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?
From the moment I read the last word of Mile High, my countdown for Grounded started. I was pulled into the world of James and Bianca. Dare I say that I loved them more than the other famous couple they are often compared to: Christian and Ana! I was lucky enough to get an Advanced Reader Copy of Grounded and I devoured it! And then I read it again so I could embrace every word of it, taking it all in. Grounded is the third and final book in the Up In The Air Trilogy, and it picks up right where Mile High ends.
“…The world went from black and white and into color when I laid eyes on you, my love. There’ll be no going back.” ~ Bianca
In Grounded I feel in LOVE with James, but not so much Mr. Cavendish. Bianca is adjusting to her new life living with James in New York. James has a big secret that he is afraid will shatter his world with Bianca. Bianca has just found out that her father most likely killed her stepmother. She also found out that she has a half brother who lives in New York. Bianca is trying to get use to the life of being with James Cavendish. This book really focuses on James and Bianca and their new found abilities to learn to trust each other. Their fears are still there. Will they be able to let go of both of their pasts in order to latch onto a future with trust? I loved in this book we got both Bianca and James' POVs (although James' POV is only a small part). We also get a little more background on Stephan and Bianca's background too.
“James had shown me a profound tenderness and love that belonged only to me, from our very first time together…. it was more precious of a gift than I’d allowed myself to see. He was my Dom, and I was his sub, but our love had turned it into so much more…” ~Bianca
I don't want to give too much away with this book. It was an incredible journey that any fan of the series will adore. It was an emotional roller coaster for everyone involved including this reader. But it is a ride I would ride over and over again. The ending had a big twist, that I didn't see coming and left me breathless reading it. I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT! For all of you searching for a HEA you will not be disappointed. This series by far has become one of my top 5 Series. Thank you R.K. Lilley for giving us such a ride!
(You can read part one at Shh Mom's Reading)
Wake Up Call: Part 2 James
“You are the most perfect fucking thing I've ever seen in my life,” I murmured into her mouth. I’m keeping you, I thought.
Her hand moved suddenly, touching my thigh, obviously on its way to my cock. Fuck, I thought.
I caught her hand, fighting for control. “There’s no time. Get dressed,” I told her, feeling violent. If I distracted her with pleasure, and made her late for work, I knew she’d avoid me for it. When we weren't caught up in our passion, she was all too willing reject this attraction we had. It infuriated me on every level, but there was nothing to be done but work around it. For now…
She seemed to come back to herself, moving away from me.
I followed her out of the bathroom, watching her get ready with hungry eyes. She put on her little dress suit of a uniform, with that little tease of a tie. I was surprised at how quickly she got ready. She was low-maintenance, I was surprised to realize, but she certainly didn't look it. She wasn't wearing a scrap of makeup, and I knew I’d never seen a more beautiful woman.
“That is the hottest fucking flight attendant uniform I've ever seen,” I told her as she tucked in her shirt. “That thing should be illegal. I’m going to do some illegal things to you with that little tease of a tie.”
Perfect fucking Bianca laughed. My jaw went a little slack at the sight. She was glorious.
“I can do my hair and makeup in the van,” she told me with a lovely little smile. “Stephan will help me.”
She licked her lower lip, waving a hand at me, her eyes going to my crotch. “I still have ten minutes to spare. There has to be something I can do for you. I don’t like feeling like I've left you unsatisfied.” I didn't think I’d ever been more shocked and pleased by any words in my entire life.
I tried to smile at her, but it was an effort. “You are too perfect,” I told her, meaning it to the depths of my soul. “But it’s not happening this morning. I’m not coming again until I can be buried inside of you. Preferably for days.” My perfect Bianca only took a step closer, licking her lips. I sucked in a breath as she suddenly knelt in front of me. “You could bury yourself somewhere else,” she said breathlessly.
She gazed up at me with those breathtaking eyes of hers, her face inches from my cock, but not touching.
I grabbed a handful of her silky hair, feeling covetous and violent and absolutely desperate with need. “Have you done that before?” I asked her. I would punish her if the answer was yes. It was insane, but in my mind every inch of her had always been mine. If she’d given any of it to anyone else, I was determined to show her just how big of a mistake that had been.
She shook her head, licking her lips. I could read in her face that she was sincere. “Like I've told you,” she said steadily, “I don’t date. I don’t do any of this stuff. I don’t know what’s gotten into me, but you should take me up on the offer before I change my mind.”
I couldn't have turned her down to save my life. I ripped my slacks open, and had my cock in her face before she could take another breath. She blinked at me, her perfect mouth opening wide to latch onto my tip. She sucked at me, her mouth wet and hot. I wanted to ram deep into her throat, but controlled myself. “Use your hands at the base,” I ordered, seeing that she couldn't fit much more than my tip into her mouth. She obeyed, her delicate hands gripping me. I put my hands over hers, using the moisture from her mouth to lubricate. I showed her how to stroke me at the base. “Harder,” I ordered. “Pull your lips over your teeth and suck harder.” She obeyed instantly and perfectly, and I gasped. “Yes, that’s perfect, Bianca.”She kept it up, doing exactly as I’d ordered. She was a perfect study. Absolutely perfect, I thought.“I’m coming,” I warned her roughly as my vision went a little hazy, still glued to that rosy mouth on my cock. “If you don’t want me to come in your mouth, you should pull back now.” I didn't want her to. I wanted so badly for her to keep sucking, but I didn't want to push her too hard.
As though she’d read my mind, she just sucked harder. I was lost, coming in her mouth, losing myself harder than I could ever remember. I’m keeping you, I thought possessively, pulling her up and hard against me. I kissed her, my hands pulling roughly at her hair. After long, drugging moments, I pulled back, glancing at the clock. “You’re late,” I told her unsteadily. “We’ll talk later. I don’t want you to get into trouble. I've seen how important your work ethic is to you.”
She just nodded, looking suddenly distant, as though she’d just forgotten everything we’d done together. That look, that distance in her eyes, drove me fucking up the wall crazy. She was ready to go in swift instants, not looking at me. I almost lost it on her, the knowledge that she wouldn't hesitate to drop me for good all that kept me from shaking up her composure. She walked out of that room without looking back. I’d never felt so desperately covetous of anyone or anything in my life.
I straightened my clothing and took a few necessary minutes to compose myself before I followed her.
Her back was to me as I approached her and Stephan in the lobby. Stephan glanced up as I neared, giving me a tentative smile. Bianca turned, looking comically shocked at my presence. She recovered quickly, though, running her eyes over my body, and when they reached my cock, she licked her lips. It was too much.I waited for her eyes to meet mine before looking at Stephan and nodding. “Good morning,” I told him, keeping my voice as polite as I could manage.“Morning,” he said with a pleasant smile. I laid my hand at the nape of her neck. Her eyes moved to my cock and my grip tightened. Her eyes shot back up to mine.“Our Buttercup is a handful, Stephan,” I said idly. I was trying out the word ‘our’. It went against every instinct I had to share her with another man, but from what I had observed of their relationship, I knew that I would have to share or get nothing at all. At least he was only a friend, and a protective one at that.
Stephan surprised me by laughing. “She is that.”
“A fucking perfect handful,” I murmured to Bianca. Stephan laughed harder, not taking offense. “Well, I wouldn't exactly know about that, but I’ll take your word for it.” “Walk me to the door, please?” I asked Bianca. She didn't hesitate, moving with me.
I lowered my hand from her nape as we reached the door. “I’m going to tie you to my bed and take your hymen,” I told her quietly, unable to keep the words to myself, even knowing they would shock her. “I can’t seem to think about anything else. Tell me when I can see you again.” She swallowed visibly. I watched her lovely throat work. “I’m not sure,” she said unsteadily. “I have a twelve hour day tomorrow. We’re doing a turn to DC.”
“What about today?” I asked, watching her face closely.
She blinked at me. “I’m flying back to Las Vegas.”
I nodded, and strode away.
I am OBSESSED with this playlist for the Up In The Air Series. It is an unique mixture of music that so describes James and Bianca. Add it to your Spotify and listen along while reading the book.