Series Review: Up in the Air – R. K. Lilley

Posted 10 September, 2017 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 9 Comments

Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series Review: Up in the Air – R. K. LilleyIn Flight Series: Up in the Air #1
on 30 October 2012
Pages: 263
3 Stars

When reserved flight attendant Bianca gets one look at billionaire hotel owner James Cavendish, she loses all of her hard-won composure. For a girl who can easily juggle a tray of champagne flutes at 35,000 feet in three inch heels, she finds herself shockingly weak-kneed from their first encounter. The normally unruffled Bianca can't seem to look away from his electrifying turquoise gaze. They hold a challenge, and a promise, that she finds impossible to resist, and she is a girl who is used to saying no and meaning it.
Bianca is accustomed to dealing with supermodels and movie stars in her job as a first class flight attendant, but James Cavendish puts them all to shame in the looks department. If only it were just his looks that she found so irresistible about the intimidating man, Bianca could have ignored his attentions. But what tempts her like never before is the dominant pull he seems to have over her from the moment they meet, and the promise of pleasure, and pain, that she reads in his eyes.

In Flight is a light story, but heavy on the BDSM, with characters that kept their distance emotionally, even from me…

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In Flight is the first story in Up in the Air, and I was quite intrigued by the way Bianca observed James and vice versa. James appeared like a man who knew what he wanted, and then went after it. Bianca was cool and collected – except when it came to James.

Between flirting and trying to get Bianca’s phone number during the flight, and then working, James was distant, but still observant. The interactions between the flight attendants made me smile, as they were bound to be tight-knit, at least during their flights.

Bianca and her paintings definitely made me curious, though, and I felt like through her art, she showed more of herself than she did through her actions.

I loved Bianca’s best friend Stephan, he was really there for her, and he seemed to think she should aspire to more in life than she was. Overall, I enjoyed In Flight, even if it was a bit hard to get to know the characters.

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Being around that man made me feel… strange. It felt a little like I’d been plucked away from my own orderly life and placed in the middle of some kind of game. A game with rules that I hadn’t been told. And I had no frame of reference with which to learn those rules.

I flushed a bit, but smiled. “I painted that mountain landscape because it made me think of you. It was so strong, and stark, and beautiful. And every color I used in that painting, I got from studying you. I used the color of your hair and skin for the desert mountains, and your eyes were the sky. It’s very nearly an abstract portrait of you.” He laughed, a carefree, joyous sound.

Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series Review: Up in the Air – R. K. LilleyMile High by R. K. Lilley
Series: Up in the Air #2
Published by Selfpublished on 2 November 2012
Genres: Adult, BDSM, Contemporary, Erotica
Pages: 283
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Purchase
Reading Challenges: 17 Summer COYER
3 Stars

James and Bianca’s tumultuous story continues in the sequel to In Flight.
James has initiated Bianca into a dark and drugging world of passion and pain. He taught her about her own submissive, masochistic nature, and she fell swiftly and deeply in love with the undeniably charming and impossibly beautiful Mr. Cavendish, but a painful misunderstanding and the return of the brutally violent demon of her past have combined to overwhelm Bianca, and, confused and hurt, she pushes him away.
It’s been over a month since the shocking attack that hospitalized her, and since she told a distraught James that she needed space, but her feelings haven’t gone away. Even she knew that it was only a matter of time before he would cast his spell on her again…

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Mile High takes the suspense and the romance to the next level.
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In the second Up in the Air book, readers learned more about why Bianca was reserved. And she had very good reasons for her aloofness and her shyness. James, however, wanted to be with her no matter what. Even if his earlier stipulations about not dating seemed to be put aside here.

Stephan was still very much present, and he just might be the character I enjoyed the most throughout the Up in the Air series. I enjoyed how James made an effort to get to know Bianca’s friends, because it made it more realistic that he really wanted to be with her.

All is not rose in Mile High, though, and the way the suspense kept creeping in made me anxious for the next instalment in Up in the Air as well.

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I just blinked at her for a long moment. I didn’t even know what services there were, and I hadn’t even been waiting for more than maybe five minutes, tops. 

Series Review: Up in the Air – R. K. LilleyGrounded by R. K. Lilley
Series: Up in the Air #3
Published by Selfpublished on 10 February 2013
Genres: Adult, BDSM, Contemporary, Erotica
Pages: 378
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Purchase
Reading Challenges: 17 Summer COYER
3 Stars

James and Bianca’s story draws to a close in the explosive conclusion to the Up In The Air Trilogy.
After a short but earnest courtship, Bianca can no longer deny her feelings for James, and though she’s tried her hardest, she can’t help but see that he cares deeply for her, as well. In a completely uncharacteristic move, she has put aside her misgivings and agreed to live with the enigmatic billionaire. Is her leap of faith the beginning of something wonderful, or is it too much, too fast?
As James and Bianca feel a growing need for each other that neither can deny, circumstances beyond their control intervene, trying to tear them apart. Amidst the ever mounting threat of a monster who wants Bianca dead, and the constant pitfalls of an indiscreet past that James can’t seem to escape, can these two passionate lovers manage to find their happily ever after?

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Grounded has more character development, and the suspense almost killed me.
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In Grounded, Bianca finally got to show her paintings to a gallery, and I loved how she came alive when she talked about her art, and the way she managed to share her passion. This part of Up in the Air included more characters from James’ life as well, and I was happy to meet Danika and Tristan, Frankie and other people who knew James well.

James continued to be insecure when it came to Bianca at times, though, and I still don’t really understand why. I have to say that the finale in the Up in the Air series was strong, though. I thought the suspense was going to be too much!

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I descended the stairs, rushing to the elevators. A security team awaited me at the elevators. A team… I blinked a the three austere men in suits and the one woman who managed to be the most intimidating of the bunch.

The black and blue bouquet of wicked roses was arranged on the pillow as though it were a real arrangement.

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9 responses to “Series Review: Up in the Air – R. K. Lilley

  1. Ailyn Koay

    can’t help but notice the 3 covers, one was like an intro bianca, 2nd was her being reserved and testing waters. 3rd shows her confidence and baring it all. But why can’t she change her shoes =.= they are the same pair in both 2nd and 3rd cover… bummer.

  2. Sounds entertaining enough. What’s up with James? Like it’s book 3 and you’re still having issues? It feels like it’s drama for drama’s sake. I hope it’s not as bad as I think it is.

  3. I have to comment on that last cover. 1) Her shoes look too big. 2) That pose. Really? Sorry. I had to mention that. With the titles and series names plus the genre, I was wondering if this was about BDSM in flight? LOL I’m really glad you enjoyed these stories. Sounds like there’s some good characters here. Great reviews.

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