Monday, January 18, 2016

#Review - For Seven Nights Only by Sarah Ballance @SarahBallance @LovestruckEP

For Seven Nights Only by Sarah Ballance
Series: Chase Brothers #2
Entangled Publishing - Lovestruck
Publication Date: January 18, 2016
Date Read: January 14, 2016

Kelsie Reed is over bad luck and bad men. Newly dumped, she’s now the pathetically single maid of honor in her sister's wedding—and her ex is the best man. Her bad luck continues when a plumbing meltdown in her apartment sends her sexy neighbor running to her rescue. He’s got "serial dater" written all over him, which is unfortunate because the man is hot.

Sawyer Chase loves women, but settling down? He’ll leave that to his brothers. But when Kelsie confesses she’s a dating disaster and is about to become the laughing stock of her family wedding, Sawyer takes control. He's got one week to teach her how to land the man of her dreams, and he’ll do it on her terms: no touching, no kissing, and definitely nothing more.

But some rules need to be broken, especially when, for once, there’s something on the line worth fighting for…
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her


This book was a whole lot of fun!  Most of the romances that I have been picking up lately have been okay but none of them really felt like fun.  I wanted fun and that is what I got with this little story.  This book was sexy, sweet, and funny enough to keep me glued to the pages.  It wasn't terribly original but who needs original when you are having so much fun! 

This book is the second book in the Chase Brothers series but reads perfectly well as a stand alone.  I haven't read anything by Sarah Ballance before reading this book and I didn't feel like I was missing any part of the story.  I liked that this book was more of a romantic comedy than I usually encounter.  Parts of this book were quite funny and others made me grin. 

The main characters in this book were really easy to like.  Kelsie is having some terrible luck with men lately not to mention her plumbing.  When her neighbor comes to her rescue, she doesn't spend a moment thinking about him romantically since she knows that he is way out of her league.  They strike a deal that Chase will help her by showing her a few pointers over the course of seven dates.

Chase has no plans to settle down.  His apartment has a revolving door and he likes things the way they are.  He is thrown off balance by his neighbor in just about every way.  She is nothing like the women he usually goes out with but there is a connection nonetheless.  As each lesson is taught and every date completed, the pair learn a little more about themselves and each other.

I liked Kelsie and Chase as a couple.  The banter between the pair was really well done and added a whole lot to the story.  They had a playfulness between them that was really refreshing to see.  I liked the way that their feeling for each other slowly developed over the story.  There was a lot of chemistry between the pair from the very beginning of the book and I thought that the sexy bits of the book were well done. 

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This is the first book by Sarah Ballance that I have had a chance to read but I think I may need to read about some of Chase's brothers that I met in this book.   I  just hope that their story is as well done as this one. 

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Entangled Publishing - Lovestruck via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

About the Author

Sarah Ballance and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). When not buried under piles of laundry, she may be found adrift in the Atlantic (preferably on a boat) or seeking that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her.

She loves creating unforgettable stories while putting her characters through an unkind amount of torture—a hobby that has nothing to do with living with six children. (Really.) Though she adores nail-biting mystery and edge-of-your-seat thrillers, Sarah writes in many genres including contemporary and ghostly paranormal romance. Her ever-growing roster of releases may be found on her website.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

14 comments:

  1. It's great to read a fun romance every now and then. Nothing needs to be so serious all the time. Great review!

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    1. I just love a fun romance. This book had me reading with a big grin on my face.

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  2. Love a fun romance! Also great when books in a series can be read as a standalone. Great review!

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    1. I love a romance that can handle some humor without losing focus. This one had a lot of great elements and reads great by itself.

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  3. This sounds really fun! I've seen this basic premise before but I don't remember ever seeing it in a contemporary. I usually see it in a historical and I always enjoy it. I think it'd be even more fun in a contemporary and I love the sound of the characters!

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    1. I kept thinking that the story reminding me of something...maybe I read a historical with this premise. It was a lot of fun!

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  4. I love seeing fun in a romance, and you are right, its not commonly done and its rare to find. Love a great bantering romance....will need to keep a watch out for this author.

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    1. Good banter in a story can really make a book wonderful. It just adds so much to the experience.

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  5. It may not be original, but I love this type of set up. And what really makes it is if the couple has great chemistry. So I'm definitely into reading this book.

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    1. Chemistry is huge. If I can't feel it in a story, I am probably not going to enjoy the story very much. This was a fun little story.

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  6. I saw this one on NetGalley and thought about requesting it but decided not to... Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. I think about requesting just about everything I see on NetGalley! I am trying hard to stop requesting so many books. I did really enjoy this one. I think I was in the mood for a fun romance.

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  7. "It wasn't terribly original but who needs original when you are having so much fun! " I am in total agreement with your statement Carole! :P Yes, it irks me that contemporary romance these days doesn't seem to have an original plot, but I'm turning to humour to compensate for that! :p This sounds like the perfect book for me! I love the cover and Sawyer sounds hot already. I'll definitely keep a look out for this one! Thanks for the review!

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    1. Sometimes a similar idea can be presented in such an original way that it is really very enjoyable. I am always looking for something different but since I read so many books that can be hard to find all of the time.

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