Genre: Romantic drama
*Disclaimer: This is 3 main stories and a spinoff ½ story. I am reviewing all at once because I don’t remember enough to distinguish 1, 2, and 3.
The main character this round has an older brother and twin younger sisters. She also has a cousin who’s kind of abrasive and an aunt who’s a manipulative witch. I guess the premise is sort of primed for conflict though. Essentially, your parents died in an accident, so you got raised by your grandparents. Nana just died, but in order to get your inheritance you’ve got some serious hoop jumping to do. Same goes for your cousin and siblings.
- I enjoyed the ending, but many of the in between chapters were sort of annoying.
- I renamed the brother Gabriel. His relationship with Elena was hampered by my general sense of stinginess, but I did enjoy their dynamic.
- One sister got renamed Malia and another got renamed Jasmine. If you use the cheat sheets prepped, it’s a little difficult to follow with so many playable and renamable characters.
- The family history was cute. Tragic, but cute. These people musta taken notes from Disney about how to treat parents.
- Most of the drama comes from your aunt’s schemes to get you to fail at your task. The tasks are described in the first book. I won’t spoil them for you, but one obviously has to do with getting engaged by summer’s end.
- I enjoyed the overlap of characters between this series and Royal Romance.
- Most diamond scenes revolved around dates. The MC has two very viable candidates for fiancé. I guess there’s decent replay value if you are willing to do all diamond scenes with both chaps.
Not my favorite series but intriguing. It’s a long haul read. Probably about 50 chapters overall. If you’ve got the time and enjoy romantic dramas, this is a good series for you. Even the abbreviated (nondiamond) story is decent.
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