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 attention.
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.
This book is intended for ages 18 and up.
I loved Fifty Shades of Grey and enjoy millionaire romance novels as much as the next romantic, so just like any other girl looking for a similar read, I found it, in R.K. Lilley's In Flight. The story revolved mostly around Bianca and James' growing relationship. What first seemed like a physical thing between two adults with chemistry slowly turned into a dragon (a metaphorical one, of course, but that would've been cool!) and its horde of treasure (that's Bianca).
James told Bianca that he didn't date when he pursued her, and against her usual set of rules, she relented, and began this sexual, mind-blowing session of sex with him. And it's a lot for this virgin, especially when her dragon is a Dom, and about to introduce her into a world she always found curious: BDSM.
She's able to take it because, like James, she has a troubled past. She and her parents were from Sweden (which I just adore) but her father was a cruel bastard who abused both her and her mother (which I so don't adore). During her teen years, the father went over the edge and killed her mom with a gun in the mouth- right in front of them. Later on she ran away with Stephan, her best friend with just a past as pained as hers, and together, they worked hard to get out of their homeless situation and eventually ended up working as flight attendants in first class. They were each other's havens and foundation, were roommates, and are now neighbors in this new life they've set for themselves. But then James Cavendish comes into her life.
James- oh, James! Such a horrid past. :( The death of his parents left him with an older cousin, whom he later realized was drugging him and raping him during his blackouts. He'd caught on and beat the shit out of him, but not before he'd been raped again, and this time without the drug. Karma, karma, karma, though, 'cause a year later the sick bastard got choked by a lover whom had been getting the same treatment.
SO it's because of what happened to James that he likes inflicting pain. But when he opens up to Bianca after she tells him her story and says he's a sadist, she tells him that even masochists need love, too. Aw. Abuse was a fear she always ran away from, but welcoming the BDSM world allowed her to face her fear and embrace it.
Not much action happened in this book, but their relationship was more than enough action for this romantic. Stephan was a great character and I loved that there were scenes where he had his own little thing with the bartender. The side characters were as I liked them: on the side and present enough to feel like real people without getting a whole story to deviate one from James and Bianca. Melissa, a fellow flight attendant and fortune-hunter was a huge bitch that I just wanted to slap- ughhh -but she wasn't the villain. A major pain in the ass, yes, but she was more of an extra kick to Bianca's wounds whenever she was down.
I loved how the story first had me believing that James just wanted sex or a Dom/Sub relationship with Bianca, because he told her in the beginning of his pursue that he didn't do dates, which made her assume that he didn't do relationships, since in her mind, that and dating go together. She's a natural sub, so she relents and agrees to this sex session with him, but as it continues, things start to change. He starts leaving his stuff at her place, offering her to get her clothes to keep at his. He gets overtly protective (see territorial) and even does things like fuck her in the plane's bathroom when he overhears her telling the captain that the guy she's seeing isn't anything serious (which she said because James was obviously in hearing range and didn't want him to assume that she was calling him her boyfriend after he said he didn't date). So, yes, I agree with Bianca when she thinks that he's kind of crazy, but it's a good crazy. XD He's a kinky guy.
There were funny moments, but it always got so sad when he'd do something to steer clear of them being seen together in public, because it made her feel like he was ashamed to be seen with her. And then, while reading this, I got a sick inkling that something was going to just make me cry like Fifty Shades did. And it did! T____T
During a stop in New York where he lives, he asks her to stay at his place while he goes out to an event, but she doesn't want to do that because it'll be a reminder that he doesn't want to be seen with her in public. So after they play Hiding Pedro, he begins to get ready, and she goes out to the kitchen to get something. And she stumbles upon the housekeeper and a beautiful woman who looks like she could be related to James.
Ummm, nope. So wrong. She's his fucking date to the event. And guess what? The bitch implies they're basically together, which Bianca takes without question because of the total shock she's in. It makes Bianca so ill that she throws up in the sink, and then leaves because she can't stand another moment with the awful women, and she ends up back in her hotel, where Stephan happens to be due to someone barfing on his shirt while at a bar. He comforts her, and then there's pounding on the door. She knows it's James 'cause he's practically shouting, but the aggression sends her back to her childhood days of paralyzing fear, and a whole drama smack down goes down-! It's all very emotional. :(
She promises to talk to him on Monday, but during the days before, she looks him up, and realizes she knows nothing about him and all the women he's slept with. A knock at the door has her assuming it's Stephan, but it's not- it's her father, and he beats her senseless before warning her to keep her mouth shut about her mother's death. She wakes up in the hospital three days later with James at her side, and after she tells them what happened, he says it's his fault, because (his) people had been asking around for Bianca's father, and Daddy Dearest hadn't liked that. She doesn't blame James. She does, however, refuse to forgive him when he tries to explain himself, saying his date was a childhood friend he was forced to attend the event with because of their mothers. Even Stephan starts to feel bad for James, as they'd also had days to talk while Bianca recovered, but she refuses to listen.
And then the book ends with her telling Stephan that she's ready to tell the police what she saw all those years ago.
I recommend this book to all ye who like their dragons kinky and their romances dramatic.
Happy Reading. :)