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In Flight (Up in the Air #) by R.K. Lilley

SYNOPSIS

When reserved flight attendant Bianca gets one look at billionaire hotel owner James Cavendish, she loses all of her hard-won composure. For a girl who can easily juggle a tray of champagne flutes at 35,000 feet in three inch heels, she finds herself shockingly weak-kneed from their first encounter. The normally unruffled Bianca can’t seem to look away from his electrifying turquoise gaze. They hold a challenge, and a promise, that she finds impossible to resist, and she is a girl who is used to saying no and meaning it. 

Bianca is accustomed to dealing with supermodels and movie stars in her job as a first class flight attendant, but James Cavendish puts them all to shame in the looks department. If only it were just his looks that she found so irresistible about the intimidating man, Bianca could have ignored his attentions. But what tempts her like never before is the dominant pull he seems to have over her from the moment they meet, and the promise of pleasure, and pain, that she reads in his eyes

REVIEWED BY JENNY & GITTE

Gitte –  4.5    stars
Jenny – 4.25  stars

Gitte:    Wow Jenny I absolutely loved this book for so many delicious reasons, I could not put it down.  It definitely was a new play on the whole Fifty Shades & Bared to You theme, although comparisons are inevitable. I think this is my first book with a Flight Attendant theme and I kind of loved it hahaha. It was refreshing and yeah the whole Mile High club *wink wink*…HOT!

Jenny:    Yep, Gitte, this book, the first in a trilogy was definitely hot! I think the best way to explain our first thoughts is  to quote our text message conversations that were flying back and forth early on…..

J:   “OMG! I am never going to sleep……4%  in and I bloody love this book”
G:  “I’m at 32% and cannot put it down”…..
J:   “I’m screwed then, it’s gonna be a late one for me – I think we are in book love together”…….
G:  “Yes you really are screwed and yes we are in book love”………
J:.  “Holy crap this book is so hot…..knicker change in seat 2D”
I may never look at flying in the same light again!  Okay, moving on!

Gitte:   The chemistry between Mr. Cavendish (sigh) and Bianca was fantastic, it not only ran deep on an emotional level it was pretty spectacular and steamy hot too! James Cavendish, *sigh* he is a yummy hot dominant alpha male…oh and let’s not forget a billionaire to boot!!  What that man can do…his whole attitude…be still my beating heart!! Bianca is a sweet gorgeous girl who is completely clued up and street wise. She knows what she wants and values everything she is and has. She is a mystery to start with which James slowly unravels as she unravels him in return. The scene with them on the plane right at the beginning, I suppose you could say after their first connection…umm I don’t know about you Jenny but I may have re-read that one more than once whilst sat in the freezer!!

Jenny:   I can neither confirm nor deny if I re-read that scene…..oh who am I kidding, you know me too well, of course I did! And of course the freezer was the best place to read it.  Wow, the chemistry was there right from the outset!  No slow up build here – these two had an instant sexual connection.  It was steamy alright.  We’re firstly introduced to Bianca and her best bud Stephan and I loved the relationship between these two.  You’re immediately drawn to Bianca as a character because she is so innocent on one level but so worldly on another and she became a very intriguing character for me right from the beginning.  Mr Cavendish – well, what about him?  Geez….hot, billionaire, alpha, possessive, dirty talking male who knows exactly what he wants and goes after it……. and he wants Bianca and the hunt is on! This man! I am devoid of speech where James Cavendish is concerned!

Gitte:   I am adamant not to talk too much about the story because this one is easy to spoil, what I will say is I  fell in love with James & Bianca immediately, oh and I absolutely fell in love with Stephan too. These three characters are so well written and my connection to them was almost immediate. I felt the emotions, and as I learnt more of their background they definitely took a piece of my heart.
I thought what we learnt of their back story was so well written; we were given just enough to hook us as readers, giving us an insight into their psyche and understanding their subsequent behaviours and actions.
Bianca’s relationship with James,  it was not only LUSH; it was also an extremely emotional connection between two emotionally scarred people who upon finding each other learnt to open up to another albeit slowly. The end result of their traumatic pasts mirrored despite being different.
The friendship between Bianca and Stephan was heart-breaking and yet so amazing. How these two came about finding each other when they were teenagers up till the dynamics of their present day friendship, I melted at the fierce love and protection.

Jenny:   I instantly loved the connection and friendship between Bianca and Stephan.  They are rock solid and there for each other.  They’ve been through so much and they mean everything to one another and I am dying to see their past unravelled further in Mile High (Book #2 available now)
Yes, Gitte we do have to be very mindful not to give anything away for our fellow readers because it’s all about peeling the layers away in this story and experiencing the journey. To let them discover why Bianca is so receptive to James and his lifestyle when everything about her past screams that she should be repelled by it.

Gitte:  So yeah Jenny, I really enjoyed book 1 in this series. I thought it was really well written; it kept me hooked till the end with great characters and a thrilling story. The balance between the ‘sex factor’ and the story was spot on!
Despite the similarities of some of the storyline to Fifty & Bared to You, I enjoyed it, as it was different enough to stand on its own. No inferior imitation here! I don’t know about you Jenny but I am dying to start on book 2!!

Jenny:  I agree Gitte.  I loved the writing, loved the characters and the storyline had me riveted and I was consumed with it step of the way!
Like you say, there will be the inevitable comparisons to Fifty & Bared but this book is different and definitely not an imitation.  There was a good story mixed in with the sex (oh dear god….the SEX IS HOT!!) so it had plenty of substance! So charge that phone Gitte because we will be burning up the phone lines once we start Mile High *wink, wink* !

THE UP IN THE AIR SERIES by R K LILLEY

UP-IN-THE-AIR

IN FLIGHT BOOK ONE
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MILE HIGH BOOK TWO
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GROUNDED BOOK THREE
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