11 December 2013

Blush by Nicola Marsh - Book Review

Laying it all on the line for love…

Adele Radcliff has worked hard to erase the sins of her past. The ex-burlesque dancer is now an accountant in Vegas and has her life on track. Until one steamy interlude with her friend’s brother changes everything…

Reid Harper may be tired of the hand-shaking, back-slapping and baby-kissing, but politics is all he knows. His job consumes him. Until he meets Adele and the gorgeous redhead becomes his new focus.

Reid wants a relationship, Adele doesn’t. A decision reinforced when Adele discovers she’s pregnant. She has too many secrets to hide and can’t risk Reid getting too close.

But Reid has other ideas and when he learns the startling truth, how far will he go to prove their future is more important than the past?


She might be an accountant now, but before she became that boring girl behind the spreadsheet – this girl had a very colorful past. Adele Radcliff was a burlesque dancer. She tries to forget it, even change the way she dresses and puts her life on the right track – until that destination wedding on the beach, one steamy encounter with her friend’s brother made it all so complicated.

Reid Harper is getting tired of his boring, routine life. But politics is his life, it is what he has been doing ever since. It what he wants to do – or so he thinks until he meets Adele, and suddenly he loses his focus and all he can think about is this girl.

Reid is willing to try ‘relationships’, Adele doesn’t. She knew if the press would get a hold of her past, they will have a field day. She wasn’t ready to tell him about it, even when she found out that she’s pregnant.

But he wouldn’t give her up, not when he finally knew they would have a baby. He would do anything to prove to her that he can be the man she needs.

The beach interlude was hot, and I can imagine how hard it must be for Adele to walk away without looking back. These two were perfect for each other – they have lived their lives accordingly, they needed a break from the monotony of their schedules and enjoy life. They did, what both of them didn’t expect was to get a souvenir from it. I understand how hard it must be for Adele to give up Reid because of her past. Politicians are judge not just of their character, but even the characters of those people surrounding them. But again, past is past. She might have done those things out of desperation, but she was rewarded with success, and when she finally did make it, she stopped. I wish she’d trusted Reid more than assume he wouldn’t want her. As for Reid – He’s smart, he’s hot and successful – who doesn’t want this type of man?! He can be stupid at times, but nevertheless a complete gentleman. What he did in the end of the novel, wasn’t really a sacrifice, but a realization. I’m glad he came across it before he loses the best thing that might ever happen to him.

This novel is short, romantic and hot. I’m all for grand gestures, wasting jet fuels to prove your feelings! It’s a perfect late-night read!


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★ Before - 4 Stars!

USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and riveting, spooky stories for teens. 
She has published 43 contemporary romances with Harlequin, Entangled Publishing and indie, and sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Her first mainstream romance BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD was nominated for Romantic Book of the Year 2012. Her first indie mainstream romance, CRAZY LOVE, was a 2012 ARRA finalist and Barnes & Noble bestseller. 
Her debut young adult novel, a supernatural thriller BANISH, released with Harlequin Teen August 2013, and her YA fantasy series kicks off with SCION OF THE SUN, November 2013, with Month9Books. 
Her debut new adult novel, BEFORE, releases December 2nd, 2013.She’s also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a 2013 RBY (Romantic Book of the Year) and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and a multi-finalist for a number of awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has also won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards. 
A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two little heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, and her favorite, curling up with a good book!

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