The first part of the year hasn’t been great for reading for me. Just a lot of things going on.
Nothing Personal by Karina Halle– I really enjoyed some of Halle’s earlier books, but either my reading preferences have changed a lot or she has changed her writing style. This book felt like a bit of a mess to me. I think it was supposed to be funny but I didn’t really find humor in it.
The beginning was a bit heavy on calling women skanks (Nova’s ex cheated on her in Vegas with a stripper/prostitute) and making fun of a man who fell in love with a porn star (Nova’s boss leaves his job after falling in love with a woman who is a “porn star”). Kessler has a son with a “Russian model” and there were a few stabs at her too. This thing where author tear down other women to make the heroine stand out is tired and I hope it is a trend that goes away quickly.
Nova is closed off to love after having her heart broek a few years ago by Kessler. By a weird set of coincidences, Kessler ends up in Hawaii and is now Nova’s boss, for a job she is qualified for. Kessler is there for a 3 month trial, at the end of which one of them will be chosen to continue as the boss. It was weird.
Kessler has a son, Hunter. He is basically a plot moppet. He can’t say bathing suit properly, but somehow has a very advanced conversation with Kessler about how he wants Nova to be his mother.
But I could overlook those things if I fully believed in the love story between Nova and Kessler, but I didn’t. I just never fully understood their connection or what they liked about each other. Kessler had a big dick, Nova was complicated and I guess the other was in to it. It wasn’t bad enough for me to stop reading the book, but it wasn’t enough for me to put this author back on my regular rotation for reading.