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Early Review: Turned Up by Erin Nicholas

Posted August 27, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Early Review: Turned Up by Erin NicholasTurned Up by Erin Nicholas
Series: Taking Chances #3
Published by Montlake Romance on August 29, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 254
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Amazon | Goodreads
two-half-stars
two-flames

Dillon Alexander has been Kit Derby’s nemesis since third grade, when he beat her in the school spelling bee. They’ve been competing ever since, driving each other to be the best at everything from science fairs to bake sales. While working together one night during their senior year, they stopped bickering long enough to share an emotionally charged kiss. But a tragedy that same night left them both racked with guilt, driving Dillon out of town and leaving Kit determined to keep her distance.

Now an emergency room physician, Dillon has returned to their hometown of Chance, Nebraska. Soon he and Kit fall back into old habits, sparring in public while trying to stay out of each other’s arms. But when a blizzard traps them overnight at Kit’s grandmother’s farmhouse, the real competition begins: Who will be the first to give in to the feelings they’ve denied for a decade?

       

Dillon and Kit grew up together, competing with each other, even at the same college, and are both medical professionals. Dillon has been out of town in the service, Doctors Without Borders and in practice elsewhere. After ten years, he is back in the hometown. Kit has been in the small town where they grew up other than her college time. This is a rivals to lovers story.

Turned Up starts out very antagonistic; it is difficult to believe at their ages and professional capacities they would act this way. When they fight, they get each other to do better. I found it tedious. They have always had “chemistry” and the sexy times are hot. They get snowed in together which gives them time to reconnect. I love Erin Nicholas for her humor but didn’t find it in the dialogue here.

I believe I would have enjoyed this more if I had read the first two books in the Taking Chances series  (it is in Kindle Unlimited) prior to this one. It would have given me more of a connection to the rest of the town’s characters and the other two couples. It might have even laid some groundwork for this couple. My recommendation would be to read in order for this trilogy which is now complete, and do try some of her other series which I have enjoyed more.

 

 

About Erin Nicholas

Erin Nicholas is the author of sexy contemporary romances. Her stories have been described as toe-curling, enchanting, steamy and fun. She loves to write about reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines and happily ever afters. She lives in the Midwest with her husband who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books, her kids who will never read the sex scenes in her books, and family and friends who say they’re shocked by the sex scenes in her books (yeah, right!).

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Thrifty Thursday: Eternity by Maggie Shayne

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Posted March 23, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Posted February 26, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Posted February 11, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

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Early Review: Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn

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Posted January 12, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

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Posted December 29, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Posted December 8, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Posted October 12, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 3 Comments

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