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Novella Serial Saturdays: Luke by Cassia Leo

Serial Saturdays: On the occasional Saturday, I review a serialized series (a series that is released in parts that would normally make up a whole novel) to see if the series is worth keeping up with or worth buying all its parts. Here is this week’s offering:

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Synopsis for Mirror (from Goodreads):

From New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo comes a hot new romance packed with emotion and suspense.

At twenty-eight, Luke Maxwell is the hottest eligible bachelor in America and the billionaire CEO of Maxwell Computers. When Brina Kingston is hired by Luke’s competitor as a corporate spy, Brina successfully works her way into a position as Luke Maxwell’s new executive assistant. What Brina doesn’t expect is to find herself in a compromising position in his bed.

Brina thinks she has the savvy to see past Luke’s cunning intellect and extract the trade secrets she was hired to acquire. But she soon finds herself falling for his charms and risking the most important assignment of her career and, possibly, the greatest relationship of her life.

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Series: Luke
Author: Cassia Leo
# of Parts: 7 (All Parts Listed Here)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Erotica
Heat Rating: Hot
Point of View: First Person, Single (Alternating later on)
Publication Date: December 2012 – September 2013
Source & Format: Own–eBook

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Disclaimer: I only read Mirror, Memory and Linked (#3) before I decided not to continue with this series. Find out why below…

Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I got the first part as a freebie on Amazon and later got the complete series as a freebie as well. I really enjoy series where one lead is “deceiving” the other (but falls in love) and so that aspect is what drew me to this serial.

When I needed a easy going, somewhat lighter (and shorter) story during my exams, I opted to pick this serial up.

What I Liked:

I’m going to be honest and say not much.

What I Didn’t Like:

–Espionage Concept is Lacking–

My main motivation for picking this up was the undercover assignment. I just love the tension it brings about. But it never really goes anywhere and it seems to resolve by the 4th installment.

–Insta-Love–

Bleh, it was insta-love at its finest. Three minutes after meeting, they’re having sex. Three days after they meet, they’re saying I love you. I guess the sex is that good.

–No Plot–

Was there one? It was hard to tell at times. All the inklings were there, they just didn’t get elaborated on.

Each installment (that I read) went like this:

  1. Reminder of why she is there (get company secrets)
  2. Luke does something sweet (ex. holds her hand)
  3. They have sex
  4. She talks about her brother
  5. She feels guilt for her deception

Will I Finish It?

Nope. It sounds like some of the later installments jump a few years ahead but that doesn’t win my interest over.

Series Rating: 2/5

overall

If you like romances quick and don’t need too much to them, this is a great serial for you.

Read if You Like: erotica serials, want more suspense
Avoid if You: dislike insta-love, dislike serials
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Novella Serial Review: Reasonable Doubt by Whitney Garcia Williams

Serial Saturdays: On the occasional Saturday, I review a serialized series (a series that is released in parts that would normally make up a whole novel) to see if the series is worth keeping up with or worth buying all its parts. Here is this week’s offering:

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Synopsis for Reasonable Doubt (from Goodreads):
My cock has an appetite.

A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar… (Although, that’s a story for another day.)

As a high profile lawyer, I don’t have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online.

My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats.

This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less.

At least it was , until “Alyssa”…

She was supposed to be a 27 year old lawyer, a book hoarder, and completely unattractive. She was supposed to be someone I shared law advice with late at night, someone I could trust with details of my weekly escapades.

But then she came into my firm for an interview—a college-intern interview, and everything fucking changed…

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Series: Reasonable Doubt
Author: Whitney Garcia Williams
# of Parts: 3
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
Heat Rating: Smokin’
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Date: March – August 2014
Source & Format: Own–eBook

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Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I’m not sure how I came across this series, but I think Kobo recommended this to me when the first volume was published. However, I waited until I could buy the entire series as a whole.

The forbidden romance aspect is what first drew me to this series but it was the case of “misidentity” that really intrigued me. It promised to be just as dramatic as it was sexy and I couldn’t wait to start it!

The Plot:

As it is with most serials, the plot is to the point and doesn’t waste time with filler. I found the plot here moves at a great pace and one that is full and rich despite the page number. Meaning it isn’t singular in its drama and has a lot of aspects that work together in a way that benefits the story in a positive way.

There are a lot of twists and that adds to suspense; keeping you turning the pages to see what is going to happen next.

The Characters:

Andrew is complex and mysterious–perfect for the bad boy older lead. He was a bit of a dick but I did develop a soft spot for him the more I learned about his past.

I was worried “Alyssa” would be like any other girl who finds herself entranced by an older man but I did find that she had some quirks that made her standout. While I might not have loved how she handles herself, I didn’t mind her character as her story was elaborated on.

The Romance:

This was a slight miss for me. Not because I couldn’t see them or how they would work together but I just didn’t like its execution. How Andrew treats her and how Alyssa lets him irked me a bit. And its a shame because I thought they were cute together and really liked them together on the more basic level.

Series Rating: 4/5

overall

This series was short and hot–exactly what I wanted it to be. But the drama and mystery was a bonus and made this series thoroughly entertaining!

Read if You Like: erotica, short stories/novellas
Avoid if You: want more established romance

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Novella Serial Review: Addicted to You by Lucy Covington

Serial Saturdays: On the occasional Saturday, I review a serialized series (a series that is released in parts that would normally make up a whole novel) to see if the series is worth keeping up with or worth buying all its parts. Here is this week’s offering:

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Synopsis for Dangerously Damaged (from Goodreads):
Dangerous. Sexy. Damaged.

These are the words used to describe Justin Brown.

Intelligent. Capable. Responsible.

These are the words used to describe Lindsay Cramer.

Irresistible. Addicting. Passionate.

These are the words used to describe their relationship.

Good girl Lindsay Cramer has her life completely in order, and she keeps her goals on a checklist — obtain scholarship to Ivy League University, finish undergrad, and move on to med school. She’s worked hard to get where she is, and she’s determined not to let anything – or anyone — get in her way.

Until she meets Justin Brown. JB is gorgeous, and the kind of guy who is all wrong for Lindsay — the kind of guy who is all wrong for anyone . He drinks, he fights, and he has a secret past Lindsay’s not so sure she wants to know about.

But when the two of them are together, Lindsay can’t help but lose herself in him. It’s the way his eyes burn when he looks at her. The way his smile makes her dizzy. The way his hands feel on her body.

Soon, Lindsay and Justin are completely addicted to each other. But when their dangerous game culminates with Lindsay having to make a shocking choice, will she be able to keep JB in her life? And if so, will she lose everything in the process?

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Series: Addicted to You
Author: Lucy Covington
# of Parts: 9+ (See full reading order here)
Complete?: Unknown Series Status
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
Heat Rating: warm
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Date: April 25, 2013 – unknown
Source & Format: eBook

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Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I feel like Kobo recommended this too me when it first came out. I waited a bit for the rest of the parts to be published before I start–because reading 50 pages at a time sucks.

Only, I didn’t read this until 2016 when I pulled it from my TBR jar for my Rock My TBR challenge.

Series Status?

Ok, I didn’t realize this series wasn’t finished when I started to read it. If I had known that I wouldn’t be getting a conclusion, I probably wouldn’t have started this.

I have no idea if the ending will ever be published or revealed. According to Twitter, 2013 was a hard year for the author so maybe she had to abandon it?

The Plot:

This is your typical “first year of college” story. You have good girl Lindsay trying to navigate the waters of being a little fish in a big pond when she meets a bad boy (Justin) she is inexplicably drawn to. Of course, unbeknownst to Lindsay, every guys she comes across wants her and they would be “better choices”. And Justin doesn’t do so bad with female attention either.

Cue the slow burn, jealousy and adolescent love story if you please.

Add to that mix Justin’s BFF friend dealing with a drug addiction (which I wish took more precedence because that was an interesting battle) and Justin’s fighting career and gym drama.

I like a lot of things happening in my novels, but in a serial, it almost becomes overwhelming. Especially if you have to wait a week or more for each instalment. Sure, it adds to dramatics but I feel like it prevents the other plotlines from developing at a stronger pace.

The Characters:

Lindsay wasn’t anything new or exciting. For a bright girl, she didn’t have that many shinning moments. I get it though, she’s growing up and has lots of hurdles thrown her way. But she kinda let’s everything happen around her and whines when it doesn’t go that great.

Justin was much more interesting to me. His life is more complicated and complex. I wish more was done with his story but it gets overshadowed a bit with the romance.

The Romance:

This is one of the most drawn out slow burn romances I’ve ever read. It takes a ridiculous amount of time for these two to even kiss! Which is fine, but it got tiring listening to each of them moan on about how much they wish they had kissed during their last encounter.

Like I said earlier, this romance was more “insta”, based on a connection that doesn’t really get expanded upon besides a physical connection.

Series Rating: 3/5

overall

Besides the fact that this series will likely never be concluded, it’s a little all over the place. Not the best serial I’ve ever read. It would have been a great standalone novel I think instead.

Read if You Like: slow burn romance
Avoid if You: hate not knowing how it ends

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Novella Serial Review: Secrets by Ella Steele (aka H M Ward)

Serial Saturdays: On the occasional Saturday, I review a serialized series (a series that is released in parts that would normally make up a whole novel) to see if the series is worth keeping up with or worth buying all its parts. Here is this week’s offering:

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Synopsis for Secrets (from Goodreads):
Sex is supposed to be sexy, tantalizing, and completely erotic, but Anna never seems to find the right guy. This one seems to be a germ-a-phobe, and the previous boyfriend wasn’t much better. Anna just wants to be wanted. Is that too much to ask?

As Anna tries to wiggle out of one relationship, a new one surfaces, but it’s forbidden. Cole Stevens is twice her age, arrogant, rich, sexy as hell, and her boss. When Anna’s internship plans derail, she ends up interning at Cole’s elite New York City studio. Close proximity leads Anna to discover that the billionaire bachelor is emotionally scarred. Everyone has secrets, but Cole’s run deeper, cutting him to his core. Cole is trouble in a sexy shell. He’s nothing Anna needs and everything she wants.

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SERIESous’ Top Picks: Favourite Serial Author
Series: Secrets
Author: Ella Steele (aka H M Ward)
# of Parts: 5
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Heat Rating: really warm to hot (Kink: mild)
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Date: August 2012 – December 2012
Source & Format: Own–eBook

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Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

Despite not finishing them, I’ve really enjoyed H M Wards previous serialized stories, like the Ferro Family ones and Trystan Scott and while I was enjoying them, I picked up her 5 part series Secrets. This was YEARS ago and I only managed to read this series now thanks to my Rock myTBR challenge. This was one of the lucky ones to be pulled for the month of January.

I liked the forbidden teacher-student romance that Damaged had and I knew that Ward would write another strong one with this series. I was excited to delve into it–especially when it was only 5 complete parts and no more than that…

The Concept:

In Part 1, I was really confused as to why Anna felt like she had to botch the interview with Cole when it seemed like she had a sure thing at the other agency that she wanted. I’m sure I just missed that one key line that explained the internship process but it threw me for a loop and prevented me from getting into the story initially.

The Plot:

I felt like the story was very predictable. While I couldn’t predict all the events of the book specifically, I had the general gist very early on in the series so I was never really surprised by anything.

The Characters:

I admit that I wasn’t completely sold on Anna as a character when we first met her. Her whole reason for botching the interview with Cole seemed bizarre to me. Perhaps I missed something in the book, but I didn’t understand why she had to sabotage her interview with him if she was for sure going to get the job at the place she wanted. It just seemed to contradict who she was as a strong intelligent woman. And I don’t think she ever recovered from that for me either though I appreciated that she didn’t become some buffoon who couldn’t live without Cole.

Cole was alright as a hero. I liked that he wasn’t overbearing or too much of an alpha. He seemed like a genuine guy so I appreciate that.

The Romance:

What I initially enjoyed about the Part 1 was that it wasn’t an insta-love connection between Cole and Anna. Oh, there were buckets of sexual tension which was great but I liked that nothing happens too fast. Unfortunately, the nature of a serial means that it can’t last forever at that pace. While I liked the two together, I just wanted to see a little more of why they liked each other besides physical attraction. It becomes a little more apparent later on to a certain extent but I didn’t like the first jump.

Series Rating: 3/5

Part 1 3/5 | Part 2 3.5/5 | Part 3 3/5 | Part 4 3/5 | Part 5 3/5

overall

This book reminded me of a subdued version of Fifty Shades of Grey but much more predictable. I was really let down by this one but if you enjoy soap opera-esque drama, you will probably like this one!

Read if You Like: soap operas, forbidden love
Avoid if You: don’t like predictable plots

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Novella Serial Review: Gypsy Brothers by Lili St. Germain

Serial Saturdays: On Saturdays, I review serialized series (a series that is released in parts that would normally make up a whole novel) to see if the series is worth keeping up with. Here is this week’s offering:

SERIESous’ Top Book Series: #2 Favourite Serialized Series 2014
Series: Gypsy Brothers

There will be a prequel trilogy spin-off that is set 16 years before this series called Cartel to be published in February 2015

Author: Lili St. Germain
# of Parts: 7 (Seven Sons, Six Brothers, Five Miles, Four Score, Three Years, Two Years, One Love)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Adult, Dark, Romance, Motorcycle Club, Erotica, Suspense
Heat Rating: getting hot + *mature subject matter*
Point of View: First Person, Single

Thoughts:

Seven Sons was a freebie on Kobo and Amazon and as soon as I saw it I had to read it. It hits all my favourite marks: a revenge story, romance and featured a motor cycle club (a plot element I always wanted to read but haven’t read it yet). However, the series had just started and I knew I would be addicted so I waited until the series was finished before I started reading it.

I feel like I should emphasize that this series isn’t for everyone because it is very, very dark. Probably the darkest series I have read so far. What I mean by dark is that it features situations that not everyone would be comfortable reading (for example rape and murder). I would say that if watching Criminal Minds makes you squeamish, avoid this series because you won’t like that element.

Despite that darker element, I was hooked into this series. The whole story, even if it made my heartbreak and was harder to read because of the subject matter, was captivating and really refreshing to me. If other MC (motorcycle club) books have this much suspense and tension, I understand why they are so popular.

I find that the synopsis for Seven Sons is slightly misleading in terms of Jase’s role because the impression it gives is not what actually happens and there is more to their connection when you actually read the series. Because of that, the first book wasn’t what I was expecting but I loved what we got instead and I find the rest of the series builds on that. I also loved how the series ended and I appreciate why St. Germain did it.

Each part is fast pace (there is one exception but it is needed) and I would devour them super quickly. I was expecting to read one a day but I found myself reading 2 or 3 just to find out what happens next! So make sure you have all parts on hand when reading (though I recommend you just get the first book for free first to make sure you like it before you buy the rest!)!

Conclusion:

I found this series to be very refreshing and highly addicting. However, I think some people won’t like the darker elements to it because they are quite strong. I recommend grabbing Seven Sons for free and reading it before buying the rest of the series if you are interested in reading it 🙂

Rating: 4/5
Would I Recommend this Serial Series to a Friend: Yes, but not all of my friends due to the subject matter

Similar Reads: Naked by Kelly Favor (Naked Series #1) and Wanted by Amanda Lance (Wanted Series #1)

Synopsis for Seven Brothers (from Goodreads):
My father was most certainly NOT an innocent man. As the leader of the Gypsy Brothers MC, he was guilty of many things. But he died for a crime that he didn’t commit, framed by an enemy within who then stole his club and everything he had ever worked to protect.

Including my innocence.

When Dornan Ross framed my father, he set into motion a series of events that could never be undone. My father was murdered by Dornan Ross and his sons when I was fifteen years old.

Before my father died, Dornan Ross and his seven sons stole my innocence, branded my skin and in doing so, ensured that their lives would be prematurely cut short. That they would suffer.

I’ve just turned twenty-one, and I’m out for blood. I’m out for revenge.

But I didn’t expect to fall for Jase, the youngest brother in the club.

I didn’t expect that he would turn my world upside down, yank my heart out of my chest and ride away into the sunset with it.

Now, I’m faced with an impossible choice – Jase, or avenging my fathers death?

Novella Serial Review: The Inheritance by Olivia Mayfield

Serial Saturdays: On Saturdays, I review serialized series (a series that is released in parts that would normally make up a whole novel) to see if the series is worth keeping up with. Here is this week’s offering:

Series: The Inheritance
Author: Olivia Mayfield
# of Parts: 6
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Chick Lit, Suspense
Heat Rating: really warm (not a lot of sexual content but it is rather descriptive)
Point of View: Third Person

Thoughts:

I randomly stumbled across this serial at my public library when browsing the newly added eBooks. I think at one point, I came across this book as a freebie on Amazon because the plot sounded extremely familiar to me when I read it  (but I opted not to download it because it was a serial series). However, my library had the complete novel available to borrow so I decided that I might as well grab it.

I don’t read a lot of contemporary mystery novels. In theory I should because I love puzzles, Clue is my all-time favourite board game and I just love the movies that require you to piece together clues to understand what is happening. But when it comes to reading, I prefer my suspense to come from drama and family secrets. This book has a mixture of both because the mystery focuses on family drama that is the result of a crime so I liked that it blended together. It managed to keep my attention and even when I wasn’t reading it I was trying to put the clues together.

I think like most serialized series, this series suffers from lack of character development. I didn’t really get attached to any of the characters and I didn’t love Maggie. I think part of the reason is the third person narration but from a technical aspect I understand why mystery novels are written in third person. But most of the characters are your cookie-cutter mystery characters so nothing felt wholly original to me.

As for the mystery, I was expecting something a little more complicated as the solution to be honesty. However, I didn’t fully figure out the solution until shortly before the big reveals so I liked that.

Conclusion:

It was a cute read and it made for a good way to pass the time. Not the greatest story ever told but it was interesting and managed to keep my attention throughout. Don’t expect the romance aspect to be the main focus here; this book is primarily a contemporary mystery with a dash of romance on the side.

Rating: 3/5
Would I Recommend this Series to a Friend: No

Similar Reads: His Wicked Games by Ember Casey (His Wicked Games Series #1) and Juliet by Anne Fortier

Synopsis for The Inheritance: The Complete Novel (from Goodreads):

Olivia Mayfield’s thrilling and sexy novel about seductive money, deadly secrets, and fatal attractions—available in one complete edition!

Maggie Willings knew that returning home for her estranged grandfather’s funeral would not be easy, but she never expected the reading of his will to be the most difficult part. It turns out her grandfather named four people beneficiaries to his vast estate—Maggie, her brother Robert, her ex-boyfriend Andrew, and her grandfather’s far-too-young girlfriend Bethany. But only one of them will win his millions: whoever finds out the truth about what happened to Maggie’s younger sister Cassandra, who vanished over eight years ago.

As her grandfather’s strange challenge pits Maggie against those nearest to her, she’s reluctant to drag up painful memories of her sister and distracted by a lingering attraction to Andrew. But as she delves deeper into her sister’s mysterious vanishing, she begins to discover that each of the contestants has dangerous secrets to hide—and with ten million dollars on the line, no one, not even those she loves most, can be trusted…

Novella Serial Review: Disarm by June Gray

Serial Saturdays: On Saturdays, I review serialized series (a series that is released in parts that would normally make up a whole novel) to see if the series is worth keeping up with. Here is this week’s offering:

Series: DISARM
Author: June
# of Parts: 6 (Disarm, Besiege, Retreat, The Henry Sessions, Engage, Capture)

There is a novel that takes place after with different characters called Surrender that will be published November 2014

Complete?: Yes, the serialized part is but the sequel is to be published.
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Dark, Drama, Military
Heat Rating: getting hot
Point of View: First Person

Thoughts:

This was actually one of the first serialized series that I read and I really devoured it.

I liked this series because it was realistic but enjoyable. The military aspect of it is really interesting and adds to the story in a that you don’t see in contemporary romances where a younger sister is in love with her brother’s BFF. It makes the story darker but nothing that would disturb anyone if they enjoy reading military-based stories.

The romance in the story is enjoyable to watch unfold. It blends well with the other aspects of the plot and I felt like they balanced out with each other.

There isn’t too much to say about the series without giving it away but Elsie and Henry’s story ends within the serialized parts. Surrender is about Elsie’s brother and will be published in November. I will probably check it out when it is published because I liked the world everything is set in and am interested in the story.

Conclusion:

I really enjoyed reading this series. Fans of military reads will want to pick this up!

Rating: 4/5

Similar Reads: Something Like Normal by Trish Doller and Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros

Synopsis for Disarm (from Goodreads):
Even the deepest secrets always find a way to surface…

26-year-old Elsie Sherman has had a crush on her brother’s best friend, Henry Logan, since she was twelve years old. Unfortunately, Henry has only ever treated her like a younger sister, stepping into her brother’s shoes after he was killed in action.

That is, until one night, when one dance ignites a sensual fire between the two, leaving Elsie aroused and confused. Is she allowed to lust after her surrogate big brother who also happens to be her roommate?

But Henry, an Air Force officer, has been harboring two secrets–one will bring them together and the other will tear them apart–and it is up to Elsie to decide if their relationship is worth fighting for.

Novella Serial Review: Naked by Kelly Favor

Serial Saturdays: On Saturdays, I review serialized series (a series that is released in parts that would normally make up a whole novel) to see if the series is worth keeping up with or starting. Here is this week’s offering:

Series: Naked
Author: Kelly Favor
# of Parts: 7 (Naked, Bad, Wild, Wrong, Ache, Raw, Scar)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Dark, Romance, Contemporary
Heat Rating: warm
Point of View: Third Person

Thoughts:

I think if you going to read this series you have to remember that it is a serialized FICTION series–or else you are going to roll your eyes right out of your head at how fast everything progresses in this series and how rashly the characters act. And that line right there–about rolling your eyes–is probably going to give you the wrong impression of this series. Because nothing is really THAT over the top with this book–it’s actually surprisingly realistic in some parts of its delivery–but I just want to remind readers that the romance in serialized stories moves fast and often on the basis of an “insta-connection” (which if you are like me will normally drive you nuts reading a full sized novel).

That being said, I really didn’t mind their insta-connection. As I said before, I found the series to be fairly realistic in terms of the situations Caelyn and Elijah found themselves in–though there were of course moments that were a little too “fantasy” for me (especially how they meet). BUT, I was open going into the book knowing it was a FICTION series so I decided to have a little fun with it.

It helps to have all parts of the series with you when you read because it is a little addicting. Most parts end with a cliffhanger so you really want to see what happens next. But, don’t buy all of the series at once until you are sure that you like it. Naked, part 1, isn’t the most accurate representation of the series as it has a different feel to it. I think a lot of people will enjoy it but not necessarily like Bad, which is part 2. In Bad we learn more about Elijah and the book progresses into its more “dark” aspects.

By “dark” I mean that this isn’t your typical New Adult read with characters that have tragedy filled past. While both characters have tragic pasts there is also more going on with the plot that we don’t see in other reads. I don’t want to give it away but let’s just say that Elijah is the definition of a bad boy (and I’m not just saying he is a playboy that sleeps with a lot of girls like some other books try to sell).

I was getting a little tired of the “but I love him” bits by the end of the series though. I didn’t particularly love Caelyn as a character either but I liked Elijah. However, I was always entertained as I was reading it because the plot moved in a direction I never thought it was going to go.

Conclusion:

I don’t think the majority of people will like this series because it is a little on the darker side in terms of plot events. It’s an insta-connection romance that doesn’t have much substance to it. But, the plot is always moving with lots of interesting spins so it is entertaining if you are looking for a break from the usual New Adult fare.

Rating: 3/5

Similar Reads: Wanted by Amanda Lance (Wanted Series #1) and Heartless by Catou Martine

Synopsis for Naked (from Goodreads):
Caelyn Murphy is broken.

She’s broken because of something that was done to her–something she can’t even bear to think about. So she does the only thing she can think of…she runs. Away from her Ivy League college, away from her perfect life, and away from the man who hurt her. Only she runs straight into…

Elijah.

Elijah Daniels is hardened from a life that’s seen the worst the world has to offer. But when he meets Caelyn, he knows there’s something different about her. She’s been through hell and back, but she hasn’t given up.

Caelyn can see that Elijah is gorgeous on the outside, but she also knows he’s dangerous. And the last man she trusted hurt her so badly, she may be beyond repair.

But the harder she tries to resist, the more Elijah’s persistence strips her of her armor and leaves her naked and vulnerable.

In the end, neither of them will be able to predict just how far they might have to go to save themselves…and each other.

Novella Serial Review: The Arrangement by H.M. Ward (Ferro Family #1)

Serial Saturdays: On Saturdays, I review serialized series (a series that is released in parts that would normally make up a whole novel) to see if the series is worth keeping up with. Here is this week’s offering:

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Synopsis for The Arrangement (from Goodreads):
FML is becoming Avery’s motto. Just when she doesn’t think things could get any worse, they do. When her car stalls out at a busy intersection and she gets out to check under the hood, a guy steals her car. Armed with a dress and a pair of Chucks, Avery runs after the thief. When a hot stranger offers to help, she can’t say no. That’s how Avery meets Sean Ferro, the totally sexy, totally damaged guy with more secrets than she has time for.

Avery doesn’t have time for anything anymore. Her is life falling apart and it’s not just the car. It’s everything, and it doesn’t matter how tightly she tries to hold on, there’s nothing left to hold on to. With the sudden death of her parents, it’s only a matter of months until Avery’s shot at college is gone, and she’s living in a cardboard box. Other students have their families to rely on when things get bad. Avery has no one.

But there’s one option, one incredibly sexy, morally devoid, option. If Avery takes a job as a call girl, one guy could save her. One client. One time. She just has to say yes.

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Series: The Arrangement, Part of the Ferro Family Series
Author: H.M. Ward
# of Parts: 23

As a part of the Ferro Family, this series intersects with 3 other series: Damaged, Stripped, and Proposition

Complete?: No, The Arrangement 23 is set to be published in March 2017
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Drama, Contemporary, Mature
Heat Rating: starts really warm and gets to be steamy
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Date: January 2013 – March 2017
Source & Format: Own–eBook

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Disclaimer: I stopped reading The Arrangement at Part 12. Find out why below…

Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I actually read the Damaged series before I read this one not knowing that they were connected. In hindsight, I wish I read Damaged after because it ruined a bit of the plot for this one (since it crosses over with The Arrangement in Part 7 which is later in the series). But, reading Damaged did get me to pick up the Arrangement sooner rather than later.

This series seems to be everywhere. Every time I log into Kobo, it’s in the Bestseller’s list and I glance over it, noting that I should read it soon. I decided to hold off on it because I HATE serialized series and I thought that Part 12 was the last novel so everything was finished. Turns out it isn’t and that left me a little peeved because I went into The Arrangement 12 thinking I was going to get a conclusion.

The Plot:

One thing with serialized series is that they ALWAYS end on a cliff-hanger. This works because it makes you excited for the next book and anxious to read it; but it also frustrates the reader because sometimes the next part isn’t available. I was lucky because 12 parts had been released by the time I got around to them.

This series moves fast because it is a serialized series. This both strengthens and harms the series for me. Why I think it is awesome is because it keeps the pace of the books a lot quicker than other series out there. I read all 12 parts in 2 days because they are significantly shorter than other novels AND I needed to know what happened next. These books have a lot of drama and suspense–plus a romance that draws you in so they are hard to put down.

The plot, as I said before, moves fast and isn’t overly predictable. There have been a few times that my theories about what is going to happen next have been proven wrong which I always love about a series.

The Characters:

Why I say that it harms the series has to do with the character development. I felt like there was a major shift in characters between Parts 1 & 2. While each part picks up directly where the last one left, I felt like I was missing something that would cause the change in characters. Because the books move so fast, I think that the characters get a little left behind at times. By Part 3 I felt better about the characters, but it threw me for a bit at the start how these characters would reveal their “dark-sides” so quickly and almost seemingly out of nowhere. As more gets revealed during the series, things start making more sense and I feel like the character development improves and we don’t get these crazy shifts anymore.

(Though to be fair: I think part of my problem was that I was introduced to Sean in the Damaged series and in that story, we see a different side of Sean than what we get at the start of The Arrangement which might be why I find the character development hard to swallow at times).

As for the actual characters–I really enjoy them both. Avery and Sean are awesome together! I love their connection and their interaction with each other. It’s just plain fun to watch them fall for each other. Avery is a strong heroine and I was worried I was going to dislike her as the series progressed but I still like her 12 parts in as much as I did in Part 1.

My Expectations for the Rest of the Series:

I’m looking forward to The Arrangement 13; however, I hope the end is in sight. On her website, Ms. Ward has indicated that this series is driven entirely by fans and she will write as many books as people want and continue to vote for. I personally hope that 15 parts is the max this series sees. Approximately 2.5 parts equals one novel so at 15, we would essentially have 6 books which is more than enough for any series–especially a romance based one. I just don’t want the series to become stretched like so many other contemporary romances **coughcough Crossfire cough** out there. And when you take into consideration that there are 3 other full length novels that revolve around the same universe AND a full length novel about the Ferro Family in the near future, I don’t think fans will feel gipped in anyway with the ending of this series in the near future.

Will I Finish It? (Updated January 21, 2017)

Truthfully, I haven’t thought about this series much in that last 2 years. And when I was updating this review and saw that this series had 23 total parts, I was over it. I’m ready to move on from this series.

Series Rating: DNF

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Overall, I’ve enjoyed each part of the series. If you enjoy fast-paced novels, these books are great! The romance is extremely cute, there is lots of drama to be had and the characters are all entertaining. If you enjoy reading book series involving different members of the same family, this is a series you should get into!

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Toonie Tuesday: Twisted Arrangement by Mora Early (Twisted #1)

Toonie Tuesdays: On Tuesdays, I review a book (stand-alone or series) that can be bought as an eBook for under $2 (CAD). (Just in case you don’t know, in Canada we have a two dollar coin called the Toonie, hence the name “Toonie” Tuesdays). Here is this week’s offering:

Twisted Arrangement | Price: $0.99 (CAD on Amazon Kindle) | Twisted Series


Other Books in the Series:
book2 book3 book4

Series: Twisted
Author: Mora Early
# of Books: 4 (Twisted Arrangement 1-4)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Short Stories, Serialized
Heat Rating: warm then hot in book 2-3

Thoughts on Twisted Arrangement:

This book was for free on Amazon a little while back and that’s where I grabbed my copy. At first I didn’t want to read this book because I figured the “twisted arrangement” had something do to with BDSM–I mean it just screams (no pun intended) that genre when you look at all the facts. Rich playboy. CHECK. Naïve nice girl, CHECK. An arrangement made to protect her family, CHECK. It basically has all the makings of a serial erotica novel BUT that isn’t what we get.

This book (and the rest of the series) is truthfully nothing but vanilla romance which I was extremely thankful for because I really enjoyed these books quite a lot. Actually, it reminds me of a modernized Regency novel where the hero and heroine find themselves in a similar situation and have to find a way to satisfy both parties involved.

First, I liked the characters. While they did play into some stereotypes, I really liked Josh and Emma. They both have great hearts and I like the attraction that is between them. It isn’t just a lust thing as they do make a connection between their personalities and it’s easy to see them together. Emma wasn’t annoying to me (I could maybe see how she would get on the nerves of some people but I think I am similar to her in a lot of ways so she doesn’t irritate me) which is also a big bonus.

The storyline borders on unrealistic but I can attune that to it being fiction. I think it’s cute in its approach and not overly farfetched so that makes it enjoyable.

I really wish this was one full book. I’m happy that I discovered this series after all four parts were published because if I had to wait for each part, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. Serialized eBooks are not my favourite trend for this reason (among a few others) so I recommend grabbing them all (or be prepared to get all 4) within the same time span. I will say that I appreciate the length of each book as they average almost 100 pages per part so I never felt overly gipped that I was paying more than it was worth.

Originally the series was supposed to only be 3 parts but Ms Early extended it to the 4th which I think was a good idea (though I haven’t read part 4 yet!). I would have been very disappointed in Part 3 if that was the ending!

Conclusion:

A fun and cute series that has likeable characters. The only downside is that it is a serialized series but when you have all the parts on hand it’s like reading one longer novel. Those who like contemporary romances with a bit of a spin will enjoy this series.

Rating: 4/5

Similar Reads: The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst (Marriage to a Billionaire Series #1)

Synopsis for Twisted Arrangemet (from Goodreads):
All Emma wanted to do was retrieve her family’s heirloom watch. The watch that her ne’er-do-well younger brother lost in a poker game to dashing Hollywood producer and renowned ladies man Joshua Owens.

The only problem is, in order to do so, she has to sneak into a masquerade ball at Joshua’s mansion… a ball she she helped plan in the course of her job as a party promoter – a job she could lose if they ever found out what she was up to. But her job will be the least of her worries when an encounter with Joshua threatens to turn her entire life upside down.