Sunday, August 2, 2015

Adrenaline Series by Xavier Neal Review



It's going to be a bit difficult reviewing CLASSIC since it is a fairly quick read and very tightly written. There isn't a lot of room for hints that wouldn't be spoilers. Merrick and Jovi are both young and looking for fulfillment in their very different lives. Jovi is the only daughter of an extremely overprotective father. Having spent the first part of her college life living at home and taking classes at a local junior college she is now ready to experience life out from under her overbearing father's thumb. When I say that Jovi's father is overbearing, I mean he is smothering to the point where the poor girl is 21 and still can't manage to date freely. 

Merrick is on the other side of the spectrum. Although he is guided and watched over by his older brother, Merrick has managed to live a bit wildly. He's a star driver in the underground street racing circuit and has his pick of women on any given night. Frustrated and discontented with his lack of real intimacy Merrick is pleasantly surprised when he finds what he didn't even know to hope for in the most unlikely of places and with the one girl in the entire city that he should stay as far away from as possible. 

This was my first book read by Neal and I enjoyed her writing style very much. There was one thing that was outside of what I would find acceptable in real life. The biggest issue is the method of birth and disease control that her characters employ. It's unusual and I wasn't too thrilled that Jovi accepted it the way that she did. Outside of that CLASSIC has a nice pace, humor, and an interesting storyline that is unique. This does end in a cliffhanger but the second book Vintage is now available.

Happy Reading!
Monica

**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**

Synopsis

Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy. They fall in love and live happily ever after, right? That is unless boy is a criminal and girl is the daughter of the man trying to catch him. With circumstances this unforgiving, is there anyway their love story will have an ending that we've come to know as classic? 

*Warning: Cliffhanger. This is the first in the series*





In VINTAGE the story continues immediately from the ending of CLASSIC. Jovi and Merrick have managed to be together but now they will both have to face what being together will mean in the big picture. Jovi has to decide if she can really reconcile the Merrick who is in the family business to a degree with the Merrick who loves art and has a deepness that she can relate to. Between school, a love affair with a boy that her father will fight her tooth and nail over, as well as deciding when she is going to decide to stand up and take control of her own happiness Jovi has a lot of decisions to make. 

Merrick is in a difficult position as well. He owes his allegiance to his family and the brother who is like a father to him. What the McCoy family is involved in will never mesh well with Jovi's father and his mission to keep his city free of the illegal activities that Merrick's family relies on.

VINTAGE is an enjoyable continuation of this tale of star crossed lovers. There's a lot happening and there are a few instances of "I can NOT believe where this is going" as well. VINTAGE also ends in a cliffhanger that will make your stomach plummet. Sigh... Yes, another cliffhanger.

Happy Reading!
Monica

**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**

Synopsis

When career criminal, Merrick McCoy and the commissioner's daughter, Jovi Carter, met neither expected to find the only thing in life they had been missing. However a classic love story takes a sharp turn when choices have to be made and sides chosen. Will these two forbidden lovers find a future or will their love story just become vintage?


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