Book Review: Family Portrait series vol 1 and 2 by Gillian Felix

Family Portrait vol1: Changes

Synopsis:

Adriana Banovic’s 15th birthday sucked! She got fired after eight years of playing Shayanne Montgomery on the #1 soap in the country, found out that her family was on the verge of bankruptcy and worst of all, forced to return to Westwood Academy. Her only saving grace was a chance glance at dreamy mystery boy Haze Lyndon. Armed with only his picture and a determination to find him—even if it means turning Los Angeles over on its ass.

In this new adult novel you’ll meet Robin Banovic, Adriana’s father; financially challenged, dealing with the death of a family member and his brother’s disappearance.

You’ll meet Savannah DaCosta aka Savi, mother/manager; Savi enjoys the life her rock star daughter Leighann has provided. When Leighann makes a choice to end her career, Savi sees it as a personal attack.

You’ll meet college boy Haze Lyndon; New to Los Angeles, Haze soon realizes how quickly money changes hands in the City of Angels. Will he return to questionable ways to survive or go back to the safety of his family in Wisconsin?

Review:

I read this book without knowing what to expect. It took me a little time to find my bearings and understand the way the book was written. Once I figured it out, I was hooked. In this story we are introduced to so many people each with their own story. This story will keep you hooked on till the end with all it’s twists and turns. The devious ways of each character and the situations they face are so well crafted that it makes the story more interesting as you read on. We are given a glimpse into the working of the entertainment industry and how being a part of it affects people’s way of life. I really enjoyed this book and could not wait to read the second one.

Family Portrait vol2: The Banovic Siblings

Synopsis:

College boy Kevin Banovic’s casual affair with Savi DaCosta suited him perfectly. Things change when he finds out that Savi is his mom’s high school bestie. When Kevin tries to end their affair, Savi blackmails him.

After Kevin rescues Savi’s stepdaughter, L’Wren, from her abusive boyfriend, he can’t stop thinking about her. He must find a way to handle Savi, protect L’Wren, and keep his sanity.

Bad girl Adriana Banovic is pleased with herself for getting her nemesis expelled from Westwood Academy. As feelings between her and her latest victim Haze Lyndon escalate, an unexpected rival discovers her secret and threatens to expose her. With emotions on the line, will her new rival beat her at her own game or end up another casualty of Adriana’s wrath?

Zax Banovic has it all. Tall and handsome, he’s an academic genius, with a killer smile and a heart of gold. When his best friend gets into trouble, he feels responsible and covers for him. But his best friend is not as honorable and has other plans for Zax.

The Banovic Siblings learn that blackmail is a gift that keeps on giving. This is the second book in the Family Portrait novel series.

Review:

This is the second book in the series. It focuses on the Banovic siblings and the people they interact with. From the first story to the second, we realise that everyone ultimately ends up knowing the other person and everyone’s lives are intertwined in a web of love and deception. On one hand we see Savi and her attempts to come to terms with her daughter’s decisions in life and on the other we see a perfect couple in Robin Banovic and his wife who share a loving relationship with each other and their children. This story brings in more intrigue than the first and will definitely trap you in the world created by the author. The story is well written and gives us a glimpse into the entertainment industry. I really enjoyed the series so far and could not wait to read the third book.

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