Lost in Flight by Neeny Boucher * Blog Tour & Review

LIF Blog Tour Banner copyTitle: Lost in Flight (Complicated Love, #1)
Author: Neeny Boucher
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Series: The Complicated Love
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2013

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Synopsis:
*Recommended for audiences over the age of 17*

If you like your characters quirky, socially awkward and badly behaved, this is the book for you. What if you got another chance with the love of your life even when you didn’t want one? Would you grab the opportunity or run as fast as you could in the opposite direction?

Christina Martin, lawyer, ex high school grunge queen, teenage bride, divorcee and once a suspected killer, is confronted by a past that she has spent the last eight years carefully avoiding. Drawn back to her hated hometown with her family under the worst of circumstances, matters are complicated when she finds the love of her life, ex husband and nemesis, Nicholas Riley, also in residence.

Riley, a man with secrets, who has a penchant for psychological games, made wary by life and with one weakness, his ex wife. Christina is the woman that brings out all his protective instincts and others less noble. All it takes is one fateful night, where these two collide, opening a door both thought slammed shut and locked forever.

From the past to the present, Christina and Riley show that true love doesn’t always run smoothly, it might not conquer all and most importantly, love is complicated.

“Lost in Flight” is book one in the “Complicated Love Series.”

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Excerpt

First off…let me just say that the prologue to Lost in Flight is probably one of my absolute favorite prologues everr! I seriously LOVED it and was hooked right from the start! That being said…carry on and ENJOY ❤

 
Prologue:  Stopovers
Christina, The Present, Saturday 6 October 2012
 
Christina woke up with eyes that felt like lead, a drill going off in her head and a thirst that would take a lake to quench it.  It took her a moment to realize that she knew this room, but hadn’t been here in a long, long time.  Turning over slowly, she also realized she wasn’t alone.  Curled into her shoulder with an arm around her waist was her ex-husband, ex-love of her life and persona non grata, Nicholas Riley. 

He was fast asleep, breathing heavily with one leg out of the covers and a peaceful look on his face.  Her stomach dropped to the “no, no, no” level and she closed her eyes, counted to ten, but nothing changed.  When she opened her eyes, she still felt awful and he was still there. 

As quietly as a hung over – still possibly drunk – unsteady on their feet person could, Christina tried to extract herself from the situation.  Moving Riley’s arm from her waist, she slid over the side of the bed to try and get her bearings.  At this particular point in time, she didn’t have much recollection of last night, but it was pretty obvious what it involved. 

Looking around the room for her clothes, she spotted her little blue dress on the floor at the end of the bed.  As she searched hurriedly for any other belongings, she noticed her panties on the mirror of the dressing table.  They were draped at an odd angle – like someone had sling shot them onto the mirror. 
Oh dear god. 

Christina couldn’t see her bra, shoes or handbag anywhere.  Bras and shoes she could do without, but the handbag? That-was-a-problem. 

Naked, she grabbed her dress, crouched on the floor and started hauling it on as quietly as she could.  This was going to be the fastest exit of shame in the history of exits of shame. Christina crawled as silently as possible to the dressing table to retrieve her panties, but as soon as she got them, she also got a good look at herself in the mirror.  The sight actually made her recoil. 

There was mascara streaked down her face and lipstick all over the place.  She even had some lipstick on her teeth and down by her chin.  Her dark brown eyes were accentuated by smeared mascara and it looked like she’d gone a few rounds with MikeTyson. 

Then there was her hair.  It looked like she’d been ridden hard and hung out to dry.  Years ago, this wouldn’t have bothered her.  In those days, she was known as ‘Dina’, the high school grunge queen.  By today’s standards:  Christina Martin, lawyer, she looked a complete mess. 

Dragging her fingers through her hair and wiping as much of last night’s make up off her face as possible, Christina pulled on her panties with a hop, and a bump.  She started to creep toward the bedroom door thinking ‘so far, so good’ and was confident she could recover from this. 

All Christina needed to do was get out of there- desperately and before Riley woke up. If she could do that, then she could use the lawyers trick of deny,avoid, defer, engage and if necessary, settle. She also needed to drink something and go to the bathroom: badly, on both counts. 

Christina had her hand on the bedroom door handle and for a moment she thought she was going to escape until she heard a voice behind her say, “Good morning.” 

Author Bio: 

Neeny Boucher is a nom de plume because her real name sounds like a 19th Century suffragette. She is a lover of the weird, the outcast and those on the margins of society. An appreciator of music, art, film, television, popular culture, social encounters and the human condition. Originally from New Zealand, she is a strong supporter of the All Blacks, has lived all over the world and is currently a trailing spouse in a picturesque village in Switzerland with two wonderful children.

Her employment history is varied and has ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous, not to mention, the messy. The sublime: teaching. The ridiculous: tour guide on a gondola when she has an irrational fear of heights. The messy: cleaning out turkey houses in Israel waiting for the European winter to pass.

She has done all sorts of things she wouldn’t allow her children to do, including hitchhiking around southern Africa in her wild youth. All the experiences, however, provided the opportunity to par-take in her favorite past time of people watching. A collector of amazing stories, Neeny decided it was time to put them in fiction, allowing readers to enjoy them as much as she did. 

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Krystle’s 4.5 Star Review:

Lost in Flight is the perfect mixture of quirky, intense, heartwarming, frustrating and passionate. It was a refreshing read with just the right amount of raunch on the side. It’s real life wrapped up and hand delivered in Neeny Boucher’s impressive debut novel.

This is a story of past and present. It brings you on a ride from the highest levels of love all the way to complete and utter heartbreak. Lost in Flight introduces us all to the Martin family, their friends and even a few of their foes. It follows the ever dramatic relationship between Christina and her ex-husband Riley and all of the insanity they have endured throughout the years.

It’s not enough that Christina and Riley are completely toxic for one another, they are also surrounded by the wackiest bunch of people that can’t help but bring the level of crazy in their lives up a notch. This group of characters can share intense, genuine love one moment and turn to pillow fights or wrestling matches in the next. They can go from singing old family favorites around the kitchen table one night to singing on stage in a club you probably don’t find yourself in every day. They are a uniquely special group of people that will keep you interested through the turn of every page.

This story is told through numerous different points of view and alternates between the past and the present. Though this method hasn’t appealed to me in the past, Neeny Boucher did a fabulous job of knowing just the right time to switch the POV and switching to the past to inform the reader of necessary information to understand current emotions. Love isn’t always about being in the moment but many times is about all of the past trials and tribulations one has experienced.

One thing really loved about this novel was the language that was used. Neeny did a wonderful job laying everything out with just enough description to make you feel the emotions right along with the characters. The dialogue in this novel was also something I really enjoyed. It never felt forced. It was all very natural and I felt as though I was just a fly on the wall watching everything unfold.

“To Christina, it was a myth that your soul mate brings you bliss. Hers brought up every one of her unresolved issues and drover her bat-shit crazy. Where ‘true love’ was concerned, Christina was a fundamentalist cynic. She believed it existed but it didn’t run smoothly, nor did it conquer all. In her experience, there was no happy ever after, just a massive pile of regrets and shame. Anyone who believed different had a form of false consciousness or access to really good pills. She’d once had true love, it didn’t work out: the end.”

Like Christina said, true love doesn’t run smoothly and most times doesn’t conquer all. True love is messy and intense. It feels so good yet it hurts like hell. Lost in Flight is the perfect story to show you just how crazy it can get. I definitely recommend anyone in the mood for some refreshing quirk to go ahead and one-click this book and find out just how far true love can go and how big of a pile of regrets and shame will be left in its wake.

I was given an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

Thank you to Just My Bucking Book Tours
for including us in this wonderful Blog Tour!

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