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Grounded

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Author: R.K. Lilley

Published: February 10th 2013 by R.K. Lilley

Format: Kindle Edition , 378 pages

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Language: English


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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 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?

30 review for Grounded

  1. 4 out of 5

    Aestas Book Blog

    OMGOMGOMGGG *SQUEEEE* *HEART CLENCH* *HAPPY DANCE* *GRIN* ♥ With all my heart, I adore this series!! ♥ This whole series is a delicious blend of heart-clenching emotion, fan-yourself hotness, make-you-blush kink, combined with an engaging plot that keeps you flipping the pages. Its absolutely absorbing and I seriously didn’t want to put it down even for a minute! The first thing I noticed were the Mr. chapter titles were back – YAY!! I really loved that idea from the first book – it was such an a OMGOMGOMGGG *SQUEEEE* *HEART CLENCH* *HAPPY DANCE* *GRIN* ♥ With all my heart, I adore this series!! ♥ This whole series is a delicious blend of heart-clenching emotion, fan-yourself hotness, make-you-blush kink, combined with an engaging plot that keeps you flipping the pages. Its absolutely absorbing and I seriously didn’t want to put it down even for a minute! The first thing I noticed were the Mr. chapter titles were back – YAY!! I really loved that idea from the first book – it was such an awesome way to give you an idea of what was to come and set the mood for the next chapter of the story! The story in this one picks up literally RIGHT where the previous book left off so there’s no time jump or anything. I wouldn’t say that you would *have* to reread the last one to be able to follow but I did reread the last chapter of Mile High before starting and needed a small refresher on some of the character names. But it all came very quickly back to me and I connected back to the characters instantly. But wow is this story intense from the start!! I have an interesting sort of ‘relationship’ with the characters in this book because they are both a little bit more strongly into the SM side of BDSM that I personally am fully comfortable with. But in the context of the story, it was EXACTLY what they both wanted and needed from each other and so I found that even though it kind of went right to the boundaries of my comfort zone, it never crossed the line and I always felt that everything that happened was ‘right’ for them. And ho BOY is this book HOT !! I mean really HOT!! HOT. HOT. HOT!! They. Have. Sex. Everywhere. and I really mean everywhere. And I really have to give the author major props for being inventive with the sex scenes – there were a few in particular in this book that honestly were completely unique given anything I’d read before. I mean, how rare is that?? A genuinely unique sex scene?? It was quite refreshing! “I’m going to make you come so many ways that you forget all of the ways that you can find to doubt us.” The thing about this book though (and it even applies to the series as a whole) is that yes, there is crazy fucking and kink and hotness of all sorts but OH MY LORD IS THERE ROMANCE as well!!!!! Like seriously!! Completely, utterly heart-clenching, squeeing-out-loud romance that just melted my heart!! The sex and romance is VERY well balanced and when added to great character development, engaging plot lines and an emotional depth that make you really connect deeply with the story, you’ve really got the recipe for a wonderful trilogy. I’ve always felt really strongly for James and Bianca and seeing them work through their ups and downs and get better at things, mess up, but always work things out was really heart warming. “You are more precious to me than my own life, by far. It’s not even a question. I would do anything for you.“ James is just literally the PERFECT blend of everything you could want in a hero character. He’s fuckhot and Dominant, mouth-wateringly sexy but yet tortured and damaged, utterly Alpha and yet totally tender and romantic, with a sadistic side that would have made me uncomfortable except for it being always tempered by complete control that makes you always trust him, and a tender, caring, patient and understanding side that just makes your heart melt. He. Is. Perfect. Seriously, so few book guys are the absolute perfect blend of everything I love and JAMES IS ONE OF THEM!!! ♥ And Stephan! I still stand by my statement in my last review that he is the BEST best-friend character I have EVER read. E V E R !!! I heart him so much! And… as a treat, we actually get several scenes from his POV in this book including his back story. Have I mentioned that I heart him yet?? Cuz I really do. I also really loved Bianca as a heroine. She had a few more insecurities than I would normally like, but I understood where they came from and I loved that they never made her go overboard. Also, she was always improving herself and I loved the way she always stood up for James and didn’t let stupid things come between them so I really have always respected her as a character. And she had a totally AWESOME moment near the end that literally made me want to cheer. I’m sorry but the toilet bowl scene just pure win. I’m even grinning as I write about it I felt like this was one of those books where I understood all the characters’ insecurities and fears but also their wants and desires. Everything really clicked together so perfectly. It wasn’t always smooth sailing but I never wanted to throttle anyone and I respected the decisions they made as well as was pleasantly surprised by how functionally they worked through their issues despite the road being so rocky. I loved how balanced both James and Bianca were – both as individuals and as a couple. They were both damaged but very functional. I never once rolled my eyes or wanted to throttle either of them and their decisions and reactions (even the ‘stupid’ ones) made sense to me and I could always see where they were coming from. This series is definitely what I’d call a BDSM romance because its an honestly equal blend of the two. James is both her Dom and her lover. “I honestly couldn’t tell which was driving him tonight, the Dom or my tender lover, there was such a mix of feelings in his eyes.” “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…” There are punishments and there is love making. There are things that pushed me right to the edge of my comfort zone and then there were moments that made my heart race and made me want to happy dance around the room. You know… my blog’s tagline is that I seek out books that “make my heart race, have a beautiful love story and a happy ending.” This series is one of those ♥ I will say though that as we got closer to the end, my heart was just pounding!!!! There’s this huge climactic scene at the end which the author did a wonderful job of showing from all perspectives. I totally felt like I was *right* there. Wide eyed and just clutching at my heart. I didn’t think she’d take it that far but HOLY SHIT!! I mean really. I couldn’t breath and I’m pretty sure my heart stopped at one point too! But the ending is just PERFECT!!!! Guys, we get a DOUBLE epilogue!!! And yes, all you worried people, there is a HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY ENDING to the trilogy! I promise! I highly highly recommend this series!! Honestly, its one of my favorite ones out there. Ranked right up with Fifty Shades and Crossfire. If you are a fan of those, you will LOVE these. I’ve read a lot of ‘similarly’ themed books and I’ll say that despite the fact that all 3 series have hot and dominant billionaire heroes, they each stand on their own as having unique story lines. Everyone should meet and fall in love with James Cavendish ♥ Reading order: Ok.. so I was reading and there was this photoshoot scene and omg this casting picture totally looks like how I'm picturing James right now: [image error] EXTENDED TEASER at this link: http://aestasbookblog.com/grounded-by... My casting for James and Bianca (also above):

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kim Person

    I have to be honest here I literally................... when I was offered an ARC of Grounded by the author. This was one of those books that I was dying for... After finishing Mile High I knew I had a wait but boy did I luck out....................... In my opinion Grounded is the BEST book in the entire series. I'm totally in love with Mr. Beautiful!!! You could feel the love he had for Bianca while reading but don't worry our total ALPHA DOM Mr. Cavendish was still there. Bianca was AMAZING I l I have to be honest here I literally................... when I was offered an ARC of Grounded by the author. This was one of those books that I was dying for... After finishing Mile High I knew I had a wait but boy did I luck out....................... In my opinion Grounded is the BEST book in the entire series. I'm totally in love with Mr. Beautiful!!! You could feel the love he had for Bianca while reading but don't worry our total ALPHA DOM Mr. Cavendish was still there. Bianca was AMAZING I loved her strength and how she didn't take crap from anyone! She totally ROCKED in my book! I love a strong female character in a book... Grounded really shows you a different side of James as well as Bianca working on breaking down those walls and letting someone else in her heart besies Stephan. Oh Stephan I so adore him and Javier well those two are AWESOME together :) I'm not going to give much away about Grounded but I think I can share some emotions with you. I will tell you there's is a part in this book where I BLUSHED I was totally going OMG OMG OMG and then I giggled. Bianca's reaction cracked me up. I was so pissed at James at one point I wanted to slap him but it made sense in the end when! I CRIED oh boy did I CRY there a part of this book that shook me to my core..... So without telling you too much more but enough to whet your appetite, at least I hope so, here's how this book went for me................. There was ............................................................ Oh and this part was................................................... Of course I blushed,fiercely,kinda like this at this kinky as hell part that Oh My ...................................................... Oh yeah, I giggled too!!! Then I was lulled into pure bliss when things were like this.......... but alas that did not last cause I was doing this..................... but by the end, well................................................. This is a HUGE 5 ++++++++++++ star read for me! I always enjoy being dragged on that emotional roller coaster and this one had me up and down and sideways and backwards that by the end all I could do was sit there going... HELL YES I FREAKING LOVED IT!!! Seriously had a MAJOR book hangover after readging Grounded. This is the final book in the Up in the Air series and R.K. freaking NAILED it!!! I strongly recommend that you grab this on 2/12/13 and canel all plans an spend some time with Mr. Gorgeous, Mr. Sadistic. MR. JAMES FREAKING CAVENDISH... you won't be sorry!!!!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    ~ Becs ~

    Mr Cavendish has got it bad. No doubt about it. He is head over heels in love with Bianca, completely besotted, and it is a feeling completely alien to him. He’s never felt this way about anyone before and his possessive and protective instincts towards her are on turbo-charge and in overdrive. He can’t imagine his life without her, is terrified that something may happen to her and can scarcely function when she is is not breathing the same air as him. He’s lived his life as a total man-whore – Mr Cavendish has got it bad. No doubt about it. He is head over heels in love with Bianca, completely besotted, and it is a feeling completely alien to him. He’s never felt this way about anyone before and his possessive and protective instincts towards her are on turbo-charge and in overdrive. He can’t imagine his life without her, is terrified that something may happen to her and can scarcely function when she is is not breathing the same air as him. He’s lived his life as a total man-whore – sexual desire just another bodily function to be sated like hunger and and thirst. His many partners were just there to serve his needs, he never made an emotional connection to any of them. He’s completely blown away by his feelings for Bianca, his absolute desire to dominate her consumes him and his fear that her father may harm her causes him to hire a team of security for her. Bianca’s heart is still sealed inside a block of ice. Her traumatic childhood has made it difficult for her to trust and she, too, is overwhelmed by her feelings for James. She’s also falling further and further in love but she’s guarded and is holding back and James understands this and gives her the time she needs and her heart slowly starts to thaw. He can’t tell her he loves her because it means so much to him and rejection would just about break him. The scene when they finally do admit their feelings to one another is quite simply beautiful. Bianca is still having nightmares and the patient tenderness James shows her as he calms her down is stunning. Mr Beautiful can be so gentle, caring and loving when he needs to be. Le sigh! Mr Cavendish, sadistic dom extraordinaire, is also back in all his glory and, as much as he loves Bianca, he still desires to punish her for every slightest perceived misdemeanour's and they really do share some very delicious scenes on The Fourth Floor! Bianca is just a hot mess for him, always ready to melt into a submissive puddle at his feet and, let’s face it, who can blame her? He knows her limits and he always pushes her to them but he reads her well and she never once has to safeword out of any of their scenes. But, this is about more than just the beautiful love story between the central characters. This is also a story about the deep and lasting bond between best friends Stephan and Bianca. Theirs is an incredibly special relationship and, until now, has always excluded everyone else but now they both need to make room in their hearts for someone else as Stephan becomes closer to Javier and Bianca and James move closer to committing to one another. Stephan has saved Bianca before during their awful childhood and he would still die for her. So, this is deeply romantic as Bianca and James overcome many hurdles and obstacles in this one all the while moving steadily closer to the devastating and dramatic conclusion that will have your heart pounding and take your breath away. It’s a real shocker! There are peripheral characters too that I hope will have their stories told as they positively intrigue me – Lana and Akira, Tristan and Danika. If you’ve loved In Flight and Mile High and are fully invested in James and Bianca finding their Happy Ever After, then you are going to absolutely adore this as you smile, laugh, despair and enjoy every second of their story. The Mr Chapter titles are back and here’s a few to whet your appetite – Mr Scandalous, Mr Uncivilized, Mr Manipulative and Mr Porn Star to mention just a few. James & Bianca - it's been such a wild ride, I've enjoyed every second and I sure am going to miss you. 4.5 kinky romantic stars For more reviews, please visit Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews or visit us on Facebook.

  4. 4 out of 5

    JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko

    Finally this book is over. It seems like it took me forever to read it. I am sad to say that it really wasn't my favorite. I felt like James was totally different in this book. I didn't feel like I could connect with James or Bianca. I will say the ending was good and just how I had swooned over James in the first two books. It was the perfect ending to this series. I just overall wasn't impressed with this book

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    5 Breathtaking Beautiful Stars Although I waited for this book with great anticipation, I did not think it would be possible for Ms. Lilley to top In Flight or Mile High... but I was wrong. As much as I loved the first two, Grounded was able to surpass them.. Mr.Cavendish...delicious.. [image error] James Cavendish was at his best in this one.. His Dom to Bianca's Sub was so much more intense as their realationship solidified itself over and over again. James's ability to give Bianca exac 5 Breathtaking Beautiful Stars Although I waited for this book with great anticipation, I did not think it would be possible for Ms. Lilley to top In Flight or Mile High... but I was wrong. As much as I loved the first two, Grounded was able to surpass them.. Mr.Cavendish...delicious.. [image error] James Cavendish was at his best in this one.. His Dom to Bianca's Sub was so much more intense as their realationship solidified itself over and over again. James's ability to give Bianca exactly what she needed when she needed through both pain and pleasure... Bianca grew to truely understand and believe in his love for her and trust it.. “Why do you love me?" His eyes got so soft, changed in an instant from confused and into that impossibly tender look that got me every time.   “You want me to break it down for you?” he asked succinctly. I nodded. He traced a finger across my brow.   “I can do that.   I’d enjoy that actually. You’re my favorite subject, Love.   I’ll start with your eyes.   I fell in love with those first.   One look was like a punch to the gut.   You have these ageless eyes on such a young face.   I just knew that you had seen bad things, lived bad things, and from the start, I knew that you could understand pain.   Understand loneliness and despair.   Understand feeling hopeless and helpless and alone.   I fell in love with your eyes first because I looked into their depths and saw the other half of my soul.” Bianca's best friend Stephan is still there for her and he and James continued to form a very tight relationship since they both cared so much for Bianca.. Javier, Stephans boyfriend, seemed to complete the family...and we get a special look 5 years down the road at how much more their family completed itself. There was plenty of suspense in this one with Bianca's father still out there and when he finally shows back up.. well , those were some pretty intense moments which only further sealed James and Bianca's relationship. I truely loved this story and I'm sad to see it end.. Knowing that R.K.L is working on Lana's story does give me some comfort and hopefully she will give us a glimpse of Bianca and James every now in then in Lana's story and in future books. I wouldnt mind a story of where they are in later years.. I think they will always be intersting and will always hold a special place in my favorite book couples..

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Mr. Cavendish is back and better than ever!!! James Cavendish goes by many names...Mr. Violent, Mr. Sadistic, Mr. Excessive, Mr. Magnanimous, Mr. Romantic, Mr. Muse, Mr. Damaged, Mr. Wonderful, Mr. Supermodel, Mr. Gorgeous, Mr. Understanding, Mr. Perfect, Mr. Dubious, Mr. Callous, Mr. Controlling, Mr. Curious, Mr. Amenable, Mr. Playful, Mr. Scandalous, Mr. Distant, Mr. Uncivilized, Mr. Reticent, Mr. Manipulative, Mr. Desperate, Mr. Porn Star, Mr. Incensed, Mr. Distraught, Mr. Kinky, Mr. Dome Mr. Cavendish is back and better than ever!!! James Cavendish goes by many names...Mr. Violent, Mr. Sadistic, Mr. Excessive, Mr. Magnanimous, Mr. Romantic, Mr. Muse, Mr. Damaged, Mr. Wonderful, Mr. Supermodel, Mr. Gorgeous, Mr. Understanding, Mr. Perfect, Mr. Dubious, Mr. Callous, Mr. Controlling, Mr. Curious, Mr. Amenable, Mr. Playful, Mr. Scandalous, Mr. Distant, Mr. Uncivilized, Mr. Reticent, Mr. Manipulative, Mr. Desperate, Mr. Porn Star, Mr. Incensed, Mr. Distraught, Mr. Kinky, Mr. Domesticated, Mr. Matchmaker, Mr. Indulgent, Mr. Forever, Mr. Besotted, Mr. Wretched, Mr. Tragic, Mr. Desolate, Mr. Helpless
 Or my personal favorites: Mr. Beautiful and Control Freak Cavendish James and Bianca are together and stronger than ever. James is even more dominate, controlling, kinky and wonderful! Can’t get enough of James. He is the perfect man! Romantic and swoony, alpha and dominate, kind and understanding and uber hot!!! I also loved Bianca in this one. There is one particular scene (view spoiler)[Toilet bowl revenge (hide spoiler)] that had me in tears I was laughing so hard. The steamy scenes in this book did not disappoint. Freaking hot! “I’m going to make you come so many times that you forget all of the ways that you can doubt us.” “You won’t think I’m sweet in about ten minutes, when I tie you to my bed and fuck the sense out of you.” I felt parts low in my body clench. “You’re in such a romantic mood. Aren’t you going to call it making love today?” 
“How about we call it lovingly fucking your brains out?” “You may have fucked a lot of women, James, but I’m your first lover.” 
 “I love you, too, James, but that doesn’t give you a free pass.” 
“No, it doesn’t. Being your Dom does that, Love.” I loved that James and Bianca didn’t have any unneeded relationship drama in this one! Their relationship is more solid and strong. There was for sure a lot of drama, but Bianca was more secure with her relationship with James, which was great to see. “I fell in love with your eyes first because I looked into their depths and saw the other half of my soul.” “The world went from black and white and into color when I laid eyes on you, my love. There’ll be no going back.” Now on to my favorite character(besides James of course) STEPHAN! Love him! I want him to have his own book. Most awesome best friend ever. I loved how we got to see in his head a little bit in this book. He and Bianca’s relationship is so special. They will always be there for each other no matter what, but they started to realize more in this book that others are there for them too. This part may have had me tearing up just a bit... “We met in the gutter, but even there, you shone like a light in the dark for me. You were the only good thing in my life, but you were so good that I knew it had all evened out. All of the bad was balanced because I got you out of it. Even jaded and abused and dead inside, I saw that clearly. If Javier can’t see it, trust me, he’s not worthy of your love.” "As you wish, Buttercup." The ending had me freaking out for a minute- wow! But the epilouge is pure perfection! I love this series! Each book is its own kind of wonderful! I enjoy all the romantic/bdsm/kinky books out there, but this series is by far my favorite! If you haven’t read them, you need to!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Georgia ♥

    4.5 FOREVER-AMAZING-Mr.-James-Cavendish Stars "I fell in love with your eyes first because I looked into their depths and saw the other half of my soul." A scorchingly romantic ending, in the highly acclaimed "Up In The Air" trilogy, Grounded, concludes the story of James & Bianca, who fought their own worst enemies, themselves and managed to prevail. R.K. Lilley, seduces and glues us in the pages, trying and failing not to fall in love with the one and only Mr. James Cavendish. Arrogant, filthy 4.5 FOREVER-AMAZING-Mr.-James-Cavendish Stars "I fell in love with your eyes first because I looked into their depths and saw the other half of my soul." A scorchingly romantic ending, in the highly acclaimed "Up In The Air" trilogy, Grounded, concludes the story of James & Bianca, who fought their own worst enemies, themselves and managed to prevail. R.K. Lilley, seduces and glues us in the pages, trying and failing not to fall in love with the one and only Mr. James Cavendish. Arrogant, filthy rich bastard, possessive, moody, completely insane and in serious need of therapy, romantic and the Dom of our dreams, he captivates and ensnares. James knows what he wants, what is at stake and he will stop at nothing. He is a predator stalking his innocent prey, a prey so willing and ready to be claimed. You gotta love the man, just for his sheer debauchery and extravagance, in everything he does. His sensuality and deep feelings. "The world went from black and white and into color when I laid eyes on you, my love. There’ll be no going back." In a suit... or out of it... the man is a sin and you can't help but succumb... What makes this book great, is the realistic and various interwoven relationships, sometime complex, toxic, hilarious or lifesaving between the characters. And another man... Stephan. You can't wish for a better man to have your back. To take care of you. To love you more than you do yourself. And always put you first. Best Friend Award And when your best friend, conspires with the other half your soul, YOU ARE DAMN LUCKY, Buttercup!!! Of course to claim happiness, you have to walk through hell. Do it with love, looking stylish in your platforms, with patience and calmness. Bianca is the epitome of elegance in this book. She has finally accepted James' possesion and she thrives in her new life. There is one last hurdle in their final sprint... And then just them... FOREVER "Now you will feel no rain, For each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold, For each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no more loneliness for you. For each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two bodies, But there is only one life before you." An amazing, thrilling, erotically charged story that warms your soul. Now I need a promise about a Lana/Akira and a Danika/Tristan book too. I loved them all!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy

    ⟡ 5 Matching-Outfits Rating ⟡ My Mr. Cavendish My Bianca [image error] ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ The world went from black and white and into color when I laid eyes on you, my love. There'll be no going back. James and Bianca relationship is more intense in this book. At this point they are very much deep in love (although it takes them a while to admit it to each other). But when they do... wow do things progress so fast and in a r ⟡ 5 Matching-Outfits Rating ⟡ My Mr. Cavendish My Bianca [image error] ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ The world went from black and white and into color when I laid eyes on you, my love. There'll be no going back. James and Bianca relationship is more intense in this book. At this point they are very much deep in love (although it takes them a while to admit it to each other). But when they do... wow do things progress so fast and in a right direction with them. Having JUST finished the book with such a fantastic HEA it is hard for me to remember some of the things that simply disturbed me in the book earlier. There are really 2 things that made me disturbed... Red wings and one very callous Dom move for punishment. Red wings... well I'm sorry that's GROSS! I'm all in for kinky stuff but I draw a line to this. Now as far as the other thing... yes I agree Bianca needed punishment for what she did. Come on woman! you have 4 bodyguard with you at all times and you ditch them AND your phone (Sorry I know spoiler) to go meet your half brother for the first time... SMH big time. So yes she needed punishment... but NOT THAT! But that may be 'cause I have a phobia about that. Now the next part of punishment that should have been a fun experience to read about was eclipsed by his anger. Perhaps he should have cooled down more BEFORE finally getting his part of the 'bet'. Finally, both of them matured in their responses to conflicts and jealousy in their relationships. James cooled down as much as his Dom side would allow and I was majorly impressed by Bianca's response to the (view spoiler)[ sex tape (hide spoiler)] . I full on expected her to run as usual and I'm glad I was proven wrong. There is some interesting stuff going on with side characters like Akira/Lana & Tristan/Danika that would make for fantastic spin-offs. Hope that's truly in the works. So sad to say good-bye to this series. Thank you Mr. Many-Mood Cavendish! Thank you Strong-and-Beautiful Bianca! Thank you Bestest-Friend-and-Protector Stephen! and Thank you R.K. Lilley for these amazing characters! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ "Now you will feel no rain, For each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold, For each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no more loneliness for you... For each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two bodies, but there is only one life before you." A beautiful end...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Actual rating: 2.5 stars I didn't want to review this book directly after finishing it because I was extremely frustrated. I did not expect this. I wanted to think, you know, "objectively". But as you can see, the rating is still 2 stars. I understand that sequels usually have a higher rating than the first books in any series, those who didn't like it are most likely to drop it but 4.29 stars are way too much for this book and for over 50 000 ratings. It's one of the times when I feel like I've Actual rating: 2.5 stars I didn't want to review this book directly after finishing it because I was extremely frustrated. I did not expect this. I wanted to think, you know, "objectively". But as you can see, the rating is still 2 stars. I understand that sequels usually have a higher rating than the first books in any series, those who didn't like it are most likely to drop it but 4.29 stars are way too much for this book and for over 50 000 ratings. It's one of the times when I feel like I've read a different book from everybody else. Bianca is living now with James. They didn't catch her father yet. Well, all we want from this book is a closure for these 2 things. And we did have one, after 378 pages. You see, the first 2/3 of this book was boring, tedious, slow, with a non-existent plot. Too much talking while nothing is actually happening. I do not care about any of the secondary characters, sadly (Stephan is an exception). It's either because they aren't interesting enough or because we didn't know anything major about them before this book and since there were so many of them, I felt disconnected. I always think twice before reading Romance trilogies/series about the same characters not because I think it doesn't need 3 books to finish a love story but because I KNOW IT. I'm sure of it. Bianca and Mr. Cavendish story could have been great with 2 books only. I think the author tried to fill the lack of plot in Grounded by secondary characters. We had so many and all wanted to do was to finish this book. Yes, I skipped paragraphes lines. Don't get me wrong, I still love James a looooooooooottt and Bianca but this book had too many fillers. For example, now our James was trying to pair every two persons in this book (was happy for Lina, though). Spare me please, I hate it when the author does that... We also had Bianca overthinking of her relationship with James, I understand that she had to overcome her past problems but it dragged for too long. We already had two books about her insecurities. I'm not blaming her, everyone has his own but after 3 books of the same drama you have to stop and say: enough already. One of the other things that I found vexatious was Bianca's recklessness. When your boyfriend is always worried sick about you, he hires bodyguards just to make sure you're safe all time, what do you do? You meet your brother from another mother, the son of your psycho father without even taking your phone and needless to say, bodyguards (saw this part coming but not leaving her phone behind). That was idiotic. The good stuff happened in the last 1/3 of the book. They traveled to Japan (not a spoiler, they said they would in the beginning), that earned them 0.75 star since like Bianca, the number 1 city to visit is Tokyo. I enjoyed that part of the book. I also like things that happened before the epilogue, another 0.75 star. As you can see, this book was a huge disappointment even if I wasn't waiting for something mind-blowing because I love Bianca and James and even after finishing this book, I still care about them. That's something. Still, I was satisfied with the ending. They deserved each other. I won't be reading the book from James pov, I hate those books. They feel like a cheap way from authors to earn more money if a series was loved. Up in Air, will probably be the only romance trilogy I'll finish for a long while. I have started others that I disliked, forgot they exist so yeah, won't be reading any until I'm out of this anti-romance thing (which will last for a long time). I have not given up on standalone romance from time to time yet (keyword yet). Besides some numerous eye rolling, exasperating scenes, if you loved Bianca and Mr. Cavendish's story, I would still recommend reading this book, it has all the hot scenes, James perfections, and the usual elements between the couple, yet it might be boring at some points. However, if you did not, don't bother, I'm sorry to say it's not worth it. This book didn't hold any surprises for me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Somebody give that woman a medal because anyone who can orgasm on demand like that definitely deserves one..... Ok, I really wanted to like this book, especially after seeing lots of great reviews for it but I have to admit I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first two in the series. To be honest I just didn't feel there was much point to the story until the drama unfolded at 90%. The story felt fragmented, the book jumped from one scene to another and yes, there was lots of hot sex, but at t Somebody give that woman a medal because anyone who can orgasm on demand like that definitely deserves one..... Ok, I really wanted to like this book, especially after seeing lots of great reviews for it but I have to admit I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first two in the series. To be honest I just didn't feel there was much point to the story until the drama unfolded at 90%. The story felt fragmented, the book jumped from one scene to another and yes, there was lots of hot sex, but at times it felt that the sex was just used as a filler to beef up the story line. On a positive note I was much more endeared to Bianca in this book as she finally stopped running away long enough to develop a more emotional relationship with James. I also loved the brief chapters where we were able to see Stephen’s point of view and the parts towards the end where we were able to see James POV as well. In fact the final 10% of the book was brilliant, I just struggled to get into the first 90%. (I'm giving it 3 stars just for the final 10%) Also on a positive note I thought that the author did a great job of peaking my interest in some of the other characters like Danika and her past relationship with Tristan. I would definitely be interested to read their story. I just wish I hadn't become a little bored of Bianca and James' story, but there really are only so many times a woman can orgasm on demand and it not start to feel a little repetitive. I mean come on, seriously???? I tell you one thing for sure, if I had that skill i'd be auditioning for the next round of Britain's Got Talent. Oh and one final note to author.....that whole 'red wings' bit was a fetish I could have happily spent the rest of my life being in the dark about!

  11. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Barb ♥

    ~~~~4 stars for Mr. Cavendish~~~~ "You'll know when I'm ready to give you my cock because you'll have it inside of you." ************************************************ This is the conclusion of Bianca and James' story. I really really loved this series. Throughout the book we saw the many faces of Mr. Beautiful himself. With James, you never know who or what you're going to get. Here goes...Mr. VIOLENT, Mr. SADISTIC, Mr. EXCESSIVE, Mr. MAGNANIMOUS, Mr. ROMANTIC, Mr. MUSE, Mr. DAMAGED, Mr. WO ~~~~4 stars for Mr. Cavendish~~~~ "You'll know when I'm ready to give you my cock because you'll have it inside of you." ************************************************ This is the conclusion of Bianca and James' story. I really really loved this series. Throughout the book we saw the many faces of Mr. Beautiful himself. With James, you never know who or what you're going to get. Here goes...Mr. VIOLENT, Mr. SADISTIC, Mr. EXCESSIVE, Mr. MAGNANIMOUS, Mr. ROMANTIC, Mr. MUSE, Mr. DAMAGED, Mr. WONDERFUL, Mr. SUPERMODEL, Mr. GORGEOUS, Mr. UNDERSTANDING, Mr. PERFECT, Mr. DUBIOUS, Mr. CALLOUS, Mr. CONTROLLING, Mr. CURIOUS, Mr. AMENABLE, Mr. PLAYFUL, Mr. SCANDALOUS, Mr. DISTANT, Mr. UNCIVILIZED, Mr.RETICENT, Mr. MANIPULATIVE, Mr. DESPERATE, Mr. DISTRAUGHT, Mr.DOMESTICATED, Mr. INDULGENT, Mr. MATCHMAKER, Mr. TRAGIC, Mr.FOREVER, and my personal favorite....Mr. KINKY. So if you're in between books or looking for something similiar to Fifty Shades of Grey...you should definitely give these books a whirl :)) ************************************************** "You look....DELECTABLE, EDIBLE, MOUTH-WATERING...very nice "Fucking ME sideways," I told him. "Every which WAY, until we're SATED or DEAD, Love." He grinned ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ My fave quotes: “Love, I want you everywhere I go. I’d put you in my pocket, if I could.” “You read me so well without me ever having to say the words. It astounds me. Perhaps we were made for each other. You're making me a believer, my love.” “I love you. I know I said I needed time, but that was a big fat lie. I fell in love with you more than a year ago, and those feelings never went away, not for me. I was just trying to protect my heart when I told you that I needed more time to fall for you. I've been here all along.” "Everyone should get to experience a love like that. That kind of love that makes us better people.” “The world went from black and white and into color when I laid eyes on you, my love. There'll be no going back.” You can’t use sex to control me, James. You shouldn’t play with my heart like that.” He laughed. It was sinister. “Oh Love, it’s not your heart I’m playing with. And I’ll play with your body whenever I damn well please.” “I fell in love with your eyes first because I looked into their depths and saw the other half of my soul.” [image error] “Now you will feel no rain, For each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold, For each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no more loneliness for you. For each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two bodies, But there is only one life before you.” *********************************** "I Do (Cherish You)" All I am, all I'll be Everything in this world All that I'll ever need Is in your eyes Shining at me When you smile I can feel All my passion unfolding Your hand brushes mine And a thousand sensations Seduce me 'cause I I do cherish you For the rest of my life You don't have to think twice I will love you still From the depths of my soul It's beyond my control I've waited so long to say this to you If you're asking do I love you this much I do In my world, before you I lived outside my emotions Didn't know where I was going 'Til that day I found you How you opened my life To a new paradise In a world torn by change Still with all of my heart 'Til my dying day

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    I listed the many reasons why this book series is my ultimate favorite in my review of book 1 and 2 so I will simply say that book 3 is my favorite out of all 3 books. We finally get to Bianca and James really cultivating their relationship in this book. The other woman drama is dramatically decreased and Bianca finally accepts that she needs to open herself up more to James. James remained steadfast with his need to make Bianca his forever, which makes me adore him more. Book 3 is by far the mo I listed the many reasons why this book series is my ultimate favorite in my review of book 1 and 2 so I will simply say that book 3 is my favorite out of all 3 books. We finally get to Bianca and James really cultivating their relationship in this book. The other woman drama is dramatically decreased and Bianca finally accepts that she needs to open herself up more to James. James remained steadfast with his need to make Bianca his forever, which makes me adore him more. Book 3 is by far the most exciting and on the edge when Bianca's father finally catches up to her and I absolutely loved the epilogue. I also listened to the audio version and still have no complaints with the narrator. I think she did a wonderful job with all the accents she had to impersonate. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series!

  13. 5 out of 5

    SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

    ★★★★★! Up in the Air series, book 3 of 3. Debut by R.K. Lilley. Intense, epic saga, erotic tale & mesmerizing love story with a larger-than-life James Cavendish & his Bianca! “I love you, too, James, but that doesn’t give you a free pass.” “No, it doesn’t. Being your Dom does that, Love. I’ve compromised far more for you than I’ve ever done for anyone or anything in my life. Controlling you sexually is something I won’t be bending on...” There are three books in the ★★★★★! Up in the Air series, book 3 of 3. Debut by R.K. Lilley. Intense, epic saga, erotic tale & mesmerizing love story with a larger-than-life James Cavendish & his Bianca! “I love you, too, James, but that doesn’t give you a free pass.” “No, it doesn’t. Being your Dom does that, Love. I’ve compromised far more for you than I’ve ever done for anyone or anything in my life. Controlling you sexually is something I won’t be bending on...” There are three books in the Up In The Air series, but see below for BONUS chapter links: Book 1: In Flight Book 2: Mile High Book 3: Grounded James Cavendish and Bianca Karlsson are both beautiful beyond words, but underneath those good looks are two very broken, flawed, lonely and haunted souls. This is the conclusion of their saga! If you haven’t read book 1 and 2 or any of the 7 “James POV’s”, please do so first. Here is the order I recommend: 1. James POV 0.5: http://sinfullysexybooks.blogspot.co.... 2. In Flight, book 1, chapter 1 & 2 – stop! 3. James POV 1.1: http://totallybookedblog.com/2013/02/... 4. In Flight, book 1, chapter 3-6 – stop! 5. James POV 1.2 (scroll down): http://aestasbookblog.com/wp-content/... 6. James POV 1.3: http://anas-attic.com/anas_diary/up-i... 7. In Flight, book 1, chapter 7 – stop! 8. James POV 1.4: http://shhmomsreading.com/exclusive-e... 9. In Flight, book 1, chapter 8 – stop! 10. James POV 1.5: http://beccathebibliophile.blogspot.c... 11. In Flight, book 1, rest of book 12. Mile High, book 2, chapter 1 & 2 – stop! 13. James POV 2.1: http://jessysbookclub.wordpress.com/2... 14. Grounded, book 3 15. James POV 3.1:TBD James Archibald Basil Cavendish, III: British-American (of Cherokee and Italian decent)/29 years old/hotel heir-mogul-playboy-celebrity/$$$$/dark blond hair/turquoise eyes/dom. Bianca Karlsson, “Bee”, “(Princess) Buttercup: Swedish-American/23 years old/flight attendant-hobby artist/light blond hair/pale blue eyes/sub. As the story of Princess Buttercup (Bianca) and her Love comes to an end the 3rd and final verse of its theme song illustrates that Princess Buttercup very much wants her HEA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYQ4B1... “He said, "Don't you know I love you oh so much and lay my heart at the foot of your dress?" She said, "Don't you know that storybook loves always have a happy ending?" Then he swooped her up just like in the books. And on his stallion they rode away. My love is like a storybook story. But it's as real as the feelings I feel.” In the previous books James and Bianca have had to deal with each other’s extreme jealously plus vindictiveness and evil all around. Their tragic pasts have affected the progress of their relationship. It’s apparent that there is a thread of mutual co-dependency carrying through in and outside of their Dom-Sub roles. Book 3 is also an intense roller-coaster ride with secrets and threats from their pasts. The suspense will keep you glued. Ultimately for James it is about accepting that he can’t be in control of everything. And for Bianca it is about opening up and allowing people in. I feel like anything else I would want to say will be a spoiler. A wonderful, joyous and perfect ending to James’ and Bianca’s saga! And Stephen’s too! In this book I am happy to report that all the different Mister James are back. I highly recommend this series. R.K. Lilley is an excellent story teller and an author to follow! “James was a jealous man, the most possessive man I’d ever met. I doubted that there was a thing about me that he didn’t consider his. But he had never made me choose, never made me question or compromise…” *** Hero rating: 5+ stars Heroine rating: 5 stars Sex scenes rating: 5 stars Sex scenes frequency: 5 stars Storyline concept rating: 5 stars Storytelling skills rating: 5 stars Story ending rating: 5 stars Book editing rating (5 = no edits spotted): 4.5 stars ****************************** Overall rating: 5 stars Would I recommend this series: Yes. Would I re-read this series: Yes. Would I read future books by this author: Yes. (GIF approved by GR 10-2013)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Farah *Professor Dean's Beauty*

    I LOVE THIS MAN!!! "YES Mr Cavendish... I Will Love You Forever...." I waited for this book for months... And it was worth every second... Such a well written story filled with lots of sex.. Ok yes.. I admit some kinky stuff but hey... If Mr Cavendish wants that... Yes... There was a story too... I think it's wonderful how the book is about some other strong characters as well.. I was not bored for even a second! This story is filled with passion, love, pain, healing, violence, happiness and so mu I LOVE THIS MAN!!! "YES Mr Cavendish... I Will Love You Forever...." I waited for this book for months... And it was worth every second... Such a well written story filled with lots of sex.. Ok yes.. I admit some kinky stuff but hey... If Mr Cavendish wants that... Yes... There was a story too... I think it's wonderful how the book is about some other strong characters as well.. I was not bored for even a second! This story is filled with passion, love, pain, healing, violence, happiness and so much more! We go through the story of Bianca and James falling in love with each other. Only one person comes to my mind obviously when I think of Mr Cavendish, and who can blame me?? :) I thought I'd make this review a little different using visuals-lets face it... Pictures say so much more than words.. My favorite sides to this Amazzzzing man!! " Mr Cavendish..." " Mr Romantic.." "Mr Wonderful..." " Mr Supermodel..: " " Mr Gorgeous..." "Mr Perfect..." "Mr Playful..." "Mr Porn Star... Sooo... Bianca is one LUCKY lady.. Bianca finally gets to be happy in her life, with James and Stephan at her side.. Overcoming all her fears and her horrid past behind her...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    4.5 ★'s That's it...that's all I want at this point, well that and a few answers but I'm ready for Bianca and James to just be happy! Unfortunately, we have a few things to get through first. Jules and Jolene have to be dealt with as does Bianca's Dad. Stephan needs to be happy but will it be with Javier? Then there's the major decision for Bianca if she can let go of her issues and just be happy with James. And James needs to be upfront about e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!! One thing I can say for certain 4.5 ★'s That's it...that's all I want at this point, well that and a few answers but I'm ready for Bianca and James to just be happy! Unfortunately, we have a few things to get through first. Jules and Jolene have to be dealt with as does Bianca's Dad. Stephan needs to be happy but will it be with Javier? Then there's the major decision for Bianca if she can let go of her issues and just be happy with James. And James needs to be upfront about e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!! One thing I can say for certain is that you will get a lot of answers, some will make you happy and some won't and some you definitely won't expect. I love, LOVE, the chapter titles and they tell you so much about the story and Mr. Cavendish aka Mr. Beautiful. Some of my favs are Mr. Supermodel, Mr. Playful, Mr. Pornstar, Mr. Kinky (the kinky b@stard!) and all time favorite...Mr. Forever. But...James is a bit meaner/colder in this book. It's almost as if there is more Mr. Cavendish than James at least till towards the end. I think overall that Bianca has grown and she's accepted and opened up about a lot of things. However, it did really bother me that at times she didn't think and went off on her own or just didn't answer her phone! The sex scenes are still really steamy. With James' demeanor being more Mr. Cavendish, I think we got to see more BDSM ones. Some were pretty harsh (the roses, piercings, and dark room) and some were educational albeit gross! (red wings....ugh!! ETA...(view spoiler)[I was thinking about this and besides James just being plain out kinky...i think he wanted to have a 'first' with Bianca since he's been her almost first everything! or maybe not...lol! (hide spoiler)] ) I was happy to finally get some answers that I had been wanting and to hear the "words". It was great when James and Bianca came to terms with some things and you just knew where they were headed. I enjoyed seeing them happy and getting to know James' friends more. [image error] The ending gets dramatic but then things wrap up pretty quickly. I really enjoyed the epilogue! RKL says she will be writing Lana's book and I can't wait to read it. She's also writing a story called Bad Things which features two characters named Danika and Tristan! I hope they are the same characters and I can't wait to read that one too! Favorite quotes: ♥ “I wanted you to say it first.  Not for pride, and not for my ego, but for my heart.  ♥ "I fell in love with your eyes first because I looked into their depths and saw the other half of my soul.” ♥ “Every which way, until we’re sated or dead, Love.” ♥ “Thank you so much.  I didn’t know that there really were nice men in the world.  I thought that was a myth, but you saved me.”   ♥ "The world went from black and white and into color when I laid eyes on you, my love.  There’ll be no going back.”  ♥ "You two survive together; you thrive together.  I wouldn’t dream of making you change that.  I’m trying to join your family, not tear it apart, Love.” ♥ “Now you will feel no rain, For each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold, For each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no more loneliness for you.” “For each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two bodies,  But there is only one life before you.”

  16. 5 out of 5

    ✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ ✝✝

    THIS WAS SIMPLY MIND-BLOWING!!!!!!!! R.K. LILLEY IS OFFICIALLY ONE OF MY FAVOURITE AUTHOR!!! I ADORE HER WRITING!!! You need to meet Mr. Cavendish!!!! Mr, Grey, who? Mr. Beautiful tops my CEO chart

  17. 5 out of 5

    CC

    Sigh...I really love this series. Since there is so much drama about his past women I have wondered why. During this last book I figured out why. I simply love the way he loves her. It is epic and all consuming. You just never doubt it and he is so open about his feelings. And I love that I feel it as I read the series. Safety Gang (view spoiler)[ in this book the sex tape is finally revealed. (James is distraught. It was filmed years ago without his knowledge) It is not a major portion of the book Sigh...I really love this series. Since there is so much drama about his past women I have wondered why. During this last book I figured out why. I simply love the way he loves her. It is epic and all consuming. You just never doubt it and he is so open about his feelings. And I love that I feel it as I read the series. Safety Gang (view spoiler)[ in this book the sex tape is finally revealed. (James is distraught. It was filmed years ago without his knowledge) It is not a major portion of the book. But Bianca does watch it and described it to us. It sucks but is really not that bad. It actually helps her understand how different James is with her than his past women. She gets closure and I felt I did too. (hide spoiler)]

  18. 4 out of 5

    Akanksha❤ Søren♰

    James and Bee are like EPICNESS PERSONIFIED! I want to have James' babies! ;;) An amazing end to an amazing series~ and a bonus of a double epilogue! HOOT HOOT Loved this book! Each and every scene, all the characters, all the drama, and most of all.. those 2-3chapters in Stephan and James' POV ;) *bliss* Stephan! Oh boy, I loveeeeeeeeeeeee him beyond words! Bee and Stephan are like the cutest bff couple EVER! Their love for each other is so fucking heart warming :') All the bantering between Judith James and Bee are like EPICNESS PERSONIFIED! I want to have James' babies! ;;) An amazing end to an amazing series~ and a bonus of a double epilogue! HOOT HOOT Loved this book! Each and every scene, all the characters, all the drama, and most of all.. those 2-3chapters in Stephan and James' POV ;) *bliss* Stephan! Oh boy, I loveeeeeeeeeeeee him beyond words! Bee and Stephan are like the cutest bff couple EVER! Their love for each other is so fucking heart warming :') All the bantering between Judith and Marnie was like EPIC! Totally made me LOL I loveddddd the the Mr. title chapters were back, totally missed them in book2, glad to have them back. "I fell in love with your eyes first because I looked into their depths and saw the other half of my soul." Awwieeeeeee!!~ Can't want for Lana's book and Dinika's book! EPPPPPP

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lady Heather

    I have to wrap my head around this story. 3.5 stars This is the third and final installment in the "Up In The Air" series, and I SOO wanted to LOVE it as much as I did the first two, but unfortunately, I didn't. Somewhere along the line, I felt the author lost her amazing characters, and instead filled this story with a whole bunch of creative ways (and places) James could f*%K Bianca. I LOVED James in the first two books, but not so much in this one. In this story he comes across way too obses I have to wrap my head around this story. 3.5 stars This is the third and final installment in the "Up In The Air" series, and I SOO wanted to LOVE it as much as I did the first two, but unfortunately, I didn't. Somewhere along the line, I felt the author lost her amazing characters, and instead filled this story with a whole bunch of creative ways (and places) James could f*%K Bianca. I LOVED James in the first two books, but not so much in this one. In this story he comes across way too obsessive and domineering (more like an extreme stalker or abusive spouse). For me, BDSM is a relationship between two people (the Dom & Sub) that fulfills their needs. It is consensual, beautiful, and there is absolute trust that there is no abuse. Trust that their wants and needs will be fulfilled and respected without any shame or judgement. I didn't get that feeling from this story, in fact a few scenes in the book made me feel uncomfortable. (view spoiler)[** When James put Bianca in the dark room by herself after she met with her half-brother for the first time and then,(still not talking to her) he pierces her nipples.** (hide spoiler)] The secondary story about Bianca's crazed father only really 'kick-in' in the last couple of chapters of the book. The ending was really good, and the epilogue was friggen AMAZING, but it was the middle that disheartened me. There was no story, character/relationship building, but....just a LOT of sex. Don't get me wrong, I like reading erotica and BDSM, but this just seemed like 'filler' until the end of the story. I wanted more 'guts' in this story. The WHOLE book should have been AMAZING!! ... and that's what frustrated me the most, this story had SO much potential, but I felt the author dropped the ball I'm sorry say.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    A sexy series deserves and equally sexy picture to describe it... "God, did I miss you, Love. Is thirty too young to retire from working? I'd love to just make love to you full-time, instead" Oh Double DAMN....10 FREAKIN' STARS R.K LILLEY...and my heartfelt thanks for bringing these 3 books into my life. James Cavendish will hold the 1st place title of ultimate book boyfriend for a very long time. I loved this damn book so much, I'm all over the place! I'm gonna try and reel it in and state fa A sexy series deserves and equally sexy picture to describe it... "God, did I miss you, Love. Is thirty too young to retire from working? I'd love to just make love to you full-time, instead" Oh Double DAMN....10 FREAKIN' STARS R.K LILLEY...and my heartfelt thanks for bringing these 3 books into my life. James Cavendish will hold the 1st place title of ultimate book boyfriend for a very long time. I loved this damn book so much, I'm all over the place! I'm gonna try and reel it in and state facts....Here it goes... I fell in love with your eyes first because I looked into their depths and saw the other half of my soul....damn James!!! still swooning If you haven't read this series, you need to. I can't put into words how much I loved these books...the characters, the storylines, the angst, the erotica, the BDSM, the lavishness, the EVERYTHING! And the sex...from black and blue roses, to possessive loving, to paint, to holy shit I'm fanning my panties, it was fab-u-lous!!! How I'm feeling now that I'm done with Grounded.. I love Bianca and James so much and am going to miss them, but as of the last page of Grounded, my heart is happy to have taken this non-conventional romantic journey to love by way of BDSM Blvd. :)Grounded left me satisfied, wanting more, loving the ending, and feeling like I could have read more books about these incredible characters. I just Effin' loved it...all of it! Ugh, I need a drink now!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Janie

    Awesome conclusion to a great series. With 2 epilogues, 1 year and 5 years into the future.

  22. 5 out of 5

    DKristin

    WOW!!!!! This trilogy was AWESOME!!! I can't say that enough. Although these kinds of trilogies are very popular right now and the story progression did have some very familiar elements to it-it was different enough to engage me and to keep my interest until I had read the very last word! This book in particular was soooo goood!!! I think the relationship that Stephan and Bianca have as more like siblings than anything else is what got me teary eyed. I just could relate to that kind of devotion WOW!!!!! This trilogy was AWESOME!!! I can't say that enough. Although these kinds of trilogies are very popular right now and the story progression did have some very familiar elements to it-it was different enough to engage me and to keep my interest until I had read the very last word! This book in particular was soooo goood!!! I think the relationship that Stephan and Bianca have as more like siblings than anything else is what got me teary eyed. I just could relate to that kind of devotion very well. The HEA was great, although I think it would've been cool to hear about Bianca's painting career and what happened with Stephan and Javiers lives as well. Definitely adding this one to my favorites and am sure that I will read through the entire series again soon! Updated: 6/17/13 - I finally found a suitable Mr. Beautiful... My James Cavendish

  23. 5 out of 5

    Desiree

    5 Stars - Best book of the trilogy! ♥ I think it’s safe to say in Bianca’s (or Stephan’s) case that their clearly better off. In the third installment Bianca once and for all stops resisting her undeniable feeling towards James and finally opens up her heart. Throughout their love story theirs constant occurrences that way heavy on their relationship that could potentially tear them apart. MUY CALIENTE!! ;) Caleb Followill sang it best, “... your sex is on fire.” Nicely done R. K. 5 Stars - Best book of the trilogy! ♥ I think it’s safe to say in Bianca’s (or Stephan’s) case that their clearly better off. In the third installment Bianca once and for all stops resisting her undeniable feeling towards James and finally opens up her heart. Throughout their love story theirs constant occurrences that way heavy on their relationship that could potentially tear them apart. MUY CALIENTE!! ;) Caleb Followill sang it best, “... your sex is on fire.” Nicely done R. K. Lilley those were some steamyyy scenes! :D Moving on... Someone’s scandalous dirty laundry is being aired out. Will James undisclosed secret going public tear them apart??? (view spoiler)[Step aside Kim Kardashian... Lol! I’m sorry I just couldn’t resist! ^ (hide spoiler)] “I’m sorry... I only seem to disappoint you. If it makes you feel better, I’m beginning to hate the man I was before I met you.” “I feel like life was easy before I met you, because it didn’t matter,” “Nothing mattered before I knew you.” Oh James, that scene was so heartbreaking. Tear. It seriously made me love him that much more. James believing his past mistakes will end them for good. Take Note: Jules & Jolene Mr. Cavendish don’t want you. Unfortunately, I do have to mention the one particular punishment that I fond beyond ludicrous! Let’s be honest here if James pulled that little stunt on anyone with any ounce of common sense their would be no bumping and grinding smh. For one, I wouldn’t be an inch near his ding-a-ling. For his safety he’d want to wear some sort of chastity belt to protect his manhood. Secondly, I found the whole let’s have a girls’ day, eat cheese enchiladas then decide spontaneously at that moment without any real thought to get (view spoiler)[branded like cattle...rightttt, very realistic. I’m all for getting tatted up but at least ponder that bitchhh! Contemplate at least a day, an hour, 30 minutes, fuck 15. Don’t make a rash impulsive decision with little to no thought that’s just my personal opinion. (hide spoiler)] In a way Bianca was only simply returning the favor. Right? Her way of showing that she’s also committed to him and their relationships so yes it was sweet and endearing on some level. Regardless, I found the whole thing extreme merely to prove something. Okay I’m done complaining. Ignore me. On to better things... “I wanted you to have a perfect view of the world that I want to lay at your feet, my love” Awwhhhh seriously, Mr. James Cavendish, seriously. Swooning! (: Beyond romantic, I can’t even handle it right now. My reaction towards the last couple chapters... Fuck... my poor emotions. (I’m exhausted guys so I’m wrapping this shit up) In conclusion the epilogue was probably one of the best ending I have read. I love me some happy endings. ♥ “I’m yours, James.” “Forever,” he added. “Forever. Oh yes, I’m yours forever, James.” “Everything feels new, now that I have you. The world’s gone into color now, I want to see it all again with you.” I genuinely loved Grounded by R. K. Lilley even with my tiny criticisms it displayed their unconditional love and growth despite James and Bianca’s separate troubled past you can set free of those inner demons and still have a love that truly was beautiful. Without a doubt the most perfect ending to an amazing series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christine B

    Mr Beautiful has once again been overwhelming, overprotected, kinky and all Bianca's, he loved him some Bianca and will do any to keep her and fight for their undeniable love they have for each other. As each love affair goes there is always something or someone jealous and trying to keep them apart. As Bianca's fears start to always doubt their love. James is continuing to look for the threat over her life. Every part of this series was amazing and Grounded was a great ending to that fantastic Mr Beautiful has once again been overwhelming, overprotected, kinky and all Bianca's, he loved him some Bianca and will do any to keep her and fight for their undeniable love they have for each other. As each love affair goes there is always something or someone jealous and trying to keep them apart. As Bianca's fears start to always doubt their love. James is continuing to look for the threat over her life. Every part of this series was amazing and Grounded was a great ending to that fantastic love of a Dom Billionaire that finally found someone to love him inspire of all of his faults. The perfect heroine to tame the promiscuous billionaire Dom. Throughout the book Bianca always felt threaten by all the woman that James been with and how evil they were but then she found that James had wonderful people in his life also the best of friends a guy could have. Now you will feel no rain for each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no more loneliness for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two bodies but there is only one life before you.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    “I love you, Bianca,” he said very quietly.“There isn’t a thing about you that I don’t adore.Even the things that have made it hard for you to let me in hold a special place in my heart.I never thought I’d meet a woman that I couldn’t doubt,a person that I could so easily give my trust to, but I know your soul, and it is so pure and clear to me that I feel like I can see right into it.” OH MY GOD!OH MY GOD!OH MY GOD! I'M FREAKING THE FUCK OUT! BUT I CANNOT AND DON'T EVEN WANT TO STOP MYSELF! I “I love you, Bianca,” he said very quietly.“There isn’t a thing about you that I don’t adore.Even the things that have made it hard for you to let me in hold a special place in my heart.I never thought I’d meet a woman that I couldn’t doubt,a person that I could so easily give my trust to, but I know your soul, and it is so pure and clear to me that I feel like I can see right into it.” OH MY GOD!OH MY GOD!OH MY GOD! I'M FREAKING THE FUCK OUT! BUT I CANNOT AND DON'T EVEN WANT TO STOP MYSELF! I'M SO HAPPY!!! I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED THIS LAST BOOK! It was PER-FECT! James. My Mr.Cavendish was so AMAZING. It was impossible not to fall in love with him (all over again). In "Grounded" we get to see a myriad of different sides to all of the complexity that this man is. And Bianca. I got to see a total diferent side of her. She finally opened up and were able to have a solid relationship with James, which was great, since I was getting tired of the whole "I'm afraid to get hurt" bullshit she was always pulling. It's good that she could come to terms with James man whore past. No more drama over that. (view spoiler)[Bianca.Woman I'm you fan! First main character EVER to finally put the mean bitch in her place, and in the way she deserved.Jules will never bother you again. Be sure of that! (hide spoiler)] It was so good to see the development on their relationship here in this book. You can actually see that they're stronger then ever. Stephan just about blew me away. Since he has a POV in this book (I know, I fangirlied too), I could really understand the depth of his relationship with Bianca. It was clearer than ever that they were so much more than friends. They were familly. I loved that the drama wasn't solely focused on Bianca and James. We get to know more amazing characters in this last book of the Up In The Air series. And I may say that one of them will have a book of their own...(view spoiler)[Danika and Tristan (hide spoiler)] You can most definetly expect some of that hot loving that we can sure associate with Bianca and James. Those two put the whole room on fire,people. And the Epilogue. MY GAWD, THAT EPILOGUE! I didn't know if I cryed,happy danced, screamed or whatever the fuck else. I just didn't want to finish that last chapter. I ate every single word and was still hungry. I LOVE epilogues, but they often let me with a bitter sweet feeling. This one wasn't an exeption, but the sweet overpowered the bitter in this case. Bianca's and James' book may end here. But their story will always be remembered. The struggles, the kinks,and specially, the love.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amber Rose

    5 amazinballs stars!!! Knocked right out of the park for me!!! "You look..." Delectable. Edible. Mouth-watering. We continue our wonderful journey with James and Bianca. I love the fact that it takes right off from the last book. I felt, I never left their sides and just turns into one long book. Loved it. James, was more intense in this one. More jacked up on mountain dew or something cause he was all over the fucking place. But I loved him equally and more so then I ever have. My god that b 5 amazinballs stars!!! Knocked right out of the park for me!!! "You look..." Delectable. Edible. Mouth-watering. We continue our wonderful journey with James and Bianca. I love the fact that it takes right off from the last book. I felt, I never left their sides and just turns into one long book. Loved it. James, was more intense in this one. More jacked up on mountain dew or something cause he was all over the fucking place. But I loved him equally and more so then I ever have. My god that boy can hold my heart!!! Wanted you to have a perfect view of the world that I want to lay at your feet, my love," Bianca, I must say I loved her to death. I felt she is the perfect heroine in this story. She has been through hell and back. One of the many things I love about her is that, she sticks up for her self and does not let James walk all over her. Well unless they are in bed. LOL. Then there is Stephan... My heart melts for Stephan. I want to read more and more of Stephan. I can not get enough of him. I want him to be my best friend. Overall this book was what I wanted and more. Brilliantly written and I hate that it's over for these two. Hands down R.K. Lilley...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Beatrice Masaluñga

    A lovely conclusion to James and Bianca's story. These two unexpectedly grew on me and their relationship blossomed just the way I liked it. The characters had a great development (including the side characters, Stephan and Javier. I ship these two as well). I love James for being honest to Bianca especially about his past. Bianca is an admirable woman. I love her simplicity, elegance and perseverance in life. I love how she accepts someone's fault wholeheartedly and open up herself to vulnerabi A lovely conclusion to James and Bianca's story. These two unexpectedly grew on me and their relationship blossomed just the way I liked it. The characters had a great development (including the side characters, Stephan and Javier. I ship these two as well). I love James for being honest to Bianca especially about his past. Bianca is an admirable woman. I love her simplicity, elegance and perseverance in life. I love how she accepts someone's fault wholeheartedly and open up herself to vulnerability. Overall, it's a great trilogy. I'm definitely going to read more R.K. Lilley's books :)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    It's getting closer! I want to see their HEA! Wow!!!!! Thank you R.K. Lilley! This was amazing. Review soon..... It's getting closer! I want to see their HEA! Wow!!!!! Thank you R.K. Lilley! This was amazing. Review soon.....

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica's Book Review

    Read more reviews on my blog | Like me on Facebook The Up In The Air series is like one big train wreck I just can’t stop myself from looking away. Grounded, just like the first two books in the Up In The Air series I had a love/hate relationship with the book. After reading the series now, I still do not understand the appeal of James Cavendish. He still gives me the creeps and his actions only get stranger to me. I went from liking Bianca in book one to thinking she is just as crazy as James by Read more reviews on my blog | Like me on Facebook The Up In The Air series is like one big train wreck I just can’t stop myself from looking away. Grounded, just like the first two books in the Up In The Air series I had a love/hate relationship with the book. After reading the series now, I still do not understand the appeal of James Cavendish. He still gives me the creeps and his actions only get stranger to me. I went from liking Bianca in book one to thinking she is just as crazy as James by book three. These two have disaster written all over them. Grounded picks up where Mile High left off. Bianca and James are more in love then ever and are splitting their time between Vegas and New York. James is still a stalker and freaks out if he can’t get a hold of Bianca that moment and they have lots, I mean LOTS of sex. Bianca is trying to find her father before he finds her. James’s past keeps coming back to meet Bianca head on, and Stephan is the best gay friend around. That is the same plot in all three books. I felt Grounded was very similar to Mile High the only difference is at the end of Grounded all the story plots were cleared up, like literally in just a chapter or two at the end of the book. We were given a break down on who is dating who now, who is married/divorced, where James & Bianca are now, and of course Stephan & Javier. I think Stephan is my favorite thing about this series. Bianca’s father storyline seemed strange kind of thrown in just to add to the book. I just didn’t understand how Bianca could be so upset over her father then want to have freaky sex minutes later. The only thing I really did like was the epilogue, a year later and then a second one 5 years later it was cute to see how they ended and where they were now. The entire series is 60% sex and 40% storyline. I still do not understand why I kept reading this series but I did, I just couldn’t stop myself! It is crazy erotic that made me blush while reading it and I have never read a story before that made me blush. I would not reread this series again and would recommend other books over this one to readers. My review for this series is all over the place, I just don’t understand why I kept wanting to read it not liking anything about it, but I kept reading so that must say something about the series. I give Grounded 2.5 Stars.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    The author says: “… Ok so I strongly prefer to write in 1st person/past tense, and the Up In The Air series is very much Bianca’s story, her journey, her POV, and book 3 will be as well, but I have decided to give a glimpse into the head of a few of the other characters in book 3, because I just couldn’t help myself” OH MY GOD !!! I CAN'T WAIT !!!

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