I want to thank Karina Halle and Social Butterfly PR for the advance copy of Nothing Personal. I was super excited to end 2018 with the final release I was anticipating being from Karina Halle.
I have been such a huge fan of Karina Halle. She was the first author I ever covered in an author spotlight and I have always been biased when it comes to her as we share the same hometown.
As this is my final review of 2018, I want to touch on what this means to me. I picked blogging back up this year and took a risk focusing exclusively on NA books. I am so happy for every opportunity I received this year. I have received an ARC from two of my top five favourite authors (Karina Halle and Jay Crownover) and every click that I received meant the world to me.
Now time to gush about Nothing Personal…
From Goodreads: “It’s just business, nothing personal…until you have to work with your ex
NOTHING PERSONAL is a brand-new, full-length STANDALONE ROMANTIC COMEDY with a single dad, enemies-to-lovers, second-chance office romance twist, from the NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author of A Nordic King and Bad at Love.
Nova Lane is having the worst week possible. Her latest relationship ended while on her much-needed vacation, then upon her first day back at work, she learns that her beloved boss has quit – and despite having worked so hard for it, she’s not being considered for his position.
Who is being considered for the position is none other than Kessler Rocha. Her ex-coworker and ex-lover, Kessler’s the man who broke her heart five years earlier and the reason she moved thousands of miles away, switched jobs, and created numerous voodoo dolls in Kessler’s (very burly, very handsome) liking.
Yup. Worst week ever.
New in town and on her turf, Kessler promises he’s not the same man he was – and considering he’s now a single father to a precocious toddler, he’s telling the truth.
But he’s still an arrogant and devilishly charming man who’s taking over the position Nova feels she deserves. The fact that he’s gotten even
Now Nova and Kessler have the choice to let bygones be bygones, or fight with each other every chance they get, with unresolved sexual tension only adding fuel to the flames, creating a fire that might just burn down the whole office.
In the corporate
Nova and Kessler are about to show just how personal things can get.
NOTE: This book may be a light and sweet comedy BUT it also contains raunchy humour, a copious amount of swearing and, of course, some fairly gratuitous sex scenes! READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.”
Now to go more in depth on the most important components in my opinion…
- Characters: Kessler and Nova. I absolutely loved the characters in this story as they were both interesting yet were struggling with things that many readers would struggle with themselves. Reading Nova’s emotional journey was a definite highlight of this book.
- Setting: Hawaii (different places all over Oahu to be specific) For anyone who doesn’t follow Karina on social media you are probably unaware of how much she loves Hawaii. It’s been a while since she set a book there and I was over the moon to see her do it again (Heat Wave is set in Hawaii, Kauai specifically). Hawaii is such a great setting, it only made me jealous cause Karina is there right now and I am not.
- Pacing: The pacing and length were great as always. Nothing felt rushed but things were not too dragged out ethier. Karina did a good job taking into account both the characters’ past relationship with each other and Nova’s fears.
- Romance (yay or nay?): Karina does romance so well. This one covers so many tropes that there is something in there for all readers. From second chance romance to office romance, to enemies-to-lovers, to a single dad.
Another fabulous standalone from Karina Halle.
You can pick up a copy here…
Amazon (*affiliate*): https://amzn.to/2SviEjc
I want to say a final thank you to Karina Halle and to Social Butterfly PR. I also want to thank every reader for an amazing 2018, thank you so much for supporting my blog.