Today I’m doing a shoutout for a wonderful trilogy that has now reached it finale in such a five-star, unexpected, but completely perfect, way and has been released into a new collection as well, The Surrogate Series, with the new collection The Third Wheel, by Haley Rhoades. All the books in this series are fast-paced, enjoyable and addictive, and dealing with a new topic I’ve never read about before, surrogacy. But also with friendship and love, and about wanting something so bad you won’t let anything stand in your way.
In the first book, The Proposal, we get to meet Taylor as she’s going for a reunion with her two best friends, the married couple Kennedy and Jackson.
Taylor, the main character, is such a lovable person. She’s definitely not flawless (a lot of booze and bad decisions…) but that makes her even more lovable. She’s fun, smart and bad-ass. Her background story is described so well that you can really relate to her struggle to find herself and build up her confidence again after getting out of an abusive relationship.
I love the friendship between three of them and how Kennedy and Jackson never gives up on Taylor and how supportive and protective they are of her.
In the book we also get to follow Kennedy and Jackson’s struggle to start their eagerly awaited family. When this turns out to be impossible the “ordinary” way, Taylor volunteers as the surrogate.
The Proposal is such an enjoyable, fast and fun read! I read it cover to cover in one sitting basically. One thing I totally adored in the book was the song references and the game “Song of the day”. So gonna start playing that game with my own family!
The second book, The Deed, picks up right where The Proposal ends, with Taylor agreeing to be the surrogate mother of Kennedy’s and Jackson’s child.
In this book my heart reaches out to Taylor even more, I feel that she’s kind of letting her friends take advantage of her. I’m also getting a hunch that I might not like her friend Kennedy as much as I thought from the first book; I’m really eager to find out what will happen to their friendship in the next one!
This book started off a bit slower than The Proposal, and it is also longer, but the second half really took off with so much happening and intensity. This book contains some really sexually explicit scenes and talk that made me blush even though no one saw me reading it…
In the third and last book, The Confession, Taylor is successfully pregnant. But Kennedy is being eaten by guilt for the things she’s done to reach her endgame, and Taylor and Jackson are experiencing strange flashbacks, threatening the harmony and trust between the threesome. Will this friendship endure nine long months of love, sacrifice, and loss?
The third book is definitely darker and really getting into the difficulties. I really liked the character developments and the focus on their feelings and thoughts. And what an ending, I so did not see that coming! Often when you read a series you get a little disappointed at the end as it seldom lives up to your expectations. But not this series!
The Confession not only met, it exceeded, all my expectations! It was a rollercoaster of emotions, and even though I never expected the story to end the way it did and there were some really sad events leading up to it, I cannot think of a more perfect ending.
Find out more about the books and the author here: Haley Rhoades