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Frequent Flyers (2014)

by Beth Bolden(Favorite Author)
4.04 of 5 Votes: 4
Bolero Books
review 1: Eye of the Storm – Beth BoldenI loved Tess. She reminded me of so many people in my large Irish family, and I saw some aspects of myself in her too.I enjoyed the way Bolden uses 3rd person narrative, yet tells us the story from Tess’ pov.The chemistry between her and Grant is, at first, awkward, but the exploration the 2 of them go on during the storm is well rounded and thought out.Even though its only a short story, it never feels rushed or as if the author passes information by.4*Forced Landing – Angel LawsonI loved the paranormal elements. It was a bit of a slow burn which was a bit frustrating at times, but once Nadya became more aware of what was happening and the truth about her and her mother, the story was thoroughly engaging.Easily could be continued into a... more series.Didn’t feel rushed, a bit slow at first, but pace was perfect overall.4*Unexpected Departure – T. M. FranklinT. M. Franklin is at her paranormal best! I was just as confused as Rowan throughout the story, and when things were going crazy, I thought I was right with her. The entire thing kept me turning pages. I NEEDED to know what was happening.Sucked in right from the beginning, pace was perfect.5*A Midsummer Flight’s Dream – Kira A. GoldLittle bit confusing at first, but I soon got into it. A lot going on at the same time, but the more I read, the more I was able to keep up with the story. As enjoyable as it was, it wasn’t one of my favourites in the anthology simply because when I put it down for a while, I wasn’t itching to pick it back up. Coupled with the confusion at the story, it was just ‘ok’ for me.3*Fly Me to the Moon – Bev ElleI love stories about people finding each other again, and this is just what you got with this story. There were a couple of times I wanted to shake Jessamy, but she eventually sorted her priorities out. I kind of guessed the outcome, but it didn’t prevent me one bit from enjoying the story.The OCD aspect was interesting as I’ve not had much interaction with it in such severe cases. The author dealt with it in a sensitive and classy way. Beware, you WILL hum the Sinatra song throughout, and beyond, reading this story.4.5*The Friendly Skies – Amanda WeaverThe relationship between Simon and Cassie was paced perfectly. I half expected it to feel rushed considering the majority of the story takes place in a matter of hours, but it never did. The pacing was perfect.Both characters were likeable and relateable – particularly when they shared their relationship histories.4* Overall:As a collection, Frequent Flyers is a great book for dipping in and out of. It can be put down between stories and picked up at a later time. Perfect for a holiday or, dare I say it, a longish flight. I liked the way each author took a different take to the ‘flight’ aspect and really made it their own.4-4.5*
review 2: Anthologies are so fun to read, but sometimes a little difficult to review. This group of stories was fantastic, but each was so different from the other. The common theme of flight was given to the six authors and they took it in six completely different directions. Sweet, steamy, spooky, and even a little scary. There was an element in each story that had me savoring each paragraph.Eye of the Storm is the story of Tess and Grant. The two had been admiring each other from a far, but Tess was never confident enough to approach the seemingly stiff Grant. I loved the story that Bolden weaved and the characters she created. Making an effort to spend time with someone can completely change your point of view. The attraction was always there for Tess, she just needed the opportunity to pull back some of Grant's layers to find the man inside. A beautiful story of "don't judge a book by it's cover"is told in this eloquently written tale.Fly Me to the Moon is the story of Jessamy and Griffin. I am a sucker for a second chance story, but this was throughly different from any other I had read before. These two live on the same block, but ended their romance two years before due to both of their difficulties with OCD. Jessamy was the less meticulous one, but when her dating life is in the toilet and Griffin seems to be vastly improving, she decides to give him another chance. My heart hurt for these two as they faced such difficulties in the midst of deep and abiding love. Elle completely won me over with the ending to this short narrative and left me with a feeling of wonderment.Unscheduled Departure is the story of Rowan and Finn, or at least a version of the two. One decision creates a parallel universe and Ro ends up with a Finn that is not her Finn. Strange phone calls from a private number are from her Finn in another dimension. Franklin kept my mind engaged and my heart pounding as I read every word. A few twists and turns surprised and delighted me. I wouldn't expect anything less from the Paranormal Pro Franklin. She wrote a transcendental adventure that will keep me thinking for years to come.A Midsummers Flight's Dream is a unique tale of woe about the life of Jolie Flynn. After losing her husband, her job, her house, and her money, her life dips even lower when her beloved great aunt dies. Jolie rushes to Sweden to say her final goodbyes and bumps into her first love, Mattias. Poor Jolie had little left in her life and though comical at times, everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Even her meeting with Mattias. The connection was still there after twenty years, but she believed he was happily married with five daughters. This funny, sweet, sad, and ultimately exquisite saga left me with a sense of hope. When you hit bottom, there is nowhere else to go but up and after an arduous journey, Jolie finally begins her rise.Forced Landing is the story of Naydia and the strange airport that has become her entire life. Her father has owned the small airport since she was born. After her mother's sudden death, her father's strict rules have kept her close to his side and making the airport her world too. Her attraction to one of their best customers, Liam, has her questioning the world around her, rightly so. Liam turns out to be her protector as she is the last of her bloodline to watch over the portal that resides over the airport. Lawson designs another world and races of beings who walk amongst our own, taking the story in a direction I never saw coming. I loved the unexpected path Lawson drew with this story and I can't wait to read more from her.The Friendly Skies is the story of weary travelers, Cass and Simon. When their flight is unexpectedly turned around due to a volcano, the direction of what could've been a horrendous day ignites a passion the two had been desperately missing. Weaver builds the story in layers as the two spend the day together. The slow burn is so delicious, that when the flame is ignited, you're more than willing to watch it explode over and over again. This seductive fantasy leads to something neither expected and I'm so glad I got to go along for the ride.Thanks to all the authors of this anthology for giving me a copy of Frequent Flyers in exchange for an honest review. less
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My favorites were the stories by Kira A. Gold and Amanda Weaver. Both of them were perfect!
Very much enjoyed. All the stories are very well done. Highly recommend.
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