The Something Series – Box Set books 1 -3 by Aubrey Bondurant is a collection of her first three books in The Something Series – Tell me Something, Ask Me something and Bet Me Something.
This was a great opportunity to re-read these great books and re-aquiant myself with the wonderful rich and well loved characters in this series. I would recommend you read this wonderful series, you will not turn back once you have read the first chapter of the first book. You can read them as stand alone books but you get to see insights into the characters so I would read them in order.
Tell me Something –
The book starts off being on the set of an advertising company awaiting the model Katrina, Haylee has just gotten a job as an assistant to one of the Vice Presidents so she can save some money to attend Harvard Law.
Her boss then insists she tries to locate the model but after various calls to her agent there is no response. All of a sudden there is an air of tension around the set when the owner of the agency Josh Singer walks in and is not happy that the model is a no show, then the model appears and starts demanding that she is only at the shoot for one hour and that is all the time she can spare.
Haylee then has a deep voice whisper in her ear to record the conversation that is about to happen. Josh then proceeds to send the model away with her tail between her legs and adding that their legal department will sue her for breach of contract. The model then attacks Josh that he can’t prove it and then Haylee announces she has recorded the whole conversation. Once the model storms out Josh has an idea that Haylee would make a great model and be able to do the photo shoot for the campaign.
Haylee agrees and the day goes swimmingly, when she is about to leave she is asked to speak to Josh. Josh then proceeds to ask Haylee if she would like to be his second assistant in New York, Haylee is shocked and asks about living arrangements and other logistics. Josh seems to answer all her questions so she decides to move to New York and work in the head office.
Once she moves into her apartment in New York she discovers that it is owned by Josh and once she starts working for him discovers that they have chemistry between the two of them. Due to Josh’s Assistant having personnel issues that mean he cannot travel on businesses trips, Haylee becomes Josh’s travelling partner, while on one trip to Cancun the chemistry becomes too hot too handle and Josh decides to act on the lust.
As the story goes on you get to understand Haylee’s past and all the great changes and opportunities she has working for Josh and you get an insight in the world of Josh and his reluctance to let Haylee in.
I loved how the author drawers you into the story and that you believe you are part of this fictional world that you also feel like they are your best friends. I enjoyed this book so much that I searched and download the next one in the series to read start after.
Ask Me Something –
This book follows the lives of Sasha and Brian. There has always been a spark between them but until one night in Miami where there relationship is about to move from friends into something more, Sasha receives a call which has her abandoning the man she has craved for since they met.
Sasha is then promoted to become VP within Gamble Advertising but there is one problem the job is in New York far away from her comfort blanket of Charlotte and away from her best friend Brian and now her boss.
Roll forward eight years, Sasha and Brian are friends and meet up when then they can. Brian calls to ask Sasha for their usual dinner date when he is in the city but Sasha turns him down saying she has to help her friend Catherine out at speed dating. Once the girls finish at speed dating then Sasha texts Brian there location if he would like to enjoy a drink.
Brian arrives at the restaurant and they seem to be having a great time, then a woman arrives, Brian’s woman and the atmosphere turns icy as the conversation take a nasty turn and Jamie reveals the nickname Josh and Brian call her “Sasha – B -Fierce”, this totally floors Sasha but does not let it show and give Jamie the satisfaction that she has wounded her. As always Catherine shows this woman that she is a formidable character not to cross and slices this interloper down in one sentence.
After the restaurant Sasha goes home and decides to pack for her trip back home for Christmas, after two glasses of wine down a call comes in with the caller ID she has been anticipating, Brian. As the conversation goes he reminders her of Miami and tries to explain that the nickname was in fact a compliment regarding how great she is at the presentations to to their clients. All of a sudden Brian asks for Sasha to let her doorman know he will be there in five minutes and the the feelings are truly discovered and rules are established. Brian then sets in motion a plan to win Sasha’s heart.
I really enjoyed the first book but that was just the starting point. You will follow this book and believe you are in the lives of these characters with each word written. You will have a barrage of emotions with one minute laughing, next crying and then shouting at the e-reader with frustration.
Bet Me Something –
McKenzie has been in love with Colby since she was six years old, but will he ever not see her as her brother’s best friend’s sister.
Roll forward to present day and Kenzie has just been hijacked by the fact she is not going to UCLA like she had planned but has been told that her Georgetown application is sorted, the only problem is she did not apply there, her mother. Even being at her own graduation party which she did not want but was forced by her over bearing mother she feels lost and mad, but McKenzie does what a proper lady should do and thanks people for coming and plasters on a false smile until the bitter end.
Once the party has finished and she has escaped home she is walking in the garden and decided to go into the old tree house to collect her thoughts when he appears. Colby has always seemed to know when she needs a pick me up, Kenzie explains the night’s events and in a blink of an eye he is proposing to get away and have a weekend in Las Vegas in one of his family’s hotels. McKenzie cannot believe what she is hearing and decides to make this a trip of a life time as they say “What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas”.
So Colby organises the company private jet and they are flying to their destination and Kenzie cannot believe what’s happening, when they arrive it like a whirlwind Colby has organised a suite for them with a huge hot tub and then asks her what she would like to do. Colby arranges dinner and then to go to a club where Kenzie gets drunk and reveals unintentionally her five date rule. The next morning Kenzie gets out of bed with a mother of all hangovers and gingerly asks Colby what happened and what did she reveal, he tells her that she told him her five date rule and she inwardly groans.
The next night Colby asks her what she would do and Kenzie asks if they can have a quiet dinner and maybe gamble, so that’s what they do have a lovely meal and then go to the casino within the hotel, until it gets a bit intense when they decide to make a bet if Kenzie wins she gets to have a real kiss from Colby.
Colby loses the bet and has uneasiness when Kenzie decides to redeemed her bet. So they are sitting on the sofa awaiting the kiss, this is what Kenzie has been waiting for forever, their lips move closer and closer until the kiss happens and what happens after shatters Kenzie’s dreams of Colby. The kiss what not good at all and her perfect with Colby had gone, he had a flaw and it broke the illusion of him being a perfect man, but then Colby does a counter bet and asks Kenzie to show him how a kiss is supposed to be, once their lips touch again the spark is ignited in Colby but he then has an internal battle with himself he likes Kenzie but she is not in play.
There is a weave within the story that you will these two people together and you at one point will need tissues. I really enjoyed the first two books but I think this at the moment is the best story so far, you are transported into the story and believe yet again that you are one of their friends. I really can’t wait for the third book and Catherine’s story.
All I can say is enjoy.
Review by @ashirley