Flight Risk by Kim BaldwinFlight Risk by Kim Baldwin is a romance with an action foundation and the perfect kind of book for an audiobook.

Meet Blayne Keller, a travel agent with a dream of visiting the exotic places where she sends her clients. She is dedicated to her job but leading an ordinary life until she sneaks into the business next door and witnesses a mafia murder. Now she is on the run for her life and puts her trust into the hands of the Federal Witness Protection Program (WITSEC) and the attractive Alexi Nikolos.

Alexi was retired. She had fallen for a woman she was protecting and the woman was killed. Now Alexi is living a life with little meaning, casual sex and no emotional attachments. When she gets a call from a friend who is still working for WITSEC she has a tough decision to make – A woman needs her help and he can’t trust anyone else. The mob has a mole working for the department and he doesn’t want to see Blayne dead.

What ensues is a pulse quickening ride as two women try to escape the mob without getting caught up in their increasing desire for one another. Bullets, explosions and crashes are just a few of the obstacles they will need to navigate to survive.

The Characters

I really liked that there were some positive male side characters.

Blayne and Alexi were unique enough from one another to keep track of who was who and the chemistry was great. There wasn’t a huge amount of character development but it didn’t change the fact that I was on their side and cheering them on from the beginning.

The Writing Style

Baldwin tends to spend some time developing the plot and inserting the characters. This means that the action can take a little while before it gets going but when it does get going then boy are you in for a ride. Think big Hollywood budget action films but in lesfic – what could be better?

The Narration

Hilarie Mukavitz did a great job of narrating this one. She had to do a number of accents and voices and each one stayed the same throughout, making it easy to pick up on who was saying what.

I must be honest – I have no idea if her Greek accent was at all accurate but I liked it. 

The Pros

If you want a little bit of adrenaline in your reading/listening then this is a great go to. I enjoy Baldwin’s books and recommend them highly.

The Cons

I was so sad about one particular character’s fate. I had a real soft spot for him.

The Conclusion

If you love a good action with some sizzling romance then get this one. The story is unique enough to be entertaining, the narration was good and the action was fun. On a side note, I think that Alexi might be the perfect woman – but you listen and come and tell me what you think.

Excerpt from Flight Risk by Kim Baldwin

Alexi Nikolos was already pounding back up the familiar stairs by then, her heart beating so wildly in her chest she was almost dizzy from the burst of adrenalin. She clutched her Beretta with such tension that the rough crosshatches in the grip left a faint impression in her right palm.

It was after midnight and there were no lights on in the house, but Alexi knew every room, stick of furniture, and each of the twenty-three steps that led to the upper level and bedrooms. As she got to the top and rounded the corner, a fist lashed out of nowhere and connected with her jaw. Her world went black.

When she regained consciousness, she was alone and the house was silent. Her gun was gone. She staggered to her feet and lurched toward the bedroom, wanting to shut down, to be anywhere else. Knowing what she would find, she forced herself through the doorway, hearing, as she did, the squeals of tires outside.

She flipped on the light and let out a keening animal wail of anguish.

Sofia Galletti was slumped in the corner, silent and still, the pale skin of her nude body stark against a growing pool of crimson. Blood spattered the cream-colored wall behind her, and two dark holes marred the paster where the large caliber bullets that had pierced Sofia’s head and abdomen had ended their deadly rampage.

Alexi stumbled toward the woman she had made love to not an hour before and sank to her knees. With infinite tenderness, she cradled Sofia in her arms.

“I am so sorry. I am so sorry.” She whispered it over and over, as if she could take it all back–her carelessness, her selfishness, her stupidity at thinking that the rules did not apply to her.

She rocked Sofia gently, her mind refusing to accept what had happened, until so much time had passed that the warm flesh she clutched began to grow cold.

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Bits and Bobs

  • ISBN number: 9781933110684
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
  • Narrator: Hilarie Mukavitz

Kim Baldwin Online 

Note: I received a free review copy of Flight Risk by Kim Baldwin. No money was exchanged for this review. I will always review books as honestly as possible and on occasion I refuse to review books.

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Sheena is the founder of The Lesbian Review.

She discovered lesbian fiction when she was 19. Radclyffe and Karin Kallmaker soon became favourite authors and she spent a large part of her hard earned income on shipping books from Amazon.com to her home in South Africa.

Over the years she became frustrated with purchasing mediocre lesbian fiction feeling like it was a waste of her money and time. And so she decided to share only the best books and movies with lesbians who are looking for only the best. And so, The Lesbian Review was born