Monday, September 12, 2016

Review: "Landing the Air Marshal" by Jennifer Blackwood (Contemporary Romance)

Landing the Air Marshal
by Jennifer Blackwood

Publisher: Entangled Publishing - Indulgence
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date:September 12th 2016

Series: Snowpocalypse #1

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Description from Publisher:
It was meant to be a one-night stand. One wicked night with an irresistibly sexy passenger. That’s all Air Marshal Gage Michaels can afford--his career comes before everything else. Too bad the snowpocalpyse of the century has different plans for him and Abby Winters. Before the night's over, they find themselves snowed in at the most luxurious hotel in the city.

Abby’s scouting job of a NYC penthouse should be quick, simple, and definitely shouldn’t include a sexy-as-hell man messing up the 3000 count sheets that will be featured in her company’s next blockbuster hit. Not when she’s up for a promotion that could skyrocket her entire career in the film industry. Still, she can't refuse what the weather gods so obviously want her to have. She'll give in, just this once.

Leaving is tougher than either of them could have imagined. But they’re two people who have nothing in common, living on opposite coasts. There’s no way they can ever be together. Right?

My Rating:
Heat Rating:

My Musings:
I loved the dynamic between Abby and Gage. They were both strong characters but worked well as a couple!

This was like a rom-com that is R-rated, which was a lot of fun. Some seriously creative sexytimes. I think my favorite was the stairwell! Nice mix of sweetness and cuteness too. The winter wonderland bit was especially cute and rounded out the romance. Gage is a definite alpha and I did think that dynamic was well-done, especially the note that a woman who is very strong can still enjoy being dominated in the bedroom. It's not really my fantasy, but it was still fun.

That all said, there was A LOT of sex, and it was hard during the middle of the story to get the sense that these two had a connection that was deeper than lust and believing it was important for women to have careers. When Gage praises Abby, the fact that she works hard and cares about her job so much is always mentioned and he says several times how hot and sexy that is. I LOVE strong females in romance, but think it's important to note that a strong woman and feminist is one who chooses to do what she wants and doesn't let anyone stop her (any job, no job... both are great options). I'm still not sure how exactly marriage between these two would work, or how Gage's family (who were so important he seemed ready to quit at some points) fit in. Might have been better left as a "Happy for Now" vs a HEA.

The last 1/3 brought things back around to more romance than just lust (though Abby seems more annoyed at not having sex than not having Gage...). I adored how they reconnected.

There were also so many great turns of phrase and the voices were distinctly theirs. This was a really great read!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own.

Jennifer Blackwood is an English teacher and contemporary romance author. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. She is the author of The Drexler University series, the Rule Breaker series (May 2016 and Jan 2017) and an upcoming Brazen series (July 2016 and early 2017).
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