Title: Flying Solo
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Series: Men of London #6
Release Date: January 28th 2016
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance
Flight attendant Maxwell Lewis has spent years cultivating a bon vivant image only to find he finally wants something more—and that something more includes the never-does-repeats game designer Gibson Henry.
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 find 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.
Reading Flying Solo’s prologue with tears in my eyes, I already knew that this book had captured my heart and that was despite not having met ‘Maxwell’ or ‘Gibson’ yet! In truth, Flying Solo is probably my favourite of the Men of London stories so far; both the characters are complex, witty, and lovable.
In my opinion, Flying Solo marks a shift in Susan Mac Nicol’s writing. Though previously each romantic coupling has come with their own brand of awesomeness, Flying Solo has a flow, humour and emotional moments which make it stand out.
Maxwell and Gibson are perhaps not the pairing we expect. Maxwell clearly has a past, which has had a huge influence on his present, but he is committed to his job as a flight attendant at Target Air. Gibson is a computer geek, distracted by his work and guarded when it comes to relationships. It is a brief sexual encounter in an aeroplane toilet which is the beginning for the couple – followed by Maxwell’s hilarious Karate Kid display whilst Gibson is wearing silver hot pants and glittery silver boots with 2 inch heels!
The fact that Maxwell’s traits and behaviours are borrowed from one of Susan’s friends really helps Maxwell’s character jump from the page and make him totally relatable. Also, the laugh out loud moments are heightened when we stop to consider whether these could be ‘real-life’ events taken straight from the experiences of the author’s muse. However, Susan Mac Nicol ensures that her reader is able to empathise with Gibson, particularly throughout his family tragedy.
Flying Solo maintains its Men of London connections with brief appearances from Gideon, Oliver and Leslie – and I am one of those fans who loves this aspect of the series.
Flying Solo has a special quality, perhaps because it is the Men of London story closest to Susan Mac Nicol’s earlier books and I am extremely excited for the last two books in the series. My advice is to stop whatever you’re doing and start reading Flying Solo now!
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