A closet readers take on: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Erotica, YA Fiction & Audiobooks

Friday, November 14, 2014


Author:  Megan Hart
Narrator: Abby Craden
Price: $29.99
Length: 10 hr 16 min
Format: MP3-CD
Release Date: 7/15/2014
Publisher: Tantor Audio
ISBN-10: 1494553643
Purchase from Tantor or Audible

My Ratings

Plot:  4/5 
Setting:  4.5/5 
Writing:  5/5 
Originality of Plot:  5/5 
Characters Development:  4/5 
Ending:  4/5

Heat Level 5/5
Narration:  5/5
Cover Art:  3.5/5 
Likelihood to Recommend:  5/5 

Overall: 45 /50 =90%


Every other weekend, Stella buys a ticket on the next flight out of town and leaves her life behind. Home is a place with too many memories, and departure is the sweetest possible distraction.

As soon as she arrives at her destination, Stella visits the airport bar. She orders a drink and waits for the right guy to come along. A bored businessman, a backpacker, a baggage handler just off shift. If he's into a hot, no-strings hookup, he's perfect. Each time is a thrilling escape from reality that gives the term layover a whole new meaning.

When Stella meets the enigmatic Matthew in Chicago one weekend, she hits some serious turbulence. Something about him tells her that she's not the only one running from the past. The connection between them is explosive, and, for the first time, one taste is not enough for Stella. But returning to find a gorgeous man waiting for her is the easy part—facing the reason she's there is a whole other matter. 


Stella got a really nice gift in her divorce settlement.  Her ex-husband, who runs a small airline, gave her free flights when ever she wants.  It's the best distraction she could have ever asked for.  She puts on a sexy dress, wig, and garter belts.  She puts on a front, so no one can see the real Stella.  Then she hops a flight to different locations to find random, no string attached hook-ups.  And for a weekend, she can escape the loneliness, past tragedy, and the monotony of her life.

I really enjoys the twists and turns of this story.  Stella is just barely holding onto her life by a single thread.  She just keeps trying to push through.  Since her divorce, her life has become stagnant.  She has a job that she's fairly good at, and she's raising a teenage rebellious teenager.  But emotionally, she keeps herself shut down.  Her bi-weekly hook-ups give her physical release, without her having to open herself up to anyone else.

On a random trips, she stumble a crossed Matthew in a bar.  She's not really sure why, but she tells him her real name.  Maybe it's the fact, that she's not wearing her usual disguise.  Or maybe it's Matthew himself.  He is the first guy she really let in, since her divorce.  He, unfortunately, is just as damaged as she is.  Can these two get through all that personal baggage, and find their way into each others hearts?

Megan Hart, has this innate ability to write such tragically broken characters. They seem more real to me, then in any other author books.  I also love how she tends to gives you bits and pieces of about the characters emotional damage, but waits until the end to reveal the entire back story.  She always draws me, and makes me care deeply for her characters.  Most of all, she writes thought provoking stories lines, in a world of cookie cutter romance and erotica.

Abby Craden was an amazing choice as narrator for this audiobook!  I wasn't sure that it was even possible, by Abby's narration makes this story even more sexy.  She has a very distinct, raspy quality that lends itself to this kind of storytelling.  She established very unique voices for each of the male and female characters. She was also able to carry this story's emotional highs and lows stunningly.  It takes a really emotional storyteller to carry one of  Magan Hart's books, and she is spot on.  I'm going to be adding Abby to my MUST LISTEN narrators list!

FLYING is a story of a damaged women learning to cope with her life, after a great loss.  This story is touching, sexy, and heart-breaking.  While it isn't my one of my favorite Megan Hart books, it still deserves space on my top shelf.  Hart was able to give the readers a real ending, without having to put a cheesy happily ever after bow on the story.  If you are looking for a realistic, emotional take on romance or erotica, this might be the book for you!           

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