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Review: A Forbidden Romance Series Box Set by Shevaun Delucia

A Forbidden Romance Series Box Set A Forbidden Romance Series Box Set by Shevaun Delucia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kyle is 24 years old, he's recently earned his Master's, and now works for his parents' successful publishing house. He's enjoying all of the benefits of a bachelor lifestyle and stays far away from words such as long-term and commitment. Life is sweet and then he's knocked on his ass by the gorgeous Maxine. She's a 33 year old from South Carolina, a successful business owner, and about to become partners with none other than Kyle's parents. When these two meet, sparks start to fly immediately. It doesn't take long for them to start heating the sheets together, but it's all done in secret. It's supposed to be no-strings and loads of fun. Until the heart wants what it wants that is. This story was sexy and humorous and I liked how the author played with the cheetah theme. It was done with class and thankfully the characters themselves didn't dwell on the age difference. Age ain't nothing but a number after all. There was even a hint of drama because each had a psycho ex ;)

When I saw that Jeff (Kyle's best friend and a confirmed bachelor) was interested in Elise in book one, I was hoping for more of the story. But once they went on their non-date, I didn't see them again. I didn't know what happened. Until now that is (read the book).

Elise comes across as very shy, awkward and completely unaware of her worth or her appeal. She's got a lot going on at home and has no help and no one to confide in. She's been dealt a pretty raw deal. One night changes everything and she realizes that she can count on Jeff.

I enjoyed the push and pull of their chemistry. I liked that she gave him pause. Elise was very easy to like. She was beautiful, inside and out. The only thing that really bugged me about her was how reserved she was, but considering her circumstances, I could understand. And although, in the beginning, Jeff still came off as self-absorbed, cocky, inconsiderate, and as a real jerk, I liked how the author wrote his character's development. Because in my eyes he definitely grew and by the end he was no longer a boy. He had become a man. One Elise could count on, lean on, depend on, and draw strength from. Who wouldn't want a man like that?

I strongly disliked Junior (Kyle's brother) in book 1. He was a kissass, what I call a suckboy, and acted the fool way too much. I didn't have high hopes that the author could change my opinion of him, but she did. I think it took actually getting his story for me to see him in a better light. Who knew that he could be so sweet and so freaking hot?! I never saw him that way because his attitude clouded my vision, but dang! I think Kinsey (Maxine's BFF) brought out the best in him. Or at least shone a brighter light on his more positive attributes because I ended up really liking him.

So these two lived in denial for a while. Junior was convinced that he wanted someone meek and mild and Kinsey thought Junior was an ass. Not what you think a match made in heaven would sound like, but they were. Their chemistry, even when they fought it, was off-the-charts. Kinsey was as snarky, crass and obnoxious as ever but I adored her anyway. The story is full of steam, humor, family, and most of all love!

Release Date: December 30, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Steam: 3 out of 5

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