Retrograde (Flight HA1710 Book 1) by RJ Scott ~ Book Review by Josie Goodreads

RetrogradeTitle: Retrograde (Flight HA1710 Book 1)

Author: RJ Scott

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Cover Artist: Meredith Russell

Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/12/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

Co-Pilot Lachlan Donaghue wakes up in hospital, a survivor of the crash of Flight HA1710, with memory loss and the suspicion that he could be at fault for the tragic accident. When everything becomes too much he is taken home to hide, back to the small Irish town he grew up in and to the home he once shared with Rory.

Rory Kendrick watches the news, sees every hour of the disaster unfold and somehow just knows that Lachlan was in the middle of it all. What he doesn’t know is that Lachlan will be forced to come back home to hide and to heal. Lachlan needs a friend, not a lover, but sometimes the lines are just too blurred to make any sense

My View:

I was intrigued by this idea from the first moment I heard about it, when I saw those 6 lovely covers produced by Meredith Russell. The idea of looking at one event through the eyes of different people affected by it.
In the first book Retrograde we explore the crash of Flight HA1710 from the surviving co-pilots perspective. Lachlan Donaghue loves his job, to fly and see beyond the world he grew up in, so much so that he walked out of his ex-boyfriend’s life leaving just a note behind. Lachlan is confused, he is suffering from retrograde amnesia, he has no memory of the crash or even the few days prior to the accident. He is lost and bewildered, terrified that he may have done something to contribute or even cause the crash. Lachlan is also suffering from survivor’s guilt, his friend and colleague Andrew sitting in the pilot seat died, as did a flight attendant he knew, not to mention the other passengers who also lost their lives. While investigators comb the crash site looking for the black boxes speculation is rife that the crash was caused by pilot error. Lying in his hospital bed Lachlan just wants to go home, he wants to hide, he just doesn’t realise that home means Rory Kendrick until the man bursts into his hospital room.
Rory has always loved Lachlan, they grew up together and their relationship deepened while Lachlan was training for his pilot’s licence. Rory was devastated when Lachlan walked away without a backwards glance, without even discussing if they could build anything together even though they both wanted different things. It took Rory months to get over Lachlan, if he ever really did, but when Rory hears about the accident of Flight HA1710, hears Lachlan’s name mentioned, all he can think is to get to him, to be by his side. Rory is frantic to see Lachlan, to know the man is okay, nothing else matters but to be there for him, even if they can only be friends.
I’m a bit of an angst fan and the whole premise of the Flight HA1710 stories appealed to me. Retrograde was a perfect jumping off point. I could feel Lachlan’s fear and confusion, how he’s desperate to remember the crash but also frightened too, that came through so well. I can’t imagine what it’s like not to remember something traumatic. But tragedies also bring life into sharp perspective, Lachlan walked away from Rory because trying to make their love work seemed too tumultuous with Lachlan’s career and Rory’s farm but suddenly things like logistics seem unimportant. Lachlan needed peace and a place to regroup, try to understand what happened to him and a place of safety while the investigation tried to determine the cause of the crash. He found all of that in Rory’s’ presence and that meant everything when all Lachlan knew had been ripped from him. And Rory, strong and silent, he was the towering strength that Lachlan needed. I loved how he got past his hurt and pain over their breakup and was there for Lachlan providing the refuge he needed, and I’m confident, in my romance bubble, that they can find a way to make it work, to build a future to nurture and secure them both.
The Flight HA1710 series is six standalones stories, each one focusing on a different person affected by the crash. Each story is written by a different author, and they get released a week apart. I can already imagine how they will all fit together and I’m really looking forward to the rest.

Links

Retrograde (Flight HA1710 Book 1) on Goodreads
Love Lane Books
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

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