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If you've never read any of Kelli Jean's books, she also wrote an amazing rockstar series, NOLA's Own and a standalone Domo Arigato, Mr. Toronto.
Main Characters: 4.2/5
Secondary Characters: 4.8/5
The Feels: 3.7/5
Theme or Tone: 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style): 4/5
Backdrop (World Building): 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Ending: 4/5 Cliffhanger: Not for Xanthe and Oliver. The next stories are about different characters.
Will I continue this series? Maybe so. Like I mentioned there is some interesting subplots going on that I'm sure will get delved into more in future editions.
Like any great story it starts with a book shop (but probably because I'm addicted to coffee and so many of my favorite shows and books have a bookstore setting... Or maybe because you know... BOOKS!). Xanthe (/Zanthee/) Malcolm is a writer and her subject matter is paranormal/horror romance. She is a loner in way who hides behind her writing, Pseudonym name, her eclectic collection of friends and her great aunt's book store. But once she hits it big by getting signed under a traditional publishing house she finds a local photographer, Oliver Fairfax, to make her dream cover. However, HE becomes her dream cover and crazy enough embodies the man she had envisioned and written about in her books. Oliver is a pretty decent photographer so when a chance to help out his photography company by strutting his bearded self in front of a camera he volunteers to be a cover model.
Throw in an author signing, spilled coffee and 2 characters starting off on the wrong foot and you have a great start to a book.
I won't spoil things for you as I think you should pick up your copy and dive in. For me, it was an amazing journey to see Xanthe and Olliver to go through. In the beginning we see them as 2 different people, in fact polar opposites and what seem to repel them is what attracted them to each other in the first place. As they both get closer intimately and physically they connect more and more. I enjoyed their misunderstandings and bickering and over the top fights. Ooh and the 0 to 60s sex scenes that are scorching and tingly all over. Even more I have enjoyed the vulnerability and openness to Oliver that is rare to find in an Alpha Male.
What we get out of this story is truly something wonderful. Kelli's writing is superb!!! She has wrote in diverse and multi dimensional characters that truly promise an exciting series full of twists and perhaps dangerous turns(?). As well as driving the story along on top of some major hot sex scenes there is a great secondary character development. The characters from afar are so complex and full of secrets that I am more than ready for ALL the stories Kelli wants to tell in this series.
Kelli has a unique voice and a way with words that excel beyond any expectations. Indie publishing world is truly an amazing place to discover a new favorite author. In 2016 I have discovered another jewel to add to my beloved author collection.