Sooo, contrary to my normal review style, I’m going to give you a look at the raw, untempered, ridiculously-book-high me…. this was my late night immediate reaction to finishing Mile High:
YES YES YES I HAVE ANOTHER FAVORITE TRILOGY!!!
My heart is racing. I want to SQUEEE from the rooftops!!!
I’m completely and utterly in love with James Cavendish.
He’s a fuckhot and Dominant, and yet tender and swoony billionaire!
and OH MY LORD DO I LOVE HIM!!!!!!
I’m hooked on this trilogy. Completely.
James Cavendish has stolen my heart!
He has a place right there in the same sentence as Christian and Gideon.
Now its Christian, Gideon and James. SQUEEEEEEEEEE <3 <3 <3
I need need NEED book #3 NOWWWW (but don’t worry, its not a cliffhanger). Zomg. I can’t even think straight. I’m in book heaven. LOVEE!
Ok… lol, in case you can’t tell, I finished reading this like 3 mins ago and am on a just a wee bit of a book high. I’ll calm down and write a real review tomorrow.
…in the meantime, START READING THIS SERIES PEOPLE!!!!
Heheheh. So now that you have a taste of just how excited I was about this book, here’s my real, spoiler-free review:
“…you need to learn to trust me. I am sure of this, sure of us.”
After finishing book 1, In Flight, I just had to keep reading so I fell right into this book. Its rare that I find a sequel surpass the first book, but I can honestly say that this one did. I reeeeally liked book 1, but I just loved this one.
It starts out about a month after the ending events of book 1 and continues to tell the hot, romantic, kinky, sweet, thrilling love story between James and Bianca as they figure out their feelings, work through their issues and insecurities and learn to trust each other. I don’t want to say anything about the plot. Suffice it to say that it was awesome and I loved it.
This I found this book to have the perfect blend between angsty and swoony. Just enough belly dropping moments to keep my heart almost in my throat, but also enough kink, swoon and dreamy-sigh-worthy moments to keep me melting and fanning myself.
I really can’t say enough good about James. He was a dreamy, sexy Alpha with a kind heart and kinky preferences. He had a horrific backstory but I loved that it didn’t break him but rather shaped him into a man who figured out how to control without being overpowering. He was such a perfect blend of fuckhot Dominant in the bedroom and melt-your-heart tender outside it.
I loved that he always respected Bianca, was open with her about his past, honest with her about anything she asked him, never overly controlling, never stifling, but always wanting more in a way that made him endearing because it showed how in love with her he was.
“No one else can do this for you, Bianca. Don’t ever even consider it. You were made for me.”
He was so fair. Yes, he asked some big things of Bianca but he never once asked anything of her that he wasn’t completely willing to give back in return. And regardless of whether or not he liked her questions, he always answered them. His openness made me love him even more. I felt like no matter what, I could really trust him and it was such a wonderful feeling.
“You must know by now that I’ve never done any of this for anyone else. I was a slut once with my body, but I’ve never been a slut with my heart.”
It just made my heart squeeze how much he wanted her to need him, care for him and want him. I loved how open he was about his feelings and vulnerabilities. Letting her see exactly how much she affected him.
“You’re my angel, Bianca. You’ve exorcised my demons. I don’t have nightmares when I’m with you. I don’t have to work seventy hour work weeks to keep my mind distracted. My life has become more than work and emotionless affairs. You make me a better man.”
I loved that Bianca knew what she wanted and stood by it. The only thing that bothered me ever about her actions was that I didn’t like how unwilling she was to talk things out at first. But luckily, her ravishing billionaire was patient and respectful enough to give her the space she needed to become comfortable with him and finally come around.
She had a lot of trust issues stemming from her brutal childhood experiences but it just warmed my heart how patient and understanding James was. Giving her time, showering her love with love, and proving his dedication.
“Even his sweetest moment was still to fucking hot to bear.”
But it isn’t all just swoony. Remember, he has the ‘4th floor’ multi-room “playground” which they put to very good use. I have to say that I’m not a fan of spanking in books but for some reason none of their ‘sessions’ set of any of my alarm bells. Maybe it was because they both equally craved everything they did. So make no mistake, this book is hot, graphic, steamy, and kinky!
Oh, and I have to give a shout-out to Stephen, who is pretty much one of the absolute best ‘best friend’ characters I’ve ever read. I really, really hope he gets his HEA at the end of book #3 🙂
I will point out though that despite the full-earned 5 star rating, it wasn’t a completely perfect book. As a long-time avid horse rider, I found myself basically having to just drop all sense of reality in order to accept the scenes at the ranch. But the fact of the matter is that this is fiction. It bothered me a little, but the combination of hotness and wonderful dialogue during those scenes made me able to overlook it enough to not deter my rating despite the act being utterly downright impossible.
Just like with the first book, when I got just past the 85% mark, my heart just leapt into my throat and I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough. I was riveted! Holy hell!! I was exhausted and had to get up early for work but NOTHING could have kept me away from the book during that last past. My heart just turned to ice with worry. Fear. Angst. It was a thrilling, exciting, HOT HOT HOT ride of a book that left me desperately wanting more.
It ended on a note that left a lot of unanswered questions to be dealt with in the next book but at a comfortable place in their relationship. It isn’t a cliffhanger per say, more just like a story with more to tell. But you definitely don’t have to ‘wait’ for book #3 before starting this series.
Book #3 has easily made my list of ‘Most Anticipated Releases for 2013’. Cannot. Freaking. WAIT!!
“Yes,” he said, his voice rough with emotion. “This is home.”
- Click here for my spoiler-free review of IN FLIGHT (Up In The Air #1)
- Click here for my spoiler-free review of GROUNDED (Up In The Air #3)
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