Book Review – Accidentally In Love with the Pilot by Teri Anne Stanley

So this… book. I don’t even know what to really say as an intro, so I think I’m just going to go into it. Maybe then you’ll see why.

In Accidentally in Love with the Pilot, Megan Shuttlekrump is the manager of her showbiz family of circus performers. Seriously. They’re overbearing and needy and she does EVERYTHING for them. On her birthday, a mysterious yet shy dude shows up to deliver her monstrosity of a unicorn cake, and Megan invites him to stay for a drink. Then they move to the bar and keep drinking. Then they… get married? And then! They wake up in the morning to find a broken condom and a bunch of blurry memories. But Megan hasn’t found a guy yet who is willing to put up with her family, so she assumes that Ben, her mystery man, is going to be just like the rest of them. The last thing she expects is for him to stick around.

Ben Rutledge is a loner. He’s a Navy fighter pilot who hasn’t found a partner who is willing to put up with him being gone for 9 month stretches, so he tends to cherish his alone time. He’s supposed to go camping with his buddy while home on leave, but his buddy got back together with his ex and ditched Ben. Oh, and asked him to deliver a cake to a birthday party in Las Vegas. Great. But Ben is a good person, and he delivers the cake – meeting the most beautiful and interesting girl in the process. When he wakes up in bed with said girl the next morning, he’s happy about it, but she’s panicked. Then they find the broken condom, and he knows he has to do right by her by… sticking around?


3 1 Things I Loved

  1. Ben. Ben was literally the only redeeming part of this story for me. He had a good heart, he tried to do what was best for Megan, and he encouraged her to break away from her family and follow her own dreams. This logic wasn’t always sound, but he legitimately fell for Megan, and that’s respectable, I guess.

Dislikes/Problematic Content

Unless you’re triggered by overbearing, ridiculous families and the tired trope of waking up in Vegas married to someone you hardly know, there isn’t anything inherently triggering in this book. Which is a positive, I suppose!

However. Good god. Spoilers ahead.

I should have DNFed this one. I wanted to, but I liked Ben and wanted Ben to find happiness, so I stuck it out. But my goodness, this was a frustrating read. Here are some reasons why!

  • Megan’s family is the fucking worst. To the point of almost not being believable, honestly. They can’t do A N Y T H I N G without her, and that’s just… that’s too much. She picks up their dry cleaning and makes their costumes and plunges their toilets and figures out their schedules and it made me crazy just reading the book. I can’t even with them.
  • Megan’s thought process is super flawed. She never actually listens to Ben when he says that he doesn’t mind her family at all, that he kind of likes them. And for some reason, she never tries to tell her family that she wants to be a costume designer and just keeps doing what she thinks they want without telling them any differently. They’re not mindreaders, Megan, Jesus.
  • We’ve got to talk about the pregnancy scare. Because the entire plot swirls around this broken condom, and it’s just… it’s a non-plot point. USE PLAN B, Y’ALL. They’re both adults, they don’t know each other and don’t think they’re ready for children – they’re the perfect people for what Plan B was created for. Would Ben have moved in with Megan for two weeks had they used Plan B? Probably not. But maybe! That could have been part of the plot, like it was in Sex Education on Netflix! But alas. Instead, they’re like “let’s wait around and see if I have a period.” Oh. Okay. That makes sense.

The more I think about this book, the more I feel like I wasted my time reading it. Which sucks! I spent five days on this book! But it could be worse, I guess. Like I said – there at least wasn’t anything triggering about it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


A reminder of the rating scale:

  • Red = DNF, I hated everything
  • Orange = Ugh, no thank you
  • Yellow = I mean, I’ve read worse, but there were problems
  • Green = This was good! 
  • Blue = Oh my gosh, I loved this book!
  • Purple = This is the unicorn of books and I will be rereading it until the binding falls apart and EVERYONE should be reading it!

Oh goodness, how do I even quantify what I am FEELING about this book. This was a big blah for me. I’m giving Accidentally In Love with the Pilot a YELLOW rating. I’ve definitely read worse. But this wasn’t great.

Happy reading!

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