In Review: Before (Burlesque Bombshells #0.5) by Nicola Marsh

Posted December 9, 2013 by Kim in 3 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Before (Burlesque Bombshells #0.5) by Nicola MarshBefore by Nicola Marsh
Series: Burlesque Bombshells #0.5
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: December 3, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 160 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My rating:

Good girls finish last? Screw that.

Being a small town girl isn’t so bad. Unless Mom’s the town joke and I’ve spent my entire life shying away from her flamboyance. College in Las Vegas should be so much cooler. But it’s not. Bad things happen. Real bad.

So when my brother Reid offers me an all-expenses paid vacation to Australia for a month, I am so there. Discounting the deadly snakes on the outback cattle station, I should be safe. Until I meet Jack.

Jack defines bad boy and then some. He’s big, buffed, bronzed, and hotter than any guy I’ve ever met. His sexy Aussie accent makes me melt. And the guy can cook.

But he’s my brother’s new bestie and he lives on the other side of the world. There’s no future for us.

Is there?

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in review my thoughts

Jess is sick and tired of being a good girl. Single, geek, virgin, she decides this summer is a perfect time to make a change. Have a fling with a hot man. Cash in her V-card. When her brother Reid invites her for a month-long, all-expenses paid trip to Australia, she jumps at the chance. Upon arriving in Australia, she meets sexy, bad boy chef Jack, who makes her feel like being bad. Really bad.

Jack is sick of having meaningless flings. He doesn’t want to be that guy anymore. When gorgeous, American Jess shows up at the cattle station where he works, he feels a spark, immediately. But, he also believes he’s not good enough for her. He hides his feelings and tries his best to reign in his attraction to her, regardless of how frequently she flirts and throws herself at him. She has a bright future and he is a loser. He refuses to drag her down. But, they’re damn near combustible when together and that’s a pull that’s difficult to resist.

This novella was short and sweet – and had just enough sexy to make it interesting. Told from both Jess’ and Jack’s POV, the reader gets a really good sense of each character, their background and motivation, and their true feelings. I know this was supposed to be Jess’ book, but while I liked her, Jack stole the show for me. He absolutely charmed me. There was something vulnerable about him that I connected with strongly. Before was a total tease. I mean that in a good way, though. It gave a great introduction to the characters. I enjoyed it so much I immediately went to Amazon, bought Brash and devoured it, too. I needed more Jack and Jess in my life.

 I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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About Nicola Marsh

USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and riveting, eerie stories for young adults.

Based in Melbourne, she has published 45 books and sold over 5 million copies worldwide. She writes contemporary romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon, Entangled Publishing and is self-published. Her first indie release, Crazy Love, was a 2012 ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Award) finalist. BANISH, a thriller with Harlequin Teen Australia, is her young adult debut (August 2013), closely followed by the release of a paranormal YA series starting with Scion of the Sun (Month9Books, November 2013)

She's also a Waldenbooks and Bookscan bestseller, a 2013 National Readers' Choice Award and RBY (Romantic Book of the Year) winner, a multi-finalist for awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, RBY, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers' Best Award, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has won several CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Awards.

A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, chasing after her two little heroes, barracking loudly for her North Melbourne Kangaroos footy team and her favourite, curling up with a good book!

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