Air Boat

Love is an Adventure

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
256 Pages
Reviewed on 09/18/2022
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Air Boat: Love is an Adventure is a work of fiction in the romance and adventure subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by Jacek Waliszewski. In this novella-length work, we find ourselves following the path of early love and courtship with all of its heady, giddy romantic qualities, ups and downs, and magical sentiments. The tale follows Luke and Stella on this journey, delivering snippets of their past that inform their present decisions, and showcasing how they find love with one another in a deeply meaningful way, despite the shadows of their respective pasts.

Readers seeking a tender and heartfelt love story are certain to adore this novella, drinking in every scene with a warm heart and a constant smile on their faces. One of the things I especially enjoyed about this read was Jacek Waliszewski’s unique flair for narrative and the unusual quality of his words that keep your imagination aflame. From the cinematic quality of every detail in the setting through to the attention-to-detail in the expression of how the characters react and move, the novella begins to feel like a movie playing out in your mind, gathering you deeper and deeper into its enjoyable plot. Luke is an especially interesting character, steeped in trauma and haunted by past experiences, but seeking healing and wanting to be an improved man for Stella and their future together. I would heartily recommend Air Boat for romance fans seeking a cozy but emotionally charged short read.

Grant Leishman

Air Boat: Love is an Adventure by Jacek Waliszewski is a gentle, sweet, romantic novella set in the wild backcountry of Northern Montana. Luke is an ex-special forces Green Beret who fought in Afghanistan and elsewhere. When he returns home wounded, with his fiancée departed for someone who would be home more than just occasionally, Luke decides it is time to take the medical discharge being offered by the Army. He buys an old cabin near Flathead Lake in Northern Montana with a plan in mind to fix it up. While out fishing on the lake, he is buzzed by a seaplane that makes him bail out of his kayak into the freezing lake, much to his chagrin. When he later meets the pilot, Stella, he is still furious about what he considers to be her reckless flying but he can’t deny the attraction he feels for her, and then there is Stella’s three-legged husky, Saint, who seems to have adopted Luke as his companion. Romance and love can often develop from these serendipitous encounters and this does seem to be the case for Luke and Stella.

Air Boat: Love is an Adventure is a short and gentle read that does not require much deep thought but that is one of its charms. Jacek Waliszewski has created two believable characters whose relationship starts in conflict and quickly develops into much more. The author’s style is simple, straightforward, and poetically romantic. The story builds swiftly to an exciting and nerve-tingling crescendo and although I don’t usually enjoy such short stories, this was well written and complete in its narrative. I particularly enjoyed the gentle, yet mocking flirtation between the pair early on in the relationship when it was clear there was an underlying attraction but with both participants being of an alpha personality type there was a strong desire not to let the other person get the upper hand. Stella, as a woman pilot, had fought hard to be as successful as she was and she wasn’t one to be patronized or condescended to. This was a good battle of wits between two equally matched adversaries and I did enjoy that aspect. This is the perfect short novella to while away an afternoon in front of the fire. I can recommend this read.

Edith Wairimu

The adventure-filled, fun romance story, Air Boat: Love is an Adventure by Jacek Waliszewski, follows a beautiful courtship between a daring pilot and a former Special Forces soldier. Luke cannot wait to confront the pilot that almost ran him over while he was out kayaking. Despite his anger, he cannot help himself from becoming intrigued by the feisty Stella. Both are unprepared for the feelings they start to develop for each other. Luke also battles with memories from his time in the military. Saint, a three-legged, loving husky, who turns up unexpectedly near Luke’s cabin, becomes a godsend. Beautiful times follow as the couple draws closer together. With Stella and Saint in his life, Luke’s life takes a wonderful turn. But tragedy strikes and Luke could lose them both.

Air Boat is a lovely story with interesting and layered characters. I loved Jacek Waliszewski’s descriptions of both main characters including Luke’s background and Stella’s intriguing family. I liked that the characters were not stereotypical. Both the primary and secondary characters stood out and felt realistic. Waliszewski does a great job of capturing Luke’s troubled state and the mental challenges returning soldiers face. The setting is captured beautifully. I loved Luke’s quaint cabin and its picturesque mountain views. I appreciated Saint’s integration into the plot. He enhances the novel and his story is compelling. The book has a satisfying conclusion. Air Boat is a straightforward, moving romance novel set in beautiful Montana. It features original characters and a heartwarming storyline.

Pikasho Deka

Air Boat: Love is an Adventure is a debut romance drama novel by Jacek Waliszewski. While fishing from his kayak on the picturesque Flathead Lake in Montana, former military man Jake is almost clipped by a dangerously low-flying floatplane. After a while, he finds himself accompanied by a seemingly stray dog called Saint. Seeking to reunite Saint with his original owners, Jake is flabbergasted to learn that Saint's owner, Stella, a beautiful young woman, is also the one who almost ran him over with her airplane. Despite himself, Jake can't help but feel attracted to Stella. Soon, a burgeoning friendship is formed between the two that slowly evolves into a full-blown romance. As they spend more time together, Jake and Stella learn about each other's hobbies. When Stella's life is on the line, Jake must do the one thing he never expected - fly an airplane.

Jacek Waliszewski knocks it out of the park with his debut romance novel. Full of heart, humor, and romance, Air Boat takes readers on a beautiful adventure with two star-crossed lovers. With his smooth prose and likable characters, Waliszewski tells an absorbing story you find yourself immersed in after a few pages into the book. Each character has a distinct trait that defines their personality. Jake is a former military man who falls in love with the beautiful and charismatic Stella, and it's their romance that acts as the glue to the narrative. Every scene between the two is a joy to read. If you love romance stories, don't miss out on this one.

Stacie Haas

Air Boat: Love is an Adventure by Jacek Waliszewski is the story of a former Green Beret looking to begin a post-military life in idyllic Montana. Content to spend his days fishing and remodeling a cabin in the woods, Luke is minding his own business when a pilot in a flying boat nearly kills him trying to avoid a flock of geese. Luke flips out his kayak to avoid a fatal collision, but as it turns out, it’s his life that gets flipped inside out when he comes face to face with the pilot and her dog, Saint. What transpires is an adventure worthy of his time spent in the military, including bouts with fire and axes, air travel and water landings, and the twists and turns of budding, newfound love - not to mention an utterly lovable canine companion who is along for the ride.

I read Air Boat by Jacek Waliszewski in nearly one sitting. It’s an enjoyable quick read that is packed full of adventure, both in the air and in matters of the heart. Luke is reeling from the loss of a good friend in the military and looking to start over in a new place. In Stella, the pilot who nearly kills him, he finds not only his next career but a new relationship. He also finds a bit of peace with his past when he has an encounter that assures him that life can indeed go on. The story was time well spent and Luke is a good character. I would have loved a tad bit more development and backstory about him, but the book is satisfying even if it does leave you wanting more. Recommended for lovers of sweet romance and light-hearted adventure.


I loved it! So fast, and at the risk of sounding cliche, holy smokes, this was a page turner! Now I finally know what people mean by that phrase :)