Length: 55,220 words approx.
Cover Design: Ethereal Ealain
Up In The Air Series
When Max flies out to Los Angeles, his patience is tested when he offers to help fellow air steward and rising drag queen, Dai Zee, with her costume changes at the best drag club in LA, Flamingos. While he watches Dai Zee perform, he catches the eye of a guy in the corner, but fails to find him when the performance ends. An ill-timed text message sends Max back to the bottle, and into the bed of a man he doesn’t know, and doesn’t want to be with.
The next night at Flamingos he finds the man he was searching for, but it’s not as easy as he’d hoped. Antonio Baldini isn’t interested in a drunken Max and rejects his advances until another drag queen, Miss Crystal, plays a hand in getting the two of them together. As Max and Antonio step past the initial confusion, they tread carefully with each other, neither one wanting to get hurt.
Even when Max is back in London, the late-night video calls don’t stop, but it’s when they are reunited in Las Vegas that things turn serious.
Max can’t shake his past, and someone is out for him and his job – trying to stop him from flying altogether. He’s worried about what it will mean for his new relationship if he can’t fly; and whether he can stay away from the drink long enough to be with a man who seems to care for him.
My Two Pennies Worth
Book 1 (Johannesburg) was a quick read. It had a meet cute/clumsy that was adorable. Darren and James fell, quite literally, in love in the space of a short layover in Johannesburg. I believed that the intense almost holiday vibe helped their relationship move faster, and with a sense of urgency that it might not have had at home. A sweet and low angst story.
The whole reason James was on the flight to Johannesburg was because he'd swapped flights with his roommate, Max, who was too hungover to fly. In book 2 (West Coast) we follow Max to LA. This book is more angsty (and longer) than the first. Max has issues that seem to resolve in him drinking too much, and then making bad choices in the men he picks up. Over the course of the story, and with the help of Antonio, the rugby player he picks up in a bar when he's sober, Max makes steps towards realising his self-worth. I liked Max and felt sorry for the way his life constantly seemed to screw him over. I wasn't as fond of Antonio, I found him quite manipulative a few times earlier in the story, but he was good for Max and seemed to lose that quality later on.
This book also included a really cute side pairing of Danny (another flight attendant and part-time drag artist) and Brandon (the owner of the bar). This helped counteract the darkness in Max in the early part of the story.
Grab book 1 for a quick cute read and book 2 for something longer and darker.
George was about eighteen when he told his friend that he was going to be a writer. It took him another eighteen years before he finally did anything about it and wrote his first short story. A typical Englishman, he drinks buckets of tea with milk—but no sugar, because he is sweet enough. His Nan told him so.
George lives just outside of London, but close enough to enjoy Soho and the West End, where you will find him in a bar with a pint, in a club dancing into the early hours of the morning, or enjoying a musical in the theater; but more than likely he will be in a coffee shop reading a book or writing a new story. Currently single, but taking applications for future husband position, George enjoys crafting romantic stories in which he hopes that one day, life will imitate art.
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