Summary Review: Can a man on the rebound really fall for someone else within 24 hours? In the case of Elliott it seems probable.
After being stood up at the altar, compulsive over-planner Elliott Chandler decides to turn a honeymoon on Oahu into a vacation for one. Fate puts a hitch in his plans, however, when the airport is snowed in and his flight is delayed.
In the airport, the jilted groom catches the eye of another stranded traveler—the laidback and very sexy Derek Windsor. Derek breaks the ice and strikes up a conversation, and as the temperature drops outside, the heat between them rises. Pity they’re both going to different islands, but if their flight doesn’t leave soon, Mr. Calm-and-Cool may just tempt Mr. Play-It-Safe to do something reckless.
And that plane isn’t going anywhere any time soon…
I have reviewed a number of books by L.A. Witt and I really like her writing. In Getting Off the Ground she came up with another enjoyable story and two well rounded characters. This book is told in Elliott’s first person POV and most of the action happens in 24 hours.
Elliott had been dumped by his fiance´on his wedding day. One would think that Elliott and Ben would know each other after living together for 6 years, but apparently they did not. Elliott, who had planned every detail of the wedding and honeymoon down to the minutest detail, after being dumped did something that was entirely outside of his comfort zone. He decided to go away on his own for a honeymoon for one. It was either that or stay in the apartment he shared with his ex-fiance´ until Ben moved out. Ben was the one who wanted to get married in the first place, but in the end he was afraid of commitment, so leaving on vacation was a no brainer for Elliott.
When he arrived at the airport all the flights were delayed by the weather, therefore Elliott prepared for the usual long wait before starting his fun in the sun vacation in Honolulu. He had a new “to do” list which included meeting a random guy and having sex on the beach so he was really looking forward to his solo adventure. This would be the first time that he had done something on the spur of the moment (a scary thought), and having a backup plan just in case. While waiting for the weather to clear he noticed an attractive man who was obviously in the same boat and who looked interested. After the usual preliminaries and introductions they began to chat about something other than the weather and Elliott realized that Derek, his new friend, lived in Honolulu but not the island where he would be staying. They shared their stories the way strangers do when they pass in the night and Elliott found out that Derek didn’t believe in long term relationships because “the breakup and makeup was too much trouble.” One thing led to another and they got to know each other much better during the long wait until the airline announced that all flights were cancelled for 24 hours. Elliott, in his usual OCD way, had booked a room at a nearby hotel when the weather worsened, so he offered to share with Derek knowing that they would not be doing much sleeping. They left the airport in high spirits because the rest of the evening promised to be a rocking good time.
Getting Off The Ground was a fun book and both guys were sex on a stick, each looking for a no strings sexual encounter. They were hot for each other and could hardly wait to get to the hotel so that they could start taking their clothes off. The ride in the hotel elevator was so aggravatingly slow they almost lost it right there because they couldn’t bear to wait. When they eventually reached their floor it was touch and go whether they would make it to their room in time, as the intensity of the attraction was on overload.
If there’s one thing that L.A. Witt does well it’s her characters and the sex scenes, and this time she didn’t disappoint as Derek and Elliott took each other for a ride of the carnal kind, and then some. They hardly slept that night because the thought that they wouldn’t see each other after they boarded their flights the next day was like a mood accelerator and they let it all hang out as they tried to make every second count. Sleep was not important – they were desperate for each other and every action was on sensual overload.
The characters were realistically drawn. Elliott was your typical reserved, buttoned down personality but when he let himself go he turned into a different person. He felt guilty about being hot for someone else a day after being left at the altar and wondered if there was something wrong with him, but he wasn’t going to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime even if his attraction to Derek was because he was on the rebound. Or was there something else about Derek that he couldn’t resist? I didn’t get to know as much about Derek as I would have liked since the book was told from Elliott’s POV, but this is one clue to his perspective on life:
“Look, I haven’t been there myself, but I’ve been this guy a few times.” He gestured at himself.
“You know, the one someone jumps into bed with after everything in his love life goes to shit?” He smiled. “So, I’ve seen a few guys going through what you are.”
I laughed self-consciously. “You don’t mind being that guy?”
“Not at all.” He grinned, and some of his earlier playfulness returned. “I get what I want, and whoever I’m with gets what he needs. What’s not to like?” The playfulness faded, and his expression turned more serious. “Look, maybe it’s a short-term solution, or not even a solution at all. But, at least for a few hours, no one has to give a fuck about what’s going on elsewhere, so… ” He shrugged with one shoulder. “Seems like a win-win situation to me.”
“Yet again, an interesting perspective on things.”
“Maybe it’s not what you want or need,”
Even though this was a short novella L.A. Witt packed a lot into it and into her characters. If you’re looking for a fun read for a couple of hours you should pick up Getting Off The Ground .
I’ll be reviewing Infinity Pools, the sequel to Getting Off The Ground when it’s published in May.