Title: Grounded (Up in the Air ~ Book 3)
Author: R.K. Lilley | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: February 10 2013
Length: 378 Pages
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Source: Purchased (Kindle Edition)
Cover Love: Wow. How long are her legs? She is exactly how I would picture Bianca.
Point of View: 1st person, following Bianca. However, there are a few surprise chapters from Stephan and James' point of view.
My Rating: 5 Stars
What a completely perfect series this has turned out to be. I am a big fan of the Fifty and Crossfire series, but the Up in the Air series has officially overtaken them in my eyes. I never thought I would see the day when I said this, but... "Christian who?" James Cavendish is simply perfect, but more on him in a bit.
I found that Bianca and James' relationship progressed the most in Grounded. As it should do as it's the last book of the series. But they really learn to communicate, and you can tell that they are both starting to trust each other. Bianca mostly, as she has always had problems with trust, but even James is learning.
One of the things I have always liked about James is that he never lies to Bianca. If she asks him for an answer he tells her. It may not always be a popular answer or one that she will like but he tells her the hard truth. Because Bianca ran before, James is always scared of that happening again. You can tell now that he has a bit more faith in her to stay. This of course is because Bianca is finally understanding out how devoted he is.
James... *sigh* Never has there been a character written that is the complete embodiment of so many wonderful attributes. He is the perfect blend of absolutely everything. I think it would be difficult at this stage for him to be knocked off the pedestal I have put him on. I just think he is perfect.
And Stephan continued to be the best book best friend... EVER. I really don't think you understand how much I love Stephan. And not only him but his and James' relationship has continued to grow. It means the world to Bianca that these two get along, but she should never have had any worries. James and Stephan have complete bromance going on, and it's amazing. They are never jealous of each other, and they know that together their love for Bianca is everything.
The hot and steamy scenes are in fact as hot and steamy as ever. With this being the third book you would think that their sex scenes would get old, and or repetitive by now. But that isn't the case. One thing that Bianca and James don't have to worry about is being boring in that department. However, I want to stress that this series is not all just about the sex. There is so much character development, main and side stories, action and romance that helps to keep the pages turning.
I have to admit I am quite sad to be saying goodbye to Stephan, Bianca and James. Although I couldn't have wished for a better ending to their story. We are also blessed with not one but two epilogues. It could not get any better than that.
Even though this is the end of their series, it doesn't mean it is the end of the characters in this story. In Grounded we get to meet Tristan and Danika. They are not on the best of terms, however you can tell there is a deep and complicated past between the two of them. Thankfully we get to find out what it is, because they are getting their own books. Bad Things, which is already published, will be my next read. From what I can tell on a time line it will take place before In Flight, the first book of the Up in the Air series. We will get to see how Tristan and Danika met, and maybe we will get to find out why it seems that Danika now dislikes Tristan so much. And maybe, just maybe we will get to see a little bit more of our very own Mr. Beautiful.