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The Blitzed Series Boxed Set: Five Contemporary Romance Novels Kindle Edition
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Blitzed: The Series
Series: Blitzed (formerly Lovers Dance)
Author: Deanna Roy writing as J.J. Knight
Designation: Book 1 thru 5, Complete Collection of the Original 4 Books in the Series plus a Bonus Epilogue Novella only available in this Compilation, Standalone, No Cliffhanger, HEA #contemporaryromance
My Rating: FIVE CAPTIVATING STARS*****
** This compilation was originally published as the Lovers Dance Series but has since been re-released as the Blitzed Series with new book titles and covers. There have been no changes to the content of the first four books but this set does contain a bonus never-before-released novella that serves as an epilogue/conclusion for the series. This entire collection follows the relationship journey of beautiful newbie ballerina Livia Mason and handsome, charismatic reality television dance star Blitz Craven aka Benjamin Castillo, so NO waiting for the next book and NO cliffhangers.
I love, love, love this series! I've always been a sucker for romance, whether it's in real life or in the books I read, and I've always loved to dance. So when I discovered J.J. Knight had written an entire series combining two of my favorite things in the whole world, I was beyond excited. I couldn't wait to get it in my hot little hands and Knight didn't disappoint! And folks, these books do contain dancing! Our hero, Benjamin Castillo aka Blitz Craven is a talented bad boy dancer with a womanizing reputation, a long list of indiscretions, and his own reality show called Dance Blitz, and our heroine is nineteen-year-old newbie ballerina Livia Mason with stars in her eyes for our hero. I'll discuss Blitz and Livia in more detail later but just know they do actually dance - a lot, together and separately! And the way Knight writes their scenes is so vivid, so detailed, so natural, and so moving! In my mind, I could actually see the couple dancing as I read their story, and it was enthralling! Sigh... It's just so romantic. But before I get into specifics about the book, I'd first like to make a few comments about the author. I became a fan several years ago after first reading her heartwarming Forever Series written as Deanna Roy and became even more entranced with her work after discovering her alter-egos, JJ Knight and Annie Winters. As JJ Knight/Deanna Roy, she pens spicy and sweet New Adult, Contemporary, and Comedic romance. As Annie Winters, she writes sexy Contemporary Romantic Suspense. I developed a complete addiction to her Vigilante Series co-written with Tony West under her Annie Winters pen name. I love Knight's easy-to-follow style and passionate, sultry prose. There's nothing better than curling up in my favorite chair with a glass of wine and brand new book by J.J. Knight/Deanna Roy! And no one writes 'Dance Romance' like Deanna Roy. I discovered this firsthand after reading The Billionaire, a delightful standalone Contemporary Billionaire Friends to Lovers romance originally released as The Billionaire's Ballet and Dreamcatcher's Dance, which is actually the prequel to this series where we meet several of the characters in Blitz and Livia's story. But don't fret, as I said, it's also a standalone and can be read later.
But I digress, as I often do when talking about books or authors I enjoy, and I did love this entire series! Now let me tell you why! Blitzed is a captivating, fast-paced, exceptionally well-crafted and edited contemporary romance. All the books in the series follow the progression of Blitz and Livia's love story and for that reason, I highly recommend reading the books in order of their release, but the good news is this collection contains all four original books plus a new, never-before-published bonus novella entitled The Husband, which I like to think of as the epilogue or conclusion to Blitz and Olivia's story. The narrative for the entire series is beautifully written in the first person with a single perspective from the female protagonist, Livia Mason. Honestly, I usually prefer dual his and her points of view but this is Livia's story to tell and for this series, it works perfectly. I don't feel like I missed anything by not having a perspective from Blitz. The dialogue is smart, natural, realistic, well-executed, at times humorous, and flows effortlessly. I loved the premise and world Knight created for this story. It was truly extraordinary, but it's the cast of relatable, engaging, and endearing characters that completely steal the show along with my heart. I was immediately drawn into the story by the sweet, innocent and very naive Livia Mason, and I nearly swooned for our hero, handsome, cocky, professional celebrity dancer Blitz Craven aka Benjamin Castillo. These two characters could not have been more different, yet they're perfect for each other. Although Blitz was several years older than Livia and much more worldly and experienced, he's still quite immature. Well, immature may not be the right word, so let's just say he was wild, less than thrifty, and accustomed to women falling at his feet in adoration, and you better believe he enjoyed the perks of his stardom. lol... Livia lived a fairly normal life until age 15, but for the last four years had been isolated, closely monitored by her parents, and cut off from the world. The transformation of Blitz and Livia's characters and their personal growth through the entire series is masterfully done. But there's never any doubt these two characters are madly in love. It's pretty much love at first sight. Their attraction is immediate, their chemistry electric, their passion explosive, and their love undeniable! *sigh* It's just so dreamy! Knight skillfully combines every one of these elements to craft a heartwarming story filled to the brim with heartbreaking drama, agonizing angst, sweet romance, and steamy sex. This is not erotic romance, but it is sensual, passionate, and super sexy yet tastefully done. If I were asked to describe the writing style of Deanna Roy/J.J Knight in one word, it would definitely be classy!
The Stranger(Book 1):
Nineteen-year-old Livia Mason loves two things in life. The first is dance which she started only two years ago, and the second is a secret, one so dark only her parents know, or at least they know part of it. But even they don't know everything and if they did, they'd never allow her to continue her ballet lessons at Dreamcatcher's Dance Academy. It's the reason Livia lost everything, and the reason her father felt compelled to leave his job, uproot his family, and relocate them four years ago, moving away from everyone they knew... and it was all her fault. Livia is literally a prisoner in her own home. She's no longer allowed to have any friends nor any kind of social life. Her parents won't even allow her to attend public school. She has to settle for finishing her education through homeschooling, but hopefully this year she'd be able to take her SAT. She isn't even allowed to have a phone and all her actions are monitored closely by her very strict parents. But despite the shadow of her past mistake, her life is finally beginning to fall into place... until he shows up at the Dreamcatcher's Dance Academy... Benjamin Castillo aka Blitz Craven, playboy, womanizer, man-whore extraordinaire, and star of his very own reality TV dance show Dance Blitz. He's only at Dreamcatcher's to garner some good publicity, repair his damaged reputation, get his career back on track, and reclaim his show. But with one kiss and one simple dance, everything changes in the blink of an eye. He says he wants her, but does he really care for her? He claims he wants her to be with him, but does he love her? Why would a handsome celebrity like Blitz with a reputation for being quite a Don Juan with the ladies want someone like her, a sheltered and very plain naive nineteen-year-old woman with no worldly experience, who is slowly being suffocated by her restrictive overbearing parents? A man like Blitz Craven could have any woman he desired, and has, so is this just another ploy to add her name to his long list of conquests and public indiscretions? Can Livia afford to trust Blitz with her heart? But more importantly, can she trust him with her secret? We'll see!
The Enemy (Book 2):
Our story for The Enemy resumes shortly after Livia's dramatic rescue of Blitz on the live season finale of Dance Blitz. Livia sacrificed much to save Blitz from himself, but it appears the lovestruck couple may have weathered the storm and will finally get their happy ending... until Livia's past comes back to haunt her. A ghost from Livia's former life makes an unexpected and very unwelcome appearance, wreaking havoc and revealing long-buried secrets and sadly, it may cost her everything, including her happy new life and the people she loves most. Will Blitz stand by Livia once he knows her darkest secret? We'll see! Better get a box of tissues, folks; this one is a real tearjerker as Knight finally reveals Livia's darkest secret.
The Wicked(Book 3):
Dancing at Dreamcatcher's and teaching the wheelchair ballerinas has been a dream come true for Livia Mason, especially now that she has the handsome Benjamin Castello aka Blitz Craven by her side. But just when Blitz and Livia think they have a chance at a normal life, the mean girls descend on the happy couple, determined to exact their revenge for not being chosen in the season finale, and they want payback against BLitz and Livia. They're demanding a dance-off rematch but is sweet, newbie ballerina Livia up to the challenge. Will she fight for her man?
The Tempest(Book 4):
Livia has been thrust into a new life -a very public life where enemies are plentiful, friends few, and secrets are fodder for the masses. In six short months, shy Livia Mason has undergone quite a metamorphosis, leaving the safety of her cocoon and morphing into a beautiful butterfly. She's gained fame, fortune, her freedom, and the love of a man adored by millions of fans, reality dance star Blitz Craven. But she's also lost much - her home, family, church, friends, and when her secret is revealed, she loses even more including her coveted position at Dreamcatcher's, and most grievous of all, access to the daughter she was forced to give up at age fifteen. When Livia is offered the chance to dance as a professional ballerina with a small ballet troupe on tour, she must decide what she truly wants for her future. Will her glamorous new life be enough to ease the ache in her heart or will she fight to keep her life with Blitz and reclaim everything she's lost?
The Husband(Book 5 Exclusive to this Set):
No spoilers from me, but let's just say there's still no smooth sailing for our lovebirds with Blitz's contract to Dance Blitz still hanging over their heads, especially when jealous enemies refuse to let the couple bask in the happiness of their love. And let's just say they'll do anything to get their revenge. Oh my! Can Blitz and Livia's love survive the spotlight and get their happy ending? We'll see!
Did I like this book? No, I loved it! Would I recommend it? You bet and I am but only for adult readers. Will I read this author again? Absolutely! I've already ordered the remaining books in this series. And finally, was I entertained? Completely! I snickered, snorted, snuffled, sniffed and sobbed throughout the entire book but by the end, I was happy, satisfied and well entertained! Fabulous entertainment and an awesome read!
The Stranger (Book 1)
This was the first book I read of JJ Knight's.
At the beginning of the book I had mixed emotions but the further I got into the book I found myself actually liking it. I read a lot of the other reviews and noticed that a lot of people are put off by the fact that the main character is 19 and she just doesn't leave. I can see where these people are coming from but I can also put myself in the character's shoes and see where she is coming from too. I've known people that have gone through similar situations. Guilt and fear can be very powerful emotions. Enough so that they can keep a person from making decisions or taking actions that might be obvious or easy to others.
The Enemy (Book 2)
I absolutely enjoyed this book. From the moment I started reading I was sucked into Livia and Blitz's world. At times I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster. I was happy for Livia and Blitz. Then I was sad for the things in the past that Livia had to relive. At times I felt bad for the baby daddy and then others I was just plain angry with him. I love the chemistry between Livia and Blitz. Their personalities complement each other. Reading about the things they've been through in this book makes me believe that they'll have a strong relationship that'll last through the good and bad.
The Wicked (Book 3)
I was so anxious to see what happened next in Livia and Blitz's story. I was definitely not disappointed. I loved Livia's character before and now after reading The Wicked I love her character so much more. She proved to be not only a lot stronger than what everyone believed her to be but also very clever too. Blitz and Livia are great together! They show the world that no matter what drama and craziness gets thrown their way they will overcome it together. That they belong together and love is worth fighting for.
The Tempest (Book 4)
JJ Knight succeeded in writing another beautiful story about hardship, pain, strength, determination and most of all Love. I think this was my favorite book out of the series, though I loved them all. I loved seeing Livia grow as a person and come into here own. Seeing her on her own and making a name for herself in a world she's not completely familiar with was pretty awesome. Blitz is such a sweet, caring man who stands by her side while Livia coupes with the lost of seeing her daughter. He promotes Livia as she follows her dreams and figures out what she wants in life. It was a very touching story. I can't wait to read the next book.
Each volume is a well-written, quick-paced story filled with sensual imagery that draws you into the story. Most of the characters are people I'd like to know, and the romance is very sweet. Not only did I enjoy watching Blitz and Livia's relationship develop, but I also loved watching Livia's growth as a person and as a dancer. I laughed and cheered when she had her diva moment! By the time we reach the end of "The Husband," the short novel that's exclusive to this collection, Livia and Blitz are living life on their own terms, and we have a very sweet and satisfying conclusion to their story.
In addition to the five stories about Livia and Blitz, this collection also includes a bonus short story called "Second Dance," which is a sweet, clean, but very sensuous story about how two of Livia's friends from the Dreamcatcher Dance Academy meet and begin to fall in love.
I didn't notice any formatting or editorial problems distracting from the story. There's minimal violence, a bit of profanity (I didn't feel this was overdone), and some sex scenes that might be a bit too explicit for some readers, but I didn't think it was too much.
I definitely recommend this collection for fans of contemporary romance.