Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Love in the City - Series Tour and Reviews

Book One - Wanted By You 

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Author: Steph Nuss
Publication Date: February 23rd 2014
Publisher: Bandit Publishing
Series: Love in the City, Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Age Recommendation: 17 and Up
Rating: 4 stars
Book Description:

Carter was captivated by Ellyson Evans the moment he laid eyes on her,
but she was the one girl who didn't beg for his attention.
He wanted her.
Ellyson vowed to never fall in love, because love can destroy you,
but then she met Carter Jennings.
She wanted him.
Unwilling to risk their comfortable friendship, neither confessed their desires.
Losing touch after college, a chance meeting reconnects them.
They want each other.
But love in the city is never quite that easy.

My Review:

Wanted by you is a charming story of friendship and love.  Carter and Elly became fast friends their first day of college both secretly harboring feelings for the other, but each afraid to act on it and loose the friendship.

"Looking up at me through long brown lashes, she tapped her bottle with mine.  "To new friends."  My skin burned from the trails her eyes made over my body and I immediately regretted using the term "friends."  I definitely wanted to be a lot more than friends with Ellyson." -Carter

Sadly after college they are pulled apart by Carter's obligations to his family and while they at first try to remain in touch as the years pass they loose contact, but never stop looking back on their time together and thinking of one another.  Five years later Carter finds himself  'free' and moving back to New York to work as a professor at this alma mater with thoughts of  Elly running through his head.  

I enjoyed how sweet and simple this story is.  This is not a love story fill of angst and heart break.  No love triangles that make you want to choke someone (although I wouldn't mind getting my hands on Carter's mom, lol), no major disasters.  Just a sweet tale with a few difficult moments (as in any relationship) that Steph Nuss deals with beautifully.  

Carter is the sweet, caring, intelligent, good looking boyfriend we all want.  The guy that will take care of you when your sick, love you through your worst days, and when needed give you a good ravishing.

Elly is the quiet naturally beautiful girl next door.  The girl that has learned to live with heart ache and never looks at herself as anything special even when everyone around her sees how amazing she truly is.  

I loved meeting all the characters of the Love in the City series in this first book and I am looking forward to seeing how each of their stories unfolds and how they twine together.  I think one of my favorite characters is Elly's dad Keith.  His love for his daughter is a beautiful thing and the way Steph Nuss incorporates Elly's mom into the story is so touching.  It made me want to go snatch up my daughters and hug them for hours. 

If you are looking for a sweet, fairly realistic ( I say fairly just because everything falls together so perfectly) love story that will leave your heart full of happiness and maybe a few tears this is the perfect romantic tale for you. 

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Book Two -   Fantasized By You

Author: Steph Nuss
Publication Date: July 13, 2014
Publisher: Bandit Publishing
Series: Love in the City, Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Age Recommendation: 17 and Up
Rating: 4 stars
 Book Description:

Celebrity fashion designer, Harper Jennings is only months away from turning thirty, and her dream of living a happily ever after has yet to come true.
She's given up on her fantasy.
Personal trainer and gym owner, Maverick Jones isn't thrilled about having a designer mentoring in his new clinic, but after meeting the brunette beauty face-to-face, he dreams of having his way with her.
He's ready to turn his fantasy into reality.
But when their fantasies collide, love in the city becomes more complicated than they ever imagined.

My Review:

Book two, Fantasized by You, in the Love in the City series is another sweet romantic tale, although with a bit more grit and a little bit of angst then we saw in the first book, but it works perfectly for this couple. 

Mav is a bit of a tattooed playboy trying to break away from the past of his parents failed marriage, running his successful gym, Jones Jym, and trying to make something wonderful out of the tragic loss of a friend and a huge chip on his shoulder against the fashion industry for the role he believes it played in his friends death.

Harper is a renowned fashion designer trying to find a way to help others after her own battle with bulimia.  Watching her younger brother, Carter, fall in love she is feeling lost in her own world and is struggling to make her dreams of love and family a reality...until she meets Mav.

I appreciate how Steph Nuss tackles the topic of eating disorders in this books.  She doesn't try and sugar coat it or make it out to be something glamorous.  She lays it out there and does it in a way that makes you think about the physical and social impact eating disorders cause.  I especially enjoy how Harper handles Kingston, knowing that while she needs to be understanding and caring she also has to be tough with her to make her understand what anorexia is doing to Kingston's future.

"I swallowed hard, and told myself I had to be strong or else I wasn't going to get anywhere with her.  She was just a kid, and I never wanted to play the bitch card with her.  But I did it anyway, "I'd never let you walk for me."" -Harper 

Not only does Steph Nuss tackle the difficult subject of eating disorders in this book she also brings in stalking which after the last few days has become particularly scary for all bloggers and authors out there.  I would have liked to have seen her go deeper into both of the subjects but I know the focus of the book is the love between Harper and Mav and she could have had a very long book on her hands had she tried to delve more into the psyche of Kingston and Diana.  

Mav and Harper's love story while it moves fast is again another realistic tale, that Steph Nuss does well.  This is a 'grown-up' love story.  Don't look for whisy-washy feelings from the two of these characters, they both know what they want and they know how to get it. 

I again enjoyed getting to know more about the other character's in the series and am really looking forward to Fletcher's story (Book 3), I can not quite imagine how it will play out compared to the last two as he comes across as such a smart ass in this book.

Again, if you are looking for a sweet easy romance to read this is the perfect book for you.  It does tackle some more difficult subjects, but Steph Nuss does it elegantly and ties things up nicely.  

All of these books can be read as stand-alone's which I really like, each story is wrapped up at the end with no cliff hangers and you are given a peak into the next story through out the book. 

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The Cast of the Love in the City series:

Book Three - Pleasured By You 
Expected Release Date: January 20th, 2015
The Love in the City series continues with Bayler and Fletcher's story.

Pleasured By You (Love in the City, #3)

Steph Nuss was born and raised in rural Kansas, where she currently resides with her black Labrador son named Gunner. She grew up with a passion for reading and writing. When she’s not immersed into the land of fiction, she enjoys listening to music that came before her time, watching movies and reruns of her favorite shows, and hanging out with her family and friends. She also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology that she’ll never use…unless she’s profiling her characters of course.


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