Up for Air

Romance - Sizzle
298 Pages
Reviewed on 05/19/2021
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Author Biography

Christina Berry is an award-winning author of sex-positive contemporary romance. Her debut novel, Up for Air, was a "Sexiest Consent" Winner in the 2021 Good Sex Awards, the 2021 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner in Romance - Sizzle, the 2021 Independent Press Award Romance Winner, as well as Finalist in Romance for the 2021 Maxy Awards, the 15th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards, and the 2021 American Fiction Awards.

A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Christina is originally from Oklahoma, and currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and two robot cats.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kelly Mitchell for Readers' Favorite

When people are confronted with death and their own immortality, they tend to take inventory of their own life. Accomplishments, opportunities, goals, and ambitions are put under scrutiny, weighed, and measured. Up For Air by Christina Berry takes readers on the journey of Arianna Goody when she attends a funeral and begins to confront her demons one by one. Ari (Arianna) is startled that after examining her life, she is not happy. Ari, who has lived a blessed and sheltered life, albeit a bit mundane, steels her nerve and is determined to be exposed to new adventures that promise a more fulfilled existence. In order to test her boundaries, she convinces her husband of 12 years to open their marriage and jumps into the unknown with both feet and a good attitude.

Christina Berry takes readers through a collage of emotions, personal growth, learning experiences, and relationship dynamics that I not only identified with but became obsessed with at every turn of the page. The characters are well-developed, the scenes are vividly described, and the beautiful phrases and editing allowed for a smooth, provocative read. Readers feel the heat and sensuality sizzling on the page. Up For Air refreshingly presents realistic expectations when an open marriage is introduced into a long-term relationship. This book is excellent for those considering an open marriage or who simply want an epic adventure that navigates through the trials and tribulations of relationships and the carnage and reward of kink. If you want to live vicariously, Berry has delivered the possibility. Up For Air is witty, clever, and sexy with depth dipped in the philosophy of the human condition. I look forward to more from this author.