In Review: Nothing Personal by Karina Halle

Posted December 30, 2018 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Nothing Personal by Karina HalleNothing Personal by Karina Halle
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: December 27, 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 259 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Nova Lane is having the worst week possible. Her latest relationship ended while on her much-needed vacation, then upon her first day back at work, she learns that her beloved boss has quit – and despite having worked so hard for it, she’s not being considered for his position.

Who is being considered for the position is none other than Kessler Rocha. Her ex-coworker and ex-lover, Kessler’s the man who broke her heart five years earlier and the reason she moved thousands of miles away, switched jobs, and created numerous voodoo dolls in Kessler’s (very burly, very handsome) liking.

Yup. Worst week ever.

New in town and on her turf, Kessler promises he’s not the same man he was – and considering he’s now a single father to a precocious toddler, he’s telling the truth.

But he’s still an arrogant and devilishly charming man who’s taking over the position Nova feels she deserves. The fact that he’s gotten even more sexy over the years doesn’t help either.

Now Nova and Kessler have the choice to let bygones be bygones, or fight with each other every chance they get, with unresolved sexual tension only adding fuel to the flames, creating a fire that might just burn down the whole office.

In the corporate world they say it’s just business, nothing personal.

Nova and Kessler are about to show just how personal things can get.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

Karina Halle has done it again! Her contemporary romances are just so, so good. I loved Nova, Kessler and Hunter. I laughed, swooned and even got a little teary over Nothing Personal. It was the perfect mix of steam and swoon.

Y’all know how much I enjoy a good second chance romance. Karina gave me exactly that with Nova and Kessler. Nova was seriously relatable. Kessler was super swoony. I adored his son, Hunter, too. And don’t even get me started on the geckos and the damn chicken. 😂 I lost track of how many times I literally laughed out loud while reading Nothing Personal. Oh, and there’s the little matter of the passage with THE WORST Christmas song of all time, which made me giggle, even as I cringed because the dreadful song was stuck in my head for hours afterwards.

Nothing Personal was a flat-out delightful read. It was as sweet and romantic as it was hot and sexy. Nova and Kessler had oodles of chemistry and there was a bit of a slow burn build between them that I thoroughly enjoyed. It ticked so many of my boxes — second chance, single dad, office, slow burn — and it was just a fun read. I cheesy-grinned my way through most of the book and even got kicked in the feels a few times. But overall, it was a light, funny and sexy read that was low on the angst scale. I adored it.

Favorite Quotes:

“It’s not the same chicken. There is a mountain range between us and Honolulu and there are millions of chickens. They all look the same.”

“You used to have such a shine to you, Nova. Just like your name. You could obliterate every other star in the way. Now it’s dimmed and I don’t know why. Was it… was it me?”

And to think I could ever forget about her. Not when she’s across the hall. Not when she’s across the office. Not even if she’s across an ocean.

“It’s this vile piece of saccharine Christmas bullshit. How could you love this song?”

“I know I only have you like this, in this moment right now, but even just a moment with you is enough. Anything more than that is too good for the likes of me.”

“I know I’m difficult. I’m cynical and hard in places and too soft and sensitive in others. I’m running cold one second and then I’m a fiery volcano the next, with no way to turn me off. I’m ambitious and competitive and a little too focused.”

“I’m just a boy standing in front of a girl, asking her to aloha him.”

“You’re never the same after you get your heart broken. But if you’re just lucky enough, maybe you’ll find someone to help you pick up the pieces.”

About Karina Halle

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Swedish Prince, Bad at Love, The Pact, Sins & Needles and over 45 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband, and her adopted pitbull Bruce, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

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