Monday, March 12, 2018

3 Wine Glass #Review of Bloom by Nikki Rae

Title: Bloom
Series: The Order Series #1
Author: Nikki Rae
Format:ebook, 290 pages
Published: February 28th, 2018 by Nikki Rae
Source: ebook courtesy of author
Reviewer: Lexi
Rating: 3 out of  5 Wine Glasses

Given to The Grimm Order as an infant, Fawn was raised in a world shaped by the rich and powerful. When she was sold at the age of nine to a Suitor, Fawn believed he would protect her from the “Mainworld”, where those who know nothing about the Order live. Living with the cruel man who bought her freedom, she finds just what the Order is about: money, control, and status for the Owner and humiliation and abuse for those they own.

Unwilling to accept the expectations of being Owned, Fawn goes from golden girl to maid, content to live in the shadows of the Order as long as she isn’t Owned again.

It’s been ten years since she disgraced her former Owner’s name, and now the brooding Frenchman Elliot Lyon wants her. Master Lyon is kind, smart, and unlike any man she’s met. She doesn’t want to admit it to herself, but Fawn is drawn to him despite constantly planning her next escape.

Even the prettiest flowers have thorns, and Master Lyon is hiding secrets that will uproot everything she thinks she knows about him.

Lexi's Thoughts:
Bloom is a dark romance in a twisted world. The Grimm Order is corrupt and Fawn is stuck inside it. And just when she might be beginning to trust someone, she is back in chains.

The first 75% of Bloom we get to know a bit about Fawn and her new owner, Master Lyon. He is slow to break her in, we get a visitor from another man who is part of the Grimm Order, and get some insight to her past experience and how bad things could be. But not a lot else happens. I kept going on the absurd hope that we would get a repeat escape by Fawn, one that would actually succeed, and see her strong resilience pay off and take down the Order.

Fawn doesn’t get away, but the last 25% of the book finally hooks you. Master Lyon lets his guard down and becomes Elliot to Fawn. Sadly, we also learn why Elliot purchased Fawn and why he is willing to sacrifice her. There is no good option for Elliot so you feel for him a bit, but he is certainly not a hero and he is difficult to like once you know the truth behind his actions. 

So even though Bloom didn’t work for me, the last quarter of the book had enough tension to make me want to pick up book two. We are left not knowing what will happen to Fawn and wondering if the underground network that aided her during her first escape is doomed or if she could be the hinge-pin that could save it. 

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