Monday, April 25, 2016

Scandal: The Complete Series - Alison Foster

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Scandal: The Complete Series by Alison Foster 
Publication date: January 13th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

An unlikely assignment throws recent graduate Ella Wade directly into the frenzy of a deadly scandal and the burn-your-fingers-hot male model at its heart, Jaxson Cole.

*This collection includes all three books in the romantic suspense series SCANDAL and it is the complete story of Ella Wade and Jaxson Cole.*

Ella Wade knew working at a website called The Daily Scandal might lead to an interesting summer job after graduating college. She did not know that one big mistake would pull her into the heart of a sleazy world of publicity where truths are worse than lies and a murderer is on the loose.

When Ella gives into temptation and sleeps with her stepsister Madison’s ex, her world flips upside down. It doesn’t matter that Madison is dead or that Jaxson Cole wasn’t, in fact, her boyfriend but a publicist’s stunt to link two of the hottest catwalk models romantically in order to feed tabloid curiosity. The damage is done and with deadly consequences.

Even worse, Jax definitely knows things he won’t say. Falling for his epic hotness could mean one good screw will screw Ella for a lifetime.

3.5 Stars

I swear, if he takes one step closer, I'll throw my arms around his neck and kiss him. I might be the worst stepsister in world history. Luckily for my soul's salvation, he stays put.

Do you know how many highlights I made in this book? A LOT. Main character, Ella Wade, has some of the funniest inner monologue and dialogue that I have read from a character in a romance novel in a while. With Part 1 just from her perspective I felt connected to her right away, like I understood her past and the road she was on. She was super stubborn and lacked in the common sense department, but that's what made her all the more fun. Jaxson, on the other hand, is a swoon-worthy, brooding model that apparently has piles of women who want to jump his bones. I must be a weirdo, because I can't name a single male model in real life. That said, I guess if they looked like Jax was described I would be all over it. Despite reading the synopsis of this book, after getting through Part 1 I really thought I would just be reading a contemporary romance novel, then Part 2 happened and the suspense kicked in. The plot line, though a little fuzzy, is certainly an interesting one. I really like mafia anything when it comes to books, so I liked hearing both main characters had mafia ties. Part 2 and 3 are very fast paced and I got through them in about an hour total.

"How can you say that? We're about to see naked women," I say. "Surely the meaning of life can't be far behind."

I really enjoyed Part 1, liked Part 2, and ended up pretty confused by the end of Part 3. It was really easy to tell the bundle is separate books in a series and unfortunately I felt like the books read very differently. At about the halfway point in part 2 I realized that the character's actions and some of their history just wasn't going to make sense for me, especially the mafia aspect of everything. I easily was able to forget what made sense for the suspense part and found it entertaining, but the relationship between Jaxton and Ella was just over the top. Ella felt very naive at first, but soon was all about the sex. Jax, on the other hand, had a lot of secrets to reveal and while I like twists, these threw me off. The main characters were interesting, but didn't feel tied to their mafia past and I would have liked that to be more fleshed out. There are also a handful of secondary characters thrown into the mix in Parts 2 and 3 that left me feeling like I couldn't keep any one person, or their connections, in order.

It's as if the natural barrier that exists between two strangers is being shattered while we're pretending to be who we are not.

Based on other reviews, Scandal is the kind of book you either really like or really don't like. I can say this, it's absolutely worth a shot if you like head-strong, hilarious female characters and a fairly unique plotline in the romantic suspense genre.

Favorite quote: I'm amazing my tongue didn't slip and said I'd like to sleep on him. Or under him. Any fucking way, really.

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