Saturday, June 29, 2019

Review: Hitched series by G.K. DeRosa (Books #1-4)

Hitched is a new series by G.K. DeRosa. As of today, there are four books in the series featuring the protagonist, Kimmie-Jayne Starr.

The Bachelorette is the first novel in the Hitched series. One innocent human girl. Twenty-five supernatural bachelors. Six weeks to choose the one. When aspiring actress Kimmie-Jayne Starr discovers she been snagged the starring role on the next huge reality TV show, Hitched, she thinks all her dreams have finally come true. But as soon as she lands on the beautiful island of Mystic Cove, something feels wrong. Sure, the twenty-five bachelors are heart-stoppingly handsome, but she’s certain they’re all hiding something—something supernatural. As she gets to know the guys, protecting her heart proves impossible when she finds herself irresistibly drawn to more than just one. As a string of strange accidents on set grow deadlier, Kimmie-Jayne realizes there’s much more to this dating show than she ever could’ve imagined. If she can’t figure out who’s behind these incidents, she’ll end up risking more than just her heart.

The Top Ten is the second novel in the Hitched series. A Fae prince, a guardian angel, twin dragon shifters, a vampire… And that’s only the beginning. Now that the truth is out about the supernaturals, things are starting to get interesting. With ten bachelors remaining, Kimmie-Jayne needs to get her head in the game. But with a murder investigation underway on set, listening to her heart only complicates matters. To make things worse, the mysterious accidents that were supposed to end with the big supernatural reveal are back with a vengeance. With more twists and secrets being revealed everyday, is there anyone she can really trust? The Top Five is the third novel in the Hitched series. Five bachelors left. Four mystical families to meet and territories to explore. Four chances to avoid a supernatural war. Kimmie-Jayne thought discovering the bachelors were supernatural was tough, until she finds out she has to spend the week with their families. Now she’s whisked off to meet four of the most powerful families of Azar. If she can survive dragon lords, daunting angels, the intrigue of Fae court, and the Underworld, she’ll end up with the man of her dreams. Or so she hopes. But nothing is as it seems in each of these households, and perils loom in every corner of the vast estates. Will the men she loves be able to protect her or will the supernatural world prove too much for her as she struggles to choose the final two?

The One is the fourth novel in the Hitched series. The time has come for to pick The One. With one bachelor missing and chaos in her heart, Kimmie-Jayne must find the strength to choose the final two. Once that terrible decision is made, she’s sure things will be easier. But she’s wrong. When jealousy flares within the manor, the producers have no choice but to sequester the final two bachelors. As Kimmie-Jayne battles her fracturing heart, torn between two men, news of a surprise visit home sends her hopes soaring. But it’s short-lived. Disaster hits while she’s at home, leading Kimmie-Jayne to make a startling discovery about her past—one that changes everything... Will Kimmie-Jayne finally get her happily ever after?

As a huge HUGE fan of G.K. DeRosa's previous two novel series, The Vampire Prophecy and The Angel and Vampire War, I looked forward to this series, which is loosely based on the U.S. reality television show, The Bachelorette. Kimmie-Jayne Starr has dreams -- she's an aspiring, yet struggling, actress from a working-class family in the heartland who wants to make it big in Hollywood. She's in her 20s, starting her young adult life in a new country and meeting new people. The idea that she landed on a reality show as the main lead does sound too good to be true. However, the shock and awe of the set turns dangerous for Kimmie-Jayne as people close to her turn missing or end up dead! She must learn how to navigate the beauty of Mystic Cove while keeping her alive.

Overall, Hitched was a fun read if you're into a blend of fantasy and reality TV. I wanted to like this series. But the ending felt very predictable. (Or more like my favorite bachelor did not win Kimmie-Jayne's heart). As a result, the entire concept of the series felt underwhelming to me and might disappoint readers if they attach themselves to a certain bachelor. Although I was less impressed with the ending, there is a new spin-off series, Darkblood Academy, for readers interested in learning more about the aftermath of Hitched. In recent years, I have noticed that spin-off series are becoming more popular to keep the momentum going for fans of particular series. Nonetheless, Hitched is appropriate for young adults over 17 and contains mild violence. It is NOT a reverse harem series, even though the two men on the fourth book cover are ridiculously gorgeous. I recommend the series.

 

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