Thursday, July 17, 2014

BLOG TOUR STOP & GIVEAWAY: "Fantasized by You" by Steph Nuss

We are excited to be one of today's stops on the Blog Tour of "Fantasized by You" by Steph Nuss. Check out a ll the book and author info below, purchase links and my review. Then enter the fabulous giveaway for signed books and gift cards. Good Luck & Happy Reading!


Fantasized by You

Love in the City – Book #2

(is part of a series, but can be read as a stand-alone - Book #2 is based on a different couple, but you will see characters from Book #1)

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:
4 stars ****
"Fantasized by You" is a light hearted romance and the second book in this series. It can be read as a standalone without any trouble. In this series each installment centers around and brings conclusion to the focal couple in a central group of friends & family, therefore it can be read out of order with ease. 

This installment centers around Harper Jennings (aka THE Jen Harper). She is a high-end fashion designer and pseudo celebrity due to her famous clientele and her close friendship with one of her former models turned latest Hollywood action star. She hates all of the media and tabloid attention and deals with the stress in a very unhealthy way which leads her right into in path of Maverick Jones. Maverick is a successful personal trainer and gym owner who focuses on physical health. When a close friend dies from an unhealthy lifestyle while he is unable to help, he starts to focus on the mental side of health as well and incorporates a clinic in to his gym that offers medical services, therapy and counseling to clients with more intensive health needs. Maverick is one of the good guys. A man with a heart as big as his muscles and his wallet. When his friend Elly suggests that Maverick consider bringing Harper on as a counselor at the clinic he instantly refuses. He knows who Jen Harper is and he doesn't like or trust anyone in the Fashion Industry. A industry notorious for promoting "ideal beauty" over health and wellbeing and often pushing their models into the dangerous situations that he is fighting so hard to help woman overcome. He has no idea what Harper has lived through or overcome herself. She understands and can help his clients in a way that he never could. So he reluctantly agrees to give her a chance... a chance at the clinic leads to a chance at his heart.

Okay I called this book a "light romance" because it IS light on the romance end. Maverick and Harper's relationship advances very easily and somewhat predictably. I love the honest, respectful and adult way they both approach every situation they find themselves in. It's a grown up romance from the very beginnning. This is not an angsty read in the least and honestly I didn't feel it needed angst to keep me engaged. The "meat" of this book is in it's dealing with a few heavy issues. Eating Disorders and Stalking to be precise. In the case of Harper Jennings these subjects intertwine in her life. Both scary. Both heavy. I liked how Steph Nuss addressed them in a manner that didn't bring the story down to a despressive state yet she managed to convey the seriousness and very real dangers of both. Weaving these in and still peppering the story with sweet lovable moments and humorous dialog from the tight knit group of characters made it a very balanced and rich story. I look forward to seeing where Ms. Nuss takes us in the next book... I hope it is Fletcher's *fingers-crossed*

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.
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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