Monday, March 10, 2014

Book Review: The Hamden Trilogy by W. Ferraro

The Hamden Trilogy by W. Ferraro

Author Bio:

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.

Three of Hearts

Mae Turney is searching for the type of life and happiness she has never known but has only dreamed about. She's fortunate enough to find a great opportunity to live in an exterior apartment of a beautiful lake house in a small town in Vermont. When she realizes the apartment and scenery are not the only gorgeous appeal but the home owner, Seth Finn, is as well, she puts it all on the line for the chance at love. When she becomes comfortable and confident in her own skin and sexuality, Mae realizes that this place and this man is exactly what she came looking for. Knowing Seth and his three children are as special as they come, Mae bets the house, and prays she and her gamble are enough.

Our Review:
Mae Turney is the main character and has just moved to Hamden. She rents an apartment that is attached to Seth Finn’s house and that is how she meets him. Seth is not all that ready for a relationship, because in his own way, he is grieving and has three children to take care of. Aiden, Connor, and Megan adore Mae and Seth gets mad at Mae for trying to help out.

There is many emotions in and between Mae and Seth, but in the end, love wins. Doesn't it always.

This is the first book of Hamden, and it introduces Seth and Mae, along with Seth’s friends who are main characters in the next two books. It is in third person, and sometimes, that gets a little confusing to me, as I have no clue whose perspective it is in. Three of Hearts pulls the reader in from the beginning and you can’t come out. You stay stuck until the end. For me, that end was at the end of Three of Diamonds.

Three of Spades

Dylan Cross is the type of man that enjoys everything female, and enjoy it he does, but always on his terms. However, his terms are pushed to their limit when Natalie Parker proposes an offer; teach her and her delectable little body, all about sex and desire.

There is one catch. He has to play the part of Natalie's madly in love boyfriend for her dying mother. Dylan signs on, and finds that separating the two is harder than he thought. Natalie's days of shyness and lack of confidence come to a quick close as she learns what her body craves and demands in the bedroom. 

Soon, Dylan becomes the student as Natalie teaches him things he didn't even know he wanted. Will Hamden's notorious playboy, bachelor be able to keep calling the shots, or will he find that, he, himself, is just another player at the card game of life, as we all are?

Our Review
In this second installment of Hamden, Dylan and Natalie are the main characters. Dylan, one of Seth’s best friends and partners in the business, is a ladies man, but he never stays put with one woman. Until Natalie. Just like with Mae and Seth, Natalie and Dylan have their issues.

Being with someone that is known to sleep with a woman and then leave them, Natalie doesn’t want to call their agreement a relationship like Dylan does. She made the decision to just have a fake relationship for show and Dylan was the one she thought was perfect. But then the agreement, becomes a real relationship when they fall for each other.
Three of Spades was my favorite of the Hamden books. 

Three of Diamonds

Lola Nash’s life edges on safe and controlled, containing few people; her brother, Boyd, a handful of friends and the facility for special needs children where she volunteers, called Aaron’s Place. However, a chance meeting shatters her control when she learns someone else’s closely held secret. The kind of secret causing her explicit and sexy dreams, all centering around Wes Thompson; known as Adonis in the ultra-exclusive world of the sex club, Olympus. Wes is intrigued by the voluptuous beauty who won’t give him the time of day. Like the God he emulates, he has never been the type to give in when he wants something or someone; Lola is exactly what he wants. Is Lola the one that can bring a God to his knees or will Wes conquer her, and then walk away as planned? Is the chance at love worth the cost of giving up everything you hold important? When the cards are down, will Wes and Lola call or fold?

Our Reveiw:
Lola and Wes. This is their story. Wes is Dylan and Seth’s other best friend. Wes has a secret that his friends don’t know about. Lola knows his secret. Lola has a little brother, Boyd, who has down syndrome. Boyd befriends Wes when Wes goes to the apartment Lola and Boyd live in so he could talk to Lola about the project she is to help him with for a place that Boyd goes to and where Lola volunteers.

Lola hates Wes and Wes falls for her. He tries to tell her how to deal with Boyd and she won’t talk to him. Lola and Wes grow close and then fall apart. But that part upsets Boyd who thinks Wes is the greatest person and his friend. The controversy between Wes and Lola ends when Boyd disappears and Wes finds him. Lola finally accepts her feelings and they all get along.

This Hamden book also has the view points of the other characters besides Lola and Wes a few times throughout the novel to show what they do when Lola and Wes are in the same room in different parts of it.

Review by Amanda Edmunds

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