“Serendipity” by Janet Nissenson

 photo 18757526Small_zpsc51da158.jpgWas meeting again an unfortunate twist of fate? Or was it just serendipity?

Julia McKinnon was convinced she’d found the one – the man of her dreams, the most seductive, experienced lover she’d ever known – and the night they’d spent together in New York was the stuff erotic fantasies were spun from. But with the dawn of a new day came only heartache and betrayal, and her dreams were snuffed out like so much fairy dust.

Nathan Atwood felt like the lowest sort of life form after seducing the incredibly beautiful girl he met in New York, only to break her tender heart with the confession that he was already involved with someone else. Leaving Julia was the hardest thing he’d ever done, and the memory of their passionate night together haunted his dreams for months afterwards.

Now fate has brought them together again, and they are forced to work alongside each other. Will Julia be able to put aside the feelings she still has for her handsome boss and forge a new life for herself in San Francisco? And how long will Nathan be able to resist the gorgeous woman he’s never really stopped thinking about or wanting?

The Review

Julia is a beautiful Interior Designer.  She’s sweet and classy.  She’s protecting a heart that has been broken and betrayed by her ex when she found out he was married with a kid.  When she is walking on the streets of New York and sees a sexy man with a gorgeous smile and kind eyes, she can’t help but be entranced.  But her fear causes her to walk right on past him.  

Nathan is in New York for a conference.  He’s newly engaged, to Cameron, a woman he’s been dating for a couple years.  In a drunken state he agreed to a marriage proposal and now he’s feeling slightly trapped.  But with his friends all getting married and having kids, he feels it’s the right thing to do at this point in his life, despite the fact he and Cameron really don’t have a lot in common.  When he sees Julia coming towards him, he knows she’s the most beautiful woman he’s ever layed eyes on.  But he’s engaged, so he lets her pass him by.

They run into each other a couple more times, before they both take a chance on a romantic interlude.  Julia doesn’t realize he’s engaged until he’s packing up the next day to go back home.  She’s destroyed.

When they end up working in the same Design firm, they can’t decide if it’s the worst thing to happen, or the best.  What they do know is all hell is going to break loose and someone’s heart is going to be broke.

This book is extremely hard for me to rate.  The book was 4 stars for me until about the 75% mark and then it went downhill.  I felt like someone switched books on me.  So I’m going to review this in parts.

The first part is a Contemporary Romance with Erotic influence.  It has the sexual tension and chemistry, which I loved. Julia is so classy.  She’s beautiful and despite the fact she knows this, her confidence never seems cocky and her sweet nature is genuine.  You can’t help but root for her, but yet you feel like Nathan really doesn’t deserve her.

The sexual chemistry between the two is amazing and when they’re together it’s like fire and gasoline with their passions.  I really loved that!!

The last 25% of the book was quite simply annoying and vulgar.  There is so much sex, eventually you find yourself yelling at your kindle for them to PLEASE STOP HAVING SEX!!!! And you fast forward your kindle a little bit. Read. Nope still having sex.  Read again. Nope a new session of sex. Read. Oh yay, they’re eating! Nope having sex for the hundredth time in the kitchen.  The worst part is, even when they weren’t having sex, Julia was CONSTANTLY being called a “bad” or “naughty” girl who should be “spanked”.

So to sum it up, this book went from a 4 star Contemporary Romance with a wonderful story to a 2 star wanna be BDSM Erotica with too much sex and little evidence of the story it once was. It doesn’t even look like the same author wrote the two halves. It was really disappointing for me.  It had so much potential and held my attention all that time, then I couldn’t wait to finish it just so I could say I did.

~Robin Malone


Grade Scale:

(Based upon the Book Reads and Reviews Rubric)

  • Plot – 5
  • Characterization – 5
  • Style – 6
  • Threshold Quality – 2
  • Addictiveness – 3

Total – 21

Rating –3 Stars