#BRMondays – One Giant Leap by Kay Simone


June 23th 2016
Amazon Kindle: 440 pages
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, MM Romance

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Houston we have so many problems…

Curtis “Launchpad” Larkin’s career as an astronaut has had its share of ups and downs.

Alternately lauded as the single-handed savior of NASA and condemned as a reckless, hot-headed bully, Curt has been through the wringer of public opinion and come out on top. When he embarks on his final mission with NASA, Curt figures there’s no curveball that life has left to throw him.

But when the role of spacecraft communicator is passed to a young engineer back in Houston who he’s never met, Curt’s mission takes on a new trajectory.

“CAPCOM to commander. Do you read?”

Patrick Harte’s life is turned upside down when he’s called to fill in at mission control, working directly under his hero, Curtis Larkin.

Falling for Curt is just a small step for Patrick — but it’s one giant leap to think that the astronaut could ever return his feelings.

“The more I talk to you, the more I know that we understand each other.”

After Curt connects with Patrick from worlds away, he can’t imagine life on earth without the other man… Despite the fact that he’s never laid eyes on Patrick. And their problems won’t stop once he’s cleared for landing.

The bad-boy astronaut is no stranger to controversy — but will the genuine and soft-spoken man of his dreams be able to keep up with the trouble Curt seems to stir everywhere he goes?

One Giant Leap is a slow burn m/m contemporary romance novel with a May-December theme, lots of humor, medium angst, medium heat, and a happily-ever-after ending — plus a sexy bonus chapter.


WARNING: This review has SPOILERS.
Read at your own risk.

I have been looking at Kay Simone’s books for quite a while now, since they pop up in my Amazon Recommendation feed, but it wasn’t until recently that I’ve decided to finally give it a go and read one. And I must admit that I should have pick the books from this author before.

One Giant Leap, as you probably know from the synopsis, it’s a romance story about an astronaut and a spacecraft communicator. Not only that, but the characters have differences that they need to go over, and that doesn’t include the fact that Curt it’s in space and Patrick it’s on planet earth.

Patrick has been a fan of Curt since he was a young boy, and the astronaut it’s the reason why he wanted to work at NASA more than anything else. He is 27 years old, it’s very sweet, has a great sense of humor and it’s a very strong person. His life was not easy, not only because of his parents telling him that he should pursue another career but also because he has a disability that we don’t know first hand as readers.

Curt was the youngest astronaut in history. He turns 40 during this mission in space and his history it’s not exactly easy. He climb until he got where he wanted to be in life, with effort and determination. He is a deep character that needs to get things out but things people won’t understand him, until Patrick shows up in his life.

In all honesty I enjoyed the book a lot. The romance and the depth of the characters, not only the main ones, but the secondary characters as well, made this an amazing read full of growth and inspiration. You just need to open your eyes and be prepared to see those little details here and there that makes the reading all more appealing.

Kay Simone warns you at the beginning about the amount of research done for this book and the facts that are going to be included. I didn’t liked those cuts when the author put the interviews and other stuff about the space mission. I appreciated the information that was given but I honestly didn’t enjoy those parts much. I wanted to read about Curt and Patrick, not about Curt alone, even though I get the importance of knowing the information that was part of Curt’s background.

The writing, besides the fact that I just mentioned before, was very simple, smooth and not complicated at all, even when the author said the book was going to be full of facts. Those facts were written in a comprehensive manner that didn’t clash with the ongoing story telling. I have to give thumbs up to Kay Simone for that because I can’t think that it was easy to keep everything reader friendly, keeping the facts from overcoming the story.

He’s 27 and it’s the first of July and Patrick Harte knows what it feels to reach a goal so long sought after that it has defined the fabric of his life, his personality, himself.

I just have to say that the long distance, the getting to know each other like they did, the personal growth, the age difference and other problems the characters faced together were a point that made this book better, in my opinion. I won’t forget the feelings I got reading this book and I would treasure the little things that made me appreciate, because Curt makes you love being alive on this planet like you have no idea and opens your eyes to every day stuff that we take for granted.

To wrap this up. I’m pretty excited to read more from Kay Simone, in fact, I already got another book to read so… I will leave you to pick up One Giant Leap and have an amazing time.


Amazon Bestselling Author Kay Simone has a thing for oldies, leather jackets, secret poetry, tattoos, whiskey, and every other bad boy cliché in the book.

Simone loves stories that make her laugh, think, and cry in equal measure — but only if there is a happy ending waiting on the last page. She strives to write characters who are flawed, real, and worth the time of a reader. Whether she’s writing about snowdrifts in rural Washington or the daily summer thunderheads of Florida, Simone feels that each setting is a character, too.

In her past lives, Simone was editor in chief of a newspaper, managing editor of a lit mag, a librarian, a website voodoo expert, and a cupcake baker.

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