May 11, 2018

Review: No Holds Barred by Stephanie Nicole Norris

Review: No Holds Barred by Stephanie Nicole NorrisNo Holds Barred by Stephanie Nicole Norris
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Also by this author: A Risqué Engagement
Published by Amazon Digital Services LLC on April 12, 2018
Genres: African American, Love & Romance, Romance
Pages: 258
Format: eBook
Goodreads
four-half-stars
Love was no longer on the menu for Camilla Augustina. After her fiancé calls off the wedding not once but twice, Camilla's had enough. In a brazen move, she takes a new position in the windy city of Chicago; leaving her parents, friends, and ex in a bittersweet goodbye. Adapting to her new surroundings isn't easy but as Camilla settles in a chance encounter with an infamous playboy throws her off balance and rattles her world. She hadn't expected to be drawn so meticulously to another but denying the magnetism that lures her is a futile fight.

As President of VFC Energy, a fortune 500 company, Hunter Valentine is at the top of his game. The renowned bachelor holds no secrets about his risqué rendezvous, and his allegiance is saved for family only. However, when Hunter spots Camilla Augustina, dining alone at the breakfast hut in his building, he can't explain the adulation that runs through his core and shakes his entire world. Lust never weakened him like this, and the inclination of love at first site was silly. But when Hunter decides to prove the sudden rapture is unreal, he may find himself enamored by love.

*Each book in this series can be read as a standalone*

If you’ve followed this blog for a bit, you may know that I am a huge fan of romance series. A main character has more than two siblings? Sign me up! I absolutely love a good family saga which is why I was happy when I discovered Stephanie Nicole Norris. It seems she may love series as much as I do. I stumbled across her Falling for A Rose series which follows the Rose family. At the time of this post, there were eight books in the series. EIGHT! 8! BE STILL, MY HEART! I was giddy when I realized that. Any-who, while I haven’t finished that series as yet I saw that she started something new, the In The Heart of A Valentine series . I wanted to check out this series in real time so paused my reading to read No Holds Barred.

No Holds Barred features news anchor Camilla Augustina and mogul Hunter Valentine. These two met on her first day as a news anchor for a local TV station, as she recently moved to Chicago. Their first meeting was well, erotic, to say the least. This brief encounter puts them on each other’s radar and unbeknownst to them, they are neighbors in the same high rise building. Literal neighbors as in on the same floor, though Hunter isn’t made aware of their very close proximity until later on. 🙂

These two were the definition of a whirlwind relationship. I liked the fact that although these two progressed really, really quickly, it didn’t seem rushed. The story was believable (except for the end of the Hurricane subplot), we got a good feel for their chemistry and how they would fit together.  There were good secondary characters in this novel as well, Camille’s best friend Corinne was a favorite. I assume we will see more of soon because did I mention that Hunter had siblings? He is a septuplet which means we’re in for a hell of a good time as this series progresses. Let me grab my popcorn and keep my Amazon tab open because your girl will be patiently eyeing the release of the second book in this series, A Risque Engagement.

 

No Holds Barred by Stephanie Nicole Norris is definitely worth the read.

About Stephanie Nicole Norris

 Stephanie Nicole Norris is an author from Chattanooga Tennessee with a humble beginning. Always being a lover of reading, during Stephanie’s teenage years her joy was running to the bookmobile to read stories by R. L. Stine.

After becoming a young adult, her love for romance sparked leaving her captivated by heroes and heroines alike. With a big imagination and a creative heart, Stephanie penned her first novel Trouble In Paradise and self-published it in 2012. Her debut novel turned into a four book series full of romance, drama, and suspense. As a prolific writer, Stephanie’s catalog continues to grow. Her books can be found on Amazon dot com. Stephanie is inspired by the likes of Donna Hill, Eric Jerome Dickey, Jackie Collins, and more. She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and two-year-old son.

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