Review: Stanton Series Box Set (Stanton #1-3) by T.L. Swan

Title: Stanton Series Box Set
Author: T.L. Swan
Series: Stanton #1-3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
The complete Stanton series, Book1 Stanton Adore, Book 2 Stanton Unconditional and Book 3 Stanton Completely

She’s kryptonite.
Sensual, sweet, and as annoyingly perfect as she was when I left 7 years ago.
My body remembers the way she felt underneath me, and wants her again.
My heart remembers the way she crushed it and wants as far away as possible.
But she’s everywhere, haunting me, torturing me, driving me past all logical reason.
I need to forget her, move on and get her out of my system, but to do that,
I need to have her one.
Last.
Time.

It started as a kiss.
We never meant to fall in love.
But I was 17 and carefree,
And he was 19, beautiful and forbidden.
Our families never would have accepted it…
And I broke his heart to save his future.
Now the boy I loved 7 years ago is the man I can’t have.
He’s grown into everything my body craves, my heart demands…
and my sense of decency rejects.

My Review:
This is one of the most frustratingly-brilliant compulsively-readable series I’ve read in a long time. Once I started, I found it almost impossible to put down. At times, when I was forced to put it aside, it played on my mind. Always a sign of a great read.

I only came across this series as a reviewer of my book mentioned the similarities, (first cousin romance with a suspenseful side plot) and I had to check it out. I must thank that reviewer for bringing this series to my attention because I became invested very quickly.

Josh and Natasha have the most messed-up dysfunctional relationship ever, but it had me gripped from the very start. I loved that Natasha was a psychologist who knew better but she was powerless under the electric attraction and the deep bond she shared with Joshua. Her education, her experience, and her gut told her she should stay away from him, especially after they continually hurt one another, but the story shows what it’s like to be human. Her mind knew the right thing to do was to stay away, but her heart wouldn’t let her.

God, I’ve never wanted to bash two fictional character’s heads together as much as I wanted to bash these two, lol. The toing and froing was angsty and over the top dramatic and I freaking loved it. It messed with my head and made mincemeat of my heart but I lapped it up. If you don’t like train wreck love stories, with a taboo twist, you should probably give this one a miss.

The romance, chemistry, and sexy times were excellent. This was a scorching hot read and our mains have a sizzling chemistry that is undeniable. I swung between loving and hating both characters as I read, groaning at the double standards, and miscommunication but unable to put it down, like the worst type of addict. This book will seriously mess with your mind and twist your emotions into knots (in a good way.)

I thought the character and plot development were excellent. I guessed who was messing with them, but it was still very well done. With so many enemies, it did keep me guessing. The writing gets better with each book, and it flows at a fast pace. There wasn’t much filler, and it kept me glued to my Kindle for days. I really loved all the secondary characters, and I’ll definitely check out their books. I have Dr. Stanton downloaded to my Kindle already.

The only reason this is a four-star rather than five-star review is down to the lack of professional editing. As an author, I cannot, in all conscience, rate this five stars even though the story and the characters merit it. The writing and editing let it down, and I can’t write this review honestly without mentioning the atrocious grammar—run on sentences, redundant and incorrect words, awkward sentence structure, dangling modifiers, typos etc., etc. While most readers probably wouldn’t notice these things, I did, and it pulled me out of the story so much it became frustrating. I found myself correcting things in my head, and it annoyed me because I like to read for enjoyment and not be “mentally editing” a book as I read. I couldn’t help but do it with this series as it was so commonplace.

If you don’t mind such a glaring lack of editing, and you enjoy dramatic, angsty romance that will leave you breathless and swoony, then I highly recommend this series.

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