In Flight is the first in the Up In The Air series by RK Lilley. I thought I had had enough of the dominant young billionaire books. Apparently not. Because this book grabbed me from the start and didn’t let go. In fact, I’m already in the middle of book 2, Mile High, as I write this review. I very rarely move on to another book before I review the first, but I couldn’t stop myself. I even snuck away from Thanksgiving company to read. Yup, really. (So, I’m a rude fuck, what can I say?)
Bianca and her best friend (in the closet gay) Stephan are flight attendants in first class. They have been inseparable since they were teens and really look out for each other. Both have had a traumatic childhood and are there for each other in every way possible. I have to say, I absolutely love their relationship. But Bianca has never let anyone else get close to her. In fact, at age 23, she is still a card-carrying member of the V-club. Though I usually roll my eyes at a gorgeous 23 year old virgin, in this case I can see why, her background made her uncomfortable with with anyone even touching her besides Stephan.
Until sexy, gorgeous “Mr. Beautiful”, James Cavendish comes aboard. Just the way he intently studies Bianca has her feeling something different. They shared an instant, electrifying attraction. Bianca is normally cool as a cucumber and never gets flustered, but James has her ensnared from his first gaze, and has her in danger of losing all of her hard-won composure.
“I knew James could take me to some dark place, but I would find pleasure there, and I wanted that.”
He immediately pursues her, and his possessive, jealous, stalker side is clear immediately.
“He leaned down to my ear. “I’m going to ruin you,” he breathed. “I’ll be your first, and I’ll fuck you so thoroughly that I’ll be your last too. You won’t want any other man after I’ve gotten my hands on you.”
But he also shows he is totally sweet and caring. Especially when he cares for her when she gets drunk in the beginning. He actually got makeup wipes from the bathroom and removed her makeup for her ….sigh….
“Well I came here because I very much want to fuck you until neither of us can walk. I want you so bad I can’t see straight. But since that won’t be happening now, I’m going to make sure you make it back to your room in one piece.”
James makes it clear from the start that he “doesn’t date”, and Bianca thinks it’s all about the sex. She is good at being aloof, and it makes James crazy.
“You’re tying me in knots, yet you remain unaffected yourself. Are you just waiting for a reason to end this? That’s the impression I’m getting at the moment. And that drives me fucking crazy, since I don’t have a clue what will tip the scales against me.” ~James
“It was hard to remember we weren’t supposed to feel anything for each other when he looked at me like I was more important than his next breath.”~Bianca
While he is ridiculously possessive and controlling, there was always the sweet caring side. He always checked with her that she was OK, that he wasn’t hurting her, and never made her go too far. But he isn’t just Dominant. He is into BDSM big time. In fact, I’m thinking I may change the name of “The Red Room of Pain” on my site to “The 4th Floor” because James’s Dungeon sounds pretty damn hot, and there are more doors we haven’t yet seen behind.
I know it’s all consensual, but the fact is, I like to hurt women during sex. There’s a reason you fear me. My strongest impulse is to control and to dominate, but make no mistake, I’m a sadist. It doesn’t exactly make me a good guy.” ~James
What I really liked about this book was the dynamic between James and Bianca. Once you learn about their pasts, you can see how well suited they are for each other:
“Even mosochists need lovers. What would a girl like me do without someone like you? Perhaps everyone is good for someone.”
- James is totally up there in the “OMG, I would let this guy beat me and fuck me all he wants” category.
- I loved that Bianca was smart, independent, and hard working. Just because she was a virgin didn’t make her an idiot.
- The sex (and almost sex) scenes were off-the-charts hot, and I will never think straight on an airplane again.
- The details about flight attendants were clearly realistic and written by a former first class flight attendant.
- I loved how James and Stephan got along so well.
- I couldn’t put it down.
- Each book in the series is full-length.
- The chapter titles were fun, and gave a great little peek of what would happen.
- Way, way, way too many similarities to Fifty Shades. As much as there is, that is the only thing that took 1/2 star off an otherwise 5 star read.
“Oh, yes. You make me absolutely desperate, Bianca. I had never stalked a woman before I met you. I’m carrying a sliced pair of your panties in my pocket right now.”
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