Review: Fly by Molly McLain

(Velocity, #1)
By: Molly McLain
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: March 14, 2016
Genre: New Adult Romance

Meet Colton Wade, FMX rider…

I’m just a small town guy who caught a lucky break. Now I’m living the dream, on the brink of high-flying super-stardom. But something’s missing.

That something is Taylor.

She’s my best friend. The one who makes me want to push harder and higher. The one I fall back on when shit gets tough. The one I’d give it all up for.

I’d do anything to protect her. To make her dreams come true too.

But a single night changes everything.

And now the one she needs protection from…is me.



1thoughtsCol and Taylor have been best friends since they were little kids. Even though Col has gone off to become a rising FMX motocross star, Taylor stayed behind in their small town. No matter the distance between them, they still remain really close. Fly follows both Col and Taylor as the lines between friendship and more blur, while handling Col’s raising fame and the demands that puts on him.

Because Fly is a bit on the shorter side and is only half of their story (it’s a duology), I will break my review into two pieces.

What I liked:
Fly was an enjoyable short story. It has the sweet points where they dance the line into relationship status, it had humor between these two friends who are extremely close and aren’t afraid to show their goofy sides, and it had some pretty steamy scenes when these two finally came together. Both literally and figuratively. The friendship and easy banter between these two was really what did it for me though. You just can’t help but smile as they rib on each other and send pictures of them making goofy faces at the other. It’s just adorable.

What I didn’t like:
There’s nothing original here. I mean, I thought maybe I’d get insight into motocross but I didn’t. This might as well have been a story about two young adults in college. I was really hoping for more of the motocross life. Maybe ride the bike with him on his run, what it’s like when he’s practicing with the guys, what it’s like when he’s hanging out with the guys, just something. I guess I just wanted more from Col. Speaking of Col, I didn’t feel like his character stood out. I liked him, don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t overly believable. It seemed like all it took to switch from Taylor’s POV to Col’s was some crude words and throwing the word “fucking” in every other sentence. And lastly, the drama was something you saw coming a mile away. It’s been done a million times before. The jealous ex-girlfriend who doesn’t know when to let go and instead hangs around, stirs the pot, and causes unnecessary drama. Yeah, I’m over it.

While there were a lot of issues I had with this one, I still really enjoyed it. Like I said, that friendship between the two of them and how close they really are on a mental level was just perfect. I could almost forgive the other stuff. Almost. I’m hoping that in the second half of their story the author steps up their game and doesn’t go the same old been-there-done-that route. I want more motocross, more behind the scenes of Col’s life when we are in his POV (not just of him being home with Taylor), less typical drama, and more Col and Taylor time.


1favepartTaylor applies to go back to college and her and Col are texting back and forth about it before he has to hit the dirt. This was by far the cutest part of the whole book. It shows you just how adorable their friendship is and how close they really are. I mean, he’s probably straddling his bike getting ready to go out and do his thing, and yet is taking the time to be there for her during this scary time and help lighten her mood. It’s perfect.

Sending the application right now, I type and hit send.
Damn proud of you.
Me, too. Biting my lip, I press submit, just like I did six years earlier. My breath hitches a little when the screen flashes application received, and I take a screen shot, sending it to Col.
His reply? A picture of himself sticking out his tongue a la Gene Simmons while he flashes a hang loose sign with his hand. He’s wearing his ball cap backwards and a couple days’ worth of dark stubble covers his jaw.
Dork face, I type.
lol You love my face
I do. No denying it. Cocky little punk.
Little? Thought you knew what I was packing?
Oh, the things I get myself into. Like I said…little.
Do I need to send you another kind of pic, Tee? Because I will.
Oh, God. Eew. Gross.
🙂 Gotta run. Up next on the ramps.
K. Fly high, Col. <3
Always do. xo


7 Thoughts on “Review: Fly by Molly McLain

  1. That’s disappointing that it didn’t have more motocross details tossed in, I’d expect it as well.

  2. I contemplated about getting this when I saw this earlier, but didn’t. It sounds interesting though, so maybe I will. I love when there are texts like that between characters.

  3. Does sounds sweet but sorry to hear that wasn’t the most original

  4. Your review set up is fantastic. I got a really good feel for the book.

  5. Originality is so hard to find these days. Sounds like a decent story though.

  6. Bummer it didn’t have much of the sport. And gah on the duology. I just find that ridiculous especially since it’s under 200 pages. Just write one book. :/

    • Yeah. Silly me. I knew it was a duology but thought it would be filling. :\ That was not the case. Although, if a review copy pops up for the second book I will probably grab it because I am interested to see what happens.

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