ARC Review: Opulence by Angelica Chase

17 Apr 2015

Book Title: Opulence
Author: Angelica Chase
Series: The Excess Series #1
Release Date: April 13th, 2015
Genres: Romance: Contemporary/Erotica
When I was twenty-eight years old, I wrote my own winning lottery ticket. A simple idea thrust me onto the fast track to wealth, and into a world I had only ever dreamt about. I submerged myself in the unfamiliar, a life that seemed all too alluring … until it lost its appeal.

I made my fortune, built my castle, and then exiled myself within its comforts once reality set in.

Far too late, I discovered I was drowning in a sea of hungry sharks. Given the choice to sink or swim, I chose the latter … and it cost me everything.

Devin McIntyre, the most dangerous shark of them all, was the last nail in my naïve coffin. His beautiful smile and amazing cock tainted me in ways I could have never imagined.

I craved him. I needed him. I loved him.

Miserable with the outcome of my prosperity, I set out to change what disgusted me most—the first decision being to rid myself of Devin. Little did I know that taking that first step would make me a slave to a man far more tempting … or that my addiction to Devin would threaten to ruin it all.


  Nina Scott is a multimillionaire entrepreneur. Living most of her life in middle class suburbia, she dreamed money and success would be the answer to all her dreams. Fast forward several years..she's rich, divorced, "the other woman" and lonely as can be. Something has to change. Wealth and success isn't all it's cracked up to be. 

 In Opulence, Nina is portrayed as a rather sad soul. She's just trying to clean up the wrongs in her life and move forward. She's dumping the man she's craved sexually for the past year, Devin, originally unaware of his marital status. A new lease on life... change is good. 

 One day, while taking some quiet time on the dunes in Charleston, Nina overhears a man singing and playing the guitar. He has a voice that captures her. A voice she hears again a few days later at the Mystic bar. A beautiful face is attached to this voice...a beautiful body. Everything draws Nina sexually to this man but she's determined to not go there again. New beginnings and all...


 I wish I would've attached myself more to Nina's character. I felt as if I was being told more than I was truly empathizing with her inner struggles and loneliness. It's clear Nina lives an isolated life where money isn't buying her happiness but there were things she did that just rubbed me a bit the wrong way and that effected my ability to empathize, I guess. First and foremost, her drinking. She always seemed to be drinking...binge drinking. But maybe that went along with her struggles. Instead, I found it replacing one addiction (sex) for another (alcohol). 

 When the sexy singer sets eyes on Nina, Aiden essentially walks off the stage to chase after her. He was so enamored by her and I guess I just didn't see the reason for his insta-draw to her. She's determined to not become dependent on another man. Maybe it's her independence that draws him in- wanting what you can't have kind of thing. The chase.


  Opulence is a quickie novella. It packs a fair amount of steam and ends in a "thinker" of a cliffhanger. It took me a minute to figure it out but it'll definitely leave you wanting to dive into book two pronto. This installment is NOT a love triangle. Yes, there's two men in her life- one being pushed out, the other pushing himself in- but she is a single woman and is not flip flopping back and forth between the two. I know that can be a hard limit for readers and is not the case, at least in this book's timeline. 

Opulence is book one of three in the Excess Series. Book two, Reverence, does not have a publish date listed as of yet.

ARC received by author in exchange for an honest review. 

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