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THE MOVIE TRILOGY (Review of Book #1, Book #1.5 and Book #2)by KIMBERLY STEDRONSKY

TRILOGY NOW COMPLETE!

This is a review for the first two books and the prequel novella in the MOVIE TRILOGY (Reading order below).

Spoiler Free Review 

BOOK ONE – BELOW UNFORGIVEN
below unforgiven
SYNOPSIS
Vivian Hale doesn’t cope. She runs.

Spending the summer in small town Pennsylvania, working for minimum wage in the old trailer-turned-video-store, Vivian longs to move on after her world came crashing down around her. She’s given up on her acting dream and is willing to do whatever it takes to make enough money to get a place of her own and start over- anything, of course, but sacrifice her pride.

Oscar winning, LA director Keaton Thorne is back home for the first time in seven years, determined to survive one weekend with his family. As best man in his little brother’s wedding, he has one job- show up with his gorgeous wife and prove to everyone in the small town that he’s better than his father had ever been. 

When Keaton makes her a clichéd offer that she just can’t refuse, Vivian tries to protect her heart. She knows the difference between right and wrong. 

Between moral and immoral…

Between acting… and reality. 

One weekend. One man.

One yes.

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PREQUEL NOVELLA – ON HEARTBREAK RIDGEon heartbreak ridge

SYNOPSIS

The Movie Trilogy Prequel Novella 

Every second chance… has a first.

When the curtain rises, the stage belongs to Vivian Hale, and everyone in the world fades beyond the spotlight.

Everyone except for him.

Matthew Fowler steals her breath, claiming Vivian’s heart from the first day they meet. They are lightning from the start, an unstoppable force that truly tests the idea of “meant to be.”

Keaton Thorne is determined to leave behind an adolescence of abuse and neglect, fighting to make his dreams of becoming a movie director come true in Hollywood. He meets Kelsey King, and his world is rocked by the passion that ignites between them. His new wife introduces him to a world of fame, and he is instantly seduced by wealth and success.

Before a perfect world, Vivian and Keaton survive a past of heartache, beginning on a path that will surely lead them into each other’s arms.

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BOOK TWO – BEFORE A PERFECT WORLD

before a perfect world

SYNOPSIS

Keaton never dreamed that he could fall so fast.

Vivian never imagined that she could fall… twice.

Vivian heads to the set of her first movie, determined to keep her promise to Matthew- even with Keaton in the director’s chair. Knowing the Round-Up Killer is still at large, the cast and crew try to do their job while worrying for their own safety.

Keaton struggles to keep Vivian close and respect the space that she’s asked for, but nothing prepares them for a frightening attack. The two find themselves stranded together in an isolated mountain cabin…

Left to the mercy of a killer.

Matthew refuses to rest until Vivian is safe, and Keaton’s family stands behind him in the search. The manhunt for the Round-Up Killer- and the abducted actress and director- makes national headlines. Their families struggle to cling to the hope that they will be found…

Alive.

For Vivian and Keaton, their love is threatened and their lives are at stake. Keaton will stop at nothing to protect the family that has always wanted…

No matter what the cost. 

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The Movie Trilogy

Jointly Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

*Below Unforgiven –✯✯✯✯✯ Stars , *On Heartbreak Ridge ✯✯✯✯✯ Stars , *Before A Perfect World  ✯✯✯✯ 1/2

“Give us a chance, Vivian. Run to me.”

So far we have A.D.O.R.E.D this series! The dialogue, banter, romance, angst, passion, emotion and drama left us breathless not to mention our brand new…’be still our beating hearts’… book boyfriend left us swooooning! Seriously, Keaton Thorne is ‘the best!’. Yes, we’re ‘air quoting’  Keaton, so get over it buddy!

“It’s just a story, V. We all have a story.”

We received an email from a reader who told us to drop everything and read this book! She thought it was right up our ally and she was right! We ran the gauntlet of emotions; we laughed out loud, we welled up, did some serious swooning over Keaton, met a new author whose work we’re giddy over, and we loved every minute!

‘I thought of the collection of New Adult books that were lined up on my Kindle, wondering if his pulse was thundering and his dick was twitching.’

Kimberly Stedronsky told her story with a perfect balance of realism, passion, drama and humour which had us feverishly turning the pages. The expressive way in which she delivered the humour in this story ensured we read it with a huge smile on our faces as we feverishly devoured every word!

“You have too much time of your hands.”
“I have too much Vivian on my hands.”

The prologue had a sudden impact, which drew us into the story, leaving us pondering how Vivan had arrived at that point in her life. Just what had transpired up to and after that point? Well, Kimberly Stedronsky deliciously drip fed us tiny morsels of her story to keep us tantalisingly teased!

Keaton Thorne! Wow!!! WE. ARE. IN. LOVE with this flawed and bloody gorgeous man!!  He was the complete book boyfriend. Good looking, sexy, strong, smart, charismatic, possessing a wonderful sarcastic wit and an enigmatic presence. Yep, he’s the stuff book boyfriends are made of and we couldn’t get enough of him. We think we fell more and more in love with him as the story progressed. He could definitely cause a city to heat and you really do need to meet this guy any which way you can.

“But you’re everything. You’re everything that I used to pretend existed out there for me., somewhere. You’re the beautiful girl who I would dream about when I’d lie awake at night, the one who’d make me laugh, piss me off, and impress me, all at the same fucking time. ‘

Normally we’re not fans of bringing real life into our books but this author handled it in such a way that it enhanced the story. The movie and book references were so much fun…well, everything was. As you can tell, we really did love it.

We initially adored Vivian and found ourselves empathising with her. Whilst we may have become exasperated by some of her actions and reasoning, we felt as though we understood her. It was who she was and how she handled difficult situations. She was a little reckless and a lot impetuous, but her heart was in the right place. By book two it was a different story and we wanted to throttle her. Her thought process, her flip flopping drove us to the brink and she somehow even managed to bring Keaton down which upset us deeply. Thankfully, Kimberly Stedronsky pulled it back and had us once again connecting with Vivian. It was a close call, the angst was aplenty, and we were walking a tightrope of going off this character completely but luckily that wasn’t the case.

Told in a dual POV between Keaton and Vivian, it was a delight to get an insight into their inner thoughts which were hilarious. Their banter was priceless. We were reciting many classic lines whilst discussing the books after finishing. In fact, we’re still giggling and swooning!

‘She was gorgeous. Stunning. She took my breath away and gave me air to breathe.’

It would be a true crime not to pick up this series. It’s fun, flirty, angsty, emotional and addictive and you get to meet the delectable Mr Keaton Thorne!!! Yummy!!

‘He needed me.  I needed him. Right? Isn’t this the way it goes? Isn’t this our blockbuster? I needed him to unbreak my heart, and he needed me to save him.’

For a fistful of dollars you can pick up and fall in love with Below Unforgiven, or for a few dollars more, you can grab the series! Either way, you need to get a hold of these books any which way you can because it would be a true crime to pass these up.

‘Everyone in town introduced themselves by name and relations. Apparently, I was no exception. Maybe it was a precautionary measure to thwart inbreeding.’

A real winner! The good…there was LOTS of that! The bad…well, there wasn’t really any bad, except wanting to throw our Kindles once or twice…..and the ugly…..hmmm there wasn’t any of that either, but we had to get that Clint Eastwood title in here somewhere. An absolute recommend from us!!! We’re still on book cloud nine from this one! Enjoy but remember…Keaton is ours!!!

On a side note, we’ve been asked if it’s worth reading the novella or delving straight into books one and two – we say – absolutely read the novella. It reaches further into the characters and gives you a deeper understanding of the dynamics of the relationships. It really is an added bonus to the series we wouldn’t have missed!

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THE MOVIE TRILOGY READING ORDER AND LINKS

 BELOW UNFORGIVEN
AMAZON US || AMAZON UK

ღ BEFORE A PERFECT WORLD
AMAZON US || AMAZON UK 

ღ ON HEARTBREAK RIDGE
AMAZON US || AMAZON UK 

ღ BEYOND HEREAFTER
AMAZON US ||  AMAZON UK

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NOW LIVE! 
THE CONCLUSION TO THE MOVIE TRILOGY
BEYOND HEREAFTER

beyond hereafter

SYNOPSIS

Vivian wanted the fairy tale.
Keaton wanted her.


Finally together, Vivian and Keaton are ready to become a family and have their happily ever after… but real life isn’t always like the movies. 

As Keaton strives to regain his strength in the aftermath of the killings, Vivian supports him and plans for their lavish wedding. Their new daughter is the light of their lives, bonding them in a way they never thought possible.

Keaton is stunned when the script of a lifetime lands on his desk. He is convinced that he can both direct and star in the classic remake, diving into the project and working relentlessly to bring the movie to life on the silver screen.

Behind the scenes, Vivian is devastated as Keaton succumbs to his alcoholism. After an unspeakable night, she finds herself at Luke’s door, asking for his help when she realizes that she can no longer be strong for Keaton alone. 

As Luke steps in to help mend their broken family, Vivian struggles with her heart, refusing to give up on Keaton. Tension rises as the couple sets the classic love scenes on fire, attracting attention all over the world with their onscreen chemistry. 

When the credits roll, they must decide if their future is together… or if their love belongs on the cutting room floor.

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