The One, Bel Ami.
The One, Bel Ami.
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
So, this interested me but I hadn’t realised its not a standalone – I’m still unsure of whether its a duo or trilogy, Bel says on Amazon that the sequel The One and More will be out later this year, and my assumption is that this means a duo. I do wish authors would tell readers what to expect and when – I hate the trend for these serialised romances that have cliffhangers ( though thankfully this one stops at a natural break) and novels broken up into parts, released at times and prices unknown…I think they’re doing readers a disservice.
Anyway – got that whine off my chest so back to the book! Its well written and complex, full of separate incidents that you just know are going to collide somewhere along the line. The characters are great too – very well put together to provide for the drama that’s inevitably going to come out.
Miles is an arrogant B, and yet…I liked him. His plans with the awful sister Karolin were cruel, but made out of love for her. Then he fell in love with Adelia and all plans were off..but the bitch wasn’t giving in that easily. I felt once he got to know Adelia he found a softer side to himself, he didn’t ever expect to fall in love and be loved, and it shocked him. Although he’s treated people shallowly and without consideration, he’s also got a different side as evidenced in the beginning with Helene where he doesn’t want to use the crop, and how he helps her after their interlude. OK, maybe I’m just making excuses 🙂 but I love Miles, and can’t help feeling ( hoping?) there’s more behind his actions than we know. Karolin, twin sister and two faced bitch extrodinaare is a perfect foil to him, she’s a terrific actress playing a part to get what she wants..and to her she always gets what she wants, no matter the cost to others. She knows Miles loves her, and thinks that will transcend any wrong doing of hers. I think she’s wrong in this case – but we’ll see come the next book 🙂
Adelia, I loved her, kind and loving, devastated at her parents death and fallen totally in love with Miles. She reaches out and is a good friend to Karolyn, letting her take over the wedding etc just to keep her happy even though her plans would be so different. The detective David Weiss – well, to me he was like a lap dog, trailing Adelia for crumbs. He’s looking into her parents death as she asked, but really it seems to me its just an excuse to be round Adelia, he doesn’t make any moves or anything and then is irrationally jealous when pipped at the post by Miles. You can see in the Miles v David whose side I’m on 🙂 but after the black mailing, bitterness, secrets we know but Adelia doesn’t, secrets we don’t yet know, such as who is involved in her parents death can they ever get past their separation and find a way back. Especially when David is just looking for a chink to move in on her…
Its an action packed novel, full of promise, with openings for lots of different endings so keeps me guessing…and the sex. Yep, lots and lots of that as promised – mostly hot and heavy, steamy and sensual, but there were a few times when the dialogue got a bit too “icky” for me. Some things are best left to the imagination to kept between couples not the onlooker 🙂
It’s priced at £2.45 for 243pages, so reasonable but again my pet peeve of not knowing what book two ( and more) will cost gives me reservations having been caught before when a trilogy became a five part series and novels where pt one well priced, but a steep hike in parts two and beyond. Its why I tend to wait til all parts out now before buying, which of course could lead to a catch 22 where author hasn’t written the rest and doesn’t due to poor sales. Write it all and release in parts close together, at times and prices specified ahead – or write as one book for preference . That way readers know what’s to come and when and how much and don’t have that awful situation where they lose the momentum on a book due to the long wait. If I read a duo/trilogy I find they’re best enjoyed read back to back when the story can just flow naturally, and I don’t have other stories cluttering my brain and detracting from that one.
Stars: 4. I’ve done a lot of ranting but that’s format related not content, the story shows lots of promise and I really enjoyed it. .
ARC supplied via Netgalley