Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Blog Tour: The Fifth Avenue Trilogy

Avenge Me
Maisey Yates
Harlequin Presents
[May 27, 2014]
Review copies of the first two books were provided by the publicist arranging the tour and Netgalley.

TEN YEARS AGO ONE DEVASTATING NIGHT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR AUSTIN, HUNTER AND ALEX. NOW THEY MUST EACH PLAY THEIR PART IN THE REVENGE AGAINST THE ONE MAN WHO RUINED IT ALL.

Austin Treffen was born into a world of privilege, but behind its gilded doors lies a corruption so sordid New York's elite would never believe it—especially as his infamous philanthropic father is at its core! With everything he believed in shattered, how can Austin take down his father—risking his family name and those he loves—without any proof?

Until one earth-shattering night with Katy Michaels unlocks not only their deepest, most passionate desires but also the key to bringing Jason Treffen's reign to an end. But with an intense sexual attraction that combines a heady mix of exquisite pleasure and sublime pain, will they satiate their thirst for revenge and each other…or lose themselves forever in the darkness?
Book 2: Scandalize Me
Book 3: Expose Me

Before we begin, I have to show you the AMAZING swag bag we also got for joining the tour.

 (Pictures provided by them because I'm not that skilled.)

Aren't these absolutely insane? Major bonus points to this tour and this company for being able to provide us with such incredible swag bags. Huge thanks to them and all the companies who provided the samplers.

So, about the books themselves. Due to some weird shenanigans, I was only able to read the first and second books, but they're probably a good representation of the series as a whole, you know?

These really taken a romance novel and the typical formula and twist it a little bit. The main plot is much higher stakes and it inherently alters the tensions between the hero and heroine because of that. They were different kinds of people because of the experiences they went through and, in some ways, they were forbidden romances.  And I thought that was really intriguing. I didn't just want the happily ever after for the couple, I wanted to know how this subplot worked itself out. 

It's also formatted so that the three books are about six people involved in this plot directly falling in love, with each book focused on one couple, but the plot itself arcs over all three books. I haven't read a ton of contemporary romances, but the ones I've read never do anything quite like this.

The books are well written page turners. I sped through the two books, both being quick reads full of incredibly chemistry between the two main characters and awesome sexy times. Despite a rather serious plot line going. the books were still fun reads and they were definitely entertaining. So while the writing isn't super voicey or particularly gorgeous, it was still good enough to keep me heavily invested.

I wouldn't call these favorites or say they're literary masterpieces, but they definitely are fun reads, perfect for this summer if you want hot romances with awesome, intriguing plot lines.

--Julie

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