By: Monique Orgeron
Length: 352 Pages
Expected publication: November 10, 2017
Love was never supposed to be part of the end game.
Fallon’s life has been a road paved in misery and loneliness.
Then one day, she’s propositioned with a way to change it all.
From that day forward, Fallon planned on never looking back.
Until, she met her target, the man who could destroy everything.
Fallon’s a survivor, but can she survive him?
Gabriel is independent and brutal.
He learned early on about his mother’s games.
For years his mother has tried to control every aspect of his life.
He was born to be her successor, but he refused to be her chess piece.
When a mysterious woman shows up, Gabriel’s life is turned upside down.
Is she his mother’s pawn?
Soon they will learn that the games Gabriel’s mother, Catherine Stern plays are for keeps.
Secrets and deception always find a way of being revealed.
To Be Released November 10, 2017
Let’s talk about some hot stuff. Art of Seduction, Book 1 of A Stern family saga is going to be a must read for any New Adult Romance lover is not going to want to miss.
So before getting more into detail about the book let me give you some little fun facts.
- The last time I crushed on the female lead of a book was way back in February when I read Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas.
- This book was the cause of me witnessing Daylight savings time change. It made me feel so awesome, like I traveled back in time.
- It’s been awhile since I pulled an all-nighter just to finish a book with being disrupted.
From what I can gather this is the debut of Monique Orgeron. Let’s just say she is off to a phenomenal start of a promising career. And I for one look forward to reading more of her work.
My first thoughts on this book were The Godfather (1972) and The Princess Diaries (2001) with a splash of Pretty women (1990). Yeah, I know, you’re probably sitting there saying what kind of Cluster (excuse my language.) Fuckery is that. So let me break this down so you can see where it is exactly I’m coming from. Please just take these as reference points to grasp the feel of the book. The book is in no way a copy of any one of these movies.
The Godfather; the Stern family is not to be messed with, and Catherine (the patriarch of the Stern Family) is our Don Vito Corleone. She doesn’t take crap from anyone and when she wants something done, it gets done. When she wants for her family, she gets for her family she is not to be messed with in a shape or form. The Stern Family is one you do not want to cross ever unless you’re just threw with life. And let’s just say mother knows best.
The Princess Diaries; Fallon (thinking about her has my heart thumping), My goodness what a fantastic character. Very seldom do I fall for the women more than the Man. Sorry Gabriel, but she is the star of this show (for me anyways), she is strong, fierce and on a mission to be what Catherine molds her to become: a wife for her oldest son. Let’s just Fallon does the job asked of her. Going in with the intent to leave love out of the equation, to move up in the world and out of the slums she grew up in. You see, Catherine needs to control, she controls her life and the lives of those she loves. She finds Fallon and takes her time to mold her to the strong, fierce women in which I’ve come to love. Sort of like what the Grandmother does for Princess Mia (Anne Hathaway).
Pretty Woman; Pretty Woman is about the transformation of not only Vivian (Julia Roberts) but also the growth of Edward (Richard Gere) learning to open his heart before it’s too late. Now swap Edward & Vivian for Gabriel & Fallon. Orgeron truly created a wonderful development for this cast.
Now don’t think ok.”So you gave me all these movies options I think I got the book figured out.” Trust me don’t like they are hidden right there in there under your nose and you still don’t see them. As I read I became more engrossed that I just kept reading. Even when I put it down to get sleep, it didn’t happen. I picked it right back up. I had to finish. I did not see the many turns this one took. And interestingly enough all the secrets, twists and turns made absolute logical sense. Sometimes authors add them in and you’re baffled as to why, but that doesn’t happen here. Monique Orgeron carefully crafted a well-scripted plot to give just the right amount of information needed to string you along to wanting more. There is some pretty epic twist that comes your way. I wish I could spill the beans, but after you read it you’ll get why I can’t.
Fallon was lost before finding the Stern family. It was just her and her mother or the system (foster care). She grew up fighting just to survive her life. The Stern family is composed of Catherine (Mother) and her boys Gabriel, Zander, Liam, and Vin (the not brother but brother). Each of the books in the Saga is for them. And let just say all the men will leave an impression on you. Because as I was reading not only did I want to read about Fallon & Gabriel I found my mind crossing over to the other boy’s lives and wondering what Catherine has in store for them. I’m definitely hooked on learning more about the Stern family.
Happily Ever After ✓