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FIELD-TRIPPED (Ad Agency Series #3) by NICOLE ARCHER

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Standalone in a series – funny, sweet, second chance romance

SYNOPSIS

I was done with games. But playing with her is so much fun.

Ten years ago, I was all set to compete in the winter Olympics. Then I lost everything—my career, my best friend, and my girlfriend.

After that, I stopped playing games for good. I swore never to go back to Colorado. Too many bad memories. Plus, she’s still there.

Now I live a simple life as a creative director at Shimura Advertising in New York. All is good, until my boss cons me and my coworkers into spending two weeks in Colorado at Proton Sports’ sleep-away camp for adults, pitching their business. Turns out Proton’s idea of a pitch is making the agencies battle each other in a bunch of ridiculous winter games.

Guess who owns the rival company? Her. And she’s out to get me.

I might just let her win.

*Field-Tripped is a standalone romance and the third book in the Ad Agency Series.

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‘That’s what love’s really about. We’re all flawed. We’re all messy. We all have baggage. But when someone dives in and happily swims around in our sea of weird, and you want nothing more than to float around in that person’s pool of imperfections – that’s love. And that’s how I felt about him.’

And so it went….We needed more Nicole Archer fabulousness, and dove straight into Field Tripped after finishing the previous Ad Agency books, Road-Tripped and Head-Tripped. Besides the stellar writing, the characters we’ve come to know and love and the warmth and happiness these books bring us, the Ad Agency Series gave us those excited book feelings. You know, the ones where every second you put the book down is a second too long, when all you want to do is shut out the world and immerse yourself in the story.

Field Tripped is a true second chance romance and tells the story of 31 year old, Elliott (Eli) St James, a designer at the Shemura Ad Agency whom we’ve met in previous books, and he’s a character we instantly warmed to and completely lost our minds over him in this book! TALK ABOUT HOT and sweet and witty and…yummmm. Eli is unexpectedly set to match wits with his childhood sweetheart, Charlotte (Charlie) Sullivan, when Shemura, and Charlies rival Ad Agency are pitted against each other in a madcap pitch for a client at a Camp in Colorado. The last thing either of them expected, or wanted was to once again be reunited after their bitter split and shocking heartbreak years earlier.

“I’ve missed you, Elliott…..I’ve missed you forever.”
‘My chest traps my breath. I lower my hand and don’t tell her what I’m thinking. I miss you, too.’

There is so much animosity and unresolved issues between Charlie and Eli who haven’t seen each other since Eli left Colorado for New York ten years previously. A lot of water has passed under the bridge, a lot of bitter resentment is exposed between the two of them, together with a load of misplaced guilt over a past tragedy. One things for sure though, there are a LOT of feelings between the two, both emotionally and physically.

‘That voice. It belongs to the same woman who sliced out my heart ten years ago.’

We bear witness to Charlie and Eli working through their emotions albeit in a very humorous way as only Nicole Archer can. Think of those rom-com movies we all love, how they stay with us, and give us a glow whenever we think about them or discuss them, and that’s how we feel about the Ad Agency series.  They’re a sexy, sweet, swoony funny and fabulous indulgence!

‘I thought he’d be there for me, not matter what. That was back when I believed in love.’

Nicole Archer once again charmed us with all the elements that drew us into the preceding books (each can be read as a standalone but we loved reading them all), yet she created something different for each story, so much so, that even after reading the three books on the trot we never once found anything to be regurgitated or overused. Again, the humour, the steam, the romance…it all flowed so naturally, with the musical aspect bringing a sense of familiarity to the mix.

‘The deadly St James smirk – breaking hearts for decades.’

We loved Field Tripped. We loved Eli and Charlie, their little dogs, the grouchy Burt and the irreverent Skip, in fact ALL the characters, once again entertained and won us over with their unique personalities.

If you love second chances romances, then you’re most definitely going to fall head over heels for Field Tripped. We’re going to miss Charlie and the Bearded Clam. We’re going to be on this Ad Agency ride right through to the end because we are dying for more of these quirky, fun and loving characters!


THE AD AGENCY SERIES

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Head Tripped Book Two

          

Field Tripped Book Three

          

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HEAD-TRIPPED (Ad Agency #2) by NICOLE ARCHER

5 Stars!
Standalone in a series – Rock star theme – funny, sweet, emotional romance

SYNOPSIS

A rock star romance meets Alice in Wonderland.

Effie’s a gifted musician and a hot mess. Elias is the frontman in a popular band and hates fame. They both just want to be normal.
Except there’s nothing normal about the bizarre events that take place when they meet.
And there’s definitely nothing normal about the connection they share that weekend.
But he’s leaving for his European tour.
And she still has to dig herself out of the hole.
If only they could forget that weekend and go on with their lives.
Or…
He could break all the rules, invite her to play on tour with him, and travel across Europe in a Barbie camper/Disco Bus with a bunch of weirdoes.
Normal is boring.
Crazy is better.
Or is it?

Head-Tripped is the second book in the Ad Agency Series and can be read as a standalone, but many characters from the first book (Road-Tripped) appear in this book.

*Erotic content, adult language, and drug use. Not for readers under 18 or people offended by this content.

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REVIEW

”If you love someone, you must love all of them. Even the dark parts – the craters of the moon.”

Well, she went and did it again! Nicole Archer swept us off our feet once more with another 5 star fantastic story and equally fantastic characters. Every…and we mean, every one of them had their own unique quirky personality, and we loved them all!  Honestly, this lady writes the most beautiful characters, Effie and Elias were superb. Relatable, troubled, funny, sweet, sexy, warm…..these two, and their madcap crew completely stole our hearts. We couldn’t get enough of either book!

Elias Lovaro (El Love) is a music god. And dear god, wasn’t this man just the cats whiskers! Talented, introverted, masculine, oozing sex appeal and yet such a sweetheart. He made us swoon! Suffering extreme stage fright, his band, Urban’s, impending European tour weighs heavily on his mind. In the music business, touring is a necessity, a way to ensure Urban remain relevant in a regularly changing business. Elias also battles demons from his past and his story was achingly tragic.

“What’s wrong, mi vida?”
“You make me feel….”
“Feel what?”
“That’s it. You make me feel. I was numb before I met you.”

Elias meets Effie Murphy, the twin sister of Callie Murphy who we were briefly introduced to in Road Tripped. We knew she was an incredibly talented child protégé musician who was also a recovering drug addict. In Head Tripped we delve into the events that drove Effie to nearly kill herself, get herself clean and take control of her life once more and her story is agonisingly heartbreaking.

Effie was robbed of her childhood, denied the chance to be young, enjoy life and have fun. Instead she was forced into gruelling long practice sessions by her overbearing stage mother. Because of this, Effie had such a beautifully innocent wild eyed childlike quality about her that drew us to her. Sweet, vulnerable – beautiful inside and out and fighting her addiction every day, her breezy attitude hid a multitude of pain with her past lurking like a murky shadow all around her.

‘She couldn’t even picture holding hands with someone, let alone falling in love with them. Men didn’t fall in love with damaged goods.”

Now, this all may sound quite heavy, but no, Nicole Archer tells Effie and Elias’s story through wicked humour, heart-warming interactions and a couple so imperfectly perfect fell instantly in love, wearing huge smiles plastered on our faces. Head Tripped delivered it all. Quirky, loveable characters, a rock star theme, heart stealing romance, and again a perfect balance of fun, deep emotion, angst and heat! Nothing was forced or overdone, everything fell so perfectly into place.

“God, you’re beautiful.” “Que linda,” he murmured. “Sos divina.”
“I love it when you talk dirty.”
“I didn’t say anything dirty.” He smirked. “Yet.”

Effie, and Urban take us on a whirlwind concert tour across Europe, where we FEEL every moment through the eyes of two people on a voyage of self-discovery, witnessing them fall apart and fall in love, whilst dealing with the heartbreaking and harrowing baggage that has plagued them.

“When you can’t look on the bright side. I will sit with you in the dark.”

Nicole Archer has stolen our hearts once again with her words, her characters, and her vividly creative and picturesque storytelling. We’ve greedily devoured every word we’ve read over the past couple of days, never wanting Road Tripped or Head Tripped to end. Our book hearts were overflowing with love for these story….and arggghh, the epilogue…again, stunning!  Te amamos F-Bomb and Elvis, te amamos.  Nicole Archer just shot to the top of our TBB fave authors list!


THE AD AGENCY SERIES

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Head Tripped Book Two

          

Field Tripped Book Three

          

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ROAD-TRIPPED (Ad Agency #1) by NICOLE ARCHER

5 Stars!
Standalone in a series, enemies to lovers, hilarious,emotional, swoony romance

SYNOPSIS

What’s worse than driving a phallic-shaped RV across the country with a coworker you hate? Falling in love with them. 

Copywriter Callie Murphy has a bad attitude, a vicious tongue, and a serious aversion to Shimura Advertising’s resident manwhore, Walker Rhodes. Know where he can stick his good looks and Southern charm? She can think of a few creative places. Avoiding him wouldn’t be a problem, except her boss threatens to fire her if she doesn’t go along with him on their RV client’s cross-country tour. 

Burnt-out art director, Walker, is sick of his job, tired of women, and in a big old creative rut. The upcoming client road trip is just what he needs to shake things up and rediscover his lost passion. But his plans go south when his partner drops out at the last minute, and Callie, the foul-mouthed tiny terror, takes her place. Unless he can find a way to thaw his icy coworker, he’s looking at two months of pure hell. 

Road-Tripped is a stand-alone novel and the first book in the Ad Agency Series. 

*Not for readers under 18. Erotic sex, adult language, and drug use.

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::REVIEW:: 

“So Bluebell what do you think love is?”
“To me, love is a verb. It’s horribly cliché, but actions scream louder than words.”

5 fabulous stars because we loved the sh-poo out of this book! It really was a fabulous read, and one that left us with such a warm and happy feeling in our hearts! We laughed out loud, we smiled throughout and our romantic hearts squealed with glee! Nicole Archer delivered a story full of warmth, emotion, a dash of angst, humour and lots and lots of heart, with enough steamy deliciousness to satisfy those who like heat in their reads. Nothing slowed the flow of the story and the emotion made our hearts ache but was so cleverly cloaked in wonderful sarky humour that ensured we always had a glow in our hearts and an abundance of giggles at the ready. What a terrific introduction to this author!

‘What if I fall? Oh but, darling, what if you fly?’

Road Tripped has to up there as one of the best enemies to lovers romances we’ve read. The humour was so on point. The sarcastic banter between Callie and Walker tickled us no end. Walkers puns had us in fits of laughter, and the journey around the US was visually captivating thanks to the talent of Nicole Archer who painted the perfect picture with her natural flowing storytelling. We felt as though we’d travelled the country in that campervan with Callie and Walker. We took in every sight, sound and smell – music blaring in our heads thanks to the fabulous soundtrack– this was a fictional setting brought to life courtesy of this authors brilliant and fabulously entertaining writing.

‘Her teeth were clenched tight, probably hiding the fangs that had just popped out.’

Twenty eight year old Callie Murphy is at a crossroads. Her life is in tatters. Her fiancée cheated on her, her sister cleaned out her savings. Her lifeline come by way of her friend Skip Shemura who flies her to New York to work in his ad agency. But, the job is sucking the creative life out of Callie.

Walker Rhodes is a talented photographer but at thirty, life is passing him by and his creativity is stilted at the ad agency. Walker rubs Callie up the wrong way. She has pre conceived opinion of who Walker Rhodes is…he’s the office man tart…isn’t he? Or did she judge him unfairly?

Walker Rhodes has a presence – as Callie put it…’Once he stepped inside the room, dumbassapohoria took hold, and every female brain within a six-foot radius shrunk to the size of a Tic-Tac.’ Well…who could blame them because Walker Rhodes made us positively dumassaphoric too! He was utter deliciousness. A masculine Southern gentleman with a dirty mouth whose self-censorship was hilarious. As he would say…. “I keep my dirty words in the sheets, not on the streets.” Electric blue eyes framed by glasses….a powerful, imposing man who wasn’t afraid to share his vulnerable side or scream like a girl when Callie drove The Silver Dildo (the campervan guys) like a demon! Oh boy did we do some serious swooning over his devilishly sweet southern charm.

“Something tells me you’ve got a good reason to feel that way or you wouldn’t be trying to hide it.” He kept quiet for a minute. “Be sad if you need to be sad. There’s nothing wrong with feeling blue. There’s a lot of beauty borne from sorrow – music, art..poetry. “

As Callie and Walker embark on their road trip around the US courtesy of an ad campaign for one of their clients, they strive to discover their lost creativity, drawing inspiration from their surroundings and each other. They deal with their pasts, their present and their future all within the confines of an RV…will they survive without killing each other or will the prospect of leaving their RV bubble fill them with dread? All will be revealed, so go on, 1Click this fabulousness now!

And….just when we thought we couldn’t ask for more, Nicole Archer went and delivered a kick arse, melt our hearts epilogue! Oh sigh…it was perfection. Turn us over, we’re done! Well, we’re not done really, because we’re off to devour more Nicole Archer goodness in Head Tripped! Yoohoo!


‘With them, words were just unnecessary noise.’


THE AD AGENCY SERIES

Purchase Road Tripped Book One

           

Head Tripped Book Two

          

Field Tripped Book Three

          

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RAW DEAL (Larson Brothers #1) by CHERRIE LYNN :: REVIEW

Standalone in a series. MMA Romance

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SYNOPSIS

Savannah’s brother was killed in a cage fight with Mike “Red Reaper” Larson after a savage punch to the head.

When Mike shows up at the funeral, he’s nothing like Savannah expected. Gone is the fierce, brutal beast she’s seen in the cage. In his place is a beautiful man torn with guilt, seeking forgiveness, and willing to do anything to ease her pain.

Her family doesn’t approve, but her heart doesn’t stand a chance. Irresistibly drawn together, neither of them can deny the intoxicating desire unleashed between them, turning their pain into the most exquisite pleasure.

But every time Mike steps into the cage, Savannah knows she could lose him too. She can’t go through that again, but how can she let go of the one man who sets her body and soul on fire?

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Raw Deal Review

4 Stars

‘They were only two people trying to come to grips with their new realities.’

It’s been quite a few years since we last read a book by Cherrie Lynn. We’ve missed her. When we talk ‘frowned upon’ love stories a specific kind is conjured in our minds. However, Raw Deal can be thought of in those terms, as in two people who due to circumstances should not be together. This romance had us thinking about emotional morality and comparing it to what we would feel, should this be real life. Would we be in the yes or the no camp? However, nothing is just black nor white. There’s ultimately grey as well, and in that grey are a swirl of emotions, passions, understanding and compassion all mixed up together to make an area of; but what if?

‘Hard to believe a hand that touched her so gently could ever hurt anyone.’

Savannah and her family suffer a tragic loss when her brother dies in a cage fight against the fierce beast that is Mike Larson. A tragic accident with dire repercussions. How do you go on from here? How do you cope and who do you turn to? Who would have thought that love can blossom in the face of violence?

‘What the fuck did you do when the “right thing” felt so completely wrong?’

Mike Larson has a story behind him and it’s one of sadness and grave responsibility. He’s a force to be reckoned with, but his heart is caring and he loves fiercely. All he wants is to protect those he cares about, those he loves. Savannah’s heart wants what it wants but her conscience questions it every step of the way until the only voice she can hear is the beat of her heart.

“But I do want you to be real.”

“This is…real as it gets, darlin’.”

“You’re nothing like I expected you to be. I only saw how you were with your opponents…”

We haven’t read an MMA fighter romance in a while but can’t help think that this is one of our favourites. Why? Because we felt like we were in the audience, we tasted and smelt the blood, sweat and heightened adrenaline. We saw it and we believed it. Not only that, we felt the guilt and the grief; the confusion and the rejection. We understood it, yet we fought against it alongside our heroine. This, at the same time as feeling protective of our hero despite what transpired at his hands. We loved Savannah and Mike’s story. There was something sweet and innocent about it whilst at the same time it was steamy with a dash of angst and aggression.

“It was just…a perfect storm of catastrophic circumstances.”

 Raw Deal


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