Saturday, July 11, 2015

Review : Flashbulb (Flight HA1710 #3) by Clare London


Title: Flashbulb

Author: Clare London

Publisher: Jocular Press

Release: 26th June 2015

Genre: M/M (contemporary)


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Blythe Harris was taking his first flight to the USA and hopefully a whole new client base for his bespoke upholstery business. An adventure for him, he was both nervous and excited to attract the attention of a handsome steward. Things might have gone further – if Flight HA1710 hadn’t failed.

Marc Stafford is a self-confessed player, and he used his charm to seduce his cute passenger. But in the aftermath of the crash, he’s struggling to recover his confidence. The TV declares him a hero for saving passengers, but at night his nightmares trigger painful flashbulb memories of the crash.

In an Irish hospital, Bly realises that although his broken leg will recover, his career may not. And in Chicago, Marc can’t face returning to work. Neither of them can shake off the memory of their brief, sexy encounter. Both of them need to be with someone who understands exactly what they’ve been through. And on a middle ground they can make all their own.


Mark’s Review

Two continents collide in this book and after a quick hand job in an aircraft loo nothing will ever be the same. Blythe is on his way to a meeting in the US and is as nervous as hell as he does not like flying. Dosed up on tranquilizers he is a little more unhibited than he would normally be ad immediately starts to flirt with the air steward, Marc. I just loved the way these two were giving out all the signals to each other but in a position that they could not be too obvious. Well, until they throw caution to the wind and decide to use the aircraft loo for a quickie. this would officially mean that Blythe could join the mile high club except for the fact that the plane was still firmly planted on the ground. But oh my, it was only a hand job but when it has to be quick and in a public place it lends a certain heat to the situation, phew!

However, the nightmare is yet to come and the plane crashes. We never get to read about the plane crash and the events but there is more or less a blackout where Blythe wakes up in a hospital in Ireland. First all I felt a little cheated about not knowing exactly what happened, reading about the events of the crash, etc. but then I accepted the fact that Blythe really had no memory of the event after the plane started to descend rapidly anyway. This for Blythe would be pretty realistic as no doubt it would be for most people. So if you’re telling the story from the MCs point of view then it would seem a little disjointed maybe to get the whole plane crash narrative. Some survived some didn’t but he can’t stop thinking about Marc as the last memory he has of Marc is looking back at him down the aisle, giving him a wink and trying to remain calm where all around him was going to hell.

Marc is having nightmares on the other side of the Atlantic and keeps seeing Blythe in these . So there’s only one thing for it and one of them has to go and find the other. Marc ends up in Ireland and finds Blythe. The first thing I loved about this book was the cultural aspects. Clare writes wonderfully and really gets the feel right between the differences in American and British attitudes. It was not overdone and blatant, it was subtle, was there in the background and still played a roll. Of course everyone is different as an individual but different cultural backgrounds will play a role too. I know! I’m a Brit married to a German but these things can also enrich and enhance a relationship if both people are prepared to learn from each other. This was most definitely the case with Marc and Blythe.

So it was sweet and yet strange. Effectively two strangers who had a quickie being driven together by the force of their attraction and dreams based solely on one single event. I could feel their reservations, especially Bly’s as Marc is the more outgoing one and did wonder how on earth this is ever going to pan out. Developing a relationship out of a stress situation is never really a recipe for success. However, when Marc pitches up on Bly’s doorstep something wonderful happens. They feel they can talk to each other about a shared experience and through it discover more; support, friendship and then love maybe? Well, there is no doubt in the air that these two guys have got something good together and should at least try to hold on to it for the time being. But what do you do when that big ol’ bitch called real-life gets in the way?

In a small village in Ireland, where Blythe was staying to recuperate, it was all really quite idyllic really, something like an extended holiday. They found peace, quiet and solace in each other’s arms but the time comes where they both have to return to work, Blythe has to go back to the UK and Marc to the US. Oh I so felt for the both of them and so sad in one respect. Blythe tried to be the more pragmatic one by almost trying to push Marc away only because he felt it would be best for the pair of them. Yes, real life is a bitch but can you give her a good whipping at times and make things work.

Apart the pair of them are even more miserable than before. So what do you do? Yes, the same thing I did in my life. Either the one or the other has to take the bull by the horns, take a chance, pack their suitcase and go after the other. It’s never that one is giving more up than the other, it’s just a question of which is the most practical solution for both. So who goes after who in the book? Marc or Blythe? Now that would be telling you’ll have to read the book. However, it’s an HEA all round. A perfect way to end, or is it just the beginning? I guess the only who knows this are the boys, Blythe, Marc and of course Clare.


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Meet Clare London

2P5CTS-WClare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.

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