Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
Flashbulb is the third story in the series Flight HA 1710, a collection that revolves around an airline disaster. Each story reflects the aftermath of the airline crash through the survivors and the way in which this horrific event changed them forever. Flashbulb is a wonderful story (outside of that awkward title). Clare London’s characters are vastly different in life experience and outlook when we first encounter them on the plane. Marc Stafford, a flight attendant, is about to get in trouble yet again with his flight supervisor. An unrepentant flirt, he is a party boy who finds his temporary companions on the flights he works. That and his attitude have made him a target for the strict supervisor on board. At the beginning, Marc comes across as superficial, slutty, but good at his job.
His target on this flight? Blythe Harris off on his first journey to the US for an opportunity to expand his upholstery business. Its Blythe’s first everything. First flight, first time to the US, and first time getting hit on by the very sexy Marc. There’s a spark that flies between them during the early moments of the flight and then the airplane crashes. In the aftermath, Marc and Blythe finds themselves very different men from the ones that boarded that aircraft. Marc, named a hero for his actions in saving those that he could, is haunted by the victims he lost and the fear of getting on another plane. Blythe? He awakes to find himself broken. A broken leg, and injured hands that may just cost him his business, flooded with uncertainty and fear. Its in the aftermath that both characters come fully to life in their vulnerability and pain.
Clare London does a superb job in making these men believable and courageous. First the flight brings them together, then it flings them apart to recover in distant locations but they discover that only together may they fully heal and find a future. These are believable characters dealing in realistic ways with one of the most horrific things that can happen to a person. London brings us into their lives, makes us feel their anger, pain, and uncertainty every step of their path towards healing and a deep relationship. By the end, I was cheering them on as they struggled with miscommunication and self sacrifice that almost costs them each other and a future. And all the way through it, London delivers the drama, the developing relationship and its hurdles with a deft touch and moving narrative.
I love this series and Flashbulb by Clare London is one of my favorites. Its one emotional ride, an endearing romance that any reader and lover of M/M contemporary romance stories is sure to enjoy. Pick it up and settle in for Marc and Blythe’s journey towards healing and love.
Cover art by Meredith Russell. Great cover. It works perfectly for the character and the series.
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Published June 26th 2015 by Jocular Press
seriesFlight HA1710 #3
Flight HA1710 series
6 authors, 6 primary works
When Flight HA1710 crashes killing seven people the after effects are too many to think on. But how does the crash change people’s lives? From the pilot to the guy who missed the plane we chart the stories of those whose lives were impacted by the crash.
- Retrograde (Flight HA1710 #1) by R.J. Scott
- Velocity (Flight HA1710 #2) by Sara York
- Flashbulb (Flight HA1710 #3) by Clare London
- Fallout (Flight HA1710 #4) by Meredith Russell
- Aviophobia (Flight HA1710, #5) by Serena Yates
- Fracture (Flight HA1710 #6) by Amber Kell