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18 July 2016

Review: 'Girl on a Plane' by Cassandra O'Leary (2016)

When feisty Irish flight attendant Sinead Kennealy locks eyes with sexy Australian CEO Gabriel Anderson in First Class, sparks fly. But as they jet across the globe from Melbourne to London, it’s clear that they’re in for a turbulent journey...

Stressed-out Gabriel doesn’t do relationships. And Sinead isn’t about to be fooled by another bad boy after escaping her stalker ex. Then a storm hits, causing the plane to land unexpectedly, and Sinead and Gabriel are thrown together in Singapore.

The pressure rises as Sinead’s unhappy past threatens to catch up with her. But might Gabriel be the one to heal her heartbreak? If he could open up about his troubling secrets, maybe a relationship could actually get off the ground. Fasten your seatbelts – this WON’T be a smooth ride…

Somehow I've always been a bit intrigued by flight attendants. I don't exactly know why, because I'm not a big fan of flying and definitely wouldn't want to be a flight attendant myself. However, there's a glamorous side to the job, I think, so when I got the chance to read and review Cassandra O'Leary's debut novel 'Girl On a Plane', which focuses on a main character who works as a flight attendant, I was straight away intrigued. The book was released by Maze on July 18, and I was curious to check out this new author and was excited to see what this read would be all about, keeping my fingers crossed I would end up enjoying it!

Twenty-something Sinead Kennealy has been working as a flight attendant for Mermaid Airlines for quite some time now and she loves travelling to all kinds of places. On a flight from Melbourne to London she meets businessman Gabriel Anderson in First Class and she immediately feels the chemistry between them. When the plane is forced to make an extra stop in Singapore due to a tropical storm, Sinead and Gabriel end up booking the same hotel room. Without any other rooms available in the area, it becomes even more difficult for them to ignore the sparks. But Gabriel isn't looking for anything serious, being completely devoted to his job, and Sinead herself is still recovering from her previous relationship. However, sometimes you simply can't resist temptation, no matter the risks involved...

Cassandra O'Leary has written a sexy and promising debut novel in the form of 'Girl On a Plane', which I really quite enjoyed from start to finish. I straight away liked the female main character, Sinead; she works as a flight attendant, has just gotten out of a horrible relationship, and is quite feisty (but definitely in a good way!). On one of her flights she meets handsome businessman Gabriel, and they both can't ignore the sparks flying between them. The reader is invited to join Sinead on her travels and discover whether there is indeed something between her and Gabriel or whether there is simply too much standing in their way.

The book is quite a quick and fast-paced read with roughly 270 pages. I really liked that the story is set in different places such as London, Singapore and Melbourne, but I have to admit I wish the author would have used this a bit more. The fact that Sinead is a flight attendant didn't play as an important role as I initially expected it to, especially considering the title of the novel, and I think that resulted in me missing something in this story, something that I really loved. However, it is definitely still an enjoyable read and one that's exactly what certain readers will look for when searching for a good summer/holiday read. 'Girl On a Plane' is Cassandra O'Leary's debut novel; a promising, sexy romance read which I'm sure numerous readers will enjoy!
Rating:8/10
 
For more information about this book: Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com / Goodreads

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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