It's just business, nothing personal...until you have to work with your ex
NOTHING PERSONAL is a brand-new, full-length STANDALONE ROMANTIC COMEDY with a single dad, enemies-to-lovers, second-chance office romance twist, from the NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author of A Nordic King and Bad at Love.
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.
NOTE: This book may be a light and sweet comedy BUT it also contains raunchy humor, a copious amount of swearing and, of course, some fairly gratuitous sex scenes! READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
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The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).
Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she's preparing for the zombie apocalypse.
When I'm not writing, I'm reading. And when I'm not reading I might be writing up a review. I'm wary of books with a lot of hype but unless something has bad reviews across the board, I'll probably still take a chance on it and give my honest opinion. Everyone is different and I won't pass up an adventure just because someone else didn't like it. And that's what I think when I look at my bookshelf...what adventure can I go on today?
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When I learned that Karina Halle wrote a single dad/enemies-to-lovers/second chance/office romance, I was intrigued to see how she’d meld together these four tropes into one cohesive storyline. Following the story of two former lovers turned rivals competing for the same job, Nothing Personal is a rom-com that delivers on both the romance and the comedy. With a storyline that’s both uproariously funny and hopelessly romantic, characters that are engaging and relatable, and a romance that’s heart-meltingly sweet and scorching hot, Nothing Personal is my new favorite read from Karina Halle.
After her boss unexpectedly quits and names her ex-boyfriend as his replacement, Nova Lane’s life is turned upside down. Kessler Rocha, her level-ten heartbreaker of an ex has relocated to Hawaii with his young son, looking more handsome than ever. Their chemistry is obvious, their attraction is mutual, if reluctant, and their animosity is a living, breathing entity. The unresolved feelings and sexual tension lingering between Kessler and Nova make for an explosive work environment, rife with snarky banter and covert hookups, all in the midst of a not-exactly-healthy competition for a coveted management position.
With the perfect balance of heat, humor, and heart, Nothing Personal is a book that’ll tug on your heartstrings and make you laugh aloud again and again. The love/hate relationship between Kessler and Nova brings fire and passion to the narrative as well as hilarity. Whether it was Kessler’s vendetta against a mischievous chicken or Nova’s tendency to say exactly what’s on her mind, this book had me in stitches from start to finish. There’s also just enough angst to stir your emotions and ensure you’re glued to your Kindle, needing to find out what happens next.
If you’re in the mood for a lighthearted love story that’ll make you blush one moment and make you laugh the next, Nothing Personal is an unputdownable page-turner. As a rom-com junkie, I can confidently say this is one you won’t want to miss out on.
*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review
Rating: 5 Stars