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Grounded (Up In The Air) (Volume 3) Paperback – February 11, 2013
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This is a re-read for me. I never left review in the past but I now know the importance of reviews so I'm leaving one now.
For being a billionaire BDSM romance this series is my all time favorite.
**You must read book 1 (In Flight) and book 2 (Mile High) to understand what happens in this book**
Wow! Even with this being a re-read for me it's still just as good as the first time. I absolutely love all for characters and how the whole series flows. The last few chapters in this book seem to never get easier. I was once again sitting at the edge of my seat.
If you want controlling alpha billionaire you will absolutely fall in love with James Cavendish. The same goes for if you like strong heroines. If so, Bianca will hold a special place in your heart. This series is one of the reasons I fell in love with BDSM.
I DO believe that consenting adults have a right to practice whatever they want in the privacy of their bedroom, as long as it's consensual and people don't get hurt, so I'm not against BDSM in principle. However, the dominance outside the bedroom I have a big problem with and its hard for me to see how leaving marks and bruises is not abusive, particularly given Bianca's history of abuse in her family.
What kept me reading the series was the romanticism outside the sex scenes: I really did think that James loved Bianca and I loved the deep and abiding friendship between Stephan and Bianca. I thought the sex scenes were repetitive so after a while I skipped them.
All in all, not bad but again, not my cup of tea.
I can’t believe I managed to stay till the end of the series! It made me so frustrated at times, but I couldn’t give up before I saw this to the sugar-overdose end. And while the finale really left my teeth rotting, I loved the closure and running-to-the-sunset feel of it.
Well, nothing major has changed in the last installment at first glance: James is still creepily, as in run the opposite way, adorable and lovable, Bianca annoys me with her jealousy and unreasonableness, Stephen is now officially 100% made of win not only 99% as in the previous books. BUT, to my absolute shock and delight the nonexistent plot has suddenly reared its miniature head! Only the top shows, but yes, there is something similar to an actual plotline in this. Most of it happens somewhere in the last 10% of the book though, but who cares, there is at last something going on that doesn’t necessarily include any intimate parts of James and Bianca. Also, there was a vast improvement in their relationship regarding feelings and the basis of their relationship was no longer only physical.
Otherwise I’m still kind of turned off by the constant sex and I don’t mean a lot of description, but the almost 10 times they do it basically one after another in a short period of time mostly every time they meet. I just can’t believe you can be so energetic each time and there is no medication involved. Then again, I liked that the acts aren’t repeats of each other and there is lots of variety and imagination used.
I appreciated and loved the snippets shown from the relationship of Stephen and Javier and the couple of chapters from Stephen’s point of view. While I liked them a lot, it was too much of a tease to a potential new story and I’d be very disappointed if they don’t get their own book or at least a short story.
Another thing I enjoyed about this book was the addition of other intriguing characters to the bunch whose stories I look forward to read. Tristan was definitely someone to look forward to, that naughty scoundrel.
As much as I find James oddly charming he bordered on being a bully in this book to Bianca, he pulled the reigns tighter on her and I didn’t like where that was going. Especially since he took over not only her life, but spread his hold onto people close to her. Nevertheless, I still kind of like him and I try hard to convince myself that it’s not for superficial reasons, but who knows. The main point is that I don’t approve many of his decisions or actions, but I have a bit of understanding for them so I can’t totally condemn him.
While I liked Bianca in the first book, her appeal started to take a nosedive in the second and in the third I found her tiring. Apart from her looks, tragic past and love for kink, I didn’t see what was so amazing about her, she was incredibly boring, jaded, prejudiced, suspicious, seeing fault in others, not so much in herself, etc. I’m just sad she took that path since initially did like her as the heroine a lot.
Well, this is the end to the Up In The Air trilogy and for me it has been a quite steady ride. All three books are a three star read. There were many things that were positive and that kept me reading till the last word, but this series is in no way perfect, there is much to whine about. Despite everything, this is the first past Fifty Shades of Grey books trilogy I’ve been able to enjoy enough to finish, so that alone is a big deal.