This review is a continuation of the Calendar Girls series I began yesterday. You can find the review for books 1 – 6 here.
Series Title: Calendar Girl
Books: July, August, September, October, November and December
Author: Audrey Carlan
Publication Dates: January 15, 2015 – December 29, 2015
Publisher: Waterhouse Press
Genre: Erotic Romance (PLEASE NOTE: Unsuitable for audiences under age 18 due to foul language, graphic sex and some violence.)
I decided to review the Calendar Girl series in two posts instead of each separate installment because it seemed an easier way to put my thoughts together. I flew through each book and it didn’t make sense to stop and review in between when there was more of the story to read. I would have done one post, but it would have been SUPER long! This is the second part of the review.
The Calendar Girl series is about Mia, a young woman who has become an escort (not a call girl!) in order to pay off debts her comatose father has incurred. Each book is titled by month and detail Mia’s monthly assignments. It’s important to read them in order, as each book has a little surprise of its own that would be ruined if you read them out-of-order.
Here we go again…
Hip-hop, Miami heat, and the Latin Lov-ah.
The second half to this year-long journey has taken me to Magic City…Miami. I’ve been hired by the nation’s top hip-hop artist, Anton Santiago. His name is as sexy as he is, and it rolls off the tongue the same way his muscled form rolls to his music. He goes by the name Latin Lov-ah, and boy does he work that title from his rock-hard body, Latin hip-hop fusion dance moves, to the way he beds his women.
He’s raw, dirty, and one hundred percent player…and I want to wrap my naked body all over him and forget about everything.
Every word that comes out of his mouth is a siren’s song.
Every thrust of his hips draws me closer.
Every breath against my neck sends me into a tailspin of need and desire.
After what happened in June, I need to rip the bandage off. Move on. Anton could be just the thing I need to get my groove back.
I was hired to play the part of a seductress in Anton’s new music video, but, in the end, I’m the one being seduced.
In the seventh book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to Miami, Florida. Still on her mission to save her father, she is hired to be in a hot new music video where her unique look and recent popularity will prove invaluable.
After the ending of June, I was wondering where the story would go. I actually really liked how it moved on and showed how Mia dealt with everything that happened in June. I was also happy to see Will show up again and how he and Anton helped Mia through a tough time.
Pretending. I’ve always been good at pretending.
Being someone else is easy, and that ability has served me well these last seven months.
This time, I’ve been hired to be the long lost sister of oil tycoon, and down to earth cowboy, Maxwell Cunningham. Recently, Maxwell’s father passed away and in his last Will and Testament he dropped a bomb no one saw coming.
One of the richest men in the world, left forty-nine percent of his company to a sister my client never knew he had. A woman named Mia Saunders.
Maxwell has a year to find this sister or he loses almost half of his empire to a greedy board of investors. Somehow, he found me and here I am.
Sharing in family dinners, pretending to be someone I’m not and fooling bigwigs left and right. Only I’m finding myself falling in love with a family I can never have. One that will hurt to leave.
Stetsons, soul-searching, and sisterly duty all come into a sharp tangle with twists and turns I never saw coming.
In the eight book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to Dallas, Texas. Still on her mission to save her father, she is hired to be the long lost sister of Maxwell Cunningham, one of the newly richest men in America.
Ooo! I really like where the story is headed now! Maxwell and his family were so sweet!
Vegas, Viscous Exes, and Ventilators.
My life felt like a fast ride on a too short highway. Coming home should be roses and rainbows, but nothing that comes out of the desert blooms free. I was most certainly not free. I’d missed my payment to Blaine, owed the last client a hundred grand I didn’t have, and my father was on his deathbed. To make matters worse, Wes was missing in action. As in, no one had seen or heard from him in three weeks. Devastation didn’t begin to explain where my mental state was at.
Like anything life had thrown my way, I pulled on my big girl panties, not the sexy lacy ones I enjoyed teasing my guy with, but the kind that said, “This ass means business.”
I had no choice but to make the decision I made.
My ex, the man that ruined the concept of love for me, put my father in the hospital, was about to get everything he ever wanted…at least that’s what I led him to believe.
In the ninth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia rushes back home to Las Vegas, Nevada. Things have taken a turn for her father, putting her into debt up to her eyeballs.
The story takes a turn in September that I didn’t see coming. It was an emotional book for both Mia and the reader. It was good, but was more family oriented.
Silicone, surgery, and Hollywood starlets.
The land of the stars was beckoning and I answered its call. Now that I was free, well, as free as anyone could be, I decided to pursue something for me. To grab life by the horns and ride that sucker until I found my place within it. That decision brought me back home to Malibu, California, where I awaited the beginning of this next phase in my journey.
The job? Create a segment surrounding Living Beautiful for celebrity doctor and daytime television guru, Dr. Hoffman. The man was known for his cunning wit, good looks, and no nonsense lifestyle. In a city that was filled with plastic Barbie dolls, and nothing you touched was real, I set out to find beauty. And in doing so, I found a lot more that, for me, for the man I loved, and for the rest of the nation.
In the tenth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is settled in her new home in Malibu, California. Now that her debt has been paid, and the threat from her ex is gone, she no longer has to live life as an escort. Only life has thrown her some new challenges to round out her year.
Mia’s popularity is finally catching up to her and she’s got a new job. She’s also got a lot on her plate to deal with when it comes to Wes. It was a little bit heartbreaking and made me worry a bit about them.
Life, Love, Laughter.
Three things I never expected to experience in the month of giving thanks, but that is just what I received. Wes had survived Hell on Earth, and was back where he was meant to be…in my arms and my bed. For good. There would be no breaking us apart after the trauma we experienced up to this point.
My new job with Century Production sent me to the big apple to interview celebrities for a special segment on being thankful. What is a girl to do when she has an entire host of celebrity friends from her past year of travels? You better believe I called up my friends Mason Murphy, all-star pitcher for the Red Sox, and Anton Santiago, the Latin Lov-ah, to participate. They were all too happy to oblige, only my guy’s feathers were a bit ruffled by the ease with which they came running.
Add in my new family and you’ve got a fairytale Thanksgiving. Except for one tiny detail…the single seat at the table, left open by the hole in my heart that only one person could fill.
In the eleventh book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is off to New York City to film a segment for her new job. Now that her debt has been paid, and the threat from her ex is gone, she no longer has to live life as an escort. Only life has thrown her some new challenges to round out her year.
Getting to see a whole lot more of Wes and Mia together in this installment is a huge plus! Wes is working through his issues, but his new found jealousy is a huge problem. I’m nervous to find out what’s really causing it. I’m still really loving where the story is headed. I’m going to miss it when it’s over.
Mountains, miracles, and marriage.
I had no idea what to expect when the producers of Dr. Hoffman sent me to the pristine white mountains of Aspen, Colorado. As the town of Aspen is known for being a winter haven for uber-rich Americans, I knew this desert cactus was going to be way out of her element. The ace up my sleeve however, was a high-class movie-making surfer whose family owned a cabin in those snowy hills. With him by my side, I’d make the most out of the experience.
The job was assigned under unusual circumstances. An anonymous mountain man paid a hefty fee to persuade the producers of my show to send me out for a segment on local artisans. Suited up in my parka and Ugg boots, I put the warmth of the California sun in the rearview mirror and headed to a winter wonderland.
With my newfound family in tow, I was prepared to celebrate the best month the year had to offer…until the one woman who drastically changed my life all those years ago appeared like a shadow out of pure frosted air, shattering my soul all over again.
In the twelfth and final book in the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is off to Aspen, Colorado to film a segment on local artists. Prepare to be wowed as Mia’s journey merges into the ending everyone has been waiting for.
December was a great end to an amazing series. It brought Mia’s year full circle in an interesting way. I especially loved the extra epilogue, a “Where are they now?” type of chapter.
My final thoughts on the Calendar Girl series…
This series is freakin’ addicting. It’s over 1300 pages long and I’m pretty sure I read it in 4 or 5 days. I couldn’t put it down. Mia’s journey throughout Calendar Girl was so much fun to read. It was humorous, sexy, intense, romantic, erotic, heartbreaking, heartwarming and entertaining. I enjoyed the story so much and I’m sad it’s over. I would highly recommend this series to romance readers. I’m definitely going to be checking out Audrey Carlan’s other books in the future.