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.


  1. Great review Brie! I really liked this book!

  2. Thanks for the great review, Brie!

  3. Thanks Barbara, I'm glad you liked this one too!

    Hi Ms. Force! Thank you for stopping by. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from you. :)

  4. Like I told Casee, this book is just everywhere on blogland at the moment! I thought the blurb was really interesting, but reading all these reviews... I don't know. I don't like love triangles ^_^;

  5. Gosh 3rd review I've seen for this one in as many days. I told Lori I was afraid I'd hate the heroine by the end of the book because she couldn't decide who she wanted to be with! lol

    Good to hear you enjoyed it.

  6. Nath and Tracy, you both touched on the semi triangle that was going on. I'm not a fan of triangles either and I will admit that the back and forth became a little tiresome. I guess it didn't bother me too much, though, because I knew who she would end up with, and her reason's for hanging on to her ex made sense.

    The triangle aspect is certainly not for everyone, but if either of you do give it a try, I hope you like it.

  7. You mentioned that his case played into the story, but not in a big way. Sounds great--I love a secondary plot, but it has to stay secondary to the romance!

  8. Hi Kate, the secondary plot definitely didn't take away from the romance. If you give this one a try, I hope you enjoy it.