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
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."