This is a serialized novel. Each episode is a cliffhanger. For mature readers.
The Season One Box Set includes episodes 1-5.
Fierce Salon is owned by sexy ex-model Nate Edwards. He's a player in every sense of the word but keeps his antics out of the salon. But when Amy takes over his empty chair, all of his carefully constructed walls begin to crumble.
I’m not a fan of serials. I’ve tried them in the past and while I’ve enjoyed a few none stuck with me for various reasons, so I gave up on them and probably would have given a pass on Fierce Salon because of it. But when I saw that the first five episodes were bundled together I figured why not give it a go? The premise of the series revolving around a salon gave the promise of interesting characters popping up throughout peaked my interest and I’m happy I did because I really enjoyed it.
One of my issues with serials I’ve read was that due to the length of the serial I never got a true handle on the characters, but here that isn’t the case and it isn’t just because that it came in a bundle. In just the first episode (each one is marked in the bundle) I felt as if I really had a good handle on just who both Amy and Nate are and I actually really liked them.
When we meet Amy she is having the worst day on the planet. She no longer has a job and finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her (which was actually a pretty brilliant way to find out, so props to the author for coming up with it) and even though her entire world is crashing down around her she doesn’t totally lose it. She does allow herself to wallow for a bit then pulls up her big girl panties and moves forward and that’s what I really liked about her.
Then there is Nate. He may be a manwhore, but also a great guy. His manwhore status is something that he is unapologetic about and has his rules of engagement, which is something that I applaud. I mean why pretend? It may make him an ass with how he handles the women after the fact, but his rules are the rules.But when it comes to his employees and clients at the salon we get to see a different side of him. He knows how to handle a sticky situation so that neither his client or employee is ever made to feel stupid, and that is a gift that not many have.
The way that Amy and Nate’s relationship evolves definitely worked for me. There is attraction on both sides, but it’s not acted upon. I liked how we got to not only hear what they thought about each other, but more that we were shown how they affected each other and see the chemistry grow between them. It was done well and realistically without going overboard and where this box set ends was perfect even if it is a cliffhanger.
The writing is engaging and pacing is great. I enjoyed the author’s voice and thought that the first person POV’s were done really well and had no issue when another POV was introduced. The way I saw it was that since the salon is the background it was only natural that other voices/relationships would be born out of it and I didn’t feel as if it took away from Amy or Nate’s relationship in any way. This box set does end in a cliffhanger, but it is what I deem an appropriate one and has me wanting to continue with the series to see how it all plays out. As fars as the secondary characters are concerned, I enjoyed all the ones that have been introduced so far and am quite curious to see what the future has in store for all of them.
The Bottom Line: I’m still not sold on the serial thing, but as far as this box set is concerned I think that it’s a worthwhile read and I’m looking forward to keeping up with the series...as long as they are in box sets *grins.*
~ Review copy provided by Love All Books in exchange for an honest review ~