Author: R.K. Lilley
Series: Up in the Air
Reviewed by: Onnica
Basic Story: Flight attendant Bianca Karlsson’s simple life is turned upside down at 10,000 ft while serving customers in the first-class cabin. The moment her eyes lock onto those of James Cavendish, twenty-something billionaire, her self-assured, capable manner abandons her. There’s something about him she can’t quite fathom. With just one look, she knows he wants her, and she suspects that he won’t be taking ‘no’ for an answer any time soon.
There’s only one problem: Bianca doesn’t date. She has long since given up on letting anyone into her life, let alone her heart. Her one confidante is her best friend Stephan. Having known each other since the age of fourteen, they are everything to each other and both share a troubled past that binds them forever.
Little by little, Bianca is drawn in by James’s kindness, his demanding nature and his insatiable need for her. She is wary of him and his contradictions, but his determination slowly breaks down her barriers and she slowly contemplates the possibility of pursuing more with James. But things are never what they seem…
Why you should read this: We all seem to be enjoying the whole alpha male vibe at the moment – Fifty Shades has a lot to answer for. When I picked up this book I initially thought this was a FsoG/Bared to You knock off. That’s unfair – it’s actually very well written and builds suspense, sex (LOADS of it) and I actually really liked the heroine. She isn’t whiney; she doesn’t sit around being a victim and feeling sorry for herself. James is a complete alpha who doesn’t become a complete asshat when his feelings grow for Bianca.
What you might hate: If you’re tired of the BDSM-lite world of Fifty Shades, Bared to You and the Fade series, then you may hesitate with this book. There are the inevitable parallels I could draw with them – the need for safe words, the playroom and the vast wealth of the hero (clearly, poor men can’t afford to indulge in ropes and swings).
Rating: I’m giving this a 3/5 stars – which surprises me as when I first started reading the book, I thought it was derivative. The book has deeper issues and I kept wanting to read to find out their secrets – I’m about to buy the next book Mile High, just to get closure. Read it – Bianca’s a great heroine and the backdrop is first-class travel – what’s not to like about that?