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That's all I did. A few too many glasses of wine with my best friend and the bitch convinced me to go on one of those dating websites.
A one-night stand.
A booty call.
And you know what? It.was.amazing.
I spent all night in a sexy stranger's arms, hot and sweaty, until it was time to sneak out and do the walk of shame back to my apartment.
I never thought I'd see sexy stranger again, and I was totally fine with that - until my mother's wedding.
She's getting remarried, see. And sexy stranger just happens to be my new stepbrother.
All the wine in the world isn't going to make this better.
He lets go of my wrist and grabs my hips, lifting me up onto the bathroom counter. My breath catches in my throat as my shoulders collide with the mirror. He’s kissing my neck, his hands all over me, and I wrap my legs around his torso and run my hands through his hair.
“I don’t want to be doing this,” I gasp, but we both know that’s not true. And he’s not technically my stepbrother yet.
I received a copy of the books in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: *Note* I read the four parts of the serial back-to-back so I'm going to write a joint review covering the four separate instalments (this is so that I won't spoil any of the reveals or what happens where).
As the introduction to the series part one works well by introducing Emma, her hilarious bestie Megan and the handsome stranger online date Jai. Emma is trying to move on from a bad breakup when her friend introduces her to online dating. She meets Jai who is supposed to be a short term, no strings romance, until he really isn't.
If the first part is the introduction, then the second part is what hooked me. I definitely felt like the series got better as it developed. After a few unwelcome discoveries and misunderstandings, Emma and Jai are in for a big surprise. They discover their parents are getting married and that they'll be step-siblings - cue lots of confusion and embarrassment.
The good thing about the serial is that although Scarlett Ward does raise more questions in the different instalments, she does answer some along the way which keep me interested. As you can probably tell from the title and blurb, this is an adult series with lots of sexy time!
With every new instalment we get to know more about Emma and Jai. There are some really funny moments and I found the third part the most entertaining. A lot of things go awry and Emma's torn between saying no to Jai, and being really invested in discovering more about his life. As a Brit I obviously wasn't drawn to Jai's accent like Emma was but I did appreciate some of his other attributes ;)
As a four part serial Step F#@k is short and sweet. It has enough action and drama (outside of the bedroom) to pack a punch. I laughed a lot, although I did find myself wanting to shake some sense into Emma as the story progressed.
I was really hopeful that Emma could move on from her trust issues and that her and Jai could find their own HEA! It is worth noting that there is a cliffy or two along the way.
I'm not usually a big fan of serials because I'm too impatient to wait for the next instalment but I did enjoy it here. I've read several serials where one book is simply spread into MANY parts to sell more copies/make more money but I didn't feel like this was the case here and I actually liked the serial element (admittedly I did read them all together).
Overall series rating: 4 Stars in my Sky!
Series Reading Order
Releasing June 25th
Releasing July 3rd
Releasing July 10th
Scarlett Ward is a yoga-loving, coffee-drinking writer who finally took the plunge and wrote her first book. Her own stepbrother wasn't remotely good-looking, but the one she dreamed up for Step F*@k is absolutely DIVINE.
Scarlett hates long walks on the beach. That shit is hard. She prefers laying out by the pool with her laptop, writing her next story while working on her tan.