Seduced by the Park Avenue Billionaire Series by Nelle L’Amour
(3 Books: Strangers on a Train, Derailed & Final Destination)
Adult Contemporary Romance
December 17th, 2012 & December 27th, 2012
Guest Reviewed by Shelly
So where to start…I purchased this set because it was recommended to me by Amazon, based on my past books, and the blurb sounded interesting. Plus at $4.99 for all 3 books, I thought why not? I can tell you why not. I found this series to be a frustrating and irritating hot mess of a read. Seriously, I could have saved my 5 bucks. I so wanted to “not finish” this series but I am just not that kind of reader. I can NOT walk away from a book. Maybe I am too much of a masochistic or maybe I am just too optimistic and hopeful; but either way, I just can’t put a series away without the follow through. So sometimes, more than I like actually, I end up wasting not only my money on a book (or series) but I also waste a lot of my time that I could spend elsewhere; and this was one of those times.
The blurb for this series was promising; a collection of books about a lowly, young New York girl that has received a bad hand in life. She is just trying to find a way to cut out some possible happiness in a world of loneliness and loss. Then enters your “drop dead, handsome stranger who seduces her on a train” and also turns out to be a highly sought after billionaire alpha male. I know, sounds intriguing; but let’s stop and review the above statement (something I clearly did not do before making my purchase). What on earth, is a hot BILLIONAIRE doing on a train first off (instead of being driven by his personal driver), and why would he need to seduce and take advantage of some strange (because let me just tell you nothing about this character flows from the way she dresses to her personality) young girl in a train’s bathroom? Then IF he was going to sex her up, the next turn of events would make no sense. They basically spend 3 books worth of reading going back and forth between that instant-love kind of attraction or completely ignoring and running from the attraction; which is not as good as I make it sound in that statement. Actually I think I make it sound better than it is written.
Basically, in the end, the author did not deliver. We meet a couple that has some kind of instant love kind of relationship, without even know each other, and without any kind of build up at all. The reader doesn’t even really get to know the characters much nor do we have an opportunity to build any kind of attachment to this couple as individuals, let alone their relationship. We are basically expected to just buy the hopeless love at first sight (or love at first climax) theory. Which, I don’t EVER like in a book. I want a story that builds and makes me fall in love with both the characters and their bond. Then we are to believe this 25yr old virgin would just give up her first time to some stranger on a train, without any thought of a condom or consequences, just because he is gorgeous. Okay, gorgeous or not, I instantly have no respect left for the heroine once she is played out like that. Then we spend the entire series in her head while she goes back and forth between meeting up with this man and wanting to have him; but then running away because other people in his life either also want him or hate her because she is beneath him. Seriously? Frustrating.
So any pro’s to this book you ask? Well, the hero isn’t too bad, but basically that is because he is so underdeveloped you don’t have anything available so you can find fault with him. However, it is infuriating that he keeps treating her like a dirty little secret. He refuses to spend the night with her; but as you find out his son is dealing with some serious childhood trauma experience, due to the hero’s ex, so this is ALMOST acceptable. ALMOST. The fact that the heroine continues to let him treat her as a dirty secret, however; is not acceptable. She has serious self-esteem issues. There is a twist that develops as the series moves on and that might be the only saving grace that helped me get through all 3 books. I kept thinking, this is going to get better as the books continue….it has too. Not for me. I finally made it to the end and thought; wow, why did I keep going? Anyway, there were a few people out there in goodreads land that liked this series. The sex scenes weren’t horrible. There is a small unexpected twist. And finally the plot had potential.
I am so sad to have felt so poorly about this series because I honestly wanted to like it so much, but in the end the series was just a bust for me.
Also, I was too unmotivated for a single quote or song relating to this series…..