Review: Holding Out For Paris by Gabrielle Ashton

holding out for parisTitle: Holding Out For Paris

Author: Gabrielle Ashton

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Teacher/writer Elizabeth Hastings

The hero: Gym owner Spencer Tate

The blurb: Picture this – you pack your bags. Move to Paris. Fall in love.

A dream, right? Wrong.

Especially when you find out your Mr. Right is actually married. With kids. Don’t even mention the white picket fence.

Heartbroken in the City of Love, the last person Elizabeth Hastings expects to lend her a shoulder to cry on is her brother’s best friend…

Spencer Tate is opening up his first gym in London when a frantic call from his best friend sends him to Paris to check on Sebastian’s baby sister. If he’s lucky, he can stop in for a minute and be back in London the next day. Easy peasy.

Except the dorky bookworm he remembers is now all grown up, with dangerous curves, lips just made for kissing and eyes he could get lost in…

Spencer. Is. Screwed. 

Standalone or series: This is book one in the Holding Out series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: This is a fantastic debut from Gabrielle Ashton! Elizabeth Hastings has crushed on Spencer Tate, her brother’s best friend, since she was a teenager. So when he turns up in Paris, where she’s been living, she can’t believe it. She’s just found out her swarthy French lover happens to have a family and she’s nursing a broken heart – but Spencer heals it. She comes to love the time they spend together while he sources a new location for his rapidly growing international gym chain.

But when Lizzie finds out why Spencer is really in Paris, she’s devastated. Feeling betrayed again, she shuts him out… but while she wasn’t looking, Spencer managed to find his way into her heart. When he kisses her, she can’t resist him. However, she makes it clear she just wants to keep it casual, and when he agrees they hang out in Paris while she plays tourist guide, with sex as an added bonus.

When her brother finds out what’s going on, though, matters of the heart become difficult for Lizzie. Not helping is the sudden reappearance of her ex. Torn between two men, can Lizzie wake up and figure out who her heart really belongs to before it’s too late?

Spencer Tate is such a great book boyfriend. He’s gorgeous and thoughtful and caring. I loved Lizzie’s kind heart and her love for Paris. She adores teaching her kids and I love that her nose is always stuck in a book. I did want to smack her in a few places, though, but she did make up for it in the end.

It’s clear that the author knows the city of Paris very well, because her descriptions are so authentic it’s like I’m wandering around Paris again myself. It certainly made me want to hop on the first plane there! I adored reading Spencer and Lizzie’s romance and watching it unfold. It was incredibly romantic and heartwarming. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what’s next.

Review: The Two-Week Arrangement by Kendall Ryan

the two week arrangementTitle: The Two-Week Arrangement

Author: Kendall Ryan

Year of publication: Out today! The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Intern Presley Harper

The hero: CEO Dominic Aspen

The blurb: Dear Sexy AF Intern,

I know you don’t particularly care that I’m the CEO of this company, and you’re just an intern. I also know you’re not impressed by my power or my wealth, and that’s fine.

You think you’ve got me all figured out from working alongside me for two weeks, but you don’t know me. Not really.

You don’t know that I’m a single dad to twin toddlers, or that those two little girls matter more to me than this entire hotel chain.

I’m not interested in starting something deep and meaningful, but what I am interested in is the way your body reacts to mine when we’re in the same room. You probably assume the concentration on my face is work-related, when in reality, I’m figuring out which I want more–to nail you against the wall, or to bend you over my desk.

While you’re too disciplined to act on it, I’m not. And the night you stepped into my limo, all bets were off.

Standalone or series: This is book one in the Penthouse Affair series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Presley Harper has scored a coveted internship with one of the most famous hotel chains out there, and she’s determined to beat the other three candidates to win the position on offer. She’s supporting her brother and his dreams, and she needs money to be able to do that. Things are dire, financially, but she’s going to win this.

Dominic Aspen is a young billionaire CEO who’s worked hard to build his hotel chain. He’s sacrified a lot, but is a very private man – few people know he’s a single father to young twins, and he’s determined to keep it that way. He’s decided this will be the last year he’ll run the intern program.. and when he lays eyes on Presley, he switches his candidate for her.

He comes to understand her financial situation somewhat, and he needs an escort for a business dinner to get an important investor on board, so he hires Presley to be his date for the night. When she charms the investor in question, Dominic comes to see she’s not only beautiful, but smart and funny. They fall into a relationship, but when a misunderstanding comes between them, Dominic ends it abruptly. Desperate, Harper accepts a job with an escort agency, but when her first customer makes her flee, she’s stuck in the middle of nowhere with no money and no way to get home, so she calls the only person she can think of. Dominic. But will he come to her rescue?

This book ends in a cliffhanger, but the good news is that we won’t have to wait long for the next book as it’s out in a few weeks. You’re always guaranteed a good read when it comes to Kendall’s books, and this one doesn’t disappoint.

 

 

 

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