Monday, August 4, 2014

The Proposition 5, by H.M. Ward

The Proposition 5: The Ferro Family (The Proposition, #5)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I'm going to try and write this review in a way that will not give anything away. I absolutely loved the way this series ended. It's been an intense emotional ride throughout the the entire series and waiting for The Proposition 5: The Ferro Family to come out was excruciating for readers, especially after the information given in The Proposition 4: The Ferro Family. This is what happens when you put your faith and trust in the hands of a talented writer and just let yourself enjoy the ride and trust that the author will bring you to a wonderful destination. Because that's what reading is all about. You are taking a ride through a writer's imagination. And what a fantastic ride this was! Kuddos on yet another fantastic series H.M. Ward!

Was it shocking? Yes. Was it emotional? Very! Did it give me a Ferro-crossover headache of confusion? Yes! And I loved every second of it!!! The Proposition is a Ferro series that can be read without having read any other Ferro series. Up until this book, Bryan and Hallie's story wasn't intertwined too much with the other series... until this book. You get a little bit of Stripped and a little bit of The Arrangement. Although this concludes Bryan and Hallie's portion of the Ferro saga, it gives you some insight into the other 2 series, adding important information to plots, subplots and intrigues with respect to Jonathan and Sean's stories.

I won't spoil it by writing about the various emotions I felt throughout this volume, just know that I was completely spent by the time I reached the end.

P.S. The Epilogue... OMG!!! <3 <3 <3

H.M. Ward's serials:
Serials are shorter books (approximately 120 to 130 pages in print: 1/4 to 1/3 of a full-length novel) that come out more frequently than full-length novels (about 1 per month). They start off abruptly from where the previous book ended and end with a cliffhanger,  often leaving the reader begging for the next volume. Being shorter books, serials don't recap events that occur in previous volumes, so it's best to start off with book 1. I read at an average speed and each volume takes me about 1 to 2 hours to read.

About the Ferro family books:
The Proposition is a Ferro Family story about Bryan Ferro (Sean, Peter and Jon's cousin). Other Ferro Family titles are The Arrangement (Sean Ferro), Damaged (Peter Ferro Granz), Stripped (Jonathan Ferro), Secrets and Lies (???) and The Wedding Contract (Nick Ferro). You don't have to read the other Ferro Family books to understand The Proposition but if you like H.M. Ward's books, you may want to read all of them (see note on suggested reading order below). The Ferro Family books are contemporary "new adult" romance stories involving characters mostly in their 20's.

Ferro Family reading order:
Each series is stand alone & can be read in any order. However, if you are planning on reading all of the Ferro Family books, I recommend reading them in the order they were published (see below) to avoid any spoilers from one series to the next since they cross-over at multiple points in the timeline and seem to follow the chronological order of the story so far.

Books in order of publication date: 

The Arrangement 1-4
Damaged 1
The Arrangement 5-7
Damaged 2
The Arrangement 8-9
The Arrangement 10-11
The Proposition 1
The Arrangement 12
The Proposition 2
The Arrangement 13-14
The Proposition 3-4
The Wedding Contract
The Arrangement 15 (can be switched with The Proposition 5)
Secrets and Lies 1
The Proposition 5 (these events occur prior to the events of The Arrangement 15)

Alternate reading order:

If your afraid of confusing characters and plots by constantly switching from one series to the next, you may want to read the series in this order:

Damaged (finished)
The Arrangement (ongoing)
Stripped (ongoing)
The Proposition (finished)

As for The Wedding Contract (finished) & Secrets and Lies (ongoing), since they don't contain any spoilers (yet) from other series, they can be read wheneverOh, and I'd add The Secret Life of Trystan Scott (finished) in there so that you can get a better of feel for Trystan's character (he comes in around The Arrangement 10-ish and Stripped).

Ferro Family Tree:

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