Review: Until November (Until, #1), by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Until November (Until, #1)Until November by Aurora Rose Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

‘Until November’ has been sitting on my TBR for what seems like forever. I’d been meaning to start this series, but just never quite got around to it. When the audiobook went on sale, I decided to take the plunge with this one.

November has left New York City and headed south to live with her father following a brutal attack. She can’t escape the feeling that she’s being watched and hunted. Even when she arrives in her father’s town, the eerie feeling hangs with her.

Glad to have her in his life, November’s father arranges to have her work at the club that he owns with his brother. He wants November to manage the bookkeeping and financial side of the operation, steering clear of the club during the nighttime. He may own a strip club, but he won’t have his daughter hanging around during the busy hours (hypocritical much?).

When November first meets Asher Mayson, he is a total asshat. He’s rude, presumptive and completely out of line. In fact, he’s pretty much a domineering jerk for most of the book. Luckily, I love an a$$hole and Asher really grew on me.

It turns out that despite being a jerk, Asher is quite the Alpha-male protector as well. That comes in handy when the threats against November start to escalate. It quickly becomes clear that her fears weren’t unfounded. Somebody is out to get her.

Along with Asher, comes a bevy of sexy brothers. Each of them is instantly willing to protect November as one of their own. It seems that Asher wasn’t the only one that had a bad case of “insta-love” when he met November. His brothers are equally taken with her, but in an entirely platonic way.

Despite the rapid pace with which November and Asher’s relationship progressed, I enjoyed this story. Yes, the timeline was a little unbelievable. They had like one date and then they’re moving in together. From that point forward, it’s family planning and HEAs.

To enjoy this story, you have to be able to overlook the insta-love. It wasn’t an issue for me this time. On another day, it might have been a problem. I can be a moody reader like that.

This book introduces a robust cast of supporting characters. I’m sure that most of them will get their own books later in the series. Aside from Asher’s sexy siblings, there’s a brief mention of November’s cousins. Her crazy mother and ex-fiancé also play an important role in this book. (Let’s just say her mother won’t be getting any “mother of the year” awards anytime soon.)

Eventually, everything comes to light and the mystery surrounding the attacks against November is solved. I can’t say I was terribly surprised with the way it worked out. However, it was still shocking in a “how terrible” sort of way.

Although this book is the first in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone. It doesn’t leave you hanging with any unanswered questions about November and Asher. It will leave you curious about some of the secondary characters and pave the way for their books.

Overall, this was a good book for me. It was entertaining if you’re in the mood for an over-the-top, controlling Alpha-male type of story. If not, pass on this one until you are. This is the type of story that could swing one way or the other for me, depending upon my mood.

I listened to the Audible version and I have to say that I do not recommend the audio. For me, the narration was terrible. I could barely stand Asher’s voice. If you’re considering the audiobook, listen to the sample. This was one of those times when I wished that I had. I think that I would’ve liked the book more if I had read it versus listened to the audiobook. Then again, I listen to everything at 2x – 3x speed, so maybe it isn’t so bad at the normal rate.

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