Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Review: Love at First Flight by Marie Force
When Juliana and Michael meet while waiting on their delayed flight to Florida, neither are looking for love. Juliana, a hair stylist, is in a ten year relationship with her boyfriend, Jeremy. Their relationship has become a long distance one with Jeremy now living in Florida. After ten years and no real pay off, Juliana isn't sure that there is a future for them.
Michael, a Baltimore City prosecutor working on a big case, is engaged to Paige, and they too are in a long distance relationship. Paige is a beautiful woman, but also a spoiled brat. She has insisted on living away from Michael while she plans their wedding in Florida. Michael has been going through the motions with Paige and is nearing the end of his rope--putting up with her attitude and dealing with the distance between them.
Michael and Juliana hit it off on their flight, talking about everything and getting to know each other. Once in Florida they go their separate ways and When Michael and Juliana meet again, it's on their flight back to Maryland. By this time, both have gone through the wringer with their partners. They console each other over their flight and connect on a level they never expected. When they return home, their relationship continues to slowly develop, but even attraction and affection can't seal a relationship for these two. With meddlesome exes doing all they can to keep Juliana and Michael apart, forging a lasting relationship proves hard to do.
Love at First Flight was a quick read with a nice plot and well drawn characters. It took me a few chapters to warm up, but once I got past the initial character introduction, the story caught my interest and didn't let go. I liked that Michael's case played into the story and not in an overbearing way. The intrigue involved with that thread added an extra layer to the story.
The romance between Micheal and Juliana was angst filled. There were some moments where I thought things couldn't get any worse, and of course, somehow they did. Michael and especially Juliana, had to work out the problems within themselves before they could move on to a healthy relationship. Once they had done that, things fell into place and in the end, everything seemed to work out just the way it should.
Overall, I really liked Love at First Flight. This book was my first by Marie Force and after reading it, I'm eager to try her previous release, Line of Scrimmage, and I look forward to what's to come. Solid B
Review based on ARC copy courtesy of Sourcebooks. Visit Marie Force and read an excerpt from Love at First Flight here.