In The Likely Event By Rebecca Yarros Book Review

In The Likely Event Rebecca Yarros Book Review

n The Likely Event is a romance novel by Rebecca Yarros, who’s now uber-famous for her Fourth Wing novels. It’s set in our world and is a proper romance novel with sizzle, angst, and lost love.

The one similarity to her Fourth Wing novels is the world of combat that is the backdrop to her novel. Yarros grew up an army brat (her wording) and is also married to an army veteran. This is a world she knows well and writes well. It made the emotional toll of deployment that much deeper knowing that she wrote from experience.

In The Likely Event Plot

When Izzy Astor gets on a plane to go home, she isn’t expecting much. It’s the usual holiday travel experience: busy, crowded, stressful. Then she spots her seatmate, who is anything but ordinary. Nate Phelan sports dark hair, blue eyes, and a deliciously rugged charm that Izzy can’t resist. Their connection is undeniable. Izzy never believed in destiny before, but she does now. Just ninety seconds after takeoff, their plane goes down in the Missouri River. Their lives change. They change. Nate goes on to a career in the military while Izzy finds her way into politics. Despite a few chance encounters over the years, the timing never feels right. Then comes a high-stakes reunion in Afghanistan, where Nate is tasked with protecting Izzy’s life. He’ll do anything to keep her safe. And everything to win her heart.

In The Likely Event Review

The novel first hooked me with its premise. Two people meet in a plane crash and then converge with each other over and over again. Nate and Izzy are bound by fate, but can’t seem to get it together enough to be together.

I’ve seen some reviews paint it as a white saviour story, and you could definitely take it that way. But what it really is, is a story written from the perspective of Americans during the Afghanistan war and occupation and the moments just before it fell to the Taliban. Of course, there are hints of white saviour, that’s how they excused their reason for being there.

I’m kind of anti-army, and very anti-war, but I did appreciate Yarros giving Nate his reason for being in the army, his ‘why’ for heading to these conflicts and inflicting terrible things. He believes he is protecting the people he loves, which personally I think is bullshit, but I respected him for telling himself that.

It’s a fast-paced book that jumps back and forth between the past and present. The past stories move towards a major drama that tore them apart, as the present moves them towards major drama that will hopefully bring them back together. I think this helped the past stories, as sometimes I can lose interest in going back over memories, but I didn’t with this book.

The major premise was two soul mates thrown together by fate, who couldn’t seem to meet at the right time to start their relationship. Their jobs or studies always get in the way, and Nate is adamant for years that he doesn’t want Izzy to give up her life to wait for him. I appreciated the need for this to create the story, but it got to a point where it slightly annoyed me that Nate wouldn’t commit. In real life, the kind of stories he was telling Izzy are usually when you’re a douchebag and only stringing the girl along while never committing to her.

The final moments are told during the fall of the Afghanistan occupation. I was waiting for Yarros to add some extra drama, like an explosion or shoot-out, but I was impressed that she just stuck to what really happened (from an American viewpoint). Just a lot of people burning documents and mass panic.

There’s one major twist in the story at the very end, which is maybe a bit cheesy, but still got me right in the heart. It highlights Nate’s struggle with mental health due to his participation in conflict, and the emotional toll his job has taken on him. It made me feel really sad.


In The Likely Event is a fast-paced romance read with an addictive soul-mates-struggling-to-connect story. There’s drama, the sex is hot, and the angst is next level. I enjoyed reading it. Just remember the war is told from the perspective of someone in the US Army, and everyone needs to tell themselves a story to cope with what they do.

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