My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ARC's received in exchange for honest review.
This is a review of the entire trilogy.
~ 4-Stars ~
I'll be the first to admit I'm NOT a fan of serials. I'd rather have the WHOLE story available to me in one single download as opposed to purchasing several parts. Yet something about this series made me take a second look and give it a chance I normally wouldn't have otherwise. In all honestly, the fact that I was receiving free copies probably played a big part in my ultimate decision. But regardless of how it all came to be, I'm so glad I took a chance because I really enjoyed it!
It's been a while since I've read a good romantic comedy that was fun and sexy at the same time. Ms. Monroe had me laughing out loud one minute and holding my breath the next, and then swooning a moment later. She has a way of writing that keeps you invested in the story and unaware of time passing until you've finished the book. Her characters were entertaining yet oddly similar. It seemed like they all shared the same kind of personality, even down to Portia, the evil Godmother. Granted Portia was way bitchier.
I did feel a slight connection to Lacey, our hardworking, curvaceous and somewhat timid leading lady. Her parents are a riot (unintentional on their part) but hilarious nonetheless. And let’s not forget our leading man, Grant. I loved that he wasn't all serious and brooding, like the typical mysterious billionaires we often get. He had a sense of humor and was fun and pretty much an open book, willingly inviting Lacey into his world. I would've loved some chapters from his point of view, just to get a deeper feel for his character, but all in all he was very likeable and a perfect match (in my mind) for Lacey.
My ONLY issue is that I wish Lacey had more of a backbone. The way she let other women, including Grant's Godmother, talk to her was just infuriating. She just took it, and that's a very unflattering quality in a heroine. It was surprising because she was so witty and quick thinking and was able to handle Grant of all people, who was way more intimidating than anybody else she'd encountered, so the fact that she couldn't deal with some gossiping, attention-seeking mean girls didn't make any sense.
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by Ms. Monroe's debut trilogy and look forward to reading more of her books. I would definitely recommend this series if you’re looking for a lighthearted and heartwarming, romantic comedy that delivers some steam as well. If you’re in the ballpark for an erotic sex-fest you won’t find that here.
Other things to take note of…
I've seen other reviewers complaining about "cliffhangers" but I really didn't see it that way. To me a cliffhanger is what you get in a Jessica Sorensen book, where the main character is on the verge of death or something equally as serious, and you are literally left hanging. That's not what happened here. Ms. Monroe gives her readers a "to be continued." An ending you'll be okay with until you pick up the next installment. So I don't understand the negative backlash, but to each his own I guess.
Since I reviewed ARC's I can't be sure that those were the final copies to be published, so the fact that there were editing errors on my copies may not necessarily mean they'll be on yours. Either way, I'm not mad about it. It didn't disturb my reading, so they were very easy to overlook. Still worth mentioning though because I know others may not be as forgiving.