Monday, October 21, 2013

Review: Grounded by R.K. Lilley

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A new week, a new romance!




Author: R.K. Lilley 
Title: Grounded 
Series: Up In The Air #3 
Release date: 10th of February 2013 
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, BDSM, Romance 
Published by: R.K. Lilley 
Pages: 380 pages in Kindle e-book format 
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle 

Summary:

James and Bianca’s story draws to a close in the explosive conclusion to the Up In The Air Trilogy. 

After a short but earnest courtship, Bianca can no longer deny her feelings for James, and though she’s tried her hardest, she can’t help but see that he cares deeply for her, as well. In a completely uncharacteristic move, she has put aside her misgivings and agreed to live with the enigmatic billionaire. Is her leap of faith the beginning of something wonderful, or is it too much, too fast?

As James and Bianca feel a growing need for each other that neither can deny, circumstances beyond their control intervene, trying to tear them apart. Amidst the ever mounting threat of a monster who wants Bianca dead, and the constant pitfalls of an indiscreet past that James can’t seem to escape, can these two passionate lovers manage to find their happily ever after?

Review:

I can’t believe I managed to stay till the end of the series! It made me so frustrated at times, but I couldn’t give up before I saw this to the sugar-overdose end. And while the finale really left my teeth rotting, I loved the closure and running-to-the-sunset feel of it.

Well, nothing major has changed in the last installment at first glance: James is still creepily, as in run the opposite way, adorable and lovable, Bianca annoys me with her jealousy and unreasonableness, Stephen is now officially 100% made of win not only 99% as in the previous books. BUT, to my absolute shock and delight the nonexistent plot has suddenly reared its miniature head! Only the top shows, but yes, there is something similar to an actual plotline in this. Most of it happens somewhere in the last 10% of the book though, but who cares, there is at last something going on that doesn’t necessarily include any intimate parts of James and Bianca. Also, there was a vast improvement in their relationship regarding feelings and the basis of their relationship was no longer only physical. 

Otherwise I’m still kind of turned off by the constant sex and I don’t mean a lot of description, but the almost 10 times they do it basically one after another in a short period of time mostly every time they meet. I just can’t believe you can be so energetic each time and there is no medication involved. Then again, I liked that the acts aren’t repeats of each other and there is lots of variety and imagination used.

I appreciated and loved the snippets shown from the relationship of Stephen and Javier and the couple of chapters from Stephen’s point of view. While I liked them a lot, it was too much of a tease to a potential new story and I’d be very disappointed if they don’t get their own book or at least a short story.

Another thing I enjoyed about this book was the addition of other intriguing characters to the bunch whose stories I look forward to read. Tristan was definitely someone to look forward to, that naughty scoundrel.

Characters:

As much as I find James oddly charming he bordered on being a bully in this book to Bianca, he pulled the reigns tighter on her and I didn’t like where that was going. Especially since he took over not only her life, but spread his hold onto people close to her. Nevertheless, I still kind of like him and I try hard to convince myself that it’s not for superficial reasons, but who knows. The main point is that I don’t approve many of his decisions or actions, but I have a bit of understanding for them so I can’t totally condemn him.

While I liked Bianca in the first book, her appeal started to take a nosedive in the second and in the third I found her tiring. Apart from her looks, tragic past and love for kink, I didn’t see what was so amazing about her, she was incredibly boring, jaded, prejudiced, suspicious, seeing fault in others, not so much in herself, etc. I’m just sad she took that path since initially did like her as the heroine a lot. 

Overall:

Well, this is the end to the Up In The Air trilogy and for me it has been a quite steady ride. All three books are a three star read. There were many things that were positive and that kept me reading till the last word, but this series is in no way perfect, there is much to whine about. Despite everything, this is the first past Fifty Shades of Grey books trilogy I’ve been able to enjoy enough to finish, so that alone is a big deal.


3 stars!

LIIS

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