Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:
Synopsis for Worth the Scandal (from Goodreads):
Alexander Worth, President and CEO of Worth Luxury Goods, is a man never to be crossed. His unwavering sense of responsibility to the family business requires him to always be in complete and utter control. Until it comes to Tessa Crawford.
She’s quietly professional, shy, voluptuous…and she works for him. Which means she is the one woman he must never touch, no matter how hard his gut twists with need for her.
After rising above her disadvantaged childhood, Tessa knows the last thing she should do is risk throwing it all away by falling into bed with her sexy boss. But on an extended European business trip, all self-imposed barriers burn away in the heat of their sizzling chemistry.
Once back home, though, whispers of corporate espionage turn into full-blown scandal-and Tessa finds out the hard way where Alex’s loyalties lie. Determined to soldier on, she picks herself up and carries on with a secret, yet welcomed burden. Never guessing that Alex will make a reappearance in her life, ready to show her once and for all that family does, indeed, come first.
Warning: Contains a sweet-yet-strong woman, and a bossy alpha male brought to his knees by the woman he desperately loves. Involves enough begging and groveling that the reader may be tempted to “accidentally” leave it for her significant other to “find.” For instructional purposes only, of course.
Series: Worth It
There is also a spin-off series: The Renaldis
Author: Karen Erickson (aka Monica Murphy)
# of Books: 4 (Full Reading Order Here)
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: Toasty
Point of View: Third Person, Alternating
Publication Dates: March 2012 – February 2013
Source & Format: Own–eBook
Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:
I learned about this series when I discovered that Worth the Scandal was a free eBook on Amazon. Although Alex and Tess weren’t my favourite characters to read about, I was hooked into the series.
The Concept / The World:
The series follows the three Worth brothers who run a fashion empire. Each is unique in their own way and this is reflected into their stories. There are a ton of little twists along the way in each of the books that make you turn the pages.
These books read a little like soap operas. You’ve got all the family drama of the Newmans (The Young and the Restless) or Dynasty when it comes to running a family business mixed in with passionate love affairs. With the exception of the last book, Worth Everything, I found each book had an overall dramatic plot that kept me hooked and contributed to the overall romance. And I also found that while the drama was wrapped up sufficiently within each book, there is enough lingering to make me want to pick up the next book.
I didn’t really like Tessa and Alexander from Worth the Scandal (#1) — but rarely do I enjoy the first set of leads in a romance series that focuses on family (see The Sullivans or The Wright Brother) so I take that with a grain of salt. I find that the little inklings we get of everyone in the first book intrigue me to pick up the rest of the series and that’s what happens here.
All these romances happen rather quickly thanks to lusty passions but I found by the end of the book, I knew why the attraction was there and could see why these couples would work long term.
My Expectations for the Spin-off — The Renaldis:
I’m very excited for this spin-off! I can’t wait to get to know more about this family!
Series Rating: 4/5
Worth the Scandal 3.5/5 | Worth the Risk 4/5 | Worth the Challenge 4.5/5 | Worth Everything 3.5/5
If you like contemporary romances with millionaire businessmen, business-savvy women and lots of heat, then you will love this series.
Read if You Like: quick contemporary romance reads, family drama / soap operas
Avoid if You: want a darker romance
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