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REVIEW: The Plus One Chronicles: The Proposition, Possession, Obsession by...

theproposition-250x396Dear Ms. Lyon:

It’s probably unsurprising that I requested this trilogy of books. They feature a billionaire MMA fighter and a baker heroine. Sloane Michaels is a retired, successful MMA fighter who founded a successful franchise of gyms that cater to up-and-coming fighters who are training. One night, while at wedding, he spots Kat Thayne quietly setting up the wedding cake for the wedding reception. He’s immediately attracted and would like to get to know her better. Unbeknownst to him, Kat is a survivor of a vicious attack which left her with a permanent limp and an extreme wariness of men. When he approaches her, she immediately puts him off, and flees. He follows, and finds her being attacked in the parking lot of the wedding venue. Her assistant has been stabbed, and Kat is trying to help him. Sloane jumps into action, calling 911 and providing medical assistance until the paramedics arrive. While Kat is grateful for his help, and attracted to him on an empirical level, she is definitely not interested in getting involved with this overpowepossession-250x396ring man.

Sloane perseveres, and finds that Kat is the survivor of an attack. He makes no bones about wanting her, but offers to help train her in self-defense so that should she ever be attacked again, she can protect herself. Kat is desperate to become the self-confident person she was before the attack and agrees to the training while making it very clear that she has no interest in becoming involved with him. Of course, they train, and of course, that training leads to a physical encounter. But both have demons. Kat comes from a family of renowned scientists, and is the black sheep of the family. She was involved with a man, David, who works very closely with her mother, and her parents would like nothing more than for Kat to reconcile with him. Although Kat can’t remember much about her attack, she knows that David, who was present for the attack, knows more than he’s saying and that his account of the attack is not accurate. For his part, Sloane is seeking revenge against the man who attacked and killed his sister. He’s announced that he’s coming back to the MMA for one night, hoping to draw out his sister’s killer.  As they become involved, they realize that David’s involvement in Kat’s attack is more sinister than first suspected. Sloane’s protective instincts go into overdrive. At the same time, Sloane is relentlessly training for his fight. Will his decision to kill the man who murdered his sister come to fruition? Will he end up in jail?

Tobsession-250x396he first thing I’ll say about these books is that they should have been one book. There really isn’t enough story there to justify dragging them out over three. I understand that billionaire/ingenue trilogies are all the rage right now, but there just wasn’t enough “there” there to justify the three book trilogy. On top of that, the story is quite predictable. From the beginning, I was able to tell what would happen next. Now, I read a ton of these books, given that the trope appeals to me. But my problem with the story was that there was nothing unusual about it. Billionaire hero? Check. Ingenue/Damaged heroine? Check. Gay best friend? Check. Vendetta? Check. Family reconciliation? Check. It was too predictable. On top of that, I found the love scenes to be quite generic. There wasn’t much cutting edge about it. In the end, it added up to a series that I felt was self-indulgent in length and unremarkable in story-telling. For me, this series is a pass. There are far better billionaire/ingenue trilogies available which have stronger stories to tell. My grade for the Plus One Chronicles is a D.

Kind regards,



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I've been reading romance for more than 30 years and reviewing regularly for the last five. My first romance was Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts, and once I read it, I was a goner. I read most subgenres of romance (except inspirational and steampunk) but focus mostly on contemporary and paranormal, with a sprinkling of historical thrown in for flavor. I am an avid sports fan, so I have a special place in my heart for sports themed romances. I'm a sucker for old skool romance, which is probably most evident in the fact that The Windflower is my favorite romance of all time.


  1. Jane
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 08:38:16

    The first thing I’ll say about these books is that they should have been one book. There really isn’t enough story there to justify dragging them out over three. I understand that billionaire/ingenue trilogies are all the rage right now, but there just wasn’t enough “there” there to justify the three book trilogy.

    This is so absolutely true. There’s almost no reason that these stories couldn’t be told in one book and elongating the story to fit into a trilogy actually serves to highlight weaknesses that could’ve been eliminated with a tighter story.

  2. Mandi
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 08:54:51

    I really liked the first one – I think because Sloane was a different type of billionaire than I normally read. But totally agree – it could have been one book. The last two dragged and the final one with the build up of the conflict – didn’t work.

  3. Shelley
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 09:00:47

    I’m really hoping this method of telling a story is winding down. I’m very tired of it and have avoided wasting my time and money on them, at least until they are released together. Too bad even then they are still apparently not worth the price.

  4. Kate
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 09:16:17

    I agree with Mandi. The first book was good. In it, for me at least, Sloane is not the stereotypical billionaire with muscles. He listens to Kat and respects her boundaries. He doesn’t take over her life. He persuades and pushes like alphas do, but is clearly turned on even more because she doesn’t want him to take over. And Kat isn’t the typical shy innocent either. Kati,you suggest Kat’s goal is to find her pre-attack self-confidence. I think you miss the mark there in your review because Kat makes plain repeatedly that she looks on her old life and only regrets she didn’t make changes sooner. She says she was a doormat before, and she never wants to be one again. These two characters made the first book a success for me.

    But, as a three book series, I completely agree with you. It falls apart, and the final book is a mess. I like this author though, and still like the first book.

  5. Nita
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 09:48:11

    I liked this series. Sloane is alpha without being an ass. I like how he helps Kat deal with her anxiety, but I like that Kat also really pushes herself to get better. The relationship drama wasn’t ridiculous. Sloane had some hangups about not going past their “plus one arrangement”, but it didn’t drag for me. But I agree, I would have loved this series as one book. Splitting it into three made no sense.

  6. LauraB
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 11:25:19

    Is there an “if you like” billionaire/ingenue list?

    Also, the recent NA release “On the Ropes” is very similar. The whole MMA fighter fad is also wearing thing. I blame Travis Maddox.

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