Review: No Holes Barred
NO HOLDS BARRED - Stephanie Nicole Norris
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April 2018
Contemporary Romance
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell  | RATING:  A
REVIEW:  NO HOLDS BARRED is the first novel that I have read by author, Stephanie Nicole Norris, but it definitely will not be the last. This Contemporary Romance, featuring Hunter Valentine, President of a Fortune 500 company, and Camilla Augustine, news anchor for a Chicago television station, is entertaining and engaging. It is set in the Windy City, Chicago. By the end of the story, Hunter and Camilla are elevated to a place among my all-time favorite couples.

Hunter and Camilla first meet in a restaurant located in the building they both happen to reside. It is an instant attraction that leaves them both a bit shaken. You just know that Hunter and Camilla’s relationship is going to be a sultry, sensuous and steamy affair. Camilla is the reluctant half of this romantic duo, and Hunter is the relentless suitor. When you discover Camilla’s backstory, you will understand why she feels that Hunter is an unnecessary distraction. On the other hand, Hunter with a wide-spread diehard bachelor reputation, is picturing Camilla as the first woman in a long time who is capable of bringing an end to that reputation. They even discover a bond through their affiliations with their respective sorority and fraternity.

This further convinces Hunter that Camilla, ‘his Angel’ is the woman for him. So, what has Camilla so hesitant? Two words…ex-fiancé. I’ll leave that right there. Hunter Valentine is a true Alpha, and we learn some compelling traits about the millionaire bachelor. One, being his ‘no holds barred’ resolve to go after what he wants, and it’s clear that he wants Camilla. My favorite scenes from the story include a steamy utterly hot shower tryst between Hunter and Camilla, a confrontation between Steven (Camilla’s ex-fiancé) and Hunter on the streets of Chicago, and Hunter flying to Florida to rescue Camilla. You’ll get that when you read the book.

One of the best features about starting a new series is getting to know the families and friends of the hero and heroine. Get ready folks because Hunter Valentine is the oldest of septuplets. There’s a very poignant backstory there concerning one of Hunter’s siblings. Camilla’s bestie, Corinne and one of Hunter’s brothers, Xavier, could be the next couple in this series. Stay tuned.

NO HOLDS BARRED is an enjoyable and engrossing story, and I recommend it.  [Side note: Kudos to the author who used Travis Cure on the cover as a visual for Hunter Valentine.] This book is a great start to what promises to be an impressive series.

1st May 2018 | romcol@caribsurf.com