Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Review and Excerpt: Money by Jillian Dodd



Fame. Power. Money. Sex. Love. This continuation of The Keatyn Chronicles series follows the lives and loves of those who work at Captive Films. Hot, successful, playboy Riley Johnson, whose business success far exceeds his success in love. Movie star, Keatyn Douglas, whose epic love story has spawned a series of books and movies. And Dawson Johnson, who joins Captive with a tragic past. Expect lots of drama, sex, and tabloid-worthy events. With laugh out loud moments and swoon-worthy guys, The Keatyn Chronicles is a fun, sexy, and addictive series you won't be able to put down. -J. Sterling, USA Today Best Selling Author.

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 EXCERPT:  I’m wearing a huge smile as I get dropped off at my building and walk through the door, talking to Ariela on the phone. Having her come back into my life after so many years has been both excruciating and exhilarating. But this weekend changed things. We faced our past together and, in one week, we’re going to decide if we want to pursue a future together. As much as I want to be with her, honestly, I’m a little torn about it. Part of me wants nothing more than to pretend we never broke up. But the reality is that she’s married. And even though she filed for a divorce, I wonder if it’s too much too soon. In a very short time—on a whim—she came to California, was reunited with me, slept with me, filed for a divorce, got a new job, and went back to Eastbrooke. I mean, how many more life changes can she throw at herself all at once? I loved her with everything I was in high school, and I was devastated when she left with nothing more than a goodbye. And since she’s come back, she’s wreaked more havoc in my life. Soon, I’ll have to decide if I want to risk another relationship with her. Even though she still looks like the girl I loved, she’s different—life, age, and time have that effect. “Riley!” A shrill voice stops me in my tracks, wiping the smile off my face. “Shelby, what are you doing here?” I ask, as she gets up from the couch in the lobby. “I told you I didn’t want to see you again.” “I need to talk to you, Riley. It’s important. Can I please come up?” I know girls like her. No way I’m letting her come up. Ever. “Shelby, as in naked, leather-strap, threesome Shelby?” Ariela asks in my ear. “Uh, hang on,” I say to her, putting the phone against my chest. Then I say discreetly, “Shelby, whatever you need to say, you can say here.” “God, you’re such an ass,” she hisses loudly. “I thought you might want to do this in private.” “I don’t want to do anything with you, in public or in private.” “Well, you’re going to have to now, Riley. Because I’m pregnant,” she says, uttering the words no man wants to hear from a three-night screw. “You’re what?” “Do you really want to do this here?” she asks, glancing toward my doorman. “Fine. Come up.” I drag her into the elevator. Once it closes, I say, “I don't know who you’ve been fucking, but if you’re pregnant, there’s no way that it’s mine.” “Yes, it is, Riley. I haven’t been with anyone since we broke up.” “We didn’t break up. You went to a few events with me. We fucked. And I used a condom every single time.” She shrugs. “I don’t know what to tell you. They aren’t one hundred percent effective. I’m sorry, Riley. I certainly didn’t plan on getting pregnant.” “Aren’t you on the pill?” “No, it made me fat.” I shake my head. I can’t fucking believe this. But I’m not stupid either. I go into my guest bathroom, grab a pregnancy test out of the cabinet, and then hand it to her. “Take this.” “Why do you have that?” “Honey, you’re not the first girl to tell me she’s pregnant.” I open it up and hand it to her. “Go pee on it, bring it out, and we’ll watch. See what happens.” She hesitates, just as they all do. “Um, I don’t know if it will work yet. I’m barely pregnant.” “So you didn’t do a test?” “Yes, I did a test, Riley. God, you’re being such an ass.” She’s right. I am. “I’m sorry. Please, for me, go take the test.” “I will, I’m just saying that they aren’t all as accurate as the one I took.” She lets out a dramatic sigh and goes into the bathroom, not bothering to shut the door. When she sees me watching her pee, she gives me a sexy smile. I turn around. Fuck. Of course, that’s what got me into this mess. Please, please, don’t let her be pregnant. I hear the toilet flush and turn around. “Here’s the stick, Riley. I’m going to sit down. Pregnancy is exhausting.” She flops down on my couch while I stare at the stick, willing the line not to change. But it does.

Review:  4.5 out of 5 stars

Another great installment to one of my favorite addicting series and guilty pleasures.  If you're a fan of the Keatyn Chronicles then you absolutely have to download and read book 10!  I devoured it in one sitting and found myself sad when it was over because I wasn't ready for the book to end!  I love these characters and I truly believe what I enjoy so much about the most recent books is getting to spend a little one on one time with multiple people, following several different story lines and seeing how much has changed since their time at Eastbrook as well as how some things never change.  I mean seriously, this needs to be brought to life in the form of a TV series!  It's the perfect dose of drama, love, humor, friendship, sex, money, power...the list could go on and on.  Did I mention guilty pleasure?

This time around we dig a little deeper into the Ariela, Riley and Shelby saga.  Is she pregnant?  Is it Riley's?  Does this mean the end of Rliey and Ariela?  It's crazy how one fictional character can make me love him one minute and the next want to strangle him, I mean he is just a book character but when I'm reading these books it's like I know him personally.  While Keatyn learned who she was and what she wanted out of life at an early age it seems as though Riley has so much more to learn!!!  It's frustrating, but at the same time it's also what makes this continuation of the series so interesting.  He may have power and money but it's clear to us readers that those things don't make a person happy.  Here's to hoping Riley finds himself and figures out what he wants out of his life and grabs a hold of his on HEA.  In the meantime though I'm just going to continue to enjoy his drama filled journey, because let's be honest it makes for some awesome reading material.

Money is not all Riley drama it's also filled with a very magical wedding, the one many of us readers have been waiting what seems like forever for, and Jillian does not disappoint.  As far as fictional weddings go this one is absolutely perfect and with no details spared it's almost as if we are guests ourselves.  

And in typical Jillian fashion she teases us with glimpses of potential upcoming storylines, and I love trying to guess who will find love next or who is on the verge of a very bad life changing decision.  It takes an enormous amount of talent in my opinion for an author to take core characters and transition them through so many "years" while still maintaining an entertaining, addicting plot and Jillian Dodd has done this perfectly.  It sort of like an epilogue but so much more!


The Keatyn Chronicles Series Keatyn lives a dream life. Daughter of America’s favorite actress. Closet full of designer clothes. Malibu beach house. The hottest boyfriend. What more could a girl want? (Love, maybe?) Reviewers are calling The Keatyn Chronicles a sexy mix of Gossip Girl and 90210. This USA TODAY bestselling series will become your guilty pleasure! Keatyn’s high school story completes in book 7 of the series: Get Me, and we see our favorite characters in a new stage of their lives 10 years later in book 8: Fame. Books 8-12 can be read as a standalone series. About Jillian Dodd: Jillian DoddJillian is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thirteen contemporary romance novels, from the The Keatyn Chronicles and That Boy series to Vegas Love. She grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She currently lives in Florida. Checkout Jillian's website for added content and sneak peaks at: and be sure to sign up for her newsletter there Connect with Jillian Dodd: Facebook Twitter Instagram

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