“There is no better feeling than finding the one you belong with.”
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Three of Spades is the second book in the Hamden series, it can be read as a standalone, Mae and Seth from book one do make a few appearances but it’s not necessary to read their story beforehand. Dylan Cross is the playboy of Hamden. He’s rich, successful and sexy. Trouble is, Dylan knows this and once he decides he is done with a woman there are no take backs. That is until Natalie Parker makes him an offer he can’t refuse.
Natalie is a wallflower who has been looking after her sick mum. Her mother’s wish is for Natalie to find love; taking matters into her own hands, Natalie is determined; she will find a suitable partner for her mum to meet before her health deteriorates. Little did Natalie know, she would be getting a whole lot more with Dylan Cross.
Again, like the first book, the main conflict was made obvious within the second chapter and I predicted that would be the main climax at the end, I think if it were fed more subtly through the storyline, it would have had a bigger impact.
My other issue was with Dylan’s character, he was described as a ladies’ man, eternal player and didn’t do the ‘L’ word. So when Natalie came to him with her proposal, Natalie was the one who suggested the fake relationship and no strings sex. Natalie made it clear he only needed to act the part in front of an audience. So it was to my surprise that Dylan immediately demanded if they were going to do this, it would be a proper relationship. This didn’t correlate to the character he was set up to be and I thought the change was too sudden to be believable.
Between Natalie’s mum, Dylan’s ex-employee and Natalie’s brothers the storyline did have a lot of drama, it was balanced well with the romance between Natalie and Dylan. Cece was also introduced as an old friend of Dylan’s and I would like to read more about her.
I liked Three Of Spades more than the first book, Natalie was a likeable character. Again I did struggle with the writing. As the author could write from anyone’s pov in third person, I felt at times I didn’t know who was talking, or a character would get a scene midway through someone else’s. I felt I had to concentrate when reading to understand it all.
For fans of the series, I have no doubt you will love Dylan Cross and the next book in the Hamden series.
I live in New England with my young family. I’m a stay at home mom to two very active children. For all of you who are familiar with the stress of this job, I decided to complete an item on my bucket list and write a book. When I’m not writing, you will find me cooking, reading, shopping or being silly with the kids. In my opinion, one of life’s greatest pleasure is being able to get lost in a book.
I wish you all happy reading and hope you fall in love with the men of Hamden.
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