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.
Being a huge fan of the Flight HA1710 Series, I had high hopes for this book. Flashbulb is book three, and while it can be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend starting with the first book to get the full benefit of the details of the crash.
Marc works as a flight attendant and Blythe (aka Bly) is a first time passenger on the long haul flight. The two hit it off while waiting for the plane to take off and end up in a bathroom together before long. Marc has been in trouble before and the staff is used to his wantonly ways. But, after the crash, he can’t help but feel completely guilty for not saving the head attendant when he finds out that she hit her head and died immediately after the crash. Marc has been deemed a hero for saving as many people as he could – even going in to the plane after rescue crews got to the scene. Even so, he suffers from PTSD and horrible nightmares that cause him to relive the crash over and over, again.
Meanwhile, Bly suffered from a broken leg and for some reason his hands and wrists are giving him so trouble, too. Plus, he also suffers from nightmares and the doctors think his motor skill issues are psychosomatic. Bly won’t fly again any time soon, so he stays in Ireland to recover –which is where Marc shows up to find him. Both men need each other in a way neither thought possible. Marc is a love ‘em and leave ‘em kind of guy and Bly has been hurt before and doesn’t want to suffer from heartache, again. But, they find comfort and healing in their bond which eventually leads to more.
I really enjoyed the tale of these two men. Even though the crash happened, it eventually brought them together in a way that would not have happened. I found Marc to be immature and a player – which made his growth throughout the book that much more realistic and able to be seen. Bly’s demeanor was calm for someone injured in a crash. But, his fear of flying and PTSD after his injuries was believable. The fact that Marc did not want to face the fallout or even mention the word crash made him even more endearing and realistic.
This is such an amazing series and this book lived up to what I expected it to be.