by Megan Hart

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Pack your carry-on, buckle in and put those tray tables up -- Flying is a soaring ride of desire and determination, of the relentlessness of grief and the power of love to heal – when it's allowed to.

Love is not supposed to be the destination.

Stella flies standby every other weekend, finding the airport bar wherever she arrives and waiting for the right guy to come along. From businessmen to baggage handlers, each conquest brings a whole new meaning to the term layover. Every departure is the sweetest possible distraction from the life and memories she's trying to forget.

When she meets the mysterious Matthew in Chicago, something about him tells Stella she's not the only one running from the past. Their connection is instant, electric, volcanic – and for the first time, Stella wants a layover to turn into a roundtrip ticket.

Matthew and Stella have no trouble burning up the sheets, each passionate exchange leading the way to the next – but while their takeoff was perfect, turbulence constantly threatens their landing. With every step forward, Matthew seems to take two steps back. What began as a one-night stand has become so much more...and also so, so much less.

What secrets is Matthew hiding? How can Stella love a man who claims he wants her, but will not, in the end, actually take what she's prepared to give? How long can one person love the other without being loved in return?

**The digital version contains the bonus story, LAYOVER.

His name was Graham, and the first time she'd met him, he'd been blindfolded and at her mercy.

It's been a year since Julia and Graham met during some trust exercises at a mutual work conference. A year of long-distance flirting that has never once crossed a line. Now, stranded in a layover in Graham's home state, Julie takes the chance at reaching out – and is thrilled when Graham reaches back. Their mutual passion ignites, especially when Julia admits she likes to be on top, and Graham is more than happy for her to be there. Friendship eases into romance during one night's layover that has the potential to become so much more.

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BN ID: 2940161238219
Publisher: Chaos Publishing
Publication date: 06/20/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 371,194
File size: 939 KB

About the Author

When she was in third grade, Megan Hart fell in love for the first time. Not with a boy (that would wait until fourth grade), but with a story. Homecoming by Ray Bradbury leaped out at her from the pages of a library book, and she tumbled head over heels. In the dark ages, before the days of photocopiers, the only way for her to keep a copy of this story was to copy it out by hand so she could read it over and over again. Something funny happened, though, as she carefully printed it on lined notebook paper.

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Flying 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
A special thank you to Harlequin MIRA and NetGalley for a complimentary reading copy in exchange for an honest review. Megan Hart’s FLYING is a sizzling erotic escape into a weekend intriguing world of sexy and scandalous wanderlust—in order to hide from pain and memories; to be someone else with a different name, where no one knows your story, grief, or past. (Loved the front cover) Stella’s ex-husband worked with the airline; hence, as part of the divorce settlement she gets a free buddy pass to fly anywhere. She lives for those weekends, the sex, the desire, and the feeling of being wanted. Her son, nor her ex-husband have a clue of her secret life. With a teenage son who spends weekends with his dad and his new younger wife, Stella is a free spirit to hop on plane, head to the airport bar, or lounge and hook up with strange men. She sets the mood from the time she gets off the plane—she has a good book always in the event nothing clicks, but she seldom has to pull out her second choice. Of course, the seductress wants no real emotional attachment, nor will the man ever know the real person behind the sexy body, stilettos, and garter belt. (Reminds me of the psychologist gal on Mistresses, after she suffers from two traumatic events). Stella lives for the thrill as almost an obsession. This behavior has been going on for some time; however, one man is different. Matt is complicated, but he wants more than a one night stand. However, needless to say he has baggage, as well (and we are not talking designer luggage here). The first part of the book shows one side of Stella’s personality—however, as you get to know Stella and learn of her past, the raw emotion, you begin to sympathize with this character and she becomes likable. Really disliked Matt and thought he was very self-centered until more is uncovered about his past as well and loved the way Stella stood up to him. Two complex people, both with a secret past—loss, tragedy, love, and pain. They both crave the life they had previously, until a tragedy occurred to change the course of their lives. A novel of overcoming one's demons, self-discovery and second chances. This was my first book by Megan Hart, and really enjoyed her writing style. Yes, there was a lot of sexy erotic banter; however, FLYING has much depth and substance. I started reading the e-book format; however, was traveling and also purchased the audiobook and the narrator, Abby Craden, offered a pleasant and sexy voice, keeping me entertained, and suspense high at all times--dying to learn what would happen next. FLYING is a realistic story of human emotions--fate steps in and gives us people in our lives at just the right time, even under crazy circumstances. A satisfying read, with a happy ending and some romance sizzle. I typically do not read a lot of romance or erotica; however, looking forward to reading more from this author. We all need an escape once in a while!
jenn_wes2 More than 1 year ago
Hmmm.... this good was good, it's not one I would pick up and read again, but I'm glad I read it.  Liked the best: This is book is real. As real as real life gets. I like that Matthew wasn't this macho, rich, dominant man. He was real. He had real relationship issues and behaved like a man would in life situations. Stella was a real woman too. Suffered a serious loss, failed marriage and troubles of a teenage son. THAT'S LIFE. It's nice to read a good story and be able to relate to it. Could not have asked for a better story than that. Things I didn't like: The story seemed to be missing some details. It's a long(er) book, it could have had better flow...  Like why Stella does certain things. More of Matthews background... It seemed to pass time quickly... One chapter they're together and lovey, the next chapter 10 days have passed and they haven't spoken? When it was on, it was on... the minor details in the middle need to be "talked" about more. Overall - I laughed, I cried, I felt warm and fuzzy which is what I love out of romance novels, so 4 stars for exceeding in that!! 
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Flying. Megan Hart Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews. I'm sort of torn with this book, there were parts I loved, and then parts I felt really disconnected to :( Stella flights and the inner, quiet, excitement eroticism she showed about her time away had me intrigued. Why was she doing this, having random sexual encounters in different places with different men? The disguises, the false names, it all made me think there was something big behind it. And there was, just not what I expected. There's a lot of hints and clues about her behaviour, and interactions with her son and ex husband in the early part of the book, and I felt that swinging from one part to another it was almost as if I was reading two different books at times. Then she met Matthew, and he also was looking for an escape although he didn't seem to know it. Their romance goes forward very slowly, its weeks before she meets up with him again, and she almost doesn't – having a rule to herself she doesn’t do the same place or person twice. He's been waiting for her though, he knew they could have something special. I loved him often happens he was plagued by guilt and being manipulated by his ex, and it was difficult for him and Stella to find a way forward past their problems. They're both damaged people, I felt for Stella too but somehow I found it hard to really like her. We didn't seem to know much about her as a person, she kept so much of herself inside that even the reader is kept detached. I was sad when things went awry, and pleased at the ending. Its a journey, and not just on the planes, for both of them it's a journey through grief, guilt and sadness, and it's something that felt very, very real. I could imagine them as real people, even though I didn't really connect with Stella, and could have shaken Matthew at times! Its a romance, but not the usual man meets woman and they live HEA, it's one where real people's problems are released, and we see how easy it is to take the wrong step and lose everything. Its a thinking romance, I enjoyed it but it's not one I’d re read. It's a good length, really letting us get deep into the characters problems and possible solutions. Stars: Four, a romance for thinkers, not just a sweet HEA one. ARC supplied by Netgalley
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from April 03 to 04, 2014 Book Info  Kindle Edition, 400 pages Expected publication: May 1st 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published April 29th 2014) ASIN B00GPDYKOS edition language English other editions (1) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links  Amazon  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS Ever hear of wanderlust?  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 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. My Thoughts All of us at one time or another have hit a place where we wish to leave our real lives behind, especially when memories of the past overshadow any joy we feel in the present. Stella is a divorcee with a 16 year old son who becomes more like his father every day, slowly driving her to the brink of despair at ever connecting with him again like when he was younger. Typically when one thinks of a woman with a 16 year old son one imagines her to be fairly settled into her daily routine and in some ways Stella does fit this mold, however in others she blows it right out of the water. Not one to shy away from her sensuality Stella has come up with a way to satisfy her need to escape by taking weekend flights where she allows herself to be picked up in the airport bar, enjoys a hot encounter with a stranger and then flies home to her home in Pennsylvania where she then works diligently at her job until she finds herself once again flying out of town. This pattern repeats over and over until the weekend she meets Matthew in the Chicago airport and they find themselves unable to deny wanting more than just a mutually satisfying sexual hookup.  As Stella allows herself to care more and more for Matthew the pain from her past starts to heal, but the fact his relationship with his ex-wife and two daughters seems to mean more to him than his feelings for Stella causes friction. A story of a woman searching for a way to fill the hole in her heart she refuses to admit is even there. There is laughter, tears, joy and sorrow that add up to a healing long overdue for Stella. Not your normal erotic romance read but one that allows the characters to connect with reader emotionally as their secrets unravel one by one taking us to darker territory than expected before a questionable HEA. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Emotions Were Flying High Reviewed by: Red's Hot Reads 4 Stars!!!! <i>This book gave me the ultimate book hangover ever. When I sat down to write this review I really wanted to gush my frustration and angst with the characters and the author. I realized this is exactly what the book was meant to do. Provoke these feelings in the reader.  I was so frustrated with certain points of this book that I had to actually put it down because the story was giving me a knot in my chest. Stella was a witch to everyone in the story. As the book began to unravel you start to realize why this woman is so bent on being miserable. She flies from destination to destination in search of escape from her pain. It takes a little while for the source of her pain to be revealed and once it was I had some sincere sympathy for her. Stella meets Matthew and has a long distance relationship with him. Their relationship is so angsty and at times I really wanted to slap Matthew as well for his behavior. Stella surrender&rsquo;s her heart but will Matthew accept it? Read to find out. I haven&rsquo;t had a book effect me in this manner in a while. I am still trying to figure out if it was in a good way or not. (which I suppose is an example of great writing if you really think about it) You are tying me in a knot Ms. Hart. The emotions in this book will take you on the wildest ride. So much sadness and self-preservation to the extent of armor it was heart-wrenching.  But in this book&rsquo;s sadness we see healing and love. I loved Matthew regardless of his issues. I loved Stella&rsquo;s friend Craig and felt bad for him. I was thrilled when a mother began to be a mother again and heal with her son. Even Jeff Stella&rsquo;s ex-husband was vulnerable in the diner scene.  The sex in this book is off the charts hot. God Matthew was so hot. The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 was I was left wanting so much more at the ending. I have so many unanswered questions for the characters in this book. It just ended a little abruptly for me. With that being said, the book compelled me to read and keep reading. Megan&rsquo;s writing style was super. This is my first Megan Hart book. I would definitely recommend this read to everyone. I have several of her titles on my TBR list and will be diving into them very soon. Quotes: This naked, somehow desperate connection of two people who don&rsquo;t even know each other&rsquo;s last names, but who each knows exactly how the other tastes. &ndash; Stella &ldquo;Love makes people lose their minds.&rdquo; &ldquo;Good night, Matthew,&rdquo; she said, amused by his reluctance to end the call. &ldquo;Good Night, Stella. Dream in color.&rdquo;</i>
psee More than 1 year ago
3 star read but extra credit for the racy scenes This is my first Megan Hart book and I found the storyline to be interesting but it just never gave me a complete understanding of the characters. Stella, the heroine is 10 years past tragedy and is still haunted by it. Divorced from her airline CEO husband she takes advantage of the perk of her divorce settlement which entitled her to free flights. This is where Stella takes on new personas in an effort to have no strings hook ups. She definitely knows what she wants sexually and she is not afraid to go for it. Then she meets Matt at a time when she truly was travelling for business and she goes off for a night with him but as herself. This is when things get tricky for Stella and for the first time in awhile she is feeling more than lust for someone. I did love the real feel of her life struggles with her son Tristan and her ex-husband. The problem was I didn't always get what was going on throughout the story. There are flashback events or explanations which I found confusing. At this time I am not one hundred percent what happened with Craig. I was disturbed that ten years later it doesn't sound like she has ever had any counselling or help dealing with issues that truly needed to be dealt with. Matt and his dealings with Stella were totally infuriating and at times I found Stella's interactions with Matt to be contradictory: confident and in your face honest alternating with emotional train wreck and needy. I really was unsure how this story was going to unfold and as I approached ninety-eight percent and still no inkling as to what was going to happen I was frustrated. I really think the story would have ended much better if an epilogue was included because I don't think anything is really different and Stella likely will run into the same issues with Matt over and over again. Since the book comes across as a stand alone I just feel unsettled not knowing whatever happens. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.