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Earth Bound

(Fly Me to the Moon #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  273 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Houston, Texas, 1961

The race to the moon is on, and engineer Eugene Parsons has two enemies: danger and distraction. Nothing is more distracting than his attraction to the brilliant, beautiful computer scientist on his team, but he’s determined to overcome it since he needs her to help America win.

Charlie Eason is used to men underestimating her. It comes with being a woma
Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published May 11th 2016 by Penny Bright Publishing, LLC
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Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It is very much a stand alone, although I've enjoyed all the books in this series set in the 1960's. This book gives us two, very intelligent protagonists - a hero who falls in love with a heroine for her brain (and the fact she is wild in bed) and science. I love it.

Charlie is an extremely smart woman who decided to go into computers (instead of physics much to her parents dismay). She gets the job as the deputy director of computing at the America Space Department
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1960-1980
Having read and liked the previous two installments in the Fly Me To the Moon series, I was looking forward to this read.

The series focuses on a subject that is sparsely covered in the romance genre- the legendary space race - a 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union and the United States, for supremacy in spaceflight capability.

When reading historical romance, both historical setting and romance are almost equally important. Unfortunately, neither worked for me
Maria Rose
Twentieth century historical romances are much less common than their regency or medieval counterparts so the sky’s the limit (or not in this case) for co-authors Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner to tackle the post-World War Two space-race era. Earth Bound is the second full-length novel in the Fly Me To the Moon series. The first book – Star Dust – is a fascinating look at the challenges of getting a man into orbit from an astronaut’s point of view (and a sexy romance, sixties style). Earth Boun ...more
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
3.5 stars.
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Two sexy brainiacs fall in love while sending astronauts into space, and it's kind of amazing. No book is perfect, but, damn, if I'm not giving this one top marks, because this is probably as close to perfection as a romance set in the '60s fictionalized NASA (it's ASD, American Space Department, in this series) can get.

We met Eugene Parsons, the director of engineering and development at ASD and the hero of Earth Bound, in book one, where we quickly learned he was super serious about this space
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This Fly Me to the Moon series by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner has been an unexpected reading pleasure for me. Taking place in the early 1960s, the romance series features characters involved in the early space race to the moon. Most of the books have male astronauts and their love interests as the main characters and I have enjoyed STAR DUST and A MIDNIGHT FEAST about two of these couples and plan to read more.

This EARTH BOUND is my favorite so far. Eugene Parsons, who appeared as a secondar
Eugene Parsons is the uptight and stern supervisor of the teams working on getting America to Space and the moon. We met him in the first book but in Earth Bound we finally get to see someone get under his skin.

Charlie Eason is stunningly beautiful AND brilliant, the best engineer Parsons has ever seen. But she also could be a huge distraction, but Parsons is determined to remain nothing but professional. Charlie is also not looking for any distractions or any hint of controversy. It is hard eno
Brandy Painter
This book was so very much my thing I can't claim in any way to be objective about it. It is from now on probably going to be my automatic romance comfort read go-to.

I fell for Eugene Parsons in his very first scene in Star Dust. I wanted this next full novel in the series to be about him because from that very first scene I knew he had the potential to be exactly my favorite sort of hero. I have a weakness for intelligent men who come across as arrogant asses on first encounter-because they ar
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Super, super, super into this.

Being honest, I wasn't sure I would be at all based on the sample (which I do not feel is representative of the book), but there are so many things in this book that hit all of my favorite spots.

1) The hero is in love with the heroine's brain.
2) Actual meeting of equals, despite the institutional sexism at work.
3) The passage of time, so you get prolonged relationship development.
4) People falling in love without realizing or without being willing to express it.
5) H
This was a very hard review to write. Not because Earth Bound was bad, but because it was SO GOOD. I’m sure that makes no sense but bare with me while I try, try being the operative word here, and get my thoughts out in what I hope will be in a semi-coherent fashion.

Just like in Star Dust, this book takes place in the early 1960’s during the Space Race. This time however, the story centers on a hero AND a heroine who are BOTH engineers working together at an imaginary NASA-type facility called t
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I kept just... not finishing this because I didn’t want it to be over. So yeah, this was great.
This book KILLED ME DEAD and that is why it look me so long to rate it.

Quite one of the best books I've read this year. It works on all sorts of levels - the background is truly fascinating (the early days of space flight and the role of computers), there's an indictment of the outrageous sexism of those times, and - above all - it's the moving love story of two flawed characters.

Charlie Eason is the first female senior appointment at the American Space Department (a lightly disguised NASA) - the deputy director of computing. Her adult life has been directed towar
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
TBH I was somewhat on the fence about continuing this series, because I liked the two I'd gotten for free during a sale several years ago, but I'm always hesitant to buy books I haven't read at full price, even a relatively cheap one. I'm glad that I made this decision, though, because Earth Bound is great.

I just love the setting of this series, which takes place in the 50s and 60s during the space race. I've never read romance novels set in this era of history before, and it's so much fun to re
Though they lost me with all the science stuff, I really loved this book and our two great leads. Plus I'm still amazed at how good this HR in the sixties turned out to be *_* ...more
Melissa Blue
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This book was given to me for a fair and honest review.
Publishing is small. We breathe the same air.
Yada, yada.

Have you ever read a book and weeks later you're still thinking about it? Yeah. Earth Bound is that book for me.

First you have to understand Star Dust and Midnight Clear have been on my TBR pile. They were hand sold to me by fan girls of this series. And why not? I was promised romances that take place during the golden age that lea
Eliza E
Earth Bound is pitch perfect in practically all aspects of its romance novel-ness, but just in case you think romances are insipid and trashy (because they often are), I should also add that it’s just a damn fine book. It gets something so right that I didn’t even realize had been missing from many novels set in a workplace—that work, the right work, can nourish you in essential ways. That there is joy in competency and responsibility. That when someone sees your best self, the self that is effi ...more
All she knew was that every moment for nearly two years had led to this. Every staff meeting, every time he’d gestured with his hands, every time he’d asked more of her, and celebrated with her when she’d offered it, it had all been about this.

About what she was feeling ... that she believed him when he said she was perfect.

She didn’t think she was perfect, but she thought that together, they might be more than they were apart.

Together they might be something like it.

I've been wanting to read th
Molly O'keefe
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The detail in this series just kills me. The historical, character and setting detail - it all pays off in the romance. If you're looking for something different - this series fits the bill perfectly. And Parson is the epitome of the grumpy hero - loved him. Just like everyone said I would... ...more
Angelina Lopez
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was brilliant from the very first page -- and I'm not just talking about the brilliant lead characters and their awesome space exploration jobs. The writing of Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner was so crisp, so perfectly 60s, with elegant descriptions of their one-of-a-kind lead characters and fascinating details of their work. I have such serious hots for Eugene Parsons and Charlie Eason. Eugene is a gimme: smart, intense, demanding but all gooey for the woman of his dreams. I love smar ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
This was excellent. I really liked the dynamic here. The book gives us something we don't tend to see a lot in romance:

1. A prolonged courtship! Their relationship takes place over the course of almost two years before they get their HEA.

2. Two characters who are both and equally aloof. A lot of that has to do with their circumstances. It was interesting to see the intersection of sexism and classism here, especially for a time period we don't see a lot of in historical romance.

And I mean, th
Between watching The Expanse and going to the Kennedy Space Center, I was on a space kick and thought this would be the perfect book. Unfortunately, this just wasn't working for me. I don't know if it was that this was too much about the romance, or that I actively didn't like how the romance was developing, but I'm just going to throw in the towel. ...more
My favourite of the series so far. Excellent competence porn, highly analytical MCs, great chemistry, and smart details.
Great start to my reading year!
Susan Talend
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Maybe just slightly less than a 4. But good.
Jul 21, 2019 added it
This is a spectacular romance. I am amazed at how well the authors kept me interested in the details of the space missions Charlie and Parsons were working on. And then to add in a simply lovely romance? A+! Read this book based on a twitter recommendation and I am so glad I did.
This novel was everything I have ever wanted and more. Earth Bound is beautiful, thoughful and more than a little sexy. It played into my love for lingerie and smudged lipstick, my catnip for brainiacs and sensuality, late night rendez-vous in a shady place. Even if I could't do it justice in this review, it was smoking hot and satisfying.

"I met Parsons." She pinched her lips to keep from smiling.
"An engeneer? Be serious Charlotte.

Imagine a family where saying 'engeneer' is a high insult. You'v
Originally posted on 5/12/16 on For What It's Worth:

I adore the Fly Me to the Moon series, and especially the 1960’s setting. Earth Bound was less swoony/romantic than the previous books and more of a workplace focused.

Eugene Parson, the Director of Engineering and Development at the ASD (American Space Department), and Charlie Eason, his Deputy Director, carry on a secret affair for several years, meeting up in a seedy motel. They agree to never talk sho
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
2/19 re-read: This has become such a comfort read for me. I love these two idiots so much.


Review in the morning when maybe I can be coherent about how damn good this was.

I think this might be the best thing I've read this year. I alternatively didn't want to put it down and didn't want it to end at the same time. Everything about it just hit all the right places for me.

I love that we got more about Parsons, that it fit with the glimpses we had of him previously, but deepened our understandi
Cathy Geha
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this series! I love the writing, the characters, the time period and the way it takes me back and makes me remember what it was like to live when the race into space was going on. Yes, I was young back then but I remember it well.

In this story we meet Dr. Charlie Eason when she comes in to be interviewed by Mr. Eugene Parsons. He is sure she is perfect for the job even though she is female and in the early 60’s females were more often relegated to secretarial jobs than those
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Emma Barry is a teacher, novelist, recovering academic, and former political staffer. She lives with her high school sweetheart and a menagerie of pets and children in Virginia, and she occasionally finds time to read and write.

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