Until November (Until Series) (Volume 1)

Until November (Until Series) (Volume 1)

November is looking forward to getting to know her father and the safety of a small town. After leaving the big apple and her bad memories for Tennessee, November starts working for her dad at his strip club doing the books. The one time she’s allowed there during club hours she runs into Asher Mayson. He’s perfect until he opens his mouth and makes assumptions. November wants nothing to do with Asher but too bad for November fate has other plans. Asher Mayson has never had a problem getting

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3 thoughts on “Until November (Until Series) (Volume 1)

  1. 33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not bad, September 29, 2013
    By 
    minnie winnie (UK) –

    This wasnt a bad read but I would categorise it as instantly forgettable.

    The story follows November who moves from New York to live with her dad following a vicious attack. Almost as soon as she arrives she meets Asher, who doesn’t make a good first impression but quickly stakes his claim. The romance develops quickly, but some threatening notes lead them to believe that November might be in danger.

    There were elements I liked to this story. November and Asher were likeable enough, Asher was suitably devoted and possessive and the supporting characters were decent without intruding to much.

    However I felt that I was reading something I had read before. Heroine that’s nice and considers herself average? Check. Hot tattooed Hero that’s instantly and possessively in love? Check. Suspense side plot? Check. It had been done and while likeable enough I didn’t think this story added anything new to the genre.

    While I liked the characters they were a bit flat, no real defining characteristics. And the side plot felt tacked on and a bit unnecessary. It was forgotten about for most of the book until the author decided to put November in peril. Again, it’s been done and its been done better.

    That said, it was a decent enough read and I would probably buy from this author again but I would be hoping for an improvement on her next attempt.

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  2. 45 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Complelete Mess of a Book, October 12, 2013
    By 
    Miss H

    **LIKELY TO CONTAIN SPOILERS**

    “Until November” is a fast read, but it didn’t flow that well. It’s disjointed and unpolished and reads like a first draft or even, at times, like a poorly written fan fiction of any number of Kristen Ashley’s books. To be quite honest, anyone who’s familiar with KA will likely have a hard time not comparing this book to hers. They say, of course, that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but I think it’s important to make sure what’s being imitated is flattering. “Until November” failed in this endeavor.

    This book couldn’t decide which tense to stay in. It starts out in first-person present, then switches to first-person past, and back and forth it goes. It even switches to third-person for a sentence or two. The editing in this book is horrendous, to say the very least. Having said that, issues with editing will not typically break a book for me, because if a story is good, I can overlook that problem. However, when you couple lack of proper editing with a weak, inconsistent plot, boring, one-dimensional characters, poor pacing, confusing scene transitions, and a host of other problems, well…you have a recipe for disaster.

    Some examples for you, though there’s plenty more to be found:

    1: “I mean really, something’s just were not fair.”

    2: “I’m sure she likes me but not so sure she would like me ruining the chances of her having great grandchildren when I `accidently’ kick him in the nuts.”

    3: “She whispered her last word’s so softly that I almost didn’t hear.”

    4: ” …I wouldn’t of thought about the fact that…”

    Aside from all the other issues I’ve mentioned, “Until November’s” biggest problem is that it’s rife with telling instead of showing. Almost every chapter begins with a time jump, to which we’re then treated to several pages of nonstop info dumping to get us caught up on everything we missed in the time leading up to each particular time jump. It breaks up the flow of the story too much, especially when the first paragraph of each new chapter starts in the present before we immediately take a trip down memory lane. I don’t want to be told, I want to be shown. I want to experience it as it happens. To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with time jumps, but they can be jarring when not done well. In this book, they were used as a short-cut far too often.

    Also, I’m not a fan of overlapping point of views. If I read about Asher’s past in his point of view, I don’t want to read the same exact thing from November’s later on in the story.

    There’s simply not enough character development in this story. There are too many holes and inconsistencies with November’s background–things that are never explained or explored properly.

    The first chapter or so follows November and her new dog Beast on their boring cross-country journey from New York to Tennessee. We’re treated to a heavy dose of info dumping right from the start. Several yawn-inducing scenes later, she finally arrives in Tennessee. From there, we’re introduced to a handful of her dad’s family, none of whom I can remember. They don’t matter anyway, so what’s the point? Out of sight, out of mind. To be honest, there were far too many characters in general. It was character overload. Sorry, but a character needs more than a name to be memorable.

    As for Asher, he’s what you’d expect in an over-the-top alpha male. There’s not much else to say about him.

    Anyway, it didn’t take me long to discover that the blurb for this book was lie-telling:

    “After leaving the big apple and her bad memories for Tennessee, November starts working for her dad at his strip club doing the books.”

    November is all set to start working at her dad’s strip club, except, well, she has no idea her dad owns a strip club. No worries, though. It’s a non-issue because, duh, what woman wouldn’t want to work at her dad’s strip club? However, not once in the entire story do I ever recall November doing any kind of work. It’s mentioned in passing from time to time, but we don’t ever see it. Then again, she’s too busy being pursued by all the men in town for reasons unknown, being stalked, shopping, hating on all the women from Asher’s past, and spending her days in an “Asher fog.” Ah, life is good.

    “November wants nothing to do with Asher but too bad for November fate has other plans.”

    If only this were true. From the moment she lays eyes on him–even after he acts like a complete jerk–all this idiot can focus on is how hot he is. For days on end, before they run into each other again, we’re subjected to November’s running commentary on Asher’s spectacular good looks.

    “Asher Mayson has never had a problem getting a woman that is until November.”

    I’m pretty sure this was never an issue. In fact, the first time he asked her out, she was quick to…

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  3. 17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Freaking Awesome, September 21, 2013
    By 
    MegMeg (Washington) –

    http://romancebymegmeg.blogspot.com

    It must be said; I have been waiting months for this book to be released. Ever since I happened upon it’s excerpt in a goodreads forum post, I just knew this book was for me and it was going to be a winner!

    And I was not wrong.

    November has packed up her life and is headed out of New York and into Tennesse after a brutal attack in an alley that almost left her dead. Damaged but not broken, she is off to see her father and try to move on.

    Asher is a good guy. He comes from a steady family and he has great friends. However, he is not without his faults. He’s a love ’em and leave ’em kind of guy. Woman shouldn’t depend on him because he’s not interested, he wants one thing and one thing only… until he meets November. November is a game changer, one look at her and he has a different kind of life in mind. He believes she is the one and he’s going to make her believe it too, even if it takes forever.

    Almost immediately, November endeared herself to me. She quickly began to feel like an old friend. Easy to relate to and fun to be around. She is sweet, quirky, and full of heart. She manages to take life’s punches in stride, making her the type of gal we can all admire. And, her vernacular makes me smile inside because she says things like: “What the heck?” and “Well, alrighty then…”. She rambles and talks to her dog. Who am I kidding? I might be more in love with November than I am with Asher. I just plum liked her.

    Not that Asher is anything to sneeze at because I swear this man is sex on a stick. Honest, steady, and a stud in the bedroom. Really could a girl ask for more? And sadly, it would seem that I have needs that only Asher can satisfy. I fear I may slip into a rare and horrible funk, where no book boyfriend can measure up until my “Asher fog” has finally lifted.

    Until November grabbed me with it’s attention to detail and descriptions. Aurora Rose Reynolds adds interesting tidbits about what November’s dog is doing, what is happening around her, and what is going on her head. Perhaps what impressed me the most is that it is all detail you want to know, it adds to the story and helps it flow smoothly. As a debut novel, I was a pleasantly surprised and ever so excited.

    If you are a fan of Kristen Ashley or Harper Sloan, look no further because this book is excellent and personal favorite of 2013.

    **I received this ARC from Aurora Rose Reynolds in exchange for an honest review**

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