Friday, January 31, 2014

Get 'Deliciously Obedient' with my review of Julia Kent's novel.

“Deliciously Obedient” By Julia Kent

Review by Wendy Dawn

“In Summation”:

The final book in the Obedient trilogy asks whether being authentic means losing everything in order to gain yourself...

Ego bruised but spirits lifted by her relationship with Jeremy, her ex-lover's best friend, Lydia Charles comes home to her family's campground in coastal Maine with a new boyfriend, some old anxieties, and one big question: where's Michael Bournham?

Mike's spent the last month incognito, living at the Charles family campground and sorting through his past to make sense of his future. Dropping out of the media spotlight was the best choice he could have made, and with Lydia safe in the job he created for her, far away in Iceland, he has plenty of time to think about how he hurt her...and how to win her back.

Jeremy followed Mike's instructions to the letter: take care of Lydia. Falling hopelessly for her, though, wasn't in this free-wheeling globe trotter's plan. Meeting her parents and settling down triggers his own issues, and when a sudden tragedy hits one of Lydia's beloved relatives, he finds himself confronting his own past...and shaping the future.

It's all in Lydia's hands now as she breaks every rule in an effort to learn whether the rules ever mattered at all.

**This ends the Obedient series -- read the 900+ page story arc by getting Maliciously Obedient and Suspiciously Obedient as well!**

“The Reviews are in”:

Julia Kent does it again! She is wrapping up her Obedient series with all the laughs and plot twists you expect. 
As the third installment to the series all, the characters are highly developed and you feel as if you are greeting old friends. Some of the characters from her other series weave into the plot as well. This gives you a sense of security that the characters you have come to love are still out there having fun and being funny.
Lydia comes home from Iceland to lick her wounds and figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life. Michael is still hiding from the world. Jeremy tags along with Lydia for the ride. 
Bringing home a hot tall Nordic looking guy raises some eyebrows at her family’s campground.

“It turns out you brought a Viking home, after all,” Miles said slowly.   ~Lydia’s brother commenting on Jeremy

With things in full swing at the campground no one notices that a guest, Mike, is really the hiding Michael. Therefore, the family goes along with life and Lydia tries to decide what to do next as she bunks with Jeremy. Actually falling for Jeremy comes easier with out Michael in the picture.
Lydia’s friend Krysta comes to the campground to help get Lydia motivated to the next phase of her life. Of course, the girls end up discussing sex and all things male. 

“Anal’s so…last decade. Everyone knows ménage is the new anal.”   ~Miles commenting on the conversation between Lydia and Krysta

Even though Lydia is having the sex of her life, she still is confused. She has no idea what she wants to do, or if Jeremy is the man to be with especially since, she is having dreams about Michael and Jeremy. 
Even discussing it with Krysta does not help.

“Conversations with you are like talking to Dan Savage on acid while licking Miley Cyrus.”   ~Lydia’s friend Krysta talking about sex with Lydia

Lydia’s grandmother, Madge, is quite the character. She has been in several of Ms. Kent’s novels. Her humor will have you rolling on the floor laughing. When you think things are bad…you just need some Madge.

“Get away. All of you. I don’t need eight hands to help me climb out of a sedan. If I’m going to have eight hands on me, they’d better be attached to men wearing butt floss and dollar bills tucked in places not meant for sunlight.”   ~Madge, Lydia’s grandmother wanting everyone to let her be

Jeremy gives Lydia the chance to find out what is still driving her toward Michael. He loves her and is willing to chance what ultimately could be for all three of them.

“Perfect love means no fear. Only a deep knowing, groundedness that comes from wanting the most for each other.”   ~Jeremy describing love to Lydia

From hot sex scenes to serene fall days on the campground, this is the perfect way to end a series. Happiness, sorrow and love. The Obedient series has it all in spades.  Plot twists, heartbreak and travel. 
Fall in love with Ms. Kent’s characters every time you read one of her novels. She never disappoints. Well written and thought out plot lines. Highly developed and engaging characters make her one of the best writers you will ever read. In addition, side splitting humor keep you interested in the fate of her personalities. 

The Ratings*:

Heros: 4.75
Heroine: 4.5
Story/Plot/HEA: 4.75

*The rating system is based on 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 the worst.
Hero - The main male character of the story. Heroine - The main female character of the story. Story/Plot/HEA (Happy Ever After) - The over all story line and culmination of the main plot or theme.

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