Wednesday, August 31, 2016

NetGalley REVIEW - Splendor Series by Janet Nissenson

Splendor Series
by Janet Nissenson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Splendor, #1
Publication Date: June 21st 2016

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Covet (Splendor, #1) . . .

For someone that knew nothing of the previous book this couple made waves in, I have to say hell yeah. I enjoyed every minute of this story. The everything that I went through to get to the end and still feel that I wanted more.  This romance was beautiful in its strength and courage that required on both parties part to endure all that they had to get to the point of still loving the other not mater what was being thrown their way. 

Tessa has tragedy in her past life and has to live with the pain and memory of it all. The despair and pain of it all was emotionally draining. She battles it all to find the courage to move on with life and make something for herself and her life. Through it all her beauty shines bright to be seen. It goes past the physical. She exudes the true qualities of a beautiful person inside and out. 

Ian, of course, was the rich, alpha, that demand, pushes, and commands his world. That was until the light of Tessa enters his world. She captures him within her rays and she becomes all he can every desire.

I found it all so beautiful and crafted with much detail paid to the event in and around the two leading them in the direction that got every ounce of emotion, angst, pain, depth. All put on paper to consume and become totally completely filled with all that was Tessa and Ian.  I don't know what to say. I do want to get to the book in which their love story was made so poignant.  What's up next for them? I want more. 
**This ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.** 

The long-awaited prequel to a love story for the ages.

She was the only woman he wanted…but the only one he couldn’t have
Ian Gregson had been born into wealth and power – one of the privileged heirs of the top luxury hotel chain in the world. To the outside world, he was seemingly the man who had everything – money, prestige, good looks, charisma – a man who could have any woman he desired. But the only woman he’d ever truly coveted was forbidden to him for far too many reasons to count – her youth, her employment within his company, and especially her commitment to another man.

Tessa Lockwood’s young life has been one of deprivation, misfortune, and heartbreaking loss. Working for the Gregson Hotel Group offers up a glimpse into a world she had never before imagined – one of affluence, sophistication, and splendor. And meeting the suave, elegant Ian Gregson for the very first time awakens feelings in her that she struggles to repress, never imagining that a man like him could find a nobody like her attractive.

Ian and Tessa fight their feelings for the other, knowing that a relationship between them can never exist. But when matters of the heart are involved, things are never quite that simple. How long will both of them be able to hold on before betraying their forbidden attraction to each other? Or will they be destined to remain forever apart?

Splendor, #2
Release Date: August 30th 2016 

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Crave (Splendor, #2) . . .
Shut the front door. I got what I was wanting and so much more. Now, I know for certain that I need to get a hold of the original Splendor. I have to see the beginning of what made this story so hot that it had to have a prequel. Not one prequel but two with a third in the works.  Janet Nissenson makes it plain in her disclaimers that this story is more of an expanded version of the original book. She felt these two had a much bigger story to share.  I have to agree with her. This is certainly turning into a grand love affair. 

Tess just completely blossoms within the pages. She comes to life in more ways than one and she makes the most of every opportunity she was given with Ian. Ian was perfect gentleman and the perfect alpha when the need arose when it came to Tess. The heat they shared was able to set the heat index up a few notches.  With each tap of the screen for the new page I became more and more needy for what was coming next. 

There was so much beauty within the pages of the second. It carried on with the direction of the first. Opening up new avenues for Tess and Ian. Watching the way that Tessa blooms just makes for a sweeter read. Ian cherishes this woman and makes it known to her that she was the one he wanted.  There was rich depth and an intensity that made for a more central focus.  There were heartwarming moments that make the bond deeper and more. 
**This ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Splendor series:
Covet - Splendor, #1
Crave - Splendor, #2
Claim - Splendor, #3 coming late 2016

The next chapter in one of the most romantic love stories ever told

Luxury hotel heir Ian Gregson longed for his beloved Tessa from afar for more than two years, forced to keep his attraction towards her well hidden. But now that his feelings no longer have to remain a secret, he is free to indulge his constant craving for the woman of his dreams.

Shy, innocent Tessa Lockwood is dazzled by her handsome, sophisticated lover, and falls deeper and deeper under his spell with each passing day. But their newfound relationship will be tested by Tessa’s lifelong insecurities, and her fears of succumbing to the throes of depression that have always tormented her.

It will fall to Ian to convince her that their love is strong enough to overcome any obstacles that life might place in their way. And that now that he’s finally been able to make her his own, nothing and no one will ever keep them apart again.

 Claim - Splendor, #3 coming late 2016
Author Info
Janet is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently resides on the northern California coast with her husband Steve and Golden Retriever Max.
She worked for more than two decades in the financial services industry before turning her focus to producing running events. She is a former long-distance runner, current avid yoga practitioner, is addicted to Pinterest, likes to travel and read. She has been writing for more than three decades, with her first book in the Inevitable Series - Serendipity - published in December 2013.
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