My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Refine is the amazing conclusion to the House of Oak series (available as a Kindle Unlimited option on Amazon). The books just kept getting better as the series progressed, and this one I could barely put down long enough to sleep.
UPDATE: In March 2017, a surprise fifth book was released in this series: Outshine. Refine was the original “final” book at the time of this writing.
Both Jasmine and Timothy (Linwood) experience great character development throughout the book.
We go into it apprehensive because Linwood has been a shaky character to this point, but who he is, how he got there, and who he becomes is an amazing journey. A lot of the story takes place in a setting that forces Timothy to finally take a good look at his life, and how he copes with unfamiliar territory is both hilarious and endearing. Him watching a movie was probably one of my favorite parts of this book, followed by his interactions with James.
Jasmine is going through some tough times, and while her story is a bit astonishing as it unfolds, she takes life by the reigns and runs with it like a champion. Those sticky notes are fantastic, her reactions to Timothy’s various moods and all her familial drama are both very relatable, and it’s a joy to get to know her because she’s such a fun and quirky character. The external-internal monologues are humorous and add dynamic to her and Linwood’s dialogue.
The shifts between character perspectives were smooth and the story keeps you hooked from start to finish. Nichole Van has cemented herself as a must read author with this series.
Grab the four book House of Oak box set for $8.99 on Amazon, or get it free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber. The first book in Van’s new Brothers Maledetti series (clean romance/time travel/paranormal themed; set in Florence, Italy), Gladly Beyond, is also an excellent read and available now for $3.99 or free with Kindle Unlimited.