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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Review: Consequence of Seduction, The (Consequence #3) by Rachel Van Dyken


Print Length: 322 pages
Publisher: SkyScape (February 9, 2016)

From Goodreads.com: From New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken.

Reid Emory has never had reason to question his luck with the ladies. As the owner of a lethal set of aqua-blue eyes and a devastating grin, this Hollywood heartthrob always brings his A game…but lately his luck seems to have run out. The actor is in need of some help, and there’s only one person he can trust to take his love life—and his career—to an explosive new level.


Jordan Litwright’s newest client is trying her patience. As a publicist, she’s more than content to stay in the background and let others shine. But when a publicity stunt backfires, she suddenly finds herself thrust into the spotlight—as Reid’s new love interest. And while other men usually overlook her, Reid is focusing in with laserlike intensity. There’s no denying they have serious chemistry.

But once Reid breaks into the big time, can they turn their made-for-the-media romance into a forever love?

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My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

I guess I should start off by saying that I have NOT read the first two novels in this series. And one of the things that I absolutely LOVE about Rachel's stories is that they are all stand-alone. Meaning there are no cliff-hangers between one book and the next. And whilst the characters all stay the same, you never really feel as though you have missed something if you come in right in the middle (or near the end) of a series. 

Except (for me) with this one. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't that there was anything wrong with this book, and please don't think that I didn't enjoy it because I DID immensely, however for the majority of this book I felt.... well I probably felt a lot like Jordan did in the beginning. That I was an outsider looking in. That there were a lot of inside jokes within this group that I wasn't privy too, and stories they had about each other that I would never fully understand. 

Aside from that (which really just enticed me to read the first two novels in this series and serve as my warning to you that you should definitely read the first two before reading this one) this is another great read! There are a lot of laugh-out-loud moments in this story (maybe even more than were featured in her Seaside series, or her The Bet series). I especially liked the part where she merely referenced New Jersey (my home state), but managed to perfectly capture the atmosphere here (we even have a retirement home about five minutes away from my house, but so help me I do not want "grandma" anywhere near me)!! 

The love story between Reid and Jordan was just that - a complete love story. There was no wondering what would happen with these characters, there was no shaking your head at the lack of chemistry - it was all there! In fact sometimes you found yourself wondering how they didn't see what everyone else saw - and the more you read, the less it becomes an "inside joke" and the more it becomes another fictional family to which you now belong.  It was a perfect blend of a romantic comedy (and definitely would make for an interesting movie)!! I am now eagerly anticipating the next book! 
I would HIGHLY recommend this novel to anyone who is already a fan of Rachel's (although seriously, read the first two novels first - I plan on reading them after this), but also to anyone who enjoys a good laugh out loud romance. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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Consequence of Seduction, The (Consequence #3)  is available from Amazon.com

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