February 12, 2018

Review: Exclusively Yours by Nadine Gonzalez

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Exclusively Yours by Nadine GonzalezExclusively Yours by Nadine Gonzalez
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Harlequin on March 1st 2018
Genres: African American, Contemporary, Fiction, Multicultural & Interracial, Romance
Pages: 224
Format: eARC
Goodreads
four-stars
Eight weeks is only the beginning…The moment Leila Amis meets her gorgeous new boss, top Miami Realtor Nicolas Adrian, she’s headed down a road of no return. When their explosive attraction culminates in a night of intense passion, she proposes a brief fling that must end when Nick leaves town in just eight weeks. But on the eve of his departure, he turns the tables…and their clandestine affair ends in bitter regret.A year later, Nick still feels the pain of Leila’s rejection after he asked her to move to Manhattan with him, only to have her vanish from his life. Now he’s back with an irresistible offer in the magical city where Leila runs her own boutique real estate agency. As they give in to long-suppressed desire, Nick’s plan to win her back is threatened by a professional rivalry. With even more at stake this time around, can he seal the deal and make Leila his forever?

Exclusively Yours is the debut novel by Nadine Gonzalez that features two young and ambitious professionals, Nicolas Adrian and Leila Amis, set in the seductive Miami, Florida.

Nick is a bloodhound when it comes to real estate; a top realtor who is known for closing big deals quickly. Leila is new to the real estate industry and begins to work for a Miami firm as Nick’s assistant. The attraction between these two is instantaneous and though Leila tries to fight it for a while, these two begin a whirlwind 8-week romance. Nick tries to change the game though and is crushed when Leila does not respond the way he hopes and he ultimately leaves for New York City with his heart broken, for perhaps the first time in his life.

One year later, Leila has started her own real estate agency and Nick is back in Miami under the pretense of a new lucrative job. However, he’s really back in the Sunshine State to show Leila that what they had was more than just a short fling.

In Exclusively Yours, we were able to see the business side of the high-end real estate industry in Miami. The work was just as much as an integral part of the novel as the romance. I also liked that Gonzalez really showed Miami as one of the secondary characters. As someone who used to live in Miami, I appreciated all of the small details that really made the city come alive in the novel. There were times, however, that I wished that Nick and Leila’s chemistry was as evident as the sensuality of the alluring Miami. I felt like we were told more about their attraction and ultimate love for each other than we were shown. I would have loved to dig a bit deeper and read more about. A little more love in the afternoon in Miami would be okay with this reader. 🙂

 

Overall, Exclusively Yours solid book by Gonzalez and I’ll definitely be checking out more of her work as it becomes available.

About Nadine Gonzalez

Nadine Gonzalez was born in New York City, the daughter of Haitian immigrants. As a child, she was convinced that NYC was the center of the universe. But life has its twists and turns, she eventually landed in Miami and fell in love with the people, the weather, and the unique mix of cultures. Now this vibrant city has become her muse.

Raised on a steady diet of soap operas, Harlequin romances, pop culture, global music, film, and classic literature, Nadine hopes to infuse her novels with her unique worldview.

A firm believer in work-life balance, Nadine is a lawyer, but also a self-proclaimed fashionista, political junkie, art lover, amateur illustrator, wife, and mother.

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