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Flashbulb

(Flight HA1710 #3)

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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  23 reviews
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 cu
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ebook, 130 pages
Published June 26th 2015 by Jocular Press
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Vallie
Aug 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

I have only read True Colors by Clare London and I absolutely loved it. It was an emotional 5 star read for me. When I read the blurb for Flashbulb, the angst lover inside me saw stars. Sadly, I was disappointed with the story.

We meet Bly and Marc on Bly’s first flight to Chicago. Marc is a flight attendant and a frequent user of the mile-high club. He begins to flirt with Bly quite strongly, especially because Bly is so nervous about flying. There is a delicious encounter mid-flight in
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Barb ~rede-2-read~
Note: This book was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Reviews in exchange for an impartial review.


While Blythe Harris is nervously awaiting the departure of his first flight to the US, he gets up to get a drink of water from Marc, the cabin steward with whom he had chatted and flirted earlier. The flight has been delayed even though all the passengers have already boarded, so when Marc meets him in the galley at the back of the plane, he gets more than the water he came fo
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Veronica of V's Reads
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally written for Joyfully Jay Reviews and can be accessed here: http://joyfullyjay.com/2015/11/review...

4.5 stars for this contemporary M/M romance. This is the third book in the Flight HA1701 series surrounding the crash of the plane in the hills of Ireland. Each book is a standalone read and involves at least one person who survived the crash and how the world shifted in the aftermath.

Bly is a shy, but attractive, Englishman on his first flight across the pond to meet wit
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karlakolumna
Jun 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Booooooooring.
You'd think this was highly unlikely bc of the plane crash and consequent PTSD... but gah. Nope. Totally sleep inducing plot right there. Even despite the "dramatic" plot line, this is totally stupid, empty, 2-dimensional nothingness.

And. Oh my god. Guys acting like blushing virgins.
Specifically Bly with thoughts like 'Oh good God. Was it possible to full-body blush?' after Mark asks him whether he'd prefer it (you know, sex) facing him or rather from behind (asked with these s
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Diverse
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: july-2015
I have been following this series book by book and have found all the lives involved in this tragic accident quite fascinating. I wondered how this would work. How seeing this horrific crash through everyone's eyes wouldn't get repetitious and it didn't. We follow Marc (a flight attendant of the plane that crashes) and Blythe (a passenger and first time flyer) From an hour before the accident to months after. Marc, a player, is drawn to Blythe even before it all goes up in smoke... literally. Bl ...more
~nikki the recovering book addict
Sorry, definitely not one of Clare London’s best books. I did not like her characters after the crash. Yes, I understand people get trauma. Yes, I understand personality changes. But both characters just irritated the hell out of me.
Mark
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Two continents collide in this book and after a quick hand job in an aircraft loo nothing will ever be the same. Blythe is on his way to a meeting in the US and is as nervous as hell as he does not like flying. Dosed up on tranquilizers he is a little more unhibited than he would normally be ad immediately starts to flirt with the air steward, Marc. I just loved the way these two were giving out all the signals to each other but in a position that they could not be too obvious. Well, until they ...more
Lena Grey
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
“If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so.” ~ Mark Chernoff

Even though their brief encounter is supposed to be a no strings attached deal, Bly and Marc, of 'Flashbulb' by Clare London, feel the flicker of something possibly deeper between them. Before they have an opportunity for it to register properly, much less act on it, the plane they are on crashes, thrusting their lives into chaos and putting a long distance between them. Even after they have
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multitaskingmomma
Original Blog Post: Review Request: Flashbulb (Flight HA1710 #3) by Clare London

Review by: multitaskingmomma

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars



I have been following the Flight HA1710 series since I first read Retrograde by RJ Scott. This is a series revolving around one tragic plane crash that killed around 7 people but those affected went beyond the cabin of that plane. In Flashbulb, we see two people who survived the crash.

We have Marc Stafford, a mile-high junkie and all-around playboy who flirts his way
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Lillian Francis
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was provided an ARC of this story by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Clare London throws together two very different characters, ignites a spark and then unceremoniously rips them apart. Well rounded characters, well written in both the lead up and aftermath of the plane crash, and how they are changed by both the crash and their brief pre-crash relationship.
An ill conceived noble gesture had me ready to cry or punch a wall but I was cheering for these two from the start.

Read in on
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Aimee Brissay
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

I love this book and I will be reading it again in the near future!

It's a sweet, quick read, but packed with more emotion than I would have expected. To be honest, I couldn't put it down.

The characters are round, very well developed. The story flows nicely and there wasn't a single thing out of place. The plot is interesting and the romance well formed. The pairing is surprising, bringing together a high key American flight attendant and a sh
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Bo
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flashbacks Make Things Clear

Another installment of the post-disaster lives of those who were on board the doomed flight, this one brings us the flighty and fickle flight attendant Marc and the somewhat lonely, but ever willing English carpenter-upholsterer Blythe (Bly).

They are instantly attracted while the plane is delayed, sneak off for a round of Mile High clubbing, and then, crash!

What follows is a charming, sometimes frustrating, but pleasantly plotted transatlantic courting, with strong w
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Emily G
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story, as it is the perfect 'if things are meant to be' tale. Marc and Bly have you routing for them as a couple from the get go.

So what would make me recommend this over other gay romances? The unusual event that separates our couple first of all, as well as the fact that everything is not plain sailing when they come back into each other's lives. A heartwarming page turner!
Serena Yates
Jun 12, 2015 added it
Shelves: gay, read-2015
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DC
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this more than I did, but I struggled. I’ve read other works by Ms. London (such as the With A Kick series) and enjoyed them so much more than this one. My biggest problem with it was that I was bored. I kept on waiting for something big and dramatic but it never came. Even the crash itself, which was central to the plot, came and went.....nothing. One chapter we’re on the plane as the flight starts failing, then the next we are suddenly three weeks later. There was no dr ...more
Patdbooks
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this story, though to be honest I thought with the opening quick hook up I would not.... like a relationship to develop and it surely did with these two, Bly and Marc. bot lads to be honest at times are annoying and others love them.

it gives a new meaning to love at first sight.... well at least lust and then eventually love..

two souls afraid to trust and open up to another person through fate and a crash find that their salvation is in someone they met briefly and share a ho
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DL
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I expected a much grittier story based on the blurb. Survivor's guilt, flashbacks, PTSD. It was there, but all on the surface. I couldn't believe in the insta-love, especially given Marc's past. I did appreciate the supportive parents. They were a pleasant change from the standard asshole parents in m/m.
Not that this complaint is apropos to the story but I really hated the name "Bly. " I kept expecting him to say "Arrrr" and ask Marc to walk the plank.
Kel
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
***2 1/2 stars***
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Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Heart Review by Tammy

Blythe Harris was on his first ever flight. He was understandably nervous and more than a bit scared but he’d taken two or three doses of sedative in the last twenty-four hours so he was all set. If the trip wasn’t needed for his bespoke upholstery business he for sure would not have set foot on a plane. When he saw the incredibly good-looking flight attendant coming his way he had to admit he had a few naughty thoughts!

When Marc Stafford saw Blythe Harris sitting alone lo
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Kim
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 sta
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Heather
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flashbulb is a brilliant story of a midair fling, a tragedy, connections, love, and a person's reactions to all of it. Incredibly well written with likable characters that you just know will only help each heal, even if they don't know it at the time.

Overall series review and rating: 5 Stars
Each story is technically a standalone although everything is tied together around Flight HA1710 and I think it flows better if you read the series in order. I have heard of all the authors in this series but
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Suze
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it
3/3.5*
The story did grow on me, Marc and Bly taking a while to get to me.
I would have liked more about the crash, it does seem very in the background for an event that formed their relationship.
I liked that Marc and Bly are each others haven. I'd hope in real life more therapy would be given. Though I'm certain Marc's employer was true to life - one hand supportive but other hand pressure!
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Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while f ...more

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Flight HA1710 (6 books)
  • Retrograde (Flight HA1710 #1)
  • Velocity (Flight HA1710 #2)
  • Fallout (Flight HA1710, #4)
  • Aviophobia (Flight HA1710, #5)
  • Fracture (Flight HA1710, #6)