Nothing Personal
It's just business, nothing personal...until you have to work with your ex NOTHING PERSONAL is a brand-new, full-length STANDALONE ROMANTIC COMEDY with a single dad, enemies-to-lovers, second-chance office romance twist, from the NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author of A Nordic King and Bad at Love. Nova Lane is having the worst week possible. Her latest relationship ended while on her much-needed vacation, then upon her first day back at work, she learns that her beloved boss has quit – and despite having worked so hard for it, she’s not being considered for his position. Who is being considered for the position is none other than Kessler Rocha. Her ex-coworker and ex-lover, Kessler’s the man who broke her heart five years earlier and the reason she moved thousands of miles away, switched jobs, and created numerous voodoo dolls in Kessler’s (very burly, very handsome) liking. Yup. Worst week ever. New in town and on her turf, Kessler promises he’s not the same man he was – and considering he’s now a single father to a precocious toddler, he’s telling the truth. But he’s still an arrogant and devilishly charming man who’s taking over the position Nova feels she deserves. The fact that he’s gotten even more sexy over the years doesn’t help either. Now Nova and Kessler have the choice to let bygones be bygones, or fight with each other every chance they get, with unresolved sexual tension only adding fuel to the flames, creating a fire that might just burn down the whole office. In the corporate world they say it’s just business, nothing personal. Nova and Kessler are about to show just how personal things can get. NOTE: This book may be a light and sweet comedy BUT it also contains raunchy humor, a copious amount of swearing and, of course, some fairly gratuitous sex scenes! READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

Nothing Personal Details

TitleNothing Personal
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ReleaseDec 26th, 2018
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

Nothing Personal Review

  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars!! Nothing Personal is on the lighter side for Karina Halle. It’s an enemies to lovers/workplace romance/second chance romantic comedy that kept me smiling. Nova Lane’s life is not going as planned. First, her current boyfriend cheats on her while they’re on vacation… then she comes back to work only to find that her boss up and quit and they are temporarily replacing him with her ex-boyfriend. It’s a job Nova deserves but Kessler is being brought in for it. She is not happy. Kessler bro 4 stars!! Nothing Personal is on the lighter side for Karina Halle. It’s an enemies to lovers/workplace romance/second chance romantic comedy that kept me smiling. Nova Lane’s life is not going as planned. First, her current boyfriend cheats on her while they’re on vacation… then she comes back to work only to find that her boss up and quit and they are temporarily replacing him with her ex-boyfriend. It’s a job Nova deserves but Kessler is being brought in for it. She is not happy. Kessler broke her heart years ago and now she has to see him every day. Kessler was the man I never quite got over. My level-ten heartbreaker. And he’s now my motherfucking boss. 
Kessler Rocha is not the same man he was 5 years ago. Now he’s a single father to a toddler and his son is his priority. Still, working with Nova isn’t easy for him. He still cares for her and he knows he made a mistake all those years ago letting her go like he did. He just has to find a way to make it work. To have a job, support his child, and maybe, just maybe, get Nova back. “I am not your enemy. Okay? You can go on thinking that all you want but it’s not true. I am not your enemy. I’m barely even your boss. I am your equal and you are mine.” “I am not yours,” she says but her words falter. “You very much are,” Nova was my favorite kind of heroine. One that’s strong, hard working, and doesn’t take any crap. I loved her personality and strength. I am a sucker for a single dad so of course I loved Kessler! His interactions with his son were amazing. And I loved how he worked to win Nova back. They bickered and bantered, but deep down you just knew they were meant to be. If you’re looking for a book that will give you a few laughs, make you swoon, is sweet and sexy- pick up Nothing Personal.
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  • Dri ✰
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 16%▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬ So, I think I'm lacking this kind of sense of humor, because despite trying really hard to enjoy it I can not seem to find it funny... actually, quite the opposite. Annoying, meaningles and plan. The MC’s are so boring that I can not relate to any of them, precisely the heroine, she’s very very veryyyy annoying. And what the matter with the sweat thing? Ugh, just gross. Sorry, “nothing personal” but this one here is not for me.
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  • KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕
    January 1, 1970
    MY REVIEW: can also be found on my blog: ➽ KITTY KATS CRAZY ABOUT BOOKS ‘NOTHING PERSONAL’ Is a full length stand alone romantic comedy novel by Karina Halle. Dual POV’s. Nova Lane has been handed the most shittiest card in life at the moment, firstly on vacation with her boyfriend things drastically go down hill, coming home and jumping back into work she learns that her superior had up and quitted whilst she was away, thinking it was her time to step up and jump into the position she’s MY REVIEW: can also be found on my blog: ➽ KITTY KATS CRAZY ABOUT BOOKS ‘NOTHING PERSONAL’ Is a full length stand alone romantic comedy novel by Karina Halle. Dual POV’s. Nova Lane has been handed the most shittiest card in life at the moment, firstly on vacation with her boyfriend things drastically go down hill, coming home and jumping back into work she learns that her superior had up and quitted whilst she was away, thinking it was her time to step up and jump into the position she’s been working towards wasn’t exactly what happened. Nooooo she finds out that the job that she’d pegged as hers was taken right out from under her. If that wasn’t bad enough it’s been handed over to Kessler Rocha for a three month trial. Her ex-coworker and ex-lover. He’s the guy that broke her heart five years ago, he’s the reason why she uprooted her life and moved thousands of miles away. Now five years later after knowing he didn’t want kids or any sort of commitment or marriage he now has full custody of his three year old son. She was the girl that I cut loose once I realised I didn't want any commitment from her and that things would be better for us as co-workers. Fun days ahead..Nova is such a strong heroine with a forked tongue so the two and fro banter between these two scorches the pages and sets up the right pace for an angsty from enemies to lovers story perfectly.Kessler is an Ex NHL player with the body of a wet dream, he had me swooning like no other, his love for his son had me melting, the laughs came tenfold with all things roosters. What an amazing way to finish off my year in books, I loved this book as soon as I started it, I couldn't put it down, this second chance office romance hit all the right spots and I found I devoured this in record time.Best Quote:“If you think I’m about to turn into Aquaman, you have another thing coming.”She grins at me. “All I know is that if you wanted to dress up as Jason Momoa, I wouldn’t mind.”“That guy is Hawaiian isn’t he?”She nods.“That fucker. All the woman want him because he can swim.”She raises her brow.“Yeah,” she says dryly. “That’s totally the reason why.”      
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  • Debbie Oliphant
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsThis was an easy, breezy, laugh-out-loud, read. Very funny, and enjoyable.
  • Alba and Her Secrets..♥
    January 1, 1970
    4 'My level-ten heartbreaker' Stars!ARC provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.Karina Halle strikes again with this sweet, funny and off-the-charts hot love story! Probably my last read of 2018 and I am very happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Nova, Kess and Hunter stole my heart with all their moments together and I am sure, if you are a fan of Karina's lighter works, you'll enjoy Nothing Personal too.So, Nothing Personal is a standalone novel and it b 4 'My level-ten heartbreaker' Stars!ARC provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.Karina Halle strikes again with this sweet, funny and off-the-charts hot love story! Probably my last read of 2018 and I am very happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Nova, Kess and Hunter stole my heart with all their moments together and I am sure, if you are a fan of Karina's lighter works, you'll enjoy Nothing Personal too.So, Nothing Personal is a standalone novel and it belongs to several romances tropes: it's a romantic comedy with an enemies to lovers / office romance / second chance theme. It's the story of Nova Lane and Kessler Rocha. Nova is a hard working woman that is expecting a promotion after her boss quits all of a sudden. Well, imagine when Kessler (her ex-coworker and ex-lover) appears to take that position. The feelings surge again, especially since Nova was absolutely heartbroken when they broke up years ago. But Kessler is not the same man: he is now a single dad of an adorable toddler and he deeply cares about Nova too. Yes. This is the Nova I remember.And yet this Nova now is so much more, on so many levels.She’s my equal and she’s mine, that’s all there is to it. I don't know how Karina does it, seriously! But ever since I started reading her books, I haven't stopped. And you know why I enjoyed this one so much? Because it has the same feel of the first novel I ever read by her (Smut). It's definitely on the lighter side of Karina's creations, it's a romance full of hilarious moments, a couple with lots of angst and chemistry, a super cute kid and lots of emotions in between. I loved these characters: Nova is a strong and sassy heroine (my favorite!) and Kessler definitely is a hot single dad that adores his child and surely works to win Nova's love back. I am so happy these three got their second chance and their HEA! “You’re never the same after you get your heart broken. But if you’re just lucky enough, maybe you’ll find someone to help you pick up the pieces.”“Even if he’s your level-ten heartbreaker?”“Even if.” Therefore, my rating for Nothing Personal is 4 STARS because it had all the things I enjoy in a lighter romance: banter, lots of laughter, chemistry, sexy times and all the feels! What a nice way to end 2018! Karina has become one of my favorite writers and I am sure she will continue giving us lots of amazing releases in 2019. This one was definitely amazing for me and I do recommend it to anyone who enjoys lighter romances and Karina's writing. Check it out, guys!CHECK OUT MY BLOG HERE:
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  • mich
    January 1, 1970
    I was going to DNF this but then I picked it up again and actually ended up finishing it. The story never did get me completely invested. The backstories of the characters are pretty dull, and the characters themselves weren't compelling at all. I was never able to warm up to Kessler in particular, as his character pretty much sucked. Nova was just okay. They didn't have much chemistry to me. For a romantic comedy, I didn't think this was funny at all. It just wasn't my kind of humor I guess. I I was going to DNF this but then I picked it up again and actually ended up finishing it. The story never did get me completely invested. The backstories of the characters are pretty dull, and the characters themselves weren't compelling at all. I was never able to warm up to Kessler in particular, as his character pretty much sucked. Nova was just okay. They didn't have much chemistry to me. For a romantic comedy, I didn't think this was funny at all. It just wasn't my kind of humor I guess. I got that mildly uncomfortable guilty feeling I usually get when I know someone is trying to be funny, but I don't find them funny. At all. And the typos in here are insane. The writing is very sloppy. I have it in my head that Halle is a great writer in the sense that she writes in a way that makes it very easy to read; like, I don't really feel like I'm straight up reading a book, I feel like I'm in a story. I didn't get that here.The only thing I liked was the setting, which I really liked a lot. But I'm biased on that, so take that with a grain of salt. Still, it's what's making this go from 1 star to 1.5 stars for me.If this was the first book I had ever tried of this author, I probably wouldn't pick up another one. For reference tho, I was a huge fan of Halle's earlier books in the EIT series back in the day. This book is only the 2nd contemporary romance from her that I've tried. Anyway. Moving on.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    This is billed as :** A new standalone romantic comedy**but the blurb sounds all drama.Curiouser and curiouser!I am pretty sure that I will read this one. Hope it truly is a rom-com, she does that so very well. Remember "Smut".
  • AJ
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars!Another great read from Karina Halle! Fun, funny and sexy with fantastic characters and a sweet, swoony second-chance-enemies-to-lovers-romance, I loved this one!Nova works in marketing for a Hawaiian-based hotel chain and after learning that her boss has unexpectedly resigned, she is expecting the promotion that she has been working so hard for. But that’s not the case, and she’s horrified and enraged to discover that the new guy who will be her boss turns out to be the man that broke 4.5 stars!Another great read from Karina Halle! Fun, funny and sexy with fantastic characters and a sweet, swoony second-chance-enemies-to-lovers-romance, I loved this one!Nova works in marketing for a Hawaiian-based hotel chain and after learning that her boss has unexpectedly resigned, she is expecting the promotion that she has been working so hard for. But that’s not the case, and she’s horrified and enraged to discover that the new guy who will be her boss turns out to be the man that broke her heart five years earlier. Kes is an ex-NHL player who previously worked for the same hotel chain as Nova, and the last time the two of them worked in the same office they started a steamy affair. Nova fell hard for Kes, but he was clueless to that fact and wasn’t ready for an actual relationship, and after he left her shattered she moved to Hawaii for a fresh start. And now he’s back… with his three year old son in tow, and from his first glance at Nova, he knows that it was a mistake to ever let her go. “Let’s just let bygones be bygones and pretend you and I never happened.”“That’s not going to be easy,” I tell her.Because I don’t want to pretend we never happened. I want to do the opposite.I want…I think I just want a second chance to see if things can work this time around. I love this set up! And the story gets off to a great start when Nova makes it clear that she’s not happy to have Kes back in her life. Getting over him was the hardest thing she ever did, and though he’s looking better than ever, she is determined to protect her heart and that means staying away from him as much as possible. “I hate you,” I hiss at him.He smirks. “You only hate that you want me.”“Same difference.”“I don’t think so,” he says. Karina Halle writes wonderfully real, flawed characters. They aren’t perfect, they’re relatable, they make mistakes and they sometimes say the wrong thing, and that’s what makes them so much fun to read. And she’s done a great job with Nova and Kes. I love them individually, and together they are an absolute powerhouse, with fantastic chemistry, great banter, and so much emotion between them. The sexual tension sizzles off the page as they argue and bicker, and you can feel all of that passion from so long ago effortlessly rebuilding until it reaches boiling point, and with their feelings and lust for each other all twisted up, it just gets better and better. Nothing has felt hotter, the slick sounds, the way he’s exerting himself, grunting with each powerful thrust.“Come for me,” he bites out. “Fucking come for me.”“Fucking make me,” I tell him through a moan. It’s hot, sexy, and a little dirty, and it’s absolutely fantastic! They have their ups and downs, but it’s all very believable, and watching them follow their hearts and figure out the journey is funny, gorgeous, and beautifully swoony. Every cell in my body is begging for her, wanting to know what it’s like to have her heart. I want her heart, to possess it, to protect it and never let it go. This is such a great read with lots of laughs, heart and steamy time and just the right amount of drama to keep things interesting without bogging the story down. Karina Halle writes great sexy rom/com, and I loved this one!4.5 stars.An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Betul
    January 1, 1970
    **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**"Whether you protect yourself or not, when you fall in love, it's going to hurt."Nothing Personal is a fun and sexy second-chance single parent romance. I absolutely love these tropes, and it being written by one of my all time favorite authors is just the icing on the cake. This book was fast-paced, but not in a way that it felt rushed, but it just had a very smooth flow and it was easy to read. The reason for why Kessler and Nova broke up was re **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**"Whether you protect yourself or not, when you fall in love, it's going to hurt."Nothing Personal is a fun and sexy second-chance single parent romance. I absolutely love these tropes, and it being written by one of my all time favorite authors is just the icing on the cake. This book was fast-paced, but not in a way that it felt rushed, but it just had a very smooth flow and it was easy to read. The reason for why Kessler and Nova broke up was refreshing, and not cliché. I can't blame for Nova feeling somewhat of a resentment towards him, but eventually she admits that she was a bit to blame as well. Kessler comes across as very arrogant: someone who always gets what he wants and knows what to do, but I loved seeing his vulnerable side as well. Those moments were sometimes very funny. The story was set in Hawaii, which was perfect, and I loved getting glimpses of this beautiful state."I need to remember what happened the last time Kessler and I got together this way. No matter how good it feels, no matter how badly my body needs it, it's my heart that will pay the price."Kessler is still trying to figure out how to be a parent, and his interaction with his son Hunter was extra cute and amusing. Nova is ambitious, and very dedicated to her job. So it means war when Kessler comes and swoops in on the position she's been wanting for a while now. The banter between them was funny, and the sexual tensions were very high. These two were equals and they knew how to handle each other. They both went through personal growth, which made them mature and better equipped to be in a healthy relationship this time around. Karina Halle is a very talented author who keeps on delivering great stories featuring awesome characters. I fell in love with all of them, and I didn't want to say goodbye. None of her stories feel recycled, and I always feel like her stories are refreshing and original. So make sure you one-click this fun and sexy contemporary romance.
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  • Sarah/DragonflyReads
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsAnother fantastic read from Karina Halle! Her signature style of heat and humor mixed with some emotional points made Nothing Personal another favorite!RTC
  • Sofia Lazaridou
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing Personal is not a romantic comedy. There were no comedic elements to the story and at some point, I was just disgusted and I am not talking about Hunter popping in the kitchen. It's just a second chance book and it didn't work for me, but not for the obvious reasons aka them sleeping with other people and then saying that they never got over each other. I shall begin with the good stuff. I liked the flow of the story and despite having some elements that were not my thing at all, I read Nothing Personal is not a romantic comedy. There were no comedic elements to the story and at some point, I was just disgusted and I am not talking about Hunter popping in the kitchen. It's just a second chance book and it didn't work for me, but not for the obvious reasons aka them sleeping with other people and then saying that they never got over each other. I shall begin with the good stuff. I liked the flow of the story and despite having some elements that were not my thing at all, I read this one in two sittings, since I feel asleep around 4 am while reading the book. I didn't hate either character and in some level I understood Kessler's motives when he broke things off with Nova. I liked Nova a lot, even when I didn't agree with her which is weird. The writing was good in some places and in others I had a string of WTF thoughts running in my head, like Mike's entire plot, which was crazy. The pages were simply turning and I had no problem reading the book in spite of the bad things which are listed right below this paragraph.I don't understand for the love of me, how I could like even a little a hero who broke things of with the heroine and two days later he slept with the receptionist of the officed they worked together. That was disgusting and it explains why I never loved Kessler and I never will. The thing is though that for him it was clear from moment one that what he and Nova had was just physical and maybe that's why I couldn't hate him. He portrayed their relationship like it was just that and nothing that Nova said indicated that he was into something more romantic and that is weird since Nova paints another picture. In the first chapter or two, she says that Kessler is the only man who was a 10 in her heartbroken scale, which made me believe that they had something serious going on and as it turned out, it wasn't. It's like they were into a different relationship for the lack of better word at the moment and that was confusing and a bad spot for the book. Kessler redeemed himself in the end though in some ways and it gave some points to him and the book.
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  • Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    I don't read a lot of rom coms because, if i'm being honest, they don't make me laugh. They're often more silly than funny and I just roll my eyes more than I giggle. Well, Karina Halle's Nothing Personal made me LOL over and over. It was cute. It was seriously funny. It was smart and sharp and witty without ever feeling over the top or forced. I enjoyed every single second of this book and I can't recommend it enough.  The whole vibe of Nothing Personal was EVERYTHING I needed right now. Taking I don't read a lot of rom coms because, if i'm being honest, they don't make me laugh. They're often more silly than funny and I just roll my eyes more than I giggle. Well, Karina Halle's Nothing Personal made me LOL over and over. It was cute. It was seriously funny. It was smart and sharp and witty without ever feeling over the top or forced. I enjoyed every single second of this book and I can't recommend it enough.  The whole vibe of Nothing Personal was EVERYTHING I needed right now. Taking place in Hawaii, this story had a sultry backdrop that I just adored. The office romance, the second chance love story, the enemies to lovers aspect, the whole storyline surrounding Hawaiian Christmas... I enjoyed all of it. Karina Halle knows how to sweep away her reader, not just with a lush romance but with the tastes and sounds of Hawaii and she certainly did that here on these pages. Kessler Rocha is a single dad. Nova Lane is a headstrong, feisty career woman with a soft, vulnerable core she rarely lets anyone see. They have history and now they have a fierce office rivalry, and their push and pull is both deliciously complicated and wholly addictive.Sexy and fun with just the right amount of angsty heartache, Nothing Personal was the PERFECT winter break read. It's light but SUPER STEAMY and I couldn't put it down. I feel like it's been FOREVER since Karina Halle has swept me away in one of her always-highly-anticipated novels and this book was so worth the wait. It filled me with all the giddy feels I crave in a romance. It made me smile from ear to ear. It had me falling hard and fast for these unforgettable characters. And it gave me a newfound appreciation for romantic comedy when that's so rarely my thing. Add this one to your MUST READ list right this second. I absolutely adored it! 
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    3,5-4 stars     
  • Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle
    January 1, 1970
    ***AVAILABLE NOW - FULL REVIEW***4 Supernova CROWNSNothing Personal by Karina Halle is a bit a departure from her typical work, but it offers up a host of LAUGH OUT LOUD moments, sizzling chemistry, and a second chance romance that will make you smile! Nova and Kessler are incredibly likable characters. They each have their outlandish moments, their quirky characteristics, but I found them to be endearing. Like most of her couples, these two have incredible chemistry. Anytime they touch is explo ***AVAILABLE NOW - FULL REVIEW***4 Supernova CROWNSNothing Personal by Karina Halle is a bit a departure from her typical work, but it offers up a host of LAUGH OUT LOUD moments, sizzling chemistry, and a second chance romance that will make you smile! Nova and Kessler are incredibly likable characters. They each have their outlandish moments, their quirky characteristics, but I found them to be endearing. Like most of her couples, these two have incredible chemistry. Anytime they touch is explosive. Nothing Personal is filled with some absurd moments, which are LOL funny, and Halle fully intends for these moments to be absurd (think Meghan Quinn-Esque type of humor) and to make you laugh. The hilarity at times takes away from the emotional intimacy of the couple, though. Additionally, the conflict, which is unexpected, is too surface level and resolved to quickly. I know it is romcom, and most conflicts in this trope are but I still need a conflict with a bit more substance. The resolution and the epilogue are super cute and give readers that always sought HEA. While I do prefer Halle’s more angstier, grittier stories, I still enjoyed Nothing Personal. It was light and fun, a good escape from the world. ARC received in exchange for an honest review
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  • Kahea
    January 1, 1970
    ***5 ‘Leprechaun’ Stars*** This book had it all for me!A little bit of sweet, a little bit of angstyness, a good dose is smexy and ton of laughter and a whole lot of heart which when it was combined with some great characters - as well as a few unique stars who stole the show - and it being set in my island home...well, this one was all kinds of goodness that had me devouring it in no time flat and wanting more!I have to say, Nova and Kessler definitely took me for a wild ride, a fun one overal ***5 ‘Leprechaun’ Stars*** This book had it all for me!A little bit of sweet, a little bit of angstyness, a good dose is smexy and ton of laughter and a whole lot of heart which when it was combined with some great characters - as well as a few unique stars who stole the show - and it being set in my island home...well, this one was all kinds of goodness that had me devouring it in no time flat and wanting more!I have to say, Nova and Kessler definitely took me for a wild ride, a fun one overall, but a ride. These two are complex and yet easy to connect with at the same time. I really liked Nova. She’s driven, intelligent, sassy, and sweet. She is a bit..hard headed, but considering the bruises on her heart, I couldn’t find fault with how she viewed the world. Kessler is a good man, and I really liked him, but there were somethings that he was...I don’t want to say clueless, because he is pretty on it most of the time, but more short sighted?? And that made him both frustrating, yet endearing which made him quite fascinating all around.Nova and Kessler’s journey to their HEA was definitely a crazy one, but despite their very convoluted past, it wasn’t as angsty as I thought it would be. Yes, this is under the RomCom umbrella, but even RomCom’s can be angsty. This isn’t to say that there weren’t moments between the two that didn’t have me rolling my eyes, because there were, but they were far and few between. Things were intense between them all around, but more of the push/pull and still be civil variety. The funny thing is that throughout the story, I waffled on whose team I was on as the details of the pasts were unfolded and I finally got the big HD version of all that happened between them, and honestly they were both equal participants in it all, so I never truly chose a side (except for one situation ~ and we’re getting to that), but found that they were pretty much perfect for each other and I really wanted them to work through it all and be together. Now for the one time I chose a side. It was pretty huge deal, even I can’t deny that, and understood all the reactions and what not, but I when it all came down to it, I was firmly #TeamNova. FIRMLY. And the way things worked out after only had me loving her even more.Now, I loved Kess and Nova, but what really made this book a 5 star for me were some of the situations they found themselves in that, being born and raised on O’ahu, I could totally relate to because I’ve been in those situations and honestly reacted in the same way (Except for the chicken thing. That has never happened to me. EVER) But the others. Yeah, been there done that and I do hate to admit it, but had similar reactions to Kess...still do honestly, but those little vignettes, along with how much the author simply loves and respects my island home, made this read so much fun for me. It definitely made me feel as if I were home with my family just hanging out, eating, drinking and praying for those trade winds to kick up.As for the supporting cast of characters, they were all very well written and with the exception of one, who actually added a really interesting twist to the story, I loved them all. They definitely gave a lot of depth to the story and helped to bring out that island feel that you can only find in Hawaii (IMHO) and I wouldn’t mind if a couple of them got their own HEA’s in the future because they definitely deserve to get them.So, if you’re looking for a laugh out loud RomCom that will take you away to a sandy beach this winter, then this is a definite must read! ~ Copy provided by the author via Social Butterfly & voluntarily reviewed ~
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  • Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
    January 1, 1970
    Are you looking for something fun to read? Look no further because this romantic comedy from Karina Halle checks SO MANY of my favorite boxes:✔Enemies to lovers✔Second Chance✔Office Romance✔Single Dad✔Super sexy times✔Laugh out loud, hold your belly and bend over moments!Nova is my favorite type of heroine. She is driven, focused and a seriously hard worker. She is a woman of color trying to make it up the corporate ladder and after working her ass off, she apparently gets passed over for a prom Are you looking for something fun to read? Look no further because this romantic comedy from Karina Halle checks SO MANY of my favorite boxes:✔Enemies to lovers✔Second Chance✔Office Romance✔Single Dad✔Super sexy times✔Laugh out loud, hold your belly and bend over moments!Nova is my favorite type of heroine. She is driven, focused and a seriously hard worker. She is a woman of color trying to make it up the corporate ladder and after working her ass off, she apparently gets passed over for a promotion that she rightly deserves. Who does it go to? None other than Kessler Rocha, the level ten heartbreaker who ripped her heart to pieces years ago. As you can imagine, Nova doesn't exactly have a warm welcome for Kessler and at first their interaction is hostile at best. I loved the banter between these two! Their fights were the best kind of foreplay! Poor Kessler is actually kind of clueless because he has no idea of how broken Nova was all those years ago. That's because Nova is a tough chick. She puts up impenetrable walls and doesn't allow people to see any form of vulnerability. Old flames rekindle though and the super sexy Kess who dotes on his son is hard to resist. This story is set in Hawaii and the author did an amazing job of using that environment to set the satge for her hilarious moments. Let's just say leprechauns, mosquitos and geckos played an interesting role in this book. And let's not forget the chickens! OMG guys! This was so hilarious and so much fun to read.I highly recommend if you are looking for a fun romance with plenty of LOL moments and low angst!5 StarsRomantic ComedyPOV: DualHeat Level: Moderate to HotHEAFollow me for your next comfort read!
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  • RentasticReads
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Sweat Monster stars Before the year ends, Karina Halle sure brings us the perfect read to cap it all off.Nothing Personal just hit all the right spots for me—it was flirty, funny, sweet and so refreshing with the vividly descriptive flair I’ve always loved when it comes to this author. This book wasn’t just a rom com that will have you laughing out loud either—it was also a second chance, enemies to lovers, single dad, and office romance all wrapped in a bright pineapple bow.Just get ready 4.5 Sweat Monster stars Before the year ends, Karina Halle sure brings us the perfect read to cap it all off.Nothing Personal just hit all the right spots for me—it was flirty, funny, sweet and so refreshing with the vividly descriptive flair I’ve always loved when it comes to this author. This book wasn’t just a rom com that will have you laughing out loud either—it was also a second chance, enemies to lovers, single dad, and office romance all wrapped in a bright pineapple bow.Just get ready to swoon your heart out for Kessler, Nova and cute little Hunter, and brace yourself for an incredible journey across the luscious beauty of Hawaii with this newest release from Karina Halle. You won’t just come out sporting a huge, satisfied grin in the end, but you’ll absolutely crave more of her words too.- Full review to come -Follow me on: Instagram • Facebook • Twitter
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    More of a 3.5 but I’m feeling generous so I rounded up. The romance wasn’t all that swoon worthy. But I liked the story and the characters. Laughed more than once. It was overall a sweet read but nothing too memorable. I did really like that this takes place in Hawaii though! That was pretty cool and made this book different than stuff I’ve read before in terms of the setting aspect.
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  • Shayna
    January 1, 1970
    “𝗜 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗜 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀, 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗻𝗼𝘄, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗮 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵. 𝗔𝗻𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗼𝗼 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝗲."If you’re looking for a fantastic romance that hits all the best tropes, look no further! In Karina Halle’s latest standalone release, 𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥, she gives us a single dad, enemies-to-lovers, second-chance office romance that will have you ending the year with a BANG and with a HUGE SMILE on your face! Nova and Kessler are INCREDI “𝗜 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗜 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀, 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗻𝗼𝘄, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗮 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵. 𝗔𝗻𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗼𝗼 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝗲."If you’re looking for a fantastic romance that hits all the best tropes, look no further! In Karina Halle’s latest standalone release, 𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥, she gives us a single dad, enemies-to-lovers, second-chance office romance that will have you ending the year with a BANG and with a HUGE SMILE on your face! Nova and Kessler are INCREDIBLE characters that had quite the road ahead of them. A sexy, hilarious, and banter-filled road...but a long road nonetheless. These two had such great chemistry in and out of the sheets, and Ms. Halle gifted us with some scorching HOT sex scenes that will have you blushing and flushing from head to toe.I loved EVERYTHING about this book! From the delicious book cover to the beautiful and hilarious Epilogue, to every comedic, charming, and juicy bit inbetween…I couldn’t get enough! There is a reason why Karina Halle is a bestselling author many times over. The heart and soul she puts into every single word…as a reader, you can feel all of that passion and heart with every turn of the page. This makes the reading experience that much greater. If you have time to fit in one more read before the year ends, you must consider this wonderfully hilarious and sweet romance! 𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗕 𝗜𝗧 𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘:Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2BPEiHVAmazon WW: http://mybook.to/NothingPersonalKH
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  • Manoela
    January 1, 1970
    3.8 Stars Karina Halle is one of the authors who continues to convey stories full of warmth, passion, intensity and heart. And here in his newest book Nothing Personal we have a story of second chances with a perfect balance between romance and fun.Nova and Kessler have already worked together in the past and had a brief, passionate novel that left Nova with a broken heart. Now 5 years later after the boss of New resign and she thinks she will win a promotion Kesser enters her life again as her 3.8 Stars Karina Halle is one of the authors who continues to convey stories full of warmth, passion, intensity and heart. And here in his newest book Nothing Personal we have a story of second chances with a perfect balance between romance and fun.Nova and Kessler have already worked together in the past and had a brief, passionate novel that left Nova with a broken heart. Now 5 years later after the boss of New resign and she thinks she will win a promotion Kesser enters her life again as her boss and occupying the position she worked so hard to achieve.Having to work again makes these two have to get along and get to know each other again since they are not the same people they were in the past and now an addition to the already complicated equation of the two: Kessler son.I liked the book, but didn't Love it, it's funny, it comes with second chances, there's a cute kid that makes the book adorable, but it's not my favorite of that author. For me, a deeper and more credible connection between the protagonists and Nora annoyed me several times throughout the book, I found her very immature, which contributed to my not being able to love this book as many as the other author.I Received an unreleased copy of this book
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  • Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’
    January 1, 1970
    Single parent books are seriously my favourite genre. Don't exactly know why, but whenever I see a blurb and it highlights single parent, I definitely one-click. This book I loved.I loved the fact that Kessler was a single dad. I loved the back and forth banter between these two. Nova was a spit fire sassy women and gave as good as she got. I can definitely say that this book was just what I needed after a long day with the family on Christmas day. It was light hearted, awesome banter and the ch Single parent books are seriously my favourite genre. Don't exactly know why, but whenever I see a blurb and it highlights single parent, I definitely one-click. This book I loved.I loved the fact that Kessler was a single dad. I loved the back and forth banter between these two. Nova was a spit fire sassy women and gave as good as she got. I can definitely say that this book was just what I needed after a long day with the family on Christmas day. It was light hearted, awesome banter and the chemistry between these two were amazing. There were lots of LoL moments and I guarantee its one of those books you will start and not put down until the end.Reviewed on behalf of
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review and release blitz can be found on *Milky Way of Books*A surprise release by my favorite author right before New Year's! I love Karina's writing especially how she can craft characters that stay with you and you get to have both the swoon, the romance, and the humor!Set in Hawaii, which I seriously want to visit, the story follows Nova and Kessler as they try to reconnect with each other while at the same time they vie for the same posi I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review and release blitz can be found on *Milky Way of Books*A surprise release by my favorite author right before New Year's! I love Karina's writing especially how she can craft characters that stay with you and you get to have both the swoon, the romance, and the humor!Set in Hawaii, which I seriously want to visit, the story follows Nova and Kessler as they try to reconnect with each other while at the same time they vie for the same position at work. Add in a murderous chicken, geckos and the beautiful scenery and you have the best story!
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  • Danielle Harris
    January 1, 1970
    This book made me laugh super hardI'm so happy that I found this book. I laughed so hard so many times, that my belly hurt. While this book is super hilarious, it's sweet, steamy, and so delicious!
  • Tijuana *Book Twins Reviews*
    January 1, 1970
    Waiting patiently for this one!! NOT! I Need It! 😂😂
  • Melinda
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing Personal by Karina Halle I loved the sound of this blurb and, given that Halle was on a winning streak with her last few books, I requested to review immediately. Kessler and Nova have a past in which he broke her heart without knowing how she felt about him and she reacted by moving as far away as she could - all the way to Hawaii. When Kessler shows up in Hawaii and takes the position - and therefore, promotion- meant for Nova, she’s not about to take it lying down. I liked the charact Nothing Personal by Karina Halle I loved the sound of this blurb and, given that Halle was on a winning streak with her last few books, I requested to review immediately. Kessler and Nova have a past in which he broke her heart without knowing how she felt about him and she reacted by moving as far away as she could - all the way to Hawaii. When Kessler shows up in Hawaii and takes the position - and therefore, promotion- meant for Nova, she’s not about to take it lying down. I liked the characters separately although Kessler occasionally acted like an overgrown toddler but together.... mmm I’m not so sure. I do like a second chance romance and I liked this one okay but I can’t say that I loved it or that I’d rush to read it again. I didn't really believe there was a true connection between the two main characters so that’s where it kind of lost me. I also don’t think this was much of a romantic comedy, instead just a second chance romance. All in all, this was just okay for me. *I voluntarily read an early copy of this book. **Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog
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  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Karina Halle's stories are always a "drop everything and get on it" occasion! I absolutely love the chemistry between her heroes and heroines and the spitfire back and forth banter. Nova and Kessler were great together. This second chance/office romance hit all the right buttons and had me consumed in my seat from the getgo!Nova and Kessler were so great together! While this story was more light hearted, less angsty and more romcom -esque vs. her more raw and emotional stories in the past, I fou Karina Halle's stories are always a "drop everything and get on it" occasion! I absolutely love the chemistry between her heroes and heroines and the spitfire back and forth banter. Nova and Kessler were great together. This second chance/office romance hit all the right buttons and had me consumed in my seat from the getgo!Nova and Kessler were so great together! While this story was more light hearted, less angsty and more romcom -esque vs. her more raw and emotional stories in the past, I found Nothing Personal to be enjoyable as the funnier moments were a pleasant change. Nova and Kessler were both sexy and intelligent and had alot of past baggage to be sorted through. Couple that now with a new child in Kessler's life and their new dynamic of boss/employee in the office... suffice to say there were a lot of fireworks between them!All in all, I enjoyed Nothing Personal and seriously can't wait for more from this author in the future! Bravo! 4 stars! ~Ratula
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  • Book Obsessed Book Blog (Amber)
    January 1, 1970
    Karina Halle writes some of the best rom coms I've ever read. This book had me hooked from the first chapter and I became fully invested in both of these characters. This is a second-chance office romance set in Hawaii and what is a more perfect setting for a romance than that?This was one of my favorite rom-coms since Karina's book, Smut, and I thoroughly laughed and enjoyed myself while reading it. Do yourself a favor and read this book!
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  • Nilufer Yenidogan Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book! I became big fan of Karina Halle after reading her kick-ass “ Experiment in Terror” series. They were the one of the greatest paranormal thriller romance series. And after reading this book I can definitely tell that this woman can write fascinating rom-coms, too. ( I also liked “ Before I Met You)There’s no cliffhanger, emotional turmoils. This is funny, light story with intense sexual chemistry. In some parts you may even laugh out loud. But the secret hero of the b I really enjoyed this book! I became big fan of Karina Halle after reading her kick-ass “ Experiment in Terror” series. They were the one of the greatest paranormal thriller romance series. And after reading this book I can definitely tell that this woman can write fascinating rom-coms, too. ( I also liked “ Before I Met You)There’s no cliffhanger, emotional turmoils. This is funny, light story with intense sexual chemistry. In some parts you may even laugh out loud. But the secret hero of the book was totally the “chicken” 😃😃😃
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  • Rejane
    January 1, 1970
    I lost interest in this author’s books “ a lot of books ago”. The blurb for this is not appealing and it sounds like immaturity is going to reign, specially from heroine’s side. #thankyounext 😉
  • Zoe Ashwood
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great twist to an office romance with second chance and enemies-to-lovers tropes. I enjoyed the setting so much - it was vivid element of the story, not just a boring backdrop. Definitely a recommended
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