Chick-lit meets thriller: Scandal (Part 1) by Alison Foster (Review)

A real page-turner. It’s been a long time since I read a book that really made my pulse accelerate (what is Ella getting into?) and laugh out loud with her snarkiness. Scandal: Part One(a serialized novel) is free right now, so if you’re okay with a heroine with a no holds barred approach and a dirty-mouthed sex god (who could be a murderer), click on the title below. This review tour was brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours.

Scandal: Part One by Alison Foster

Publication date: July 31st 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Purchasing Links: Amazon|  B&N

Official Synopsis

Ella Wade knew working at a website called The Daily Scandal might lead to an interesting summer job after graduating college. She did not know that one big mistake would pull her into the heart of a sleazy world of publicity where truths are worse than lies and a murderer is on the loose.

When Ella gives into temptation and sleeps with her stepsister Madison’s ex, her world flips upside down. It doesn’t matter that Madison is dead or that Jaxson Cole wasn’t, in fact, her boyfriend but a publicist’s stunt to link two of the hottest catwalk models romantically in order to feed tabloid curiosity. The damage is done and with deadly consequences.

Even worse, Jax definitely knows things he won’t say. Falling for his epic hotness could mean one good screw will screw Ella for a lifetime.

My Review

She: Fresh-out-of-college Ella Wade, aspiring writer, lands a summer job with The Daily Scandal—a rag. Her waning interest turns into obsession when her boss asks her to go sniff out her dead stepsister’s murderer. The story is written from Ella’s PoV.

He: One word is needed to describe Jaxson Cole: god. The wet dream of million of women worldwide, this top model is spoiled, arrogant and wants Ella. Bad. But his ex-girlfriend (who wasn’t his girlfriend) just died and he wants to help Ella find the culprit. Or mess with her and cover his tracks.

The conflict: The ordinary sibling enters the glam and dirty world of her super model step-sister, which killed her. Determined to find the truth, she dives right in, but Jaxson is the most potent drug. Will she find the truth or lose herself?

The heat: OMG. Very original writing there. Warning: it goes into erotica terriroty.

The good stuff: Super fresh writing. Incredibly witty with subtle yet amazingly effective observations that turn the protagonists into truly complex characters. The suspense element is there, getting stronger towards the end.

The other stuff: for a romance, I wasn’t certain who the Hero was. If not for the blurb, I wouldn’t be sure who Ella would find her HEA with. Still not entirely sure.

Bottom line: One of my best recent reads. I’ll definitely buy the rest of the series.

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Alison Foster loves reading a good love story almost as much as she loves writing one. She spends her time dreaming up strong heroes and even stronger heroines and she enjoys finding unexpected strengths within her characters when they are in the most unexpected places.

She believes that passion makes the world go round and that a sexy grin is as sweet as candy. She loves interacting with readers, so feel free to drop her a line.

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