Release Blitz & Review | Until Cece (Happily Ever Alpha World)
Spoiler Free Review
ARC kindly provided by Give Me Books and Boom Factory Publishing, LLC in exchange of an honest review.
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5 stars.
Author: K.D. Robichaux.
Release Date: February 19, 2021.
Trigger Warnings: infidelity.
“Never lose yourself while trying to hold on to someone who doesn’t care about losing you.”
Advice I heard over the years while acquaintances had gone through breakups and divorce, but I never thought I’d one day be applying it to myself. The past decade spent being the perfect stay-at-home mom and doting housewife, I never pictured my husband coming home from work one night and admitting to having an affair.
But without him and my place at home, who am I? With no college or work experience to speak of, what will I do?
- Step One: Call in reinforcements—my sister Mia.
- Step Two: Find a job to support me and my three little girls.
- Step Three: Start finding myself again.
“The fastest way to get over someone is to get under someone else.”
More advice I side-eyed over the years. My ex is the only man I’ve ever been with. The thought of being with someone else is both terrifying and… exciting. But that man should most definitely, a hundred percent certainly not be my savior, my real-life hero, my boss who took a chance on me at my all-time low.
Rebounds are bad news. Everyone knows that. But Winston doesn’t feel like a rebound. He feels like home. He makes me feel things I’ve never even imagined before. It feels like our timing is just… off. Especially when I realize the ultra-delicious chef and bar-owner dad has baggage of his own.
Until Cece is part of the Aurora Rose Reynolds’ s Happily Ever Alpha World. If you loved Until Talon, then you will want to read Until Cece.
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Author Bio: K.D. Robichaux
KD Robichaux wanted to be a romance author since the first time she picked up her mom’s Sandra Brown books at the ripe old age of twelve. She went to college to become a writer, but then got married and had babies. Putting her dream job on hold to raise her family as a stay at home mom who read entirely too much, she created a blog, where she could keep her family and friends up-to-date on all the hottest reads. From there, by word of mouth, her blog took off and she began using her hard-earned degree as a Senior Editor for Hot Tree Editing. When her kids started school, and with the encouragement from her many author friends, she finally sat down and started working on her first series, The Blogger Diaries, which is her real life romance.
About Boom Factory Publishing
Aurora Rose Reynolds and her husband, Sedaka Reynolds, created Boom Factory Publishing to use their experiences to expand and promote upcoming and existing indie authors. With over five years in the industry, and millions of books sold worldwide, we know what it takes to become a successful author and we will use this knowledge to take our authors to the next level.
“As a successful hybrid author in this ever evolving industry, I know that you’re only as successful as the team that is promoting you!” – Aurora Rose Reynolds
After reading Until Talon by Aurora Rose Reynolds, I was very intrigued by Cece’s story. Mia and Talon’s was very much in the sidelines and Cece in the focal point, so I had high hopes for this novel and I’m glad to say it did not disappoint.
All in all, I don’t have as much to say as I usually do with this book because I enjoyed it so much that I read it in two sittings. It was a very quick read, but beautifully paced. Although I love the Happily Ever Alpha World collection, sometimes they feel rushed, specially because they’re insta-love. However, because of the situation our main characters were in, it’s as if they had to take things more slowly than usual — they couldn’t afford to start their relationship right off the bat, and I think that this was a perfect storyline for K.D. Robichaux. Granted, I’ve only read one other book of hers, but I think it was pretty similar in this aspect, so this is a characteristic in her writing that definitely meshed well with the plot.
You’re stuck Cece. You’re in a holding pattern and aren’t allowing yourself to move forward in either direction, because you’re scared to make waves.
I do think that the big disadvantage here was that I already knew everything that would happen. It’s not the author’s fault at all, but this book should’ve definitely come first because having read Until Talon completely hindered my experience. Still, K.D. Robichaux did manage to introduce new things that made it very endearing and entertaining. For instance, each protagonists’ relationship with their children added a lot of cute scenes, lots of BTS content (so fans of theirs will definitely enjoy that), and my favorite, Cece’s empowerment. I really enjoyed watching her grow as a person and realize that she has all the opportunity and abilities to be independent. Yet, it was also realistic. Her situation was very complicated and I liked that she had such a good support system to help her get through it.
Cece and Winston were great and their relationship was very healthy. It was beautiful how much they supported each other in their individual endeavors. But, I will say that the middle part dragged a little. The romance became monotonous and the plot felt at a standstill because it took a while for the catalyst to happen and prompt the final stretch of the story. On another note, their families were absolutely adorable. I am a big fan of families coming together in books and I loved how it was done here. Due to that, I wish there had been more about that. Towards the end there were some adorable scenes that definitely satisfied my craving for them, but at the end of the day it wasn’t really part of the main story, so I understand why it wasn’t fleshed out as much.
I’d give anything to be with her, including everything I have.
Overall, this was good and interesting. I recommend it if you like reading about new beginnings, found-family, and adorable romance. I also think it’s great for fans of BTS because the author is clearly a fan and I learned a lot about the band while reading this, so if you’re interested definitely check it out.
Setting: ⭐️⭐️.75 / 5 stars.
Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / 5 stars.
Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.75 / 5 stars.
Writing: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5 stars.
Pacing: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5 stars.
My main rating is not an average from my breakdown, but an estimate of my personal enjoyment.