The Weekend begins Rhyannon Byrd’s sexy new serial, London Affair, where a dangerous web of passion, deception and intrigue unfolds into an explosive love story… Perfect for fans of Sylvia Day, J. Kenner and Jodi Ellen Malpas.
American art-history graduate Emmy Reed is in London, hoping to land her dream job by getting an exclusive scoop on a famous reclusive artist. When a dangerous encounter throws her into the path of millionaire playboy Jase Beckett, Emmy is grateful for his quick-thinking – but equally determined to turn down his proposal to be his date for a family wedding. That is, until she discovers that her sought-after artist is his grandfather.
Tired of the game-playing women in his circle, Jase finds Emmy refreshingly fascinating. And as the weekend progresses and they work together to survive his insufferable family’s devious scheming, Emmy and Jase find themselves drowning in an intoxicating sexual chemistry that leaves them both desperate for more…and reeling emotionally.
When their stunning weekend is over, neither is ready to let go. But dark secrets surround the Beckett family – can their fledgling relationship survive the damaging revelations to come?
**Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This was my first Rhyannon Byrd novel, and though there were some things I didn’t LOVE about it, I did totally end up falling in love with Jase and Emmy.
For me, the beginning was a bit too slow. By chapter two I considered putting the book down because I just didn’t want to slog through all the narrated backstory. I am more a fan of sprinkling the necessary information in smaller bits throughout the book, than in giving it to me all at once, and that was what it felt like at the beginning of this book. And, truth be told, there were plenty more bits sprinkled throughout the book, which made me wonder if the beginning of this particular book was just a little slow or typical Rhyannon Byrd and I just didn’t know it. Either way, don’t stop reading here, because once I got through the first couple chapters, things picked up in the most delicious ways!
The rest of this book did not disappoint. In fact, for having considered bailing so early on, I spent the next forty-eight hours devouring this book at every available moment, unfortunately that brings me to the other part of this book that left a bad taste in my mouth. SPOILER ALERT – DO NOT READ ON IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW THE ENDING (of this particular book in the series).
I spent every possible opportunity reading on in this book only to get to the end, where there was an infuriating “To Be Continued.”
Now, don’t get me wrong I am not totally anti to-be-continued, however, this is a romance, and your typical romance, in my opinion, should not end with a To Be Continued unless there is a warning. In my experience, a romance “series” is a collection of books with overlapping characters, but in which, each individual book in the series focuses on one couple. THIS Rhyannon Byrd series is much more a TRILOGY – you can’t read one, without the other two, unless you don’t care to ever get to the end.
Again, the surprise to me could simply be due to my inexperience with Rhyannon Byrd’s work—maybe this is typical of her stuff. BUT… there’s always (hopefully) a new reader to consider, in which case, give a girl some warning!
Now, I will say, that this series is released in three consecutive weeks, so, had I not received an ARC of this book, I’d have only had to wait another few days before I could get my hands on the next book in the series, but man, even that would be painful.
That said, Emmy and Jase were brilliantly written. I was rooting for them hard by the end of the book, and I’m invested now. So invested, in fact, that I’ve already pre-ordered books two and three, because… I NEED TO KNOW what happens. Which speaks to the brilliance of Rhyannon Byrd and her talent for writing characters and novels that a reader can connect with. In that aspect, this book is right on the money. You couldn’t ask for two more interesting, infuriating, delicious, wonderful characters to root for.
Overall, I think this book was good. The steaminess was divine, the slow burn, the push and pull between Emmy and Jase was just right, their stubbornness is so relatable it’s almost irritating, and ultimately you get totally sucked in, which, as you know, is at the top of my list, and in my opinion, the sign of a really good writer and story.
I’d just say beware of the unexpected ending AND be prepared to invest a significantly larger amount of time than you would with a single book to get to the end of Emmy and Jase’s story.
With that said, after finishing the first book, I’d recommend it (along with the 2nd and 3rd books) with the caveat/warning mentioned above. I think you’ll enjoy this book, and though I can’t specifically speak to the rest of the books in the series, my guess is that you’ll enjoy the others as well. But don’t be fooled, you’ll need all three to be satisfied!
For links on where to purchase The Weekend (The London Affair, Part 1) please follow the link below, which will bring you directly to Rhyannon Byrd’s website, as some American retailers are not yet offering this book, but she will update the links as they come available!
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