Fresh Fridays: On Friday, I review a brand new series (ie. only has one book released so far) to see if the series is worth keeping up with. Here is this week’s offering:
Other books planned to be in the series:
Synopsis for Dirty Obsession (from Goodreads):
Arlo Carini saved my life, only to destroy it.
When I first met him, he was the wealthy, powerful, sexy stranger giving me and a dozen other art history students a tour of his mansion. But he soon became my everything.
My savior. My lover. My obsession.
He tried to warn me. Every chance he could, he tried to get me to run far, far away. But it only made my obsession grow stronger. Until I made the worst mistake I could. And ended up trapped forever.
There is a prequel novella: #0.5 Dirty Beginning included in Dirty Obsession
Book Order: Connected but Chronological Events
Complete?: No, Dirty Addiction will be released April 2018
Genre: Adult, Dark, Romance, Contemporary, Erotica
Heat Rating: Smokin’ (Kink: Major | BDSM: High)
Point of View: First Person, Multiple
Publication Date: January 18, 2018 – ongoing
Source & Format: Author–eARC
Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:
Ella Miles never fails to disappoint me when it comes to her books. I always think I’m going to get one story but I end up with another–one that never fails to entertain and surprise me.
I love a good dark romance and after reading the novella, Dirty Beginning, I was curious to see what was in story next for these characters.
What I Liked:
–Dark and Twisted–
This is probably one of the darkest romances I’ve ever read. It’s deliciously dark and twisted which means it isn’t for the faint of heart. If you don’t enjoy dark erotic romances, don’t pick this up! But if you do, you are in for a treat!
This story did keep me on my toes. You always get the sense that there is more lurking underneath with all the characters involved and I loved the tension that brought to the story. I became a little obsessed (pun intended) trying to figure out what was happening and why. And the twists when everything is revealed (and how it ties back to the novella, Dirty Beginning): awesome.
I really enjoyed the main characters we get to meet. You’ve got your very evil villain; the mysterious hero and a strong heroine. Nina is very likeable, more so in this book than in the novella I think. She has some solid character growth from start to end which I always appreciate!
What I Didn’t Like:
–Wanted More Allusion to the “Game”–
I do wish the “game” was allude to more than it was throughout the novel. Just some little hints along the way would have been great. Even though the game is always afoot, I felt like we got a little too wrapped up in the sex scenes at times and I wanted a little more insight into the “why” of it all.
When to read the Prequel Novella: Dirty Beginning?
Definitely before you read Dirty Obsession! It gives you context for the first novel and introduces you to all the key players. You could get by without reading it but seeing as it is included in the Dirty Obsession, just read it!
My Expectations for the Rest of the Series:
I’m very excited for the next set of leads. I have a particular soft spot for our hero so I can’t wait for him to meet his match!
My Rating: 4/5
[Dirty Beginning 3/5] | Dirty Obsession 4/5| Dirty Addiction TBP | Book 3 TBP
Perfect for fans of truly dark romances and sexy times! But if you don’t enjoy erotica or more graphic scenes, don’t pick this up!
Read if You Like: slower stories, world-building, alternate dimensions
Avoid if You: dislike dark romances, dislike erotica, love triangles
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