Saturday, July 2, 2016

Carol Madison - Serena's Plight review

So I saw this title on NetGalley and it sounded interesting.  I've never read anything from this author before so I thought I'd give it a whirl.  To be honest, this author's writing style didn't pull me in.  Now, I kept reading in hopes things would get better, but it never really grabbed me.  I found myself skipping over pieces of the story so that I could get to the end. This book is more sex than story and after reading the various sex scenes over and over, it got old to me.  It wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't one for me.  I need more story and emotions and I need to be pulled into the character's world.  It was an interesting take on things, but unfortunately this book wasn't a favorite of mine.  

Serena’s Plight is rich with passionate, detailed sex interspersed throughout an equally detailed drama of a young woman’s determination to survive all adversities and never give up her search for love.

Serena Loomis grew up poor, with an alcoholic mother and no father, but with Sam Everhart as her best friend. All she ever wanted was to become Serena Everhart, but Sam inexplicably began to push her away, and finally broke up with her. Abandoned by the only male she’d ever loved or felt loved by, they rarely spoke as Serena started going through boyfriends as fast as her mother, until she confronted a painful truth: Giving them everything wasn't enough. 

Now when Sam figures he can’t afford an Ivy League degree, he contacts Serena again with a plan to close his tuition gap by selling her considerable sexual favors to a few rich, trust-funded fraternity brothers, but when he starts to tell her about it, he changes his mind before he gets it out. Serena coerces him into divulging it after all, breaking her heart again. 

After a sleepless night, Serena considers her lack of plans or hope for her life, and the prospect that Sam’s elaborate scheme would give her a small fortune at the end of four years. She reluctantly decides she has no better option, and will pursue Sam’s idea as a necessary, but temporary compromise to secure her future. Serena has to pressure Sam into following through with it, but he does. Unfortunately for Sam’s renewed interest, she seems to thrive under the new circumstances. Unfortunately for Serena, although her work provides numerous pleasures, it’s a lot more difficult than she ever imagined, and getting worse, not better.

Serena's Plight is the first book in the Goddess of Ivy trilogy, a contemporary, erotic, and psychological romance.

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