January 22, 2019 | Posted by Victoria in Book Reviews, Multi-Reviews | 0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: December 11, 2018 by NYLA
Format: eARC
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5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Broadway hotshot Nik Kovalenko is a confirmed bachelor.

Ballroom champion Jess Davenport is a bona fide Scrooge.

Last year, they shared a midnight kiss at a New Year’s Eve party that made both of them believe—briefly—in the magic of the holiday season. The magic was cut short when Nik went on tour the next day, but he never stopped thinking about that kiss—or Jess.

When the holidays roll back around, Nik runs into Jess again. He doesn’t want to spend another year pining for the Scrooge who got away, so he tells Jess he’ll stay if she’ll give him a shot at being her Christmas Present.

Jess thinks he’s full of it, but she agrees to three dates. If Nik can make her believe in holiday magic in a place as un-wintery as Los Angeles—and convince her that he’s ready to stick around—she’ll give him a chance. But he won’t know until New Year’s Eve. If she kisses him at midnight, he’ll have his answer…

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This book. I’m so upset I waited until after the holidays to read it, because it’s such a cute holiday novella!

I haven’t read the rest of the books in the series, but they’re definitely high on my tbr now because I loved this novella so much. Dance All Night follows Jess and Nik, two dancers who met at a holiday party and shared a kiss on New Years. A year later, they run into each other again, this time Nik knows he wants a relationship with Jess.

“His brother might tease him for being a romantic, but Mitya could probably confirm that this was how you felt when you saw someone and just knew you were meant for each other.”

The romance in this novel was amazing. The two characters have so much chemistry, and the relationship flowed so naturally. Nik is such a romantic. He was sweet and understanding, even though he knew he finally wanted to settle down and stay in one place, he didn’t push her or rush Jess into a relationship. Jess was also a fun character. She’s kind of a grump, and I love it so much. She also has a great sense of humor, and kept me laughing constantly throughout the story.

Something that isn’t talked about much in books, but I see in the media is how black women are shamed or judged for having natural hair. I love how Jess discusses how it affects her and the worry she feels that it could affect her job prospects.

This was such a sweet little novella, but there are quite a few lessons and social commentary subtly thrown in throughout. Jess has a toxic family, and has discussions about boundaries and how you’re not obligated to see family members for holidays if they’re toxic. My little counseling student heart loves this since boundaries are SO IMPORTANT.

“‘I mean, it’s great and all that you have a good connection with your family,’ she said. ‘But not everyone has that. And the holidays force the issue, like there’s something wrong with you if you’re not in the spirit of celebrating and putting aside your differences to deal with your toxic or dysfunctional family members.'”

Overall I loved this novella so much, and need to read the rest of the series ASAP.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: January 8, 2019 by Avon Impulse
Format: eARC
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4 Stars
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Alyssa Cole returns with a fun, sexy romance novella in the Reluctant Royals series!

While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app. But her romance had ended in heartbreak, and now, back in NYC again, she’s determined to rediscover her joy—so of course she runs into the woman who broke her heart.

When Likotsi and Fabiola meet again on a stalled subway train months later, Fab asks for just one cup of tea. Likotsi, hoping to know why she was unceremoniously dumped, agrees. Tea and food soon leads to them exploring the city together, and their past, with Fab slowly revealing why she let Likotsi go, and both of them wondering if they can turn this second chance into a happily ever after.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This is my second Alyssa Cole book, and I realize how much I love her descriptive writing style. The way she writes about locations helps me picture the setting so easily, and definitely enhanced my enjoyment of the novella.

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy follows Likotsi, who works for the prince of Thesolo, who is back in New York after helping her boss woo his princess. The novella starts with Likotsi using her day off to try and get over the woman who broke her heart the year before. Instead of getting over her, she runs into Fab and they spend the day together. Likotsi hopes that by spending time with the woman who broke her heart, she can find out what went wrong.

“And when we are afraid, because we will inevitable be afraid again, let’s run to each other instead of away.”

The novella alternates from Fab and Likotsi’s perspective as well as from past to present. The more time Fab and Likotsi spend together, the more information we get about what led to Fab to call off the relationship. The structure of the book  kept me invested because I had to know what happened that made Fab end the relationship and break Likotsi’s heart.

Side note: I realize this is a little irrational, but I get so angry when people talk about the research article about “36 questions that’ll make you fall in love”. THAT’S NOT WHAT THE RESEARCH ARTICLE IS ABOUT. It’s about generating closeness in a lab setting. It’s to help randomly assigned people in research be close if research requires it, and has nothing to do with making people fall in love.

“She wasn’t conceited or anything, though she had every reason to be – she just seemed like she knew her worth. And she knew how to make other’s feel worthy.”

The novella had just enough angst to keep me reading and hanging off of every word because I needed to make sure the two women ended up together. I also enjoyed how confident both characters were. Fab has a full time career, and is also working as an entrepreneur and hoping to work for herself soon, and Likotsi works for the royal family, and knows how successful she is.

After reading this novella, I realized that I need to reread the first book in the series  as well as continue on with the series!

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