CLICK HERE for a BONUS JAMES CAVENDISH POV SCENE from IN FLIGHT
*HEART CLENCH* *HAPPY DANCE* *GRIN*
♥ With all my heart, I adore this series!! ♥
This whole series is a delicious blend of heart-clenching emotion, fan-yourself hotness, make-you-blush kink, combined with an engaging plot that keeps you flipping the pages. Its absolutely absorbing and I seriously didn’t want to put it down even for a minute!
The first thing I noticed were the Mr. chapter titles were back – YAY!! I really loved that idea from the first book – it was such an awesome way to give you an idea of what was to come and set the mood for the next chapter of the story!
The story in this one picks up literally RIGHT where the previous book left off so there’s no time jump or anything. I wouldn’t say that you would *have* to reread the last one to be able to follow but I did reread the last chapter of Mile High before starting and needed a small refresher on some of the character names. But it all came very quickly back to me and I connected back to the characters instantly.
But wow is this story intense from the start!! I have an interesting sort of ‘relationship’ with the characters in this book because they are both a little bit more strongly into the SM side of BDSM that I personally am fully comfortable with. But in the context of the story, it was EXACTLY what they both wanted and needed from each other and so I found that even though it kind of went right to the boundaries of my comfort zone, it never crossed the line and I always felt that everything that happened was ‘right’ for them.
And ho BOY is this book HOT!! I mean really HOT!! HOT. HOT. HOT!! They. Have. Sex. Everywhere. and I really mean everywhere. And I really have to give the author major props for being inventive with the sex scenes – there were a few in particular in this book that honestly were completely unique given anything I’d read before. I mean, how rare is that?? A genuinely unique sex scene?? It was quite refreshing!
“I’m going to make you come so many ways that you forget all of the ways that you can find to doubt us.”
The thing about this book though (and it even applies to the series as a whole) is that yes, there is crazy fucking and kink and hotness of all sorts but OH MY LORD IS THERE ROMANCE as well!!!!! Like seriously!! Completely, utterly heart-clenching, squeeing-out-loud romance that just melted my heart!!
The sex and romance is VERY well balanced and when added to great character development, engaging plot lines and an emotional depth that make you really connect deeply with the story, you’ve really got the recipe for a wonderful trilogy.
I’ve always felt really strongly for James and Bianca and seeing them work through their ups and downs and get better at things, mess up, but always work things out was really heart warming.
“You are more precious to me than my own life, by far. It’s not even a question. I would do anything for you.“
James is just literally the PERFECT blend of everything you could want in a hero character. He’s fuckhot and Dominant, mouth-wateringly sexy but yet tortured and damaged, utterly Alpha and yet totally tender and romantic, with a sadistic side that would have made me uncomfortable except for it being always tempered by complete control that makes you always trust him, and a tender, caring, patient and understanding side that just makes your heart melt. He. Is. Perfect.
Seriously, so few book guys are the absolute perfect blend of everything I love and JAMES IS ONE OF THEM!!! ♥
And Stephan! I still stand by my statement in my last review that he is the BEST best-friend character I have EVER read. E V E R !!! I heart him so much! And… as a treat, we actually get several scenes from his POV in this book including his back story. Have I mentioned that I heart him yet?? Cuz I really do.
I also really loved Bianca as a heroine. She had a few more insecurities than I would normally like, but I understood where they came from and I loved that they never made her go overboard. Also, she was always improving herself and I loved the way she always stood up for James and didn’t let stupid things come between them so I really have always respected her as a character. And she had a totally AWESOME moment near the end that literally made me want to cheer. I’m sorry but the toilet bowl scene just pure win. I’m even grinning as I write about it 😀
I felt like this was one of those books where I understood all the characters’ insecurities and fears but also their wants and desires. Everything really clicked together so perfectly. It wasn’t always smooth sailing but I never wanted to throttle anyone and I respected the decisions they made as well as was pleasantly surprised by how functionally they worked through their issues despite the road being so rocky.
I loved how balanced both James and Bianca were – both as individuals and as a couple. They were both damaged but very functional. I never once rolled my eyes or wanted to throttle either of them and their decisions and reactions (even the ‘stupid’ ones) made sense to me and I could always see where they were coming from.
This series is definitely what I’d call a BDSM romance because its an honestly equal blend of the two. James is both her Dom and her lover.
“I honestly couldn’t tell which was driving him tonight, the Dom or my tender lover, there was such a mix of feelings in his eyes.”
“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…”
There are punishments and there is love making. There are things that pushed me right to the edge of my comfort zone and then there were moments that made my heart race and made me want to happy dance around the room.
You know… my blog’s tagline is that I seek out books that “make my heart race, have a beautiful love story and a happy ending.” This series is one of those ♥
I will say though that as we got closer to the end, my heart was just pounding!!!! There’s this huge climactic scene at the end which the author did a wonderful job of showing from all perspectives. I totally felt like I was *right* there. Wide eyed and just clutching at my heart. I didn’t think she’d take it that far but HOLY SHIT!! I mean really. I couldn’t breath and I’m pretty sure my heart stopped at one point too!
But the ending is just PERFECT!!!! Guys, we get a DOUBLE epilogue!!!
And yes, all you worried people, there is a HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY ENDING to the trilogy! I promise!
I highly highly recommend this series!!
Honestly, its one of my favorite ones out there. Ranked right up with Fifty Shades and Crossfire. If you are a fan of those, you will LOVE these. I’ve read a lot of ‘similarly’ themed books and I’ll say that despite the fact that all 3 series have hot and dominant billionaire heroes, they each stand on their own as having unique story lines.
Everyone should meet and fall in love with James Cavendish ♥
- Click here for my spoiler-free review of IN FLIGHT (Up In The Air #1)
- Click here for my spoiler-free review of MILE HIGH (Up In The Air #2)
- James and Bianca –> Click here
- James –> Click here
- Bianca –> Click here
** SERIES READING ORDER **
Book #1: IN FLIGHT
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Book #2: MILE HIGH
Buy on Kindle | Buy in Paperback | My review
Book #3: GROUNDED
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Debbie Lemon says
I Want to read this series. Heard a lot of good things about it. [email protected]
Can’t wait!! Sounds so good 🙂
Dee McGee says
I cannot wait for next Tuesday! And don’t you just love Stephan! Why can’t I find a main gay bestie like him. I’m re-reading the series right now so I can jump right in. Thanks for the awesome review.
MJ Fryer says
Thank you so much for this incredible review. I loved both In the Air and Mile High and have been anxiously awaiting Grounded. I didn’t even want to start this series but once I did, I was hooked. I know not that I will be rereading both the first two books just to get ready for the third. And an HEA to boot? Pure perfection 🙂
Alicia Taylor says
I haven’t read this series yet but it’s on my wish list. Looks fab and I can’t wait to give it a whirl!
Jessica Casey Mitchell says
Thank you, thank you!! Such an excellent review. I am dying to get my hands on this. I love this series!!
I haven’t read this series yet but I really want to now !!
Ann InsubFreak says
I loved your review. I am bursting to read this book. It was addictive, and so much better to similar stuff I have read by new authors. I agree with you about the chapter titles and that Stephan is an awesome character in his own right. I was so glad that I like Bianca a lot. It’s not often I really like female protagonists in these kinds of books, because they frequently seem silly and immature to me.
I’m green with envy that you’ve read it, but so happy that you loved it and are promoting it. I only found it because of you.
Can’t wait for the inventive sex scenes – I don’t know how the author will top that one at the ranch.
R.K. Lilley says
Love, love, love this review! Made my day:)
I absolutely love your reviews! So happy, happy, happy I found them on Goodreads. Then your blog … OMG, one happy reader over here!
I’ll be reading my way through your book list. You couldn’t steer me wrong!
Thanks everyone!!! 😀 I can’t wait for you all to read it!!
Zita R says
Love the review and am looking forward to Grounded. I am with you on the comfort zone thing regarding the BDSM aspects. If this story didn’t have so much more to it I wouldn’t have been able to continue but it does and for these characters things just fit. Though those scenes this reader did find hard to read.
I need these ones too…Im so glad i found your blog and FB page!!!
Aestas, you are the master. I absolutely could not find the kindle edition of Grounded on Amazon. Only the paperback seemed to be available. But thanks to you and your link, problem solved. You really are the perfect guide through this morass of romance world. Thanks once again.
Susana D. says
Thanks for the review and POV’s…Based on your review I am so excited read the rest of series…I have read the first book only ….Cant wait to read the rest of the series…….great giveaway….
Nicole Kuhn says
I’ve been wanting to read R.K, just haven’t had any “book” money in my budget!
I loved Grounded!
Nicole tetrev says
Kristina Massaro says
You always have amazing reviews and even better giveaways! Thanks for the chance. = )
Vanessa Proehl says
Good lord, I feel like I’ve been waiting years for this to drop (even though it’s only been a couple months) I’m a tad impatient!
Love Grounded and the entire series!!! 🙂
Dawn Bush says
I need to read Grounded! I love Mr. beautiful!!
Erin Hill says
Loved your review, can’t wait to finish up the series!
Can’t wait!! Great series 😀
Ena Burnette says
Love Love Love this series – can’t wait to read this book!
I have had these books on my tbr list for a while!! I am excited!!
Amanda McIntosh says
I love any kind of book and reviews where it catches me off the bat would love to read these books.
Leslie T. says
Love your review and I can’t wait to read this series! Thank you for sharing & the awesome review!
Shelly Ford says
Oooh, I want to win this REALLY bad! Fantastic give away!!!
Maggie K. says
Great review – I have this series in my TBR pile. I am looking forward to it.
Thanks for the giveaway!
I would love this!!
Allison Motherway says
I ams o so excited to read this!
Loveeeee this review !!! Thanks for thie awesome giveaway ! 🙂
Oooooooo really want this i LOVE James 😀
Irene Rosa says
I have read the first 2 books twice. I am currently reading grounded. I can’t put the book down. I mean I have to because of daily life. But I rush right back to it. I am waiting on pins and needles to see what happens. I love me some James Cavendish.
Rachael Sauve says
PICK ME 🙂 🙂 🙂 I love this series!!
Karolina D says
HOT HOT HOT!!! That’s all I can say right now about James Cavendish.
Can’t wait to read these books! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
I love these books!
What a great giveaway!!!!
Absolutely love Mr. Cavendish, he’s just so yummy!
🙂 Review is great!
Melanie Fleischhauer says
Awesome Giveaway!!! I absolutely love all of these books!!!
Awesome giveaway!! Can’t wait to start this series!!
I love love love the Up In The Air series♥♥♥
Gloria lanca says
Just love this series! Omg mr beautiful I want you!!!! Hehe
Amaing giveaway! Thank you very much!
Jeanette Mancine says
Amazing Series 🙂
Teri Beth says
I can not wait to read this series! I’ve heard amazing things about it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! 🙂
melanie cleek says
Still haven’t gotten the book cuz I am really hoping to win. Love thus series and can’t wait for more books by RK
I really want to read this books! Thank you for the giveaway!
Finally, its out!! I shall read that later!!! ♥
I really enjoy this series. I can’t wait to read the third book.
Evelyn REcinos says
I havent read this series! I its on my TRB list. Thanks for the giveway maybe I will get to it faster!
*sighs* loved loved loved this series 🙂
Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Cannot wait to read Grounded and more Mr Beautiful.
Karen G says
can’t wait to read these!
I am currently reading the series and I love them!
Melissa Collins says
Just got the second one last night – would love to win the third! Thanks for the awesome giveaways!
Nikki Sparks says
Thanks for the giveaway! Currently reading In Flight and am loving Mr. Beautiful!!
Love the series and enjoyed the review.
Mindy s says
Thanks for the giveaway ! I’ve been hearing great things about these books ! I want to read them ! [email protected]
Great giveaway once again!
Thank you for the review! So excited!! =]
robyn k says
this sounds like a good book! would love to win so I can read it!
Lisa M says
I…Love…James…Cavendish! Great review, great giveaway – SO awesome! You rock 🙂
Angela Glass says
Can’t wait to read this!
Donnajoe Vega says
Love your reviews, and updates that I get in my email!!!
Debra Diaz says
This looks awesome!!!
I would love Grounded please 🙂
Mickala M. says
This series sounds amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!
Kim Sullivan says
Carey S. says
OMG I can’t wait to read this!!! Keeping my fingers crossed and prayers given that I win. Please, oh, please gods, goddesses, and whom ever else is listening!!!
Samantha Windham says
Love this page and all its giveaways!!
Julie K says
Im half way through reading Grounded on my Kindle and I LOVE IT!!!
Cindy L. says
I’m soooo excited to read book 3!!
barb kulinsky says
I can not wait to read Grounded!!!
Stephanie Brown says
I love love love this series! Great books, hope I win! 🙂
Jen B says
I’d LOVE to win this!!!! Thanks for the opportunity.
Kim Lederer says
I’m soooo loving this series!!! I’m a little more than halfway through Grounded, and it’s awesome!!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunuty!!! You guys are awesome!!
Amanda C says
Finished Mile High and immediately bought Grounded last night and started it. I can’t wait to go to bed tonight with Mr. Cavendish.
Love this Blog!!
Yajaira Melendez says
Love Grounded and the entire series!
OMG!!! WANT <3 hahahaha.
Sara Long Butler says
Awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!!!
Zita R says
Looking forward to reading Grounded. Love all the James POV’s!
Amelia (Amy) Pro says
Thank you for such an awesome giveaway!!!
this is on my tbr list can’t wait till i get to it
Love love love this series! Downloaded Grounded this morning. I would love to win!!!
Patricia lopes says
Want to read this!
K Forthaus says
Awesome giveaway. Can’t wait to read the book.
Yay! Super excited!
Kara Nix says
I want to read this so bad. The cover is so awesome! Good luck to everyone!!!
Josette Schaber says
Thanks for the chance to win.
veronica trevino says
Thank you 😀
James… James… So nice you have to say it twice 😉
Louisa M says
I love this Giveaway!
Teresa Edwards says
I need to read ALL of these!!
Loved the bonus scene! Can’t wait to read Grounded!
thanks for the giveaway!! 🙂
AHHHHHH I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!! I’m staying up all night to read this. It’s official.
Awesome giveaway!!!! 🙂
Tracy P says
Great giveaway!! Thanks!
Samantha T. says
This is still on my TBR list. My TBR list never seems to go down. It just keeps growing and growing.
Brittany V says
Thanks for the giveaway!! Can’t wait to read 🙂
Eeps!! Thanks for posting the bonus scene from James’ POV!!! I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed!! I would love love LOVE to win a signed copy of Grounded!! Mad love this series!!! <3 Thanks Aestas and Rk Lilley!! Happy Valentine's Day!!
Crissy Mackey says
Thank you for the Giveaway! I really want to win these 🙂
Great giveaway! I really want to read these books!
Thanks so much for the giveaway!!!
Becky N says
I just starred the first book in this series and am LOVING it!!!!!
Lily Ann Quilala says
Finally! 🙂 can’t wait to read this book. You always give an awesome giveaways…
One wild ride and great love story
Sara S. says
Great giveaway, love this series 😀
Lisa Figliolino says
Love this series…love James and Bianca. Thanks for the giveaway!!!
Anallely M. says
I can’t wait to read this book!!!
Beth R says
Love this series
Gretchen Lomax says
Just added this series to my to read books shelf on Goodreads. I’m thinking these books need to be next, based upon the comments above!
Maria Esquivel says
Can’t wait to read this series! Thanks for the giveaway.
Maria Malaveci says
Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!
Wendy Shurette says
Love your blog!! Your reviews guide my reading 🙂
Karen DeCesaris says
I have heard such good things about this series and look forward to reading it
Cassie Hoffman says
I’m foaming out of my mouth to read Grounded, I’m going through Mr. Beautiful withdraws. I love this series!!!
This is one of my favorite series ever!!
I want I want I want!!!!! My number one man James Cavendish wants me to win this!!! 🙂 Just ask him! lol
Robin N says
Live your blog!!!!!! 🙂
Robin N says
Love, not live. Lol.
Stefany Thode says
Thanks for the chance!
Getting ready to start this one! so excited!!
Absolutely love this series. Severe withdrawals of James and Bianca. These books are always in my thoughts. So intense. Thank you. R. K. Lilley. Devoted fan always 🙂
I want to win this soooo bad. This is my all time favorite series. Thanks for the chance to win!
Adrienne Scales says
Love these books! Can’t wait to read Grounded! Thanks for the chance to win!
Shannon Fuhrman says
I just started the first book..loving it so far!!
I can’t wait to read this book. Loved the other two!
Happy Valentines Day! Thanks for the giveaway, love this series!
Brandi Bradford says
Can’t wait to read Grounded!
Amazing review!!! Thanks for the giveaway:)
Ana Rabacca says
i have a feeling this is gonna be my luck! i super love James!
Sabrina D. says
Love the series! Great giveaway!
Dannica Alcantara says
Will be reading tonight!
I hope i’ll be lucky to win this time.
Going to reread the 1st two so I can hit Grounded by the weekend!
Thank you so much for the giveaway! I love James! Cannot wait to read this one!
Wanda Adams says
Great review! Can’t wait to read it.
Anna Kidd says
Thanks for the awesome giveaway! This series is in my tbr list so I would live to win a copy, especially a signed one! Good luck to everyone (:
Vika S says
Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
Lexie Mendicino says
Another set of books on my TBR list! Sweetness!
Dione Sage says
Loved In Flight…Can’t wait to read Mile High and Grounded! I love Bianca and Stephen AND of course James…sigh!
Stacey Lynn says
Thanks for the giveaway!
Aly P says
Great giveaway! The books are very good!
Christina Garner says
This book sounds soooo good!
Christina Garner says
Exciting giveaway! 🙂 Thanks!
Kelly K says
Would love to read this series! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
This third book I am in desperate need of. I read the first two and then B&N doesn’t have a deal with Lilley, so my nook and I are out of luck until I buy the paperback! lol
Alexandra Bennett says
LOVE this series!!!
Kristine Sabino Sta Ana says
Just read grounded, I’m Insatiable. Need more!
Denise Ramos says
Looking forward to reading the series
Stacy White says
I am soooo looking forward to this 🙂 Cannot.Wait!
Lindsey Dufraimont says
I really enjoyed the first 2 books and can’t wait to read the 3rd 🙂
I soo hope I win this giveaway!!!! Thanks for the opportunity!
Pamela Christine says
Thanks for the chance!! (:
Brandi W says
Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve heard nothing but HOT HOT HOT things in regards to this series. 🙂 Looking forward to reading it. I waited so that I could read all books together and it’s finally happening, yay! Love the rafflecopter task to follow author on pinterest, that’s different from the norm, and I like her posts! 🙂
Amy Malek Concepcion says
Loved James’ POV so much. Read the other one you posted to of their first meeting OMG.
Great review, as always. I just finished the first two in the series and can’t wait to dive in to the last. I <3 HEA and i'm so glad the James and Bianca will find theirs!!
These books look great! Can’t wait to read them all 🙂
Nicoleta Dumbrava says
Happy Valentine’s Day, Aesta!
Read a lot of positive reviews about this series. Added to my TBR list
Molly F. says
This is one of my all time favorite series. I grew up riding horses and after reading book 2 I will never think of riding the same again.
Just bought the first two in this series. Would love to win this one!!!
Nice giveaway It would be nice to win so I could add to my collection
Loved the series its on my top 3 Series collections..Loved it especailly because I have always wanted to be a flight attendant…. I recommeneded to all my bookworm friends
jen mackenzie says
These books look hot, cool concept…
Joanne Careri says
The book 3 cover looks kinda slutty… But can’t wait to read it anyway. Thanks!
misty trevino says
OMG I really need to move this series up!!!
Leslie C says
Michele Catalano says
heard so many great reviews!!
Amy Taylor says
Yara Greathouse says
Very excited about this giveaway!
Amy Johnson says
Angie K says
Only JUST started InFlight…but my lord, I’m HOOKED!!!
Awesome giveaway, thanks!!
Would love to win…thanks for the chance!
Can’t wait to read this! Thank you for the giveaway 🙂
Jojo Bungenaar says
What a great giveaway thanks 🙂
I really want to read this series!!!
Viviana Varona says
Rereading books 1 and 2 and looking forward to starting Grounded this weekend.
Thank you for the chance to win.
I’d love to read Grounded. Thanks for the chance 🙂
I feel like I’ve been grounded because there is no more of this series! I love them!!!!!!! Thanks for all your reviews!
Brettani villa says
Love this series!!!
Just started to read the first book and I’m enjoying it! 🙂 He’s definitely giving Christian a run for his money on the “controlling” department, hehe!
I read In Flight in less than 24 hours. I am currently in the middle of Mile High. I can’t wait to finish and read Grounded. I have not been so absorbed in a book series like this since I can remember!!! Lovin’ it!!!!
I love this trilogy, it has become one of my favorites.
Sheri Zee says
I hear James is quite amazing!
I am going to buy these books next Friday I just ordered beautiful disaster and walking disaster I hope they r good books I have heard good things about all of these so I am going to see if I like them
Fabulous review!! I’ve had the series on my TR list but haven’t read them yet…might just have to move them up that list 😉