“You’re in the mood to get fucked against a wall tonight, aren’t you?”
Grounded, the third and final book in the Up In The Air series by RK Lilley (see the reading order here, it MUST be read in order) was one of my most anticipated books of the year for me. You should have seen me jumping around and squealing when I got it. Thank goodness it MORE THAN lived up to the anticipation! In fact, this was my favorite of the series. Before reading Grounded (sent to me by R.K. — THANK YOU!) I decided to re-read Mile High, the second in the series, so I could get immersed back into the storyline. I’m so glad I did, in fact, I wish I started again from the beginning, this was one trilogy I have NO problem re-reading multiple times. My only problem was it took me a while because I couldn’t keep my hands off
James Cavendish my husband…
“I’m going to make you come so many ways that you forget all of the ways that you can find to doubt us.”
Grounded began right where Mile High ended, and I fell even harder for James in this book, in fact, he may be my top Dom. He NEVER wavered, NEVER had doubts about his feelings, and was honest and up-front from the start. Actually, I fell for all of the characters more than ever, especially the swoonworthy Stephan and his love, Javier. (Could Stephan be a more perfect BFF?)
To refresh your memory without too much spoilers, Bianca just found out some news about her father’s wife, and is now under very strong surveillance. She knows she is in danger and is not being stupid and sneaking away (much) like most characters do in this situation. The couple has not yet said those three magic words to each other but it’s clear as day anyway.
“Have I told you today how happy you make me? I can never go back from this Bianca. It would break me to let you go. You know that, right?” Had he read my mind?
These two are so well suited for each other. And despite the BDSM, their relationship was amazingly healthy, especially for two such damaged people. You would think that makes for a boring story, right? Nope. The only time I was able to stop reading was when I couldn’t keep away from my own man. James might be a Dom, but he isn’t completely broken. He loves to be touched, and needs to be loved. Bianca needs exactly what James gives her, and once she stops fighting it, they have a beautiful relationship.
“You’re my favorite subject, Love. I’ll start with your eyes. I fell in love with those first. One look was like a punch to the gut. You have these ageless eyes on such a young face. I just knew that you had seen bad things, lived bad things, and from the start, I knew that you could understand pain. Understand loneliness and despair. Understand feeling hopeless and helpless and alone. I fell in love with your eyes first because I looked into their depths and saw the other half of my soul.”
James….wow, what can I say about James? Totally to-die-for gorgeous, he even does some modeling in this book. Completely over the top loving and caring. Totally stern, dominating and deliciously kinky. But it is the absolute love and devotion he has for Bianca, that he never hides or fights, that makes him so amazing. OK, who am I kidding…the totally fuckhot sex EVERYWHERE, ALL THE TIME is pretty amazing too. But not so much that there wasn’t a story.
“James had shown me a profound tenderness and love that belonged only to me, from our very first time together…. it was more precious of a gift than I’d allowed myself to see. He was my Dom, and I was his sub, but our love had turned it into so much more…”
We were so lucky, that in this book we were able to see a little of James and Stephan’s point of view, and we also got to know some of the great side characters more, plus newcomer, the gorgeous Tristan, who needs his own book, and Lana who is getting one! YAY!
- The Mr. chapter names are back! I love how they foreshadow the chapter events.
- The weirdly healthy almost angst-free relationship between Bianca and James.
- How readily James accepted Stephan and made him part of the family.
- The amazingly hot sex.
- The only really stupid move on either part was explained well, and I can’t say she was wrong.
- The most amazing double epilogue.
- Never once felt like it “jumped the shark”, I never had enough, it never got boring. In fact at 89% I had a little freakout that didn’t stop for a while….RK went there, and I didn’t expect it to go that far.
- The bathroom scene–no, not a sexy scene. You’ll see.
- I need more!!!!
Rating: 5+ Stars, 4.5 Heat
This is absolutely one of my favorite series. I lot of authors tried to capture the feeling that Fifty Shades gave, but RK Lilley, with the Up In The Air series, took that feeling and expanded on it. It was romantic, hot and sexy, loving, funny, tragic, scary, and completely delicious the whole way through. None of the three books felt like they were any less than the others, like so many series that start off great when the couple is just beginning, but end up boring. In fact, this one was quite the opposite. The last was the best for me!
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***Stay Tuned!!!! James will be giving us his very own point of view here at Ana’s Attic on Wednesday February 13, and RK will also be giving out a copy of Grounded
- Review of In Flight (Up in the Air book 1) by RK Lilley
- Review of Mile High (Up in the Air book 2) by RK Lilley
- What to read after Fifty Shades of Grey
- Top picks: Books with Hot Sex and Great Stories
- My favorite Dom/sub/BDSM Romance Books
Erin Hill says
I’ve got this one loaded and ready to go on my kindle. Starting tonight! Great review, so excited to start it now!
Ana's Attic says
Let me know your thoughts!
Awesome review!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on that book 🙂
Ana's Attic says
It’s out now, click the link!
I re-read In Flight and Mile High just to reconnect…. I am so glad I did. I have been patiently waiting for Grounded. Its downloaded and I will be on your site tomorrow for James POV. RK Lilley is amazing…. Christian Grey and Gideon Cross have met their match.
Ana's Attic says
I think James surpassed them both.
Lookin’ forward to this one, Ana!!
Ana's Attic says
Janet W. says
I’ve got this series on my TBR but after reading this it must be purchased NOW. Guess I know what I will be reading this weekend!!
I did enjoy this series, although I felt the last book was a little long with some unnecessary fillers and an unreasonable amount of orgasms in a row (I wish!). I did enjoy the story near the end from James and Stephan’s pov. I liked the new characters too – especially Tristan. Can’t wait to read more from him. It was overall very well written and I didn’t notice any errors in the text. The epilogues were very satisfying. My favorite was the first book and I was hooked from the first chapter.
Lisa Langrell says
If I find a really good book or series, I read through them like I eat a bag of chips. THE WHOLE THING-no need for a bag clip. I read all 3 books in Up In The Air in a matter of a week. Let me just say. DAMN. If only with each download could have an actual experience (sigh) some day. It was a fantastic series. Most erotic novels are 70 pages-Im not interested in those. I feel like its a quickie. This series was great. It had more than just fantastic fucking throughout, it had a story, friendships,and emotions. Hubby was sporting a glow for a week. Its a win win in our house .
this is one of my favorite series of books..just love it