Monday, July 14, 2014

Blog Tour and Review: Fantasized By You, by Steph Nuss

Steph Nuss and Bandit Publishing are excited to share with you the RELEASE of "Fantasized by You" by Steph Nuss. Make sure to add to your Goodreads, pick up your copy and enter the GIVEAWAY below for SIGNED PAPERBACKS and Winner's Choice of Amazon, iTunes and B&N GIFT CARDS! Don't forget to join us at the Release Day and Blog Tour Event starting on July 14th - join by clicking the below link.

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)
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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.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Fantasized By You was an easy read and a fun addition to Steph Nuss' Love In the City series.  While this book can be read as a stand-alone I enjoyed getting to see more Maverick and Harper after having first met them in Wanted By You.  While one might consider a top fashion designer and a gym owner who hates the fashion industry with a passion and subsequently anyone associated with it an unlikely couple Harper and Maverick have no problems proving them wrong!

One might think Harper Jennings has it all.  A celebrity in her own right due to her coveted designs who lives in NYC and travels all over the world, some may think she has the perfect life but Harper a recovering bulimic wants nothing more than to work a little less and find happiness in her personal life.  To one day have a husband who loves and cherishes her and little ones who depend on her as their mother.  But, she's nearing thirty and she's afraid she won't find a HEA in her personal life.

Maverick Jones wasn't looking to fall in love, especially not with a fashion designer.  After all it's her industry he blames for the death of one his close friends due to anorexia.  He's held a grudge ever since, no longer wanting to feel helpless he finally succeeds in his mission to open a health and wellness clinic at his gym for people struggling with all sorts of vices, especially eating disorders.  How's someone whose sole profession aids in leading women down the path of destruction in the form of eating disorders going to be able to help anyone.  Maverick quickly learns you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover and he soon realizes there's much more than first impressions when it comes to Harper Jennings.

I really liked Maverick, other than his initial quick rash judgement and reaction towards Harper, he was all around a great guy, perfect really for Harper.  He was able to allow her the opportunity to be herself, with no shame.  The way he showed her respect and gave honesty allowed her the chance to become confident in herself in regards to their relationship.  I loved how what they had from day one was built on honesty and trust.  He could care less about her celebrity status, he fell in love with the person behind the stage name.  A person who quickly changed his life, giving it more meaning.  He was so sweet and protective of her and I loved how he didn't jump to conclusions or let others sway his mind.  He put faith in her, gave her his trust and always had her best interest at heart.  Even when he was jealous he put her feelings first.  He was a true class act.  I can see why Harper fell for him so quickly.

Harper was a pretty awesome female character.  I loved how strong she grew to be after rehab, how she wouldn't settle for less than exactly what she wanted in her personal life.  I appreciated how she valued her time with Maverick and also how passionate she was to helping other girls and women recover from the demons which lead them to anorexia and bulimia. 

It was a very cute predictable story, but that's okay with me.  I don't mind predictable, in fact I often find comfort in those kind of stories, but if I could have wished for something more with this book it would have been more depth.  I felt as though my connections with both characters remained somewhat on the surface.  It's as though the words said, they're falling in love, but I didn't really feel myself connecting emotionally.  I don't know if it is because I felt as though their relationship and the story was rushed, or if I just needed more of a backstory, more of a build up of them falling in love.  One of the things I love most about the story is watching the characters individually fight the brewing chemistry, each encounter leading them closer and closer to the inevitable and then boom it happens!  But in this story Maverick and Harper get together and fall in love so quickly that I don't think it gave me enough time to find myself on pins and needles waiting for the moment for the two to push past their reservations and no longer deny the chemistry.  If that even makes sense! 

It's a fun installment to this series and I will certainly be looking out for the next book, which I am hoping is Fletcher's story.  I'm already super intrigued as to how things are going to transpire for him!
Other Books In This Series

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.

About Author Steph Nuss
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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