Series: Up in the Air #3
Published by R.K. Lilley on February 10th 2013
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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?
Grounded is the final book in the Up In the Air trilogy and probably my favorite one. This book is focused on Bianca trying to assimilate herself into James’s affluent world. At the same time, James is trying to handle threats to her safety in his own controlling way.
James forces things between them to move at an unbelievably rushed pace. It’s completely unrealistic that James would not just implicitly trust Bianca—a woman he’s known for barely a month—but be willing to share his billions with and live with.
However, if you’re willing to set aside your disbelief and just indulge in this dramatic fantasy, it’s quite enjoyable. James is honest to a fault, and that’s incredibly appealing, although his extreme possessiveness of Bianca (nobody can so much as touch her shoulder) can be annoying at times.
Stephan features prominently in this installment, and since he’s one of my favorite characters his presence makes everything more entertaining. Crazy exes, tabloids, the looming threat of Bianca’s dad, and Stephan’s developing relationship with James help propel the story along nicely.
There’s less BDSM in this one, but still so much sex that it detracts from the story in my opinion. Grounded also feels longer than necessary but all in all, the Up in the Air series has an absorbing plot that offers an addictive erotica fix.