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The Token Series (3 Volume Boxed Set) by Marata Eros

The Token Series (3 Volume Boxed Set) by Marata Eros

4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
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Twenty-two year old Faren Mitchell hears the two words that change her abbreviated life forever. They’re so final Faren decides she has nothing to lose by seizing every remaining moment of what life has to offer.

Until Faren collides with a motorcycle ridden by billionaire Jared McKenna.

Even the dark secret of her past and catharsis as a physical therapist can’t save Faren from the sexual spiral that waits for her in the arms of a man who commits to no one. When circumstances force her to get a second job as an exotic dancer, Faren never imagines how close that choice will bring her to the brink of a new reality she is unequipped to handle.

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Faren Mitchell keeps the secret of her second job from the one man who could see her through some of the darkest moments of her life. She doesn’t want Jared “Mick” McKenna for the billions he’s amassed, but for the one thing she’s never given any man: her innocence.

Mick’s guilt over the injury he inflicted fuels the beginnings of something more; a sexual consumption of each other that neither were anticipating. When Faren’s actions don’t match her words, Mick suspicions are raised. His feelings turn to ones of protection after Faren is mugged and he can’t reconcile his desire for her with the reality they now find themselves in.

As Faren’s bucket list grows, so does the danger that surrounds the choices she’s made. Can she take what she needs from Mick and also secure her mother’s life? Or will the truth she has weaved between the lies doom them both?

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Faren collapses, narrowly escaping discovery upon hearing traumatic news delivered by Thorn. When Thorn becomes her uneasy accomplice in the deception of Mick, Faren decides she needs to come clean with the truth. Shelving her pride might be the last thing she wants to do, but as facts and actions continue to contradict one another, her hands become tied in the lies she creates to survive.

Faren only needs one last lap dance to erase the final debt that hangs over her mother’s head like a cloud of doom. But when Ronnie Bunce circles closer to Faren and threatens the last sanctuary she possesses, circumstances unravel to reveal lies that run deeper than she knew.

Can Faren and Mick consummate their passion before her deceit is discovered? Or will the last dance be the ultimate loss?

My Review
I’ll start off by saying this isn’t my usual genre. The whole billionaire/poor girl with shades of kinky sex isn’t something I usually go for. I gave Fifty Shades of Grey a try, but couldn’t get past the third chapter. Mostly because the characters were too unlikeable. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for erotica, but if I want to read erotica, I buy it, not something with a thin plot that tries to pass as something else. But there was something about this series that intrigued me and this is definitely not dressed up erotica. It is truly dark romantic suspense.

It started off a little slow, but by midway through the first book, it had me hooked. By the middle of the second book, it had me turning pages when I should have been doing something else, and by the end of the third book, I couldn’t get to Amazon.com fast enough to pick up the fourth book in the series. It’s a thoroughly engaging and fascinating romance.

Plot
The plot is the strongest part of the first three books in the series. There are plenty of turns and twists and some unexpected moments. I have to admit, the author totally threw me at one point. I thought I had it all figured out at the end of Book 1, but instead was left with my mouth hanging open. Things go from shocking to interesting and then tragic as I worked my way through Books 2 and 3.

Characters
I started off feeling like the characters were superficial and not particularly interesting. Especially the main character, Faren. She describes herself as having creamy skin and hair that is rich and honey-colored. I couldn’t help wondering who the hell thinks about themselves that way? I didn’t much care for her and I wasn’t a fan of billionaire Jared “Mick” McKenna either. I mean what kind of man owns a series of strip clubs? And then there’s strip club manager, Ty, who is a total lecherous perv.

But once again, Marata Eros surprised me. She actually created far deeper characters than I expected. No one is exactly as they seem and as we get to know them through the books, we learn that while they’re far from perfect, they are human and each one of them has redeeming qualities that we can’t help liking.

Bottom Line
This is a surprisingly good story with far more depth and breadth than I expected and I’m very glad I gave it a try.

Title: The Token Series (3 volume boxed set)
Author: Marata Eros
PublisherMarata Eros
Pages: 264
Category: New Adult Dark Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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