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Grounded: Up in the Air, Volume 3 | [R. K. Lilley]

Grounded: Up in the Air, Volume 3

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?
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Grounded, Book 3 in the Up In The Air Trilogy. 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. Amid 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?

©2013 R.K. Lilley (P)2014 R.K. Lilley, LLC

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    Book Nerd Midwest 03-26-14
    Book Nerd Midwest 03-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing ending to a wonderful series!"
    If you could sum up Grounded in three words, what would they be?

    James "Beautiful" Cavendish


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Grounded?

    If I told you that, I'd be giving things away. You must read this book and series, I absolutely LOVED it!!


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Powers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to her during this whole series, she is the best narrator I've listened to on Audible! Hands down!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Come fly the friendly skies!


    Any additional comments?

    Kicking myself for waiting so long to listen to this series, MUST READ/LISTEN!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 04-03-14
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 04-03-14 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "WoW I'm Grounded - this was an AWESOME End"
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    Wow - all i can say is I LOVED this 3rd and final book in this Amazingly Heart Pulling Story. It has absolutely everything once could desire - depth, angst, love, growth, acceptance, intrigue, horror, damage, blood, chaos, pain, suffering and almost death. Plus.... Devilishly yummy BDSM & even M/M. This was the perfect conclusion to this fabulous trilogy and i am sad the story is over. Elizabeth Powers done an immaculate job bringing all the wonderful characters to life threw-out and i give high praise to her magical voice changing skills.... :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Necole BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 04-20-14
    Necole BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 04-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A MUST PURCHASE!!!!!"
    If you could sum up Grounded in three words, what would they be?

    I want him!


    What did you like best about this story?

    So much drama, passion, and OMG hot smex!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The proposal.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was on the edge of my seat through most of it. Not going to give any spoilers so download and start listening.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    beth 04-02-14
    beth 04-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful series"
    What did you love best about Grounded?

    I love how the writer tells you how they r doing even several years later


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Grounded?

    When they finally say "I love you", seemed like it took forever!


    What about Elizabeth Powers’s performance did you like?

    Loved the emotion she put into the reading


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mishawn San Antonio, Tx United States 07-22-14
    Mishawn San Antonio, Tx United States 07-22-14 Member Since 2012

    Let those who you love know today, tomorrow is not promised! Life experience, Mishawn

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    "Great series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wouldn't just recommend this book but the whole series and when I'm done with this book I will be looking forward to listening to the rest of R.K. Lilliey's books. They have depth and substance to all the characters. They have funny, loving,and sexy parts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The toilet scene was the BEST!!!!!


    What about Elizabeth Powers’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Powers was brilliant.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series! Well done and a second listen is in the future.

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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 06-04-14
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 06-04-14 Member Since 2009

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "IT'S OFFICIAL! I LOVED THIS MEMORABLE SERIES!!!"

    I finished this book yesterday and I just can't stop thinking about it. R.K. Lilley used a familiar theme (the DOM Billionaire tamed by love) and made it something unique, something memorable, and something touching. This book really compliments the first book well. In that, if you start reading the first book again, after this one, it's evident that James's pursuit of Bianca was singular, and he pretty much loved her from the moment he laid eyes on her.

    As James and Bianca settle into their relationship, James is the one who doesn't change much from the beginning of the series. He continues to work toward a goal that puts Bianca in his life forever. OMG, how do I love that kind of romance!!!!

    Part of the drama that ensues is from the worst kind of women, from his past, who start coming out of the wood work, but this book really settled the fact of how they were nothing to him. By the way, I LOVED how Bianca dealt with all the women who tried to ruin her relationship with James…I loved Bianca's spunk & well, she's just awesome…haha

    James and Bianca have given me the best perspective of how a BDSM relationship works for two people who really desire that pain/pleasure aspect of intercourse. Yet, their relationship is far from defined by this preference in the bedroom, these two people adore each other, love deeply and share an effortless calm and serenity when in each other's company that feels real and beautiful. I was never disappointed with James…from the tender lover to the stark DOM, to the ravishing kindness and love he showered Bianca with during their everyday lives…he was simply perfection (even when he was mad). And, Bianca, well, you just can't get a more beautiful heroine, inside and out.

    In terms of major themes in this series, Lilley did something very original. Her focus was on relationships, of course the one between James and Bianca was centerfold, but she also did an incredible job in developing the beautiful relationship between Bianca and Stephan and the rest of the friends in this book. During the most turbulent parts, my heart was racing and I felt on edge, but the ending was very true to the characters and gave them all a life they all deserved. I don't want to spill ANY details, because this book has to be experienced. I do want more though…..I felt like it finished and I want, well, at least a little more……


    10 STARS FOR AN EXCELLENT SERIES THAT HAD ME CAPTIVATED AND ENTHRALLED!!!

    Narrator- Elizabeth Powers was excellent and enhanced this audiobook experience as well as the author's writing talent. Excellent pairing---Lilley and Powers…fabulous!

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    Wanda United States 05-12-14
    Wanda United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2013

    Give me a Hot Sexy Book, with a good story to listen to, have that "OH MY" sigh, Love most of what I have, but want more. Tell me it ALL!

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    "ONCE UP THE AIR, NOW GROUNDED BY THE ENDING"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh my... to my friends, neighbors, co workers, family, and any who asks about good books. and the all important love of, and anyone that can't seem to get enough of RK Lilley's work, especially is this trilogy. I have to admit, I accidentally fell into this last installment not knowing it was even on the coming soon list. But once I did, I shook with anticipation. it took me weeks to get through this book, not because of lack of such great withing but because of time and duties at home. I had a lot of personal reason's I could not give my all to it. But each night late, I gave a couple of chapters and savored it's contents. Waiting until I could get back to it. Recommend? Is that a trick question?. Anyone that read the first two. has got to finish with this. But let me say James and Bianca are put through some painstaking ordeals But as love would have it, they always seem to bring it home to our HEA.I simply LOVED it. .


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Grounded?

    Without a doubt, the near ending and ending. such beauty, and so needed for them. Enjoy


    What does Elizabeth Powers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything, She did so much to this, Thank you Elizabeth


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and plan on it again, Since my life personally was in an uproar, and could not give my all to as I normally did last year while reading, I plan to take some time and read it without interruption while on vacation soon and remember all of this once more.


    Any additional comments?

    James and B grow and become close through all that she had denied herself growing up homeless and vowing off all James had to offer. She finally comes to know he loves her, and lets that love heal her in all ways. It's sexy, somewhat out of sorts in some area's but strong enough for you to get some of the most grueling encounters they have to over come...together.. James loves and protects her is so many rare and unusual of circumstances You have to stop and say, Just how much can one couple endure? But they prevail. Remarkably. . We get to learn how and why he fell so deeply in love for her, and his words brings tears streaming down my face, from the moment he lays eyes on her. why he choose the life style for her and why it works for them. It's written all over her. Her best friend Stephan is a intricate leader and add substance to this book like he did with all the rest. His love for her also is undying and never sways. B is a remarkable women, loves by a man who only wants to make her happy, And she let's him finally do so without such a fight.. And B finds he fight in her as well when so many want to take James down. But not without a fight with B at his side.
    Read the book, it finishes the story and tells a remarkable tale of a couple with great friends who only want the best for them all.. You won't forget it nor want to put it down.. I loved it . Way to go Ms. Kelly. Waiting for more of such great work from you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scotty Great Smokey Mountains 04-17-14
    Scotty Great Smokey Mountains 04-17-14 Member Since 2009

    jdk

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    "And the story continues!"

    OK, This one was a little long and very descriptive. A lot of what was written could have been omitted and the story would be shorter with the same outcome. I am in love with the characters so I'll give this one a 4 star. The narrator was the best. She really saved the series! Loved it.

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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 04-16-14
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2012

    Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!

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    "It didn't really get there for me"

    Darned if you do, darned if you don't....I don't think R.K could have won with me on this one.

    We still had the amazingly graphic steam scenes....and then some more of them...and more of them....*yawn* can we get back to the plot now? Yes, you love him he loves you everyone can't believe how great this is....blah...blah. What we fought to get to in books one and two seems obsurdly easy in book 3, and the freak outs and hold backs of books 1 and 2...yeah they are gone too.

    Bottom line, if you are looking for a third edge of your seat instalment in the up in the air series...well you won't find it because the third book was sickly sweet! If you have followed the series of course you will want to know how it ends...just don't expect the same intensity as books 1 and 2 because EVERYTHING gets resolved, and EVERYONE finally believes in their love and well....even the dramatic parts took about 3 minutes to resolve and half of that drama was contrived, plus you get a prologue for one year later and then 5 years later...yup EVERYTHING gets resolved and tied up, no guessing here.

    Narrator still rocked, very good voices!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lena Smyrna, TN, United States 03-30-14
    Lena Smyrna, TN, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2012

    I am a busy sports mom listening to romance only. If the narrator is good and it has a decent plot, I will find it enjoyable.

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    "Went on too long"
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    I looked forward to this book for some time. Book 2 was great and I wanted everything tied up. This book answered all of my questions, but was a little too long. I found myself getting side tracked and not caring enough to rewind. I get the BDSM stuff, but it was too much for my taste. If about 5 of those scenes were cut out, it would have been much better. Was it still worth my credit? Absolutely. I love the characters and I wanted the happy ending for James and Bianca and I got it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Grounded is it?"
    Would you listen to Grounded again? Why?

    Maybe just because isn't that good quality I'm used to or the download got a little bumpy!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship around the main characters and the behind story and plot


    What does Elizabeth Powers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    More enthusiasm to continue reading, the story dragged it self the first 20 chapters


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Chapter titles are back.

    An insight around all Mr. Cavendish moods! How many moods can a guy have? :)

    We are back in to the story right at the time we left it. In the next 20 chapters I admit, I was a little bored.

    OK there were times I wanted to learn more about their stories, their reactions, decisions... I knew where all that was coming from, but planes, work, trips back and forth, going to shower, putting make up, having a nap, what she was wearing, what they eat, drink, sleep, nightmares, worries, fights, leaving things unsaid I just wanted to move on!!!

    Don't know why this was all boring for me this time... Maybe I'll re read it in a better mood!

    I love what a book can do to you, angst, worries, cries, laughs, but in this case it was slow, I wanted to go where all the action was! Didn't feel the appeal...

    Well, let me focus, sex was fun in all places we can imagine, more BD than SM, the more comfortable side... can a Dom fall in love?

    Quite an inventive mind this author has... possible and impossible sex scenes at possible or impossible places! That was great, however, that sadistic side of James made me want to punish him!

    Maybe Mr. Sadistic would wake me up a little bit, to continue reading.

    All in all the more they love each other, more boundaries would be broken and the Dom was only Master of the body...

    Liked the scarf scene and the pool party a lot, what a great crew, so cool!

    Disliked the piercing moment, in James's eyes she was perfect so why the need of wrecking that perfection...

    Not so spectacular relationship... not like I used to like in the other books and many POVs kept me way from track, for a bit.

    Besides that, I liked Stephan side of the story. And definitely want to know more about Tristan and Danika, Frankie and Lana of course!

    The story was rushed at the end if I knew, I would start of at chapter 27 :( switched to audible at that time... I was tired to read it... didn't need to be that dramatic and didn't like the way James handled it! Too superficial.

    Healing the past and learning to trust, signs of hope.... although most of the bumps in this road... I enjoyed this journey.

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