What I Thought
Wow! I loved this series! I am so glad I had the complete set to read one after the other as I don’t think I could of waited for the next book to be released without bursting. I just had to start the next book straight away and read the whole series in three days!!
So this is going to be a little tricky to review. I don’t want to give a review to each of the five books as I will give too much away about the storyline! I will just say it is definitely a series I will re-read again. I am able to write what I thought on the series as a whole though as it was consistent throughout.
Throughout the five books we follow the lives of Reagan Mckinley and Daren Wilde. From the moment they meet Dare and Ree have obvious chemistry. This is quite surreal to Ree as after an incident in her past she is a “use them and leave them” kind of girl. She doesn’t believe in love and relationships.
Ree and Dare are from totally different worlds but yet have so much in common. Their love of art and crappy parents. Turmoil throughout their lives that both comes between them at times but also brings them closer together.
Ree comes from a privileged background. From a rich family but not necessarily a happy one. Her parents expectations and what others thought of them came before their child being happy and feeling loved. Making a show of a happy family for others while being far from it. Ree always felt like the black sheep of the family. Not wanting the same things. Not bothered about money and the show. And battling with a secret that her parents buried. A secret that still haunts her years later.
Dare is not from a background of money. Art is his life. He lives and breathes it. He is all about protecting those he loves no matter the cost or hurt it causes him. With a murderer father that hates him, and a druggie mother who can’t say no to said father, it’s down to Dare to protect his siblings, even if it means beatings and ending up in hospital time and again. Both Ree’s and Dare’s lives collide because of their pasts, but is their love for each other enough to get them both through it all? Together?
Throughout the five books, Ree and Dare are tested to their limits. They are put through and have to deal with so much. Their story contains so much. Angst, heartache, Controlling parents, murderers, addiction, insecurity, creativity, intense desire, love and so much more!
Their ups and downs keep you on the edge of your seat chewing on your nails, wondering if they can make it through the next thing thrown at them and come out on the other side still together. I was filled with hope for Dare and Ree throughout the whole series. They definitely have it rough. As the book progresses, intensity grows in the storyline and in turn we see the growth of the characters too. This is a highly emotion filled series.
The series is written with a mix of both the male and female point of view. It is fast paced and you are so pulled in to the storyline that you soon breeze through it. Five books may seem like a lot, but each book averages at just over 200 pages so the storyline is not drawn out. Jen and Victoria have collaborated very well together in writing this series. They have been descriptive in every way from a night out, to family drama, to the erotic scenes. They made it easy to picture the story in your head as it played out.
I loved the beginning, middle and end to this series! When it came to an end, I was left with a Dare and Ree hole, I could of just kept reading more and more about them and didn’t instantly want to get started on a new book. I will definitely be looking in to the other books from both Jen Meyers and Victoria Green.