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Sunday, 13 October 2019

✍ The Stopover: The Miles High Club [1] - T.L. Swan

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by Montlake Romance
Number of pages: 521
My rating:  I did not like it   
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The Stopover
|| Synopsis || Review || About the Author ||


"A memorable night of passion refuses to stay just a memory in this sizzling and scandalous romance from bestselling author T L Swan.

I was upgraded to first class on a flight from London to New York.
The food, champagne, and service were impeccable.
The blue-eyed man sitting next to me, even better.


He was suave and intelligent.
We talked and laughed, and something clicked.
Fate took over and the plane was grounded, and we had an unexpected stopover for the night.
With no plans, we made our own.
We danced and laughed our way around Boston and had a night of crazy passion that no woman would ever forget.

That was twelve months ago, and I haven’t heard from him—until today.
I started a new job and met the CEO. You can imagine my surprise to see those naughty blue eyes dance with delight when he saw me across the mahogany desk.
But I’m not that carefree girl anymore. My life has changed, I have responsibilities.
I just got an email.
He wants to see me in his office for a private meeting at 8:00 a.m.
Naughty blue eyes have no place in the workplace.
What kind of private meeting does he have in mind?"


"The Stopover" is the first book I have read by TL Swan; it is the first instalment in "The Miles High Club" series, which will follow four brothers.

The prose is in the first-person and it alternates between the two main characters, Emily and Jim/Jameson.

Unfortunately I found this book rather boring as it was so formulaic and an effective rinse-and-repeat of the 50 Shades trilogy: the main characters were practically the same, living in similar situations, the various descriptions of both of their apartments was pretty much the same as well, as was their work situation, the biting of the bottom lip and the rolling of the eyes, the way they communicate and the final romantic gesture.

No BDSM here, and a much simpler story-line, with a bit of intrigue popping up three-thirds into the book, which is resolved very swiftly and which has major plot-holes and baffling development in relation to the person first tasked with investigating it - his behaviour simply made no-sense and there was no good explanation for it.

The behaviour of the characters is utterly childish and not very realistic, with a fair bit of highly inappropriate sexual-harassment in the workplace there for good measure, but which was absolutely fine with the characters.

The sex-scenes were also rather repetitive (as they were in 50 shades) and a copy-and-paste job of each other.

From a stylistic point of view, the digital edition I read provided absolutely no indication when settings/time changed. This was confusing.

I nearly left the book half-read.

The contemporary romance genre is very prolific and there are many stories out there which are actually original, or, at the very least, not such a blatant faded carbon copy of 50 Shades.

[ARC received via Netgalley]

About the Author

Having worked in mental health in her former life, T L Swan is now seriously addicted to the thrill of writing and can't imagine a time when she wasn't.

She resides in Sydney, Australia, where she's living out her own happily ever after with her husband and their three children.

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