Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Except + Review: 13 | The List Series by Rhonda James

Today we have the blog tour of 13 by Rhonda James! We are so excited to share this sexy new romance with you! Check it out and grab your copy today!

“Fake it till you make it.” 

A notion I once considered utterly ridiculous. Until one crazy night with a mysterious man resulted in a social media frenzy that had the entire entertainment industry talking. 

Seems a fake marriage was just what my career needed to make Hollywood come knocking. 

Convincing him to continue the charade was almost too easy. The chemistry between us made it impossible to keep my hands to myself. But it was all just pretend, right? Love was never in the script. 

That is, until he re-wrote it. 

13 Reasons You Should Stay: 

1. I’m crazy about you 
2. I make you laugh 
3. You totally dig me
4. My killer dance moves
6. I’m pretty hot
7. You’ve already met my family – AND YOU’RE STILL HERE
8. No one makes me feel the way you do
10. We look good together
11. That thing I do with my tongue – YOU REMEMBER
12. Because I’d be lost without you
13. I’m pretty sure I’m in love with you


Romance | Contemporary Romance | New Adult

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy for a Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review***

What is more fun than a romance built around a fake romance?! In my personal opinion, they are always some of the most entertaining novels – both quick, fast paced drama, delicious sexual tension and just an overall enjoyable read. 13 is definitely one that was great in a lot of ways, but also there were some issues that left me a little conflicted…

For starters, the synopsis is great. I admit this, and at the start, I can already tell I have some likes and dislikes for the characters. I say this because at the beginning everything is from Sophie’s perspective. In the prologue, it is interesting enough but I already get a sense that Sophie is one of these girls who falls easily, very much into the dramatics. I am sure that is what James was going for, but I personally needed to believe her personality and from the start I just could not connect with Sophie. 

Sophie is whiny, she self centered, with this raw innocence that clouds her opinions, though she isn’t a weak minded character, she does shine in a lot of good ways. It just was far and nibble for my liking. She allows herself to really be dictated by everyone, not just her own emotions, but by Hawk, her manager, friends, even Gavin on multiple occasions. It made her seem really belittled. 

Speaking of Hawk, I will admit I connected more with his character, I thought his personality was fun, sweet, caring with a slight edge that really made the novel more enjoyable for me, especially where the chemistry for Hawk and Sophie were concerned. 

Saying when they had chemistry is used slightly loose for this… I really wanted to feel their angst, the passion, the drama, their huge sexual tension – I wanted to feel it. But on most occasions it seemed either really flow worthy to the plot and other times forced. Don’t get me wrong, the sexual chemistry is there, oh my lanta was it there, but then sometimes there was this nudge between them that I couldn’t understand from my perspective of why it was even an issue. 

Overall, I did enjoy a lot about the novel, but I also had a lot of issues while reading. It more of less was the fact that I just could not connect with Sophie as a character that made everything lack luster. It was Hawk that kept me trucking on. The writing style is great, it was a fun, entertaining read that was a fast enough pace that I read in one sitting. However for me, it just lacked on aspects that I felt should have been better delivered. Though this is my first James novel, I am curious to see what else is in her sleeve, this won’t be the only novel I read of hers. 

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Exclusive Excerpt:

The first thing I noticed were his eyes. Bottle green with the tiniest flecks of copper scattered throughout, and when the light hit them just right, those flecks sparkled in the most intriguing way. His shaggy caramel-blond hair stuck up in all directions, as if he’d been running his fingers through it all day, and the longer I stared, the more I found myself wanting to do the same thing. Tattoos circled both of his wrists, and his ears were pierced and adorned in black onyx. He had a smile that could simultaneously melt your heart and panties. Everything about him screamed male model, and if he wasn’t, then he sure as hell should be. He was that gorgeous. The bar was packed, and he was seated close. So close his muscular thigh pressed tightly against mine, making it impossible to ignore his presence. Not that I wanted to or anything.

By the time I finished examining him, I looked up and found his pouty lips were puckered as if he was deep in thought. Either that or he was thinking about kissing me. Yeah, I knew we hadn’t been formally introduced, but I’d definitely consider kissing those lips. His gaze was intense, and it roamed my entire body, slowly, as if he were cataloging every detail for later when he was alone and naked in the shower. The thought of him naked, alone or otherwise, excited me.

“No one special.” I fidgeted in my seat. “Old boyfriend.”

“If you ask me, he’s a dumbass for letting you get away. You’re much prettier than candy.”

Another blush heated my cheeks as I shook my head and responded, if only to keep him talking, “Ahh, but you haven’t seen this particular piece of candy.”

“Don’t need to. He gave you up. In my book, that’s reason enough to achieve asshole status.” He winked and tipped his glass to mine. “But, thanks to his assholery, you’re here with me. So… to assholes.”

Okay. He was definitely flirting.



About Rhonda:

Rhonda is an Amazon bestselling romance author who strives to create a book boyfriend for all her readers. She’s married and lives in Michigan with her family. In her spare time you can find her talking to readers, getting lost in a new book, or just spending time with her family.


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