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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review: Nina by Stacey Joy Netzel

If you’re looking for a sweet, short read guaranteed to make you smile, look no further!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Stacey Joy Netzel
Release Date: June 6, 2017

Twelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common: 1) they are diehard romantics, and 2) they’ve been let down by love. As a wildly silly dare during the last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her “dream hero” and cast it out to sea!

Eight months after the bottle toss, veteran Finn Regan meets the woman of his dreams in his Wisconsin hometown. But Nina’s jaded and guy-shy after too many past heartaches—not to mention, she’s only visiting from California. When Finn discovers her fateful message in a bottle, he risks everything at the Veterans Valentine’s Day Auction to convince her a future together is worth opening her heart one last time.

NINA is also connected to Stacey’s Romancing Wisconsin (RW) series, and for those who follow the RW timeline, her story falls in between books 10 & 11. Previous characters from that series are in the book, and Nina and Finn will reappear in future RW books as well. There are no cliffhangers.

What’s it About? So this is cute, the set up is that an twelve friends from an online reading group decide to meet up in person on a Caribbean island. Each woman is a romantic at heart but when it comes to their personal lives they’ve all missed the mark at finding Mr. Right. On their last night on the island they do something silly: They each write a note to their dream guy, put it in a bottle and toss it into the sea. Each woman’s story is told in a short novella by a different author to make 12 unique romances. Nina’s story is written by one of my favorite authors, Stacey Joy Netzel and basically Nina’s visiting Wisconsin from California when she runs into veteran Finn Regan who is convinced Nina is the one for him and now has to prove it to her before she leaves for good.

Overall reaction to the story? Nina is a short, sweet, and funny read that can be enjoyed as a standalone story or as part of a connecting set. I loved both characters’ wit and charm, even when they weren’t making the best choices. *cough* Nina *cough* I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it since it does fall on the sweeter/less steamy side of the romance scale and I prefer my romance more heated. There was a real warmth and close knit feeling to this particular story which made sense because the novella is technically part of Netzel’s Romancing Wisconsin series (I’ve got most of the books on my kindle for leisure reading over the summer). Finn has to be my favorite out of the two lead characters though. A wounded veteran who while a little brooding, is mostly fun, sweet, and did I mention totally charming? Sheesh, I admit, I was so jealous of Nina by the end of the story. I want a guy like Finn for myself!! He has a dog for crying out loud! A really cute one named Kismet.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Nina is a great way to get away from things for a short while.

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