Review: In Flight (Up in the Air #1) by R. K. Lilley

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Title:  In Flight
Author:  R. K. Lilley
Publisher/Year:  R. K. Lilley 1/18/13
Length:  308 Pages
Series: Up In the Air #1

Overview

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.

My Thoughts

I was turned onto this story/series by a group that i belong to on WordPress and i have to say that i’m glad that i checked it out.  We were quickly taken into a world that’s typical of Erotica, where the leading male is quite powerful and impressive at such a young age, and the female lead is typically from the complete other end of the spectrum.

so here is where we meet Bianca who is a flight attendant based out of Las Vegas and she has the pleasure of working First Class.  Her past quickly comes up in this story as she we learn that she met her best friend and co-worked Stephan while they were both living on the streets and homeless.  We’re quickly told that her parents are both dead and that Stephan ran away from his mormon family because his preferences don’t jive with their beliefs.  all for the better for these 2 since they are quite a great pair/duo and consider the other to be family.

We then meet James Cavendish who is a billionaire hotel owner among other things and he’s found himself on a few of Bee’s flights.  Some by accident, some not so much.

On one of those flights, we see the chemistry start to fly between them, and it’s taken up a notch when James propositions her on a layover that they have in NYC….and when she doesn’t agree to the meeting, he finds a way to find her (through Stephan).  This makes us really want to like him because he’s making sure that her closet confidant is on his side, and that’s bodes well for him for about a week.

Throughout that week, we see that Bianca hands over her virginity to a sexy well practiced powerful man, and he introduces her to the BDSM lifestyle.  He tries to lavish her with gifts which she’s clearly not so comfortable accepting, but that’s to be expected as well.

What i really liked about this is that we know that James has his own haunted past and it takes us most of the story to get to the bottom of it, and it’s a nice relief which makes you want to adore him even more.  So just when things seem like they are right on track for these 2, Bee sees a woman who ‘convinces’ her that James isn’t quite honest and single, and then Bianca gets the scare of her life one night when she’s waiting for Stephan to come home.  It lands her in the hospital, and that’s where our story leaves off.

it’s also nice to see that the development of the relationship isn’t without a hitch.  that we get to see how Bianca worries about what this will mean to her in the future (post James) vs. some of the other stories that we get in this genre that don’t really think about those ramifications.  I kind of wish that we knew more about James and what he’s thinking but i’m sure that will come up in the next installments.

I’m happy that i have the next installment already on ebook so i can get right into it and see what happens.  Nothing will be easy for them, but i know that once they find their way back to each other, we’ll get some great scening, and it’ll be worthy of a few cold showers..

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