Up for Air

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Pub Date 11 Feb 2021 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2021

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At a funeral on her 29th birthday, Ari takes stock of her life and comes to a startling conclusion: she’s not happy. Mired in a relationship that’s gone stale, she approaches her husband Greg about opening their marriage. To her shock, he agrees.

Ari throws herself headlong into an adventure through the bars and bedrooms of Austin. For the first time in her life she’s living in the moment – sex and kink, karaoke and drink – new friends, new lovers, new boundaries to cross. It’s all just innocent, no-strings fun…until she meets Alex.

Alex changes everything. While Ari and Greg grapple with their changing relationship, Ari struggles to control her heart. During hedonistic self- discovery, has she stumbled across love?

Book one of the Lost In Austin series, Up for Air is a sexy, funny, heartfelt romp through life, love, and adulthood.

At a funeral on her 29th birthday, Ari takes stock of her life and comes to a startling conclusion: she’s not happy. Mired in a relationship that’s gone stale, she approaches her husband Greg about...

A Note From the Publisher

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Christina Berry has spent most of her life in Austin, Texas where she works in online publishing. A student of history and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Christina created the All Things Cherokee website where she publishes Cherokee genealogy, art, and cultural content. In her free time, she helps her husband with their never-ending home-remodeling project and chronicles the adventure in a dramedy blog.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Christina Berry has spent most of her life in Austin, Texas where she works in online publishing. A student of history and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Christina created...

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Up for Air tells the story of Ari, a woman at odds with her reality, who finds the courage to seek what she needs. As she drifts toward something previously unimaginable, Ari begins to question herself, her husband, and her marriage. With humor, wit, and sensuality galore, Christina Berry asks her readers to consider that what we currently have might not necessarily be what makes us happy. A thought-provoking and compelling read, one that stuck with me long after I reached the last page.

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Wow....I don’t even know where to start or what to say about this book. Up for Air by Christina Berry starts with a funeral and ends with a re-birth so to speak. Ariana feels like she has become complacent in life and in her marriage. So her and her husband, Greg decide to open their marriage. What follows are some steamy scenes and a self-proclaimed bucket list for Ariana. Little did she realize though, that her first night out on the town with this open marriage she would be meet Alex and he would change her world as she knew it. This book completely took me off guard. I think in the back of many married women’s minds they always wonder what it’d be like to do something like this. It’s a new and interesting twist on a romance novel, that’s for sure! Since I got this as an ARC through NetGalley from the publisher, I have to say, it was new, hot and a unique read.

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Simply one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I’ve read hundreds of books. As someone who has gone through romantic uncertainty and dabbled with polyamory in my life, Ariana rings true, so true it’s painful at times. I had to put down my e-reader several times during the book to...wait for it, come up for air myself.
There are no cliches in thus book; only realities of the characters in it, mainly the lead character Ariana who tells the story.
This is the first book I read by Christina Berry, but I will be looking up her other writings and seeking them out as she weaved an intricate quilt of raw human emotions with intelligent and artistic excellence. One technical praise is the mastery of telling the story from the first person point of view in the present tense, which is difficult to perfect in most cases, but Miss Berry nailed it, she nailed it to the wall and left me clapping and howling “Brava!” in my head.

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This was a super-fun and fast, sexy read! Ari, who is married to the love of her life, is stuck in life. Problem is she's a good girl, a list-maker, who missed out on her crazy teens and twenties because she got married young. So she and her husband agree to open up the marriage, and Ari goes on a tear through Austin, TX, making for lost time. The author did a great job of showing a naive and inexperienced young woman's first forays into no-commitment sex, as well as taking us on a tour of Austin's nightlife. Her best friend, a guy named Jake, tries to steer her away from some of her choices, but in the end Ari learns to listen to her heart and rely on her own gut instincts.

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I don’t know how many times I said it to myself while reading, but this is simply one of the best books I’ve ever read.

As a counsellor, I see a lot of cases where individuals feel an element of anxiety when they’ve settled down at a really young age. These people aren’t necessarily unhappy with their partners or their lives, but sometimes they’re just left wondering if there’s things that they’ve missed out on, and that’s what this book is generally about.

Ari’s story has an empowering and inspiring concept behind it. Ari is struggling with a sense of discomfort and claustrophobia from her very comfortable life. She realises there’s so many things that she’s yet to accomplish or to try, so she asks her husband for an open marriage. What follows is a lot of self-discovery and growth for Ari.

Not only as a counsellor, but as a reader as well, I felt really proud of the character. I was rooting for her the entire time, because I think it’s really important to know what’s out there in the world before you settle down into your later life. For me, I believe this is a step towards achieving true life satisfaction.

I found Ari very relatable and wonderfully brilliant. Greg and Alex are both very in-depth and phenomenal characters alongside Ari as well.

This book has some amazingly raw steamy scenes. Some that are sweet and loving, others that are rough and passionate. It is definitely a book for mature audiences due to the adult themes and language, however, it think this is a book that anyone would enjoy.

I received this book for free thanks to Christina Berry and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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Up for Air is a sparkling, sexy novel which focuses on Ari, a 29 year old woman who longs to experience the magic of life and thus opens up her decade-long marriage. Ari wants to find who she is - she wants to try new things, and to live without feeling suffocated. But what she doesn’t anticipate is that she will fall in love along the way with a man who isn’t her husband...
I really loved this book. It’s quite possibly one of the best stories I’ve read for a long time. Christina Berry’s writing style is beautiful and vibrant and seems to dance off the page, making it easy for me to fall in love with the characters as they felt so real. I’ve never read anything like this before, and I thought the subject matter was interesting and brave and bold. Women should be able to express their sexuality without judgment, and this book highlights that.
This story, more than anything, is a story of self acceptance and love - not just love for others, but love for yourself. Ari transforms from a mousy, ‘boring’ individual into someone comfortable with who they are, someone with a light inside of them.
I am looking forward to reading the next books in this series!

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I've always had the rule of not sharing sexual partners or toothbrushes, but after this novel, damn if I ain't curious about the "what-ifs".

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I had no idea what to expect from this book going into it, except for perhaps some steamy scenes – and it most definitely delivered in this regard. WOW. 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Ari and Greg have been happily married for twelve years, but lately the “happily” part seems to be in question. Ari knows she loves Greg, but she isn’t too happy with their stagnant life together. Putting together a bucket list of out-of-her-comfort-zone things to do, Ari and Greg agree to open their marriage in order to explore the life they haven’t been living. But what they face is far from what they ever expected.

This read was captivating. I read it in a single day and needed to see what happened and what other situations Ari found herself in (although I could have done without Nick… ugh). But it wasn’t until the story shifted to Ari and Alex that I found myself truly in love with the story. I wanted more of them, but once we meet Alex – for more than one night – it almost seems as though the book ends too quickly.

This book, while incredibly steamy (seriously, once things get going, there’s a sex scene to some capacity in every chapter it seems), covers topics of happiness, finding oneself, and the potential outcome of a relationship that hasn’t grown alongside the people within it. It's about suffocating when you should otherwise feel alive. Filled with love for one another, Ari and Greg have to figure out what to do when they realize their relationship might not come first anymore.

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As the blurb suggests, Ari is unhappy in life. She feels that if her and her husband Greg, has an open marriage, this will help her discover what’s missing. So Ari sets out on a life-changing journey of self discovery.

This is a really well written book. I was engaged the whole time. I couldn’t put the book down. This story is about having the courage to change your life if you aren’t happy. It’s sexy, and funny, and romantic. You can’t help but fall in love with every character in this book. I can not wait for the next book in this series! I’m so glad I discovered a new favorite author!

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WOW WOW WOW this book is HOT!!!!

Totally taboo subject but I absolutely could not put this book down, looking forward to reading about Jake & Greg too

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I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is well written and the characters are described well. It is a steamy romance. I adored Jake's character in the book. I enjoyed the writing style of this book. The pacing is good. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. This ebook is in stores now for $6.99 (USD).

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