Hello readers and writers!
I just finished Karina Halle’s most recent release, and I have to say OMG because I loved it. At first, I wasn’t sure about the main characters, and I’ll explain more in my review, but Karina knows how to write a great romance novel. She’s one of my favorites and kind of an indie author idol for me.
Now that my adoration is out of the way, I’d like to take a moment to appreciate the few readers I have on this blog. Each post gets a few views at least, and many of them are from Facebook, so thank you so much for supporting me and my blog habits. I try my best to produce engaging content, and I’ll continue to learn and grow with each post.
That said, here’s my review of Nothing Personal by Karina Halle. I took about two weeks to read it but that wasn’t Karina’s fault. I’m just obnoxiously busy and anyone who’s read my other blog posts knows that. I’ll continue to post reviews when I can, and I won’t rush myself to meet any deadlines, so thanks for hanging in there.
Nova Lane puts all of herself in her work. She’s found her passion in the hospitality field, and she’s worked her ass off her entire life to make it work. Too bad nobody ever notices the woman’s hard work when men are constantly expecting her to stay in her place. She feels this extra hard when Kessler Rocha comes back into her life. Not only did he break her heart years ago, but now he’s here to take the position after her boss up and quit with absolutely no notice. She’s livid, having to answer to an ex when the position should have been hers. She also can’t seem to get passed his obnoxious good looks and annoying charm. Can Nova balance it all?
What I Didn’t Like:
- On an honest note, I didn’t like Kessler OR Nova at the beginning of the novel. I thought they were both way too self-absorbed. Nova was constantly hung up on the fact that no one would give her a chance in the workforce, and he had a hard time accepting he had been a big jerk when they dated before. These issues of course get resolved, but I really did not like them at first.
What I Liked:
- I absolutely have to mention the humor as my first pro to this novel. There were some moments that were a little out there, especially at the beginning of the novel as the reader adjusts to the world, but after that, it’s seriously really funny. I had some LOL moments, especially at the very end. If you’ve read it, leave me a comment to let me know if you enjoyed that come back or not lol.
- Nova and Kessler really grow on me. They each chance and grow as the story develops, both learning important lessons about themselves. I think this novel would be a great read for anyone as it would help them understand different perspectives and not jump to conclusions on why a person acts the way they do (like I did at first).
- Super cute love scenes and really intense sex scenes. There was some humor spread in throughout as well without going overboard or trying too hard. I know writing funny scenes is really hard, so I’d hate to criticize any other writers trying it, but sometimes it doesn’t translate well. Karina didn’t have that issue.
I really enjoyed this novel, and I recommend it to any romance readers out there. The humor would also entertain anyone who doesn’t normally read contemporary romance. Another good romantic comedy by Karina Halle is SMUT, and I would recommend that one as well. I read it a few years ago and still love it.
Thank you for reading!