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Love at First Flight [Kindle Edition]

Marie Force
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What if the guy in the airplane seat next to you turned out to be the love of your life? Juliana, happy in her career as a hair stylist, is on her way to visit her boyfriend of ten years, who's working out of state. She's wondering why they're not engaged yet. When he tells her he's wondering what it might be like to make love to other women, she's devastated. Even though he tries to take it back, she doesn't want him to be wondering all his life. So they agree to take a break, and heartbroken, she goes back to Baltimore. Michael is going to his fiancee's parents' home for an engagement party he doesn't want. A state prosecutor, he's about to try the biggest case of his career, he hates the distraction, and he's having doubts about the relationship. His fiancee seems too dependent on her wealthy parents, and they seem to want to control his life. When Paige pulls a manipulative stunt at the party, he becomes so enraged that he breaks off the engagement. Juliana and Michael sat together on the plane ride from Baltimore to Florida, and discover they're on the same flight coming back. With the weekend a disaster for each of them, they bond in a two-person pity party on the plane ride home. Their friendship begins to blossom and love, too, but life is full of complications, including their exes, who don't want to let go, and when Michael's trial turns dangerous, the two must confront what they value most in life...

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Top Pick! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters came alive and you truly could see and understand the conflicts and power plays that were happening. --Night Owl Reviews

I can't remember the last time a story held me as mesmerized as Love at First Flight; I couldn't get enough and wanted more...  --Once Upon A Romance

And to you, Marie Force, what a talented author you are - your characters are captivating and come to life through your writing - they jump out of the pages and into the reader's heart. --World According to Books

Marie Force really has a knack for getting the reader emotionally involved with her characters. I felt the same way when I read Line of Scrimmage and Love at First Flight is no exception. --Book Binge

LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT by Marie Force is most definitely a keeper. It is an astounding book. I loved every single word! --Wild on Books

From the Author

As a reader of romance, I love turning points. Don't you just live for that moment when these two individuals leave their separate selves behind and become one? Sometimes, one of them realizes the significance of this new relationship before the other. That's what happens in my book, Love at First Flight.
 
My characters, Michael Maguire and Juliana Gregorio, meet at the Baltimore airport on a Friday evening when they are on their way to visit their significant others in Florida. After they each endure a disastrous weekend, they meet up again on the flight home, striking up an unlikely friendship that leads to love. One of the things I love best about this book is the way Michael and Juliana are friends first and lovers second. Their love blossoms slowly and sweetly as they support each other through difficult breakups and challenging work and family situations.
 
I thought I'd share an excerpt from one of Michael and Juliana's turning points, when he puts his heart on the line to tell her how he's feeling . . .
 
Michael kept an arm around her as they went outside. Once they were in the car, he turned to her. "I'm not looking for a rebound, Juliana. That's not what this is."
"Then what is it?" she asked softly.
He ran a finger over her cheek to brush away a lone tear. "It's not a rebound."
"I don't want it, Michael. Whatever it is. I love Jeremy."
"I know you do, but you see, the thing is, I'm falling for you, Juliana."
"What?" she asked, flabbergasted. She pushed his hand away from her face. "You can't mean that!"
He kept his eyes locked on hers. "In the five days I've known you, you've given me more, been there for me more, done more for me than Paige did in four years. I knew I would care for you from almost the first moment I saw you. When I found you crying in the airport on Sunday, all I wanted to do was scoop you up and take you home with me."
New tears wet Juliana's cheeks. "You don't know what you're saying."
He took her hand. "On Friday night I tried to get Paige to marry me right away. Do you know why?"
Juliana shook her head.
"Because I was terrified after I met you. I already knew everything was about to change, and I guess a part of me thought I should try to stop it. But I was powerless to stop it. In those first moments with you, I knew I wouldn't marry her."
"Michael," she sobbed. "Stop. Stop saying these things."
"Juliana, any man who would let you think, for even one minute, that you aren't enough for him doesn't deserve you."
"Please," she whimpered. "Please stop."
With a hand to her chin, he turned her to him. "I knew I was falling for you when you jumped right in with Rachelle on Sunday night and did her hair. I knew it when I found you dancing in the kitchen when you were making me dinner. I knew it because my heart almost stopped when you told me someone hassled you on the street. I knew it when I heard you talking to Rachelle about what she saw, and you said all the right things--all the things she needed to hear." He ran his thumb along her jaw. "And when I felt your fingers in my hair I knew I wanted them there always. Don't tell me I don't know what I'm saying."
He leaned over to kiss her gently, without demand, and for one breathless moment, she let him. Then she pulled away. "Michael. My head is spinning. Please don't."
"I'm sorry. I know this isn't a good time for you to be hearing this, but I couldn't let you think this was about rebounds. I'm not going to pressure you or push you, so you don't have to worry about that. I'm going to be so wrapped up in this trial for the next month or two I won't have time for anything else. I just wanted you to know."
"I can't stay with you anymore. Not now."
"Why? I just said I'm not going to do anything about it."
"Because everything's going to be weird between us."
He took her hand again. "It won't be weird because you'll hardly see me. I don't want you to go."
"I don't know... I'll only stay if you promise not to mention any of this again. I can't deal with it on top of everything else."
"I promise I won't say another word about it until you do."
She pulled her hand out of his grasp. "That's not going to happen."
"We'll see," he said, starting the car to drive them home. "We'll just see about that."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1178 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402220065
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (July 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038KT3WK
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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Please! June 29, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Michael Maguire works as a prosecutor. He has a big case coming up. He is hoping to win his case against some of the biggest gang members in the Baltimore area...The ruthless Benedetti brothers. They have been accused of killing three teenage boys.

Juliana Gregorio is a hair stylist at Panache. She and her boyfriend, Jeremy is currently doing the long distance thing. Jeremy got a job down in Florida. Juliana and Jeremy have been dating since high school. Juliana loves Jeremy but she is tired of waiting and wondering if Jeremy will ever propose to her.

Michael doesn't know how much more he can take of his fiancée, Paige and her whiny ways. She comes from a rich family and thinks she can boss Michael around. When Juliana and Michael end up on the same flight, sitting next to each other, it is love at first sight. Neither one of them, expect to see each other again. What they don't realize is that their paths will cross, sooner then they expected.

Another good read from Marie Force. Her last novel, Line of Scrimmage was an instant hit with me. What I like about these books are the characters. They are people that readers can fall in love with. Plus the story lines are very believable. I liked that Michael and Juliana met on an airplane and that they are complete opposites. Like the saying goes...opposites do attract. Juliana and Michael share this great chemistry between the two of them. I can't wait to read more by this talented author. Marie Force is a force to be reckoned with!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love at First Flight was September 11, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
as average as average can get. Michael and Juliana meet on a flight to Fl to visit their significant others for the weekend. They both have horrible weekends, Michael having called off his engagement with Paige and Juliana finding out Jeremy, her long time highschool sweetheart boyfriend is having curiosity issues because they are all eachother have ever known. Both being broken up (Juliana only for a 3 month break) they are on the same return flight as well. They fall in love pretty much immmediately. The whole book revolves around Juliana working out her feelings for two men and Michael just loving her and trying to win a huge case and put a very bad mobster in jail.

Spoiler alert below!!!

I really like Marie Force's writing style. She creates great characters, Michael and Juliana are well developed and you have a great interpretation of who they really are as "people". The average comes in for me because the things I didn't like completely counter balanced the things I did. The story itself and the conflicts between Juliana and Jeremy, and Michael and Paige is where I feel the book fell short. They just weren't believable to me. There was not enough of a conflict, on eiter side. Jeremy was a great guy. I would have honestly rather read about him. He loved Juliana so much and the climactic fight in the bar when Juliana finally decides she doesn't want Jeremy, didn't he have the right to be upset? I mean he was faithful and true to Juliana during their "break" and he finds out she was with someone else. I think that justifies a bit of bitterness and after that I really didn't look at Juliana as a "heroine".

I felt Michael and Juliana where a bit cheated on the deliverance of their story. I will definatley read Marie Force again but I will most likely be looking to the library instead of the purchase.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't care for it February 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Personally, this is the first book I've read by this author and I'd be really hard pressed to read another one.

I didn't care for the fact that Juliana went back to her ex. When I read that, I was ready to throw my Kindle across the room. I mean, come on, really?

I also felt like it wasn't really believable. Michael and Juliana hardly knew each other and they were madly in love.

How many women would move into a strangers home?

I thought Jeremy was a wuss and didn't deserve her, but I don't think things should have developed into "love" so fast between her and Michael.

And I'm sorry, but I don't see a man waiting a year for her to make up her mind.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful romance June 27, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Juliana and Michael, both in long-distance relationships, meet the first time when they are waiting for the same plane. Right from the start they have a certain connection and can talk about nearly everything. Flying home some days later they share a plane again and both realize that nothing is like it was. Michael broke up with his fiancee and Juliana is on a three month break from her boyfriend Jeremy because he isn't sure if she really is the one he wants to spend his life with. Once again Michael and Juliana feel a special connection and when back home he helps her out because her car died they become friends and later even roommates. What begins as a friendship soon turns into a serious relationship. For Michael it's clear that Juliana is the one woman he wants to spend his life with. But Juliana still feels loyal to Jeremy who supported her over the years with handling her alcoholic mother and who gave her love and stability, two things she never had before meeting him.
In the end it's up to Juliana to choose the man she wants to spend her future with and decide what's really important in her life.

"Love at first flight" is an awesome book. Right from the start I enjoyed reading about Michael and Juliana. It's interesting to see them first in relationships with others and then together as a pair. The differences between these realtionships are really absorbing and show that love doesn't come in one only form. Michael is a great guy who knows what he wants and Juliana is a very loyal person who feels that the ten years she spend with Jeremy are too important to let go, especially because he is the only man (besides Michael) she was ever with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful Love Story!
Published 11 days ago by Stephanie Rahming
5.0 out of 5 stars Love at First Flight by Marie Force
Love, love, love this book!!! I think I have read almost every book Marie Force has written. I get excited when I realize I have missed one so I can read another one of her... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jeanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael and Julianna's story, a beautiful romance
One of my favorite Marie Force books. I loved Michael and Julianna's story.

Here's what I've noticed about MF's writing style:
the story can often be a bit over the... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Catherine
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Published 22 days ago by Denise Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Love at first site
I always like how Marie Force brings the reader into the settings of the story. I have never been let down of any of this author's books,I recommend anyone that hasn't read any of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marge Hacker
4.0 out of 5 stars Marie Force always gets a good rating from me.
Marie Force? Always good.
Check out all her books…and do read the FATAL SERIES and the TREADING series.
Published 1 month ago by J. Lopez
2.0 out of 5 stars Super Cheesy
Super cheesy and the female character was pathetic.
A perfectly mind numbing read that I am glad I am not reading anymore.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful read from Marie Force...
I just finished Love at First Flight! As with all your books I was riveted, laughing crying...and this time, and a little bit angry,at Juliana, for what I saw as a stupid move! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jodi Lattanzio
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This is a love story worth reading. I read Michael and Julliana's story in one day. I just couldn't put it down. I liked the subtly but passionate love scenes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Picturest suspense with twisted ending!
Have read most all of Marie Force series. Always look forward to her additional writings. Especially when she describes locations that I have visited, like Newport Rhode Island,... Read more
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More About the Author

With more than 3 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has sold more than 1.3 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin's Carina Press, as well as the Treading Water Series and numerous stand-alone books. All You Need is Love, book 1 in her new Green Mountain Series from Berkley Sensation, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller in February 2014. The second book, I Want to Hold Your Hand, will be out in June, and the third book, I Saw Her Standing There, is coming in November. In 2014, Marie will have eight mass-market print releases--the first five Fatal Series books from Harlequin and the first three Green Mountain Series books from Berkley. Her most recent book, Fatal Jeopardy, book 7 in the Fatal Series, released on March 24, 2014, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. She recently agreed to a major three-book deal with Berkley for her upcoming contemporary Quantum Series, featuring Hollywood heavy-hitters who are determined to remain single until love changes their plans.

While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie.

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