an unconventional love story about healing and learning to move on. Madeline Holt is trying to do just that. A year after her husband, Charles, passed away in a car accident, Madeline chooses to be fertilized with Charles' banked donation. Unfortunately, through a series of respectable human errors, Madeline ends up carrying the child of Kurt Williams, a corporate pilot in his fourth year of recovery from Hodgkin's Disease. The two polar opposite personalities clash on everything except their commitment to their unborn child.

As Kurt embraces the role of father and protector of his unborn child's mother, Madeline works to push him away. Fear of his extreme lifestyle and need to push the edge bring back ghosts of Charles's accident. But it's tough not to give in when a man as gorgeous and caring as Kurt is trying to wend his way into your heart.

I found the story endearing and clever. Many deeply emotional issues are dealt with, yet I never felt any deeply myself. I never needed to grab a hanky or clutch my side from laughter. As much as the two were fighting the attraction, it lacked profound tension for me. That being said, it was a smooth blissful flight from beginning to end. The characters were endearing and unfolding how they would deal with the situation they found themselves in was captivating.

My favorite line was when Madeline realized Kurt had gone from an "annoying draft to the most soothing breeze in her life." See. Isn't that beautiful.

FLY ME TO PARADISE is a fascinating look at how two very different people deal with a conflict ripe for the headlines. It's balm for the soul when you just need a loving escape. Enjoy!
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