Flying Soloby Susan Mac Nicol
ABOVE AND BEYOND
Maxwell Lewis is proud of the life he’s made. Having turned tragedy into triumph, he’s now a beloved member of a Target Airlines cabin crew with more than his fair share of attention both in the air and on the ground. But lately he’s wanted something more than the occasional hook-up or sometime sex buddy—particularly/p>
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ABOVE AND BEYOND
Maxwell Lewis is proud of the life he’s made. Having turned tragedy into triumph, he’s now a beloved member of a Target Airlines cabin crew with more than his fair share of attention both in the air and on the ground. But lately he’s wanted something more than the occasional hook-up or sometime sex buddy—particularly after meeting game designer and passenger Gibson Henry.
Talented and driven, Gibson has built a company ready to be the next big thing in gaming. Devoted to his work, he takes onetime pleasures where he finds them and never does repeats…which is what he tells handsome, sexy Maxwell Lewis after a little mile-high flight attendance. But a chance encounter in a London club is about to change things forever. Two men, one who’s flown solo and another who’s only ever played alone, are about to find that at some point all games come to end, it’s time to bare your heart and try for love.
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I think I fell in love with Max when he was introduced in Oliver and Leslie’s story. He is a flight attendant, and since aviation is my career industry, I am always excited to read about how others view it and if their characters live up to the standards that I set. Susan Mac Nicol did a fabulous job of developing Max’s character, and in more way than one way kept him true to his aviation persona. I actually know a flight attendant who transferred to ground services and vise versa so this made his character, and job description, very believable to me. Now, sex in an airplane bathroom? I have no idea how that would work, LOL, but I know people who have done it…and they were either much smaller than me, very creative, or uncomfortable as hell. More power to anyone who can pull off the Mile High Club…I salute you! For some reason, I saw Max in my head as being small. So when his love interest, Gibson, turned out to be the small one of the two, I was a little thrown off. It took me a minute to wrap my mind around that, but it in no way detracted from my enjoyment. I know most people probably loved Gibson, the little fire cracker demon child, the most, but for some reason my heart was all Maxwell. He had my heart and he broke my heart. I was not expecting him to be Mooch, and it still hurts me when I think about it. He did, in the end, get his family and happy every after, but that man really ran the gamut to get there. Gibson was a little harder for me to love. He had it a lot easier than Max, and though he definitely suffered a bit from “little man” syndrome, he was still a bit arrogant for me. From what I’ve noticed in my rounds of the gay circuit, guys like Gibson are highly desired and put on a pedestal. It seems everyone wants them and in his case, Gibson had no problems finding a one-time fling anytime he wanted. It took a while, but when he finally became lovable, I was all in…hook, line, and sinker. Max and Gibson were perfect for each other. As usual, it is always great to meet up with the guys from the previous books, and since Leslie is a fan favorite of mine, I was thrilled to see him in this installment. Flying Solo is great addition to the Men of London series, and I look forward to seeing how the next story plays out. Considering damaged men are a favorite theme of mine, I foresee a great book in my future.
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Maxwell has had enough of the one night stands, the give hand jobs, the spread sheet. He wants what Oliver and Lesley have found, his very own Happy Ever After. But one last time, he falls for that smiling face, and Maxwell knows he is in trouble. Gibson was won over by the smile, and the bum of the flight crew. When their paths cross a second time, Gibson makes a move. He then finds, he wants more. More than he ever did before, more than he ever thought he would. This is book 7 in the Men Of London series. I would recommend you read at least book 3, Suit Yourself before this one, it sort of follows on and gives you an insight into what Oliver and Maxwell had before Lesley. What Oliver thought of Maxwell. The other guys in their books are mentioned, and although really good reads, they aren't necessary. I loved Maxwell in Suit Yourself, even if we didn't hear from him. I loved him all the more here. Especially after we learn of Maxwell's early life. Gibson, too. I loved that Gibson gave Maxwell a taste of his own medicine. Loved that they took so long, so very bloody long, to admit to each other what they felt. I loved that, although from very different backgrounds, they both had their own family hang ups, issues and problems. Loved that their respective friends could see far sooner than they, just what these two men meant to each other. I loved the sizzle between them, that took off right from the start, loved it! I will be honest, I did not like book 6, Cross to Bare, still figuring out how to word the review for THAT book. SO I was a little hesitant, but still keen, to read this one. I need not have worried. It is flawless in its delivery, its flow, its general awesomeness that is Susan Mac Nicol and her Men of London. Highly recommend this whole series, and, this one carries the weight that Feat of Clay, or Sights and Sinners does, just not in the same way. And THATS why I love these so much. Each story has major differences and issues and those differences make them stand alone, and together, as (mostly) 5 star reads. 5 full stars. **same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Kobo**