Sunday, November 15, 2020

Series Review: "Madison Kate" by Tate James

Series: Madison Kate
Author: Tate James
Genre: Reverse Harem Romance
Reading Order & Individual Ratings: 
  1. Hate - 4 // 5 stars 
  2. Liar - 4 // 5 stars
  3. Fake - 4 // 5 stars
  4. Kate - 3.25 // 5 stars
Overall Rating: 3.75 // 5 stars

“Madison Kate Danvers was murdered tonight.”

Those words changed my life, and not for the better.
They were wrong, of course. I wasn’t dead. But I was set up.
After being charged with a string of offences--and made an example of by my political minded father--I’m eventually released back into Shadow Grove with one thing on my mind.
Someone is going to pay for derailing my carefully laid out future. Someone is going to catch the full force of my hate. How very convenient that someone just moved into the bedroom down the hall from me.
Archer D’Ath and his boys messed with the wrong chick and they’re about to learn just how cold Madison Kate’s hate can run.

HATE is a full length mature college/new adult romance with enemies-to-lovers/love-hate themes. This is a reverse harem novel, meaning the main character has more than one love interest. This is book one of four in the series.

I was really excited to read this series. I had just finished Tate James' other series, Kit Davenport, a few months ago when I discovered this one and then I decided that I wanted to wait for the last book to be released so I could binge them when the time came. I was quite excited this month when I realized the final book came out at the end of October and I knew I had to give it a go.

Overall, this was quite an addicting series. There were definitely moments in the beginning where I was wanting to reach through the book and shake the main character but overall I adored reading this series. I truly feel that if I hadn't had those moments of annoyance at our main character that I could have rated these books five stars. Of course, that didn't last through all of the books nor was it that often, so my reading experience was overall great. 

One thing that I love most about reverse harem books is that they tend to be full of angst and sassy characters. This series was no different. I loved how I could feel the angst and the tension as if I were in the room with all the characters. I loved how I was laughing out loud at certain points. It was truly a fun series despite dark moments and serious plot lines. 

I'd say Madison Kate, our main character, was definitely my favorite. I enjoyed her love interests and side characters but we only got MK's POV so I did feel most connected with her. Even though there were times I wanted to shake her for not sticking to her guns, overall I really enjoyed her and her story. Honestly I also liked how she wasn't a super badass from page one and instead had to work hard to become a badass on the same level as some of the others. 

I also enjoyed all our love interests and side characters. One thing that sometimes happens with reverse harem books is that all the love interests blur into carbon copies of each other with the same character voice and very little differences. I've noticed that my favorite reverse harem books are the ones that don't do this but instead make sure to show the differences between the love interests as well as their close bonds. I liked getting to know each love interest on their own and I liked their dynamic with each other apart from our main character. 

The plot was enjoyable as well. There were two or three major plot points throughout the entire series with a few smaller ones here and there. I really like books that have depth like this because it draws me in and connects me to the characters better. I was fascinated with the storyline for this series and it was definitely the reason why I was so drawn to binging the series. 

I will say that, for some reason, I didn't enjoy the last book as much as the first three. There could be a number of reasons for that ranging from my personal life being stressful to actual book things. I will say that it felt a lot longer than the others and dragged in some places to me. However, we also got to see a lot of plot strings tied up finally and that was quite enjoyable (though I did think some of them were too easy).

Overall, I really enjoyed this series. I thought it was fun, which seems weird to say when there's a lot of murder, gangs, and stuff along those lines but it's true nonetheless. I could definitely see myself revisiting this series in the future and I will definitely be checking out some of Tate James other books. Also, there was a lil plot thread left open to introduce a spin-off series and I'm very intrigued about that one so I may have to check that series out once it releases next year!

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