Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Review: In Flight by R.K. Lilley

Hi all!

Something for all the romantic BDSM lovers :)





Author: R.K. Lilley
Title: In Flight
Series: Up In The Air #1
Release date: 20th of October 2012
Published by: R.K. Lilley
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, BDSM, Romance
Pages: 285 pages in e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle 

Summary:

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.

This book is intended for ages 18 and up.

Review:

Honestly, this was the most enjoyable from all the post Fifty Shades of Grey (including this) era books I’ve read. I guess most of it is due to the hero being emotionally more open, not having that deep of a mysterious past staying concealed for an unnecessary long time, the heroine being likeable and not the type that leaves me scratching my head trying to figure out what a billionaire sexgod sees from first glance in this plain paranoid uninteresting girl to become instantly and forever obsessed, the heroine having a job that stands out, etc.

Plus, this book had it’s fair share of the usual kinky sex, lots and lots of denial and angst (this time from the heroine’s side), hot men, sweet, subtle and obsessive displays of affection, a dash of misunderstandings, troubled pasts, etc … well, what more can you ask for?

One thing I have to mention though: why is there this typical evil ex causing mayhem again? Why not something else for a change: an evil grandmother, crazy uncle, wacky sister, weird maid, knife wielding cook … the possibilities are endless.

Characters:

James – Whoa ... down boy! I mean, yes, he was all gorgeous and sexy and charming and polite and wealthy and and and ..... pure male GOODNESS, but as much as I liked him he was just all around slightly too quick with everything. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because he was a miles ahead in my mind from many other heroes from the same genre books that have been flooding the literature world lately. Miles ahead, but then again I haven’t read many such stories. What I liked most about him, what makes him sympathetic and not only a simple hunk of a hot guy with a sexy exterior and a bunch of demons to battle inside, were his genuine feelings for Bianca, there was no relationship based on lust – ok, maybe initially but he got serious quite fast. He really appreciated and held her dear, he worried for her, cared and wanted what was best to her (of course that best was him, but it’s he thought that counts) and what’s most important – he admitted he wanted her around and admitted his feelings. No playing distant or confused, theirs wasn’t a casual fling from his side. Come to think of it – I didn’t only like him I was REALLY fond of him.

Bianca I had mixed feeling for. I applauded her for her initial refusal to James and keeping to that denying (she was great in those scenes), but her constant lack of confidence started to bother me soon. I’m not saying her insecurities weren’t unjustifiable or out of the blue, but she didn’t even think about what if James’ intentions were true and he wanted a life with her longer than a couple of weeks. I was also forced to roll my eyes at her initial sexual “state”, but I have to admit that in this story her choice to stay like that was more or less understandable. Still, she was a decent heroine, I liked her independence and her need to control her life.

Stephen – I loved him, even though he was the slightly the cliché gay best friend, but he actually kicked ass and was his own strong personality without his character only being defined by his best friend Bianca, as in so many other books in such cases. I liked that James and him saw eye to eye and how they acted towards each other, but his loyalty was first and foremost to Bianca and her needs and wants, however, illogical those were at times. I hope to see more of him in the sequel.

Overall:

If you like BDSM romance this is a very good addition to the genre. I like that it’s the same, but at the same time distinctively different from the others.



3 stars!

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