Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Review ~ The Excess Series ~ Opulence, Reverence and Hindrance by Angelica Chase

Reviewed by Donna
Series rating ~ 4 stars
**ARC received for an honest review**

The Excess Series by Angelica Chase
Book 1 – Opulence
Book 2 – Reverence
Book 3 – Hindrance

“I fed his need for dominance; he fed my inner whore.”

Each part of this serial is just over one hundred pages long and all three instalments are out so the story is complete.

Nina was a divorcee and entrepreneur. Since Nina shot to riches with her invention she had always struggled to fit in no matter how hard she tried. The women from the clubs the societies had always given her a hard time and despite trying to buy friendships Nina had never felt more alone. The only real friend Nina had was her financial advisor Devin McIntyre. Their relationship though had gone from purely friendship to an all-out love affair. However Nina always felt that he was holding back and once she finally finds out why she quickly dumps him...well maybe after a few last couplings for good measure.

 “I was an ambitious, determined, wealthy woman with a strong, insatiable sexual appetite who needed to take control of her life. And so I did. And you know what I found out? It was way harder to be weak.”

Nina decides to just be Nina, just be normal and it is while drowning her sorrows in a bar that she meets Aiden. Nina was so conflicted, she desperately wanted to fit in, she wanted friends and she wanted to be loved. She thought that she had that with Devin. She found it hard to forget him, she thought that what they had was real, she had fallen in love and was sure that he had too.

When Nina crosses paths with Aiden he is singing in a bar. She becomes lost in the music and lost in the man that had totally captivated her. Aiden called to Nina...they had a connection and you knew that if they ran with it, it would be explosive. Having just come out of a relationship, would Nina go with the flow, would let she let her heart rule or her head.

 “I’d left the door open for him in invitation, but I walked through it alone.”

Nina and Aiden together were hot and I mean page combusting hot. Angelica Chase can certainly write a mean sex scene. While sex with Devin had been fast, furious, kinky and fantastic, Aiden gave her the best of both worlds, the sweet and caring making love and the kinky no holds barred exhibitionism that she came to find she loved and thrived on. Nina is conflicted though, she is stuck, in two minds...stuck between the man of her past and the man of her present. What to do, what to do.

“If this man was my knight, I had no doubt he was hiding the dark horse he rode in on.”

 I went through a plethora of emotions while reading this; I went from loving Devin, to hating him, to feeling sorry for him and back and forth and back and forth. You never knew where this story was going and what a tale the author wove. I only picked this book up initially to get a feel and schedule it, but I ended up reading all three instalments in one sitting, that was how addictive this story became.

 “She makes me whole. You only wanted me for half.”

 I found myself loving and hating both men, both had their plus sides and both had their bad. Seemingly the saying never judge a book by its cover certainly applies with these two men. Both men were chameleons in their own way. You never knew whose skin they were going to appear in. Throughout reading I was trying to piece together the little snippets that I managed to read between the lines but nothing could have prepared me for the tangled web that these three wove.

 This series was compelling, extremely addictive and totally intriguing. While you will no doubt have your favourite throughout this story just hold those thoughts until the end, everything you think you know...forget it. Angelica Chase has penned an extremely clever story that had me totally flabbergasted. The highs and lows, the push and pull, combined with some wit and some intensely heated sex scenes leaves you with a perfectly balanced read that will keep those pages turning frantically till the end.

 “You are ready and able to do beautiful things in this world and you’ll only really ever have two choices: love or fear. Choose love. And don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart.” – Jim Carrey

 I thoroughly enjoyed this serial and while this is my first read by Angelica Chase it certainly won’t be my last.

 Buy Links:

 Opulence – Book 1

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1FlM1sL
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1JWQzql

 Reverence – Book 2

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1Gm2LSA
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1IO6dG0

 Hindrance – Book 3

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1S6uA6f
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1EURXpj

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