Excuse me for a sec as I need to fangirl one of my favourite author heroines, Zoe May who always writes great romances with memorable characters. One day I hope she runs some romantic comedy writing masterclasses as she knows what readers crave. If you have never read one of Zoe May’s books I strongly recommend you do so and if you one day dream of writing romantic comedy take notes on how Zoe May approaches her stories.
Back in September 2020 I loved the first book in this series, Flying Solo, so much I almost inhaled it. The story of Rachel following her boyfriend, Paul, to India to see if she could persuade him to return to their almost perfect life, and once out there going on a journey of self-discovery which made her view their relationship in a whole new light, had me totally hooked. It also had me giggling as Rachel has quite a culture shock as she gets used to ashram life. So, when I saw Zoe had written a second book, Flying Duo, in the series I was beside myself with reader excitement.
I loved the hook – can true love go the distance? It’s something we have all experienced – that amazing holiday romance where the earth moves for you several times in a hot, foreign country and once the feelings of sweaty lust calm down the mental torture begins. You can’t stop asking yourself – is this just a holiday fling?
Here’s the blurb:
Can true love go the distance?
London lawyer Rachel Watson has wound up in an Indian ashram with hippy heartthrob lover, Seb.
A high-achiever, Rachel has always lived life according to her Life List, ticking off goals along the way. But now that she’s in India, Rachel is going with the flow, or at least trying to…
Rachel’s visa is running out and it’s time to decide whether her relationship with Seb is a holiday romance or built to last.
The pair embark on a trip to Nepal for an Everest base camp trek, but will their relationship survive this gruelling expedition or is it time to part ways?
Flying Duo is the second romantic comedy in the ‘Flying’ series, following on from bestseller, Flying Solo, which was described by the Daily Express newspaper as ‘a must read that will appeal to fans of Sophie Kinsella, Beth O’Leary and Mhari McFarlane’ ★★★★★
Here’s my review:
I loved being back with Rachel and new love Seb. It was like catching up with old friends. I had an inkling things were not going to run smoothly for them because their love for each other needed to be tested. So I braced myself early on and then…they both went to Nepal. Oh my goodness, what a test to a new relationship – hiking up Everest. I couldn’t imagine doing this with any of my old holiday romances from back in the day. It was at this point I hugged my cushion, prayed things would work as both Rachel and Seb have a sizzling chemistry and tried to distract myself with the vivid descriptions of Nepal.
The hike is good as it allows both Rachel and Seb to do a lot of inner soul searching. I thought it was a clever tool used by Zoe May to test them both.
This book was funny in places and it left me with a smile on my face. There was a good cast of supporting characters and some memorable book moments involving ankle biting leeches, a bad case of Delhi Belly and horrid blisters. I won’t be forgetting this story in a hurry. It also gave me a yearning for travel and a longing for adventure.
I won’t give the game away about what happens as you need to buy and read it. Great read ❤️
Zoe May is an author of romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting in London before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe couldn’t resist writing a novel about dating since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!
Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.
As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she’s not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she’s probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!