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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.