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:
The Agency Series
Other books planned to be in the series:
Synopsis for Secret Offer (from Goodreads):
We’ll marry her off to the highest bidder…but I’ll pay the price.
The Agency is an open secret among men of a certain tax bracket.
You need a wife who understands your lifestyle? We’ll hand-select options from the eligible daughters of men who’d love to cement a business alliance with you. Sometimes, the daughters don’t even know they’re being set up.
That’s my specialty: I run a Caribbean resort so exclusive it doesn’t even have a website, arranging meet-cutes between rich men and their future trophy wives.
I wasn’t looking for love myself.
Blair found me, brooding on a beach the week before my next client showed up.
She made me break my rule about never going back for more. Over and over again. Our one-week stand was hotter than July on the island.
And then my client introduced me to the daughter who doesn’t know he’s signed her with the Agency. The woman I’m in charge of setting up with one of the men her father has chosen for her.
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Author: Stella Gray
Series: The Agency
# of Books: 1+ (Full Reading Order Here)
Book Order: Connected
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Heat Rating: Hot
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Date: February 8, 2024 – ongoing
Source & Format: Author–eARC
Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:
Once I read my first Stella Gray book, Broken Bride, I knew I found a new must read author. I love her contemporary romances with their blend of heat, drama and fantastic characters. So when I read the synopsis for the first book in this series, I was completely on board!
What I Liked:
WOW, the chemistry between these two was fantastic! Even without the angst of a forbidden romance, I loved how well they complimented each other. They truly brought out the best in the other. But that added layer of the starcrossed lovers to their story, just magic and it made everything have higher stakes. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next!
I thought the marriage bidding was an interesting premise. I love a good dark romance and that element to the plot brought a suspenseful edge to the story. I couldn’t wait to see how it would all unravel when the truth was revealed.
What I Didn’t Like:
–It Felt a Little Rushed Near the End–
This is a bit of a stretch as I really just enjoy this book from start to finish, but I think the conclusion could have been teased out a little more to resolve the various plot points. It just made the plot seem slightly lopsided.
My Expectations for the Rest of the Series:
While the rest of the crew in the agency didn’t have a huge role in this novel, we got just enough of them for me to wonder what their stories would be like. I’m excited to see what passionate romance will happen next.
My Rating: 5/5
Secret Offer 5/5 | Book 2 TBP
Another must read series from Stella Gray!
Read if You Like: darker romances, forbidden romance
Avoid if You: dislike contemporary romance