Reading

The First in the Series (Part 1)

Hello, readers and writers!

Since starting this blog this year, I’ve read a few novels that are the first in their series! Some have already been finished, but there are others that are ongoing. Here’s some information about each book, why I liked it, and how to get the others or when to expect continuations!

This will be an ongoing blog series for me as well since I’m sure I’ll continue to start more series throughout my blog writing.

No More Secrets by Lucy Score

Let’s start with my first review of the year!

When I first started my blog in February, I had just heard of Lucy Score. She’s really good author friends with Claire Kingsley who is an absolute favorite of mine. I looked into her more and decided to start at the first of her Blue Moon Series which is an incredibly popular series.

Here are a few things to know about this novel:

  • It’s written in the third person. That isn’t my usual POV preference, but I didn’t feel out of the story at all while reading it.
  • It’s a small town romance just like all the other books in the Blue Moon series.
  • The heroine is incredibly strong just like most of Lucy Score’s novels.
  • Her creation of the town is fantastic, making me seriously want to move in.
  • I need to read more of these novels and fit them into my TBR list.

Is this series completed?

Nope. Score is releasing the sixth in the series soon, and people are so freaking excited about it. I need to catch up so I can be part of it as well. The good news is that there are FIVE books already out so you can jump right in if you’re looking for a great new series.

Broken Miles by Claire Kingsley

This release was much anticipated by me.

Why? Because I love Claire Kingsley and she knows how to write a great series. She hooked me in with Book Boyfriend a while ago, and I’ve been in love with her ever since.

Here are some things to know about this series:

  • It’s still brand new. The first of the series came out in March, and the second novel is coming out July 20th, 2018. I’m not sure if the release dates of future books, but I think she’s going to try to squeeze in one more before the end of the year.
  • Most of the novel takes place in a winery that is owned by the hero’s family. I loved this setting a lot, and I actually enjoy these setting-based stories a lot. I think most people do which is why workplace romances and small town do so well.
  • This is a second chance novel so prepare your heart before giving this a try. They’ve both made mistakes in the past, and it’s just so beautiful to read about them.

What do I know about the next release?

I know it’s later in July. I know the main character for this one will be Brynn, the little sister of the hero in the first book. I have no idea who the hero will be, but I’m excited to meet him. Stay tuned for my review!

The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle

I’ve never read a royal romance before.

I’ve honestly just never been interested, but Karina Halle is one of my favorites. She has written some stuff in the past I wasn’t a huge fan of, but most of the time she writes stories I lose myself in. She’s a fantastic author, and she inspires me so much.

Here are some things to know about this novel:

  • The hero is foreign, and half of this novel takes place in Sweden. It was fascinating to learn about the culture over there, and I know Halle did her research.
  • Both the hero and heroine are incredibly lovable. Seriously. I wanted the best for both of them so bad, and I honestly felt for them as characters.
  • This book will break your heart at some point, but it’ll put it right back together again with a beautiful ending. I loved how fairytale this contemporary novel felt, and it’s made me want to give other royal romances a chance if I cross paths with them.

Is the series complete?

Honestly, I don’t know. Unlike with Lucy Score and Claire Kingsley, I’m not in an exclusive Facebook Group of Halle’s, so I don’t know any secret details to her novels. I do know she’s already written and released the second in the series, and I’m hopeful there will be a third because there seems to be a hint to it in both The Swedish Prince and The Wild Heir.

Whiskey Chaser by Lucy Score with Claire Kingsley

Collaboration success!!

Lucy Score and Claire Kingsley surprised their readers with a collaboration project earlier this year. They kept hinting that something new was coming out but that they couldn’t tell us any details until right before the release. We were all shocked and super excited.

Here are some things about the series:

  • Each novel is written by one author alone while the other is just involved with the overall story of the series. They have to inform each other of details and approve them, so it doesn’t hinder their future stories. Most authors don’t work together in this way, but I think it’s a beautiful idea as they’re both fantastic in their own ways.
  • Score usually writes in the third person, but this novel is written in first person POV. I enjoyed this a lot since that’s my preferred way of reading, even though I do enjoy Score’s writing and think she’s super talented either way.
  • This story takes place in one small town, and the series is called the Bootleg Springs Series. I seriously wanted to move there after reading this novel.
  • There has been an intense debate about the usage of the word “Y’all” in this novel. Don’t worry, Score did her research on how the word is used in this area of the US.

When will we get more Bootleg Springs?

There’s a second novel of the series out already. It’s called Sidecar Crush which is titled after another drink. Because of conflicting schedules, they won’t be releasing any more of the series until December and January, but they’re totally worth the wait, and you should jump in now if you want to be a part of the magic.

Three Blind Dates by Meghan Quinn

I was super excited about this release.

I loved Meghan Quinn’s previous series, so I was excited to get some more of her. Her next series is already in my TBR for the rest of the summer, so I’m excited to read the more serious part of her in the future.

Here are a few things to know about this novel:

  • There really are three suitors in this novel. She isn’t kidding with the three blind dates. I thought, for some reason, they would just be three dates with the same guy until I downloaded the novel and started reading. Nope, you fall in love three times.
  • This book is super silly. Noely is such an interesting female character as her thought processes would having me shaking my head and laughing at many times. She wonders so much about everything and worries a lot. Plus, she’s kinda crazy.
  • The heroes of the other two novels in the series are introduced here, so we already develop a relationship with them before they get their own story.

Is the series complete?

Actually, yes. Quinn completed the series a few months ago, and it took me a while to catch up because there were SO MANY releases during that time. Seriously. It was crazy. But I’ve got a review for Two Wedding Crashers and One Baby Daddy already on my blog if you want to check them out and see if this series is for you!

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

This was a new author for me entirely.

I was late on this release as well because I hadn’t previously known Kennedy Ryan. I saw this novel being advertised everywhere. Book reviewers were in love with it, and the photo of the cover would not stop showing up on my newsfeed, so I gave it and a download and a read.

Just a warning: many triggering things happen in this novel, and also I had the book hangover of the century. Seriously.

Here are some things to know about this novel:

  • It’s intense. This is not an easy-going read at all. This novel will make you tear up and possibly cry as the heroine goes through some horrific events. There’s a trigger warning at the beginning of this novel, and please take it seriously.
  • Going through all the emotions is totally worth it. Usually, I’m not into sad or heartbreaking type stuff, but this novel felt so real. Everything that happened was explained logically, and I felt I had to finish the heroine’s story. I had to know she’d be okay, or it would break me.
  • The hero isn’t perfect either. He makes some mistakes and has his faults, but he tries hard throughout the novel, and he doesn’t give up on the heroine like many people in her life did. It’s amazing.

Where is the series going?

I’m not sure. Like Halle, I’m not a part of the “in” group with Kennedy Ryan. I do know there’s a second to the series coming out in September, but I don’t know if there will be more. I’m going to read it though, and I’m hoping for another powerfully beautiful story. Maybe not one as sad, but I will stick it out if I have to.

Jock Row by Sara Ney

Super excited about this new series!

I followed the How to Date a Douchebag Series pretty closely since the second novel. That was my first read by her, and I totally loved it. I was sad when the fourth and final installment came out, but I was glad she started a new jock series in the new adult category.

Here are a few things to know about the novel:

  • The vibe is similar to How to Date a Douchebag Series, but the hero isn’t as much of a jerk at all. He’s actually pretty nice, and so is the heroine.
  • Like most of Ney’s novels, there isn’t a tremendous amount of drama. It’s an easy-going story that has you feeling butterflies throughout. It was a nice change from Long Shot that had gutted me.
  • This story travels. It doesn’t just take place at the college like most of Ney’s other novels do. It was a nice change of pace and totally surprising.

Will there be more?

Of course! I’m presenting it as a series, aren’t I?

Just kidding, but yes, there will be more. I’m not sure how much more, but I do know the second to the series is coming out soon. A novella titled Switch Hitter is already out for anyone who wants to read that one as well. I read it, but novellas are sometimes hard to remember since we don’t spend as much time with them as we do novels.


Thanks for reading!

This blog was a little long, but I’m proud of how it went, and I hope to continue this blog series twice a year. I’m sure I’ll come across many more first of the series novels and will want to know/read more.

Click on the novel title links for more information on that novel specifically. There are buy links and a more in-depth review with a synopsis as well as my likes and dislikes of the story.

Until next time 🙂

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