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“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.”
As a flight attendant in the first class section, Bianca is used to supermodels and movie stars, but she is not prepared for the intensity of billionaire hotel owner James Cavendish. From the first time their eyes meet, they share a connection. An instant, intense attraction. And by the end of that flight I was fanning myself and couldn’t wait to watch their relationship develop.
“I knew James could take me to some dark place, but I would find pleasure there, and I wanted that.”
I loved that this story wasn’t just about the sex. Don’t get me wrong, there is sex. Lots of kinky, graphic, BDSM sex. But it was more than that. Both Bianca and James each had horrific, scarring back stories that came out over the course of the book, there was a plot, character developments and some very sweet, tender moments.
I loved that James was without a doubt an Alpha Dominant, and even a little bit of a sadist in the bedroom, but he was also quite the gentleman with a warm heart. There was this scene near the beginning, before they officially enterred a relationship, where she was pissed drunk on a night that he really wanted to sleep with her, and instead he took her back to her hotel, carefully washed the make up off her face and tucked her into bed. Seriously, sweet much?? 🙂
He was possessive and even controlling, but entirely reasonable. I never once felt like he crossed the line. Not at all an asshole. He had complete control of himself and went through a great deal of trouble to keep it that way.
I loved that he always had Bianca’s feelings in mind. Always making sure that she was okay with everything he was doing every step of the way. He was constantly checking up on her and managed to be both controlling and bossy without ever throwing off stalker-y or overly obsessive vibes.
But please don’t think that just because he was a gentleman that this book lacked heat. Quite the opposite actually. Just think semi-public plane sex, a whole 4th floor “playground” (with multiple rooms), and… on their first time together, which was also her FIRST time, there were restraints, nipple clamps, riding crops, some kind of bed ramp I’d never heard of used. But that didn’t stop him from being tender, caring and sweet to her before and after, but during it… whooooahhh HEAT!!
“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.”
“Will you be my submissive?” he whispered in my ear.”
I really liked how he was always trying to figure her out. To not push her away and to be respectful of her. But I couldn’t figure him out. He was obviously crazy about her but there were so many unanswered questions…
I liked that he knew exactly who and what he was and wasn’t ashamed or shy about he but that he took extra precautions to balance himself. It wasn’t even a question of being hot / cold or anything. He just knew what he liked and exercised self-control to ensure that she enjoyed herself every step of the way. He was well behaved, charming, and caring despite being kinky and hardcore in the bedroom. No crazy here.
“I want to kiss every part of your body that I left hurting today… I would hate myself if I went too far with you… I know its all consensual, but the fact is, I like to hurt women during sex… 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.”
He likes to hurt, but there was nothing super extreme in this book. Intense spanking was as far as it went… and it wasn’t always only like that. His tender side and the fact that he liked to cuddle and could control himself provided a nice balance. I’m not into spanking but nothing that he did raised any of my alarm bells.
Bianca was a reasonable, never annoying heroine and I have to say I liked her a lot. And I absolutely adored her relationship with her gay best friend Stephen. The two of them were closer than siblings and shared the kind of deep connection from having gone through something horrific together and survived. And Stephen pretty much skyrocketed to my list of “top best friends” ever in this scene towards the end where he was defending Bianca. I felt like cheering. I really hope he gets a HEA by the end of the series.
I have to say that for the first 85% or so, this book was sitting at a solid, happy 4+ star rating. I didn’t have any complaints about it really, I liked the characters and the story but it didn’t fully have that extra ‘spark’ but then something happened and my heart just leaped into overdrive and suddenly I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough. So, because of that, I’m bumping the rating up to a 4.5.
Ooooh and I just wanted to point out the the chapter titles were a really neat idea! When you read it you’ll see but it was the perfect way of letting you anticipate the next part of the story
We do get some answers in this book, but when I finished it and my first thought was ‘I need book two NOW’ so that’s where I’m off to now…
If it makes a difference, this book would probably be at the top of my “What To Read After Fifty Shades and Bared To You list”.
- Click here for my spoiler-free review of MILE HIGH (Up In The Air #2)
- Click here for my spoiler-free review of GROUNDED (Up In The Air #3)
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