This Is Not Love is Nicolina Martin’s second semester freshman offering. She says that she considers it her first published book, but she does have a short story that she published. Because I’m a damn nice person and why the hell not, I’m giving away a copy over on my FB page. It closes tonight, but since I haven’t had any entries as of yet, I may expand it out. Go check it out and take your chance!
When I told Nicolina that I was going to blog her book, she told me that she was nervous. I think she’s afraid that I’m going to tear her up one side and down the other. But seriously, have any of you guys ever seen me do something like that? I’m just too nice to do that. Or something like that. Well, Nicolina, you have nothing to worry about or be nervous about. I liked the book.
So, it’s a short, quick read, so I’m not going to say a lot about it, because I don’t want to spoil anything. Here’s how the story goes.
Bree has spent the last 2 years hiding from the world. One night, her fiance decided to beat her, strangle her, and stab her. It did actually end up in her death, but she was able to be saved. Now she lives on medication and booze and hides as much as possible. But on this day, she has to go to the bank to get some stuff out of her safety deposit box. While she’s waiting, a handsome guy comes to chat her up.
Roarke is a stone cold killer. Or maybe he’s just stone cold. He feels nothing about anything. He’s gone all over the world killing people. Then he gets contacted about doing a bank robbery. While he’s at the bank, waiting for his partner to show up, he starts chatting up a beautiful woman waiting there. When everything goes to hell, he feels like he needs a hostage and grabs Bree to take her with him.
This is a dark read. When the title says that this is not love, believe it. There isn’t a whole lot of love in there. There is a lot of WTFery, a lot of dafuq did I just read, and a whole lot of I need more, but love? Nope. The story kept me on my toes and did make me wonder what was going to come next. I would really love to see more Roarke and Bree, because that would be fucking awesome.
There aren’t going to be any spoilers, but here, have a picture. Meanwhile, go check this out and happy reading!