Thursday, October 15, 2015

Blog Tour Review & Excerpt ~ Cherished by You (Love in the City #4) by Steph Nuss

Cherished by You (Love in the City #4)
by Steph Nuss

Move in with me,” he said. 

Being cherished is how Tessa Wilder always imagined falling in love. But for years, she’s always gone for the wrong guys. Now that she’s fallen for one of the good ones, she fears rejection.

“I can’t,” she replied.

Justin Jameson quit looking for a woman after being used so many times for his brains. A bit of an introvert and completely oblivious to women’s advances, he can’t even see that his friend cherishes everything about him.

When Tessa needs a place to stay, Justin’s the first to offer her a room. Hearts are opened; feelings are ventured. They’ll finally know what it’s like to be cherished in the city until one moment threatens the relationship they’ve built.

“I can’t lose you.”

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I can’t believe you agreed to live with a woman,” Cash said, sitting down on the couch in my living room with a beer in his hand.
It was Saturday afternoon, and most of the gang was over at my place, waiting for Tessa and her brother to arrive so we could help move all of her stuff in. Maverick and Harper were at home with their baby girl, Seghen, and Paige had a work function with a client.
I really couldn’t believe it either. I’d never had a roommate before who wasn’t some sort of family member, but I knew I didn’t want Tessa living in some dilapidated hole in Grand Concourse again. Just hearing her talk about growing up there pissed me off.
Living with a woman isn’t so bad,” Carter stated proudly, with his arm slung over Elly’s shoulder. “They make the place smell good. They’re nice to look at.”
They cook,” Fletcher added, rubbing Bayler’s thigh. They weren’t living together yet, but they stayed together enough that he enjoyed the benefits of Bayler’s excellent cooking skills.
Not all of them cook,” Carter retorted, nodding his head toward his wife.
Hey!” Elly exclaimed, smacking him in the stomach. “I’m cooking your baby right now.”
The room filled with laughter as I paced over to the window and looked down at the sidewalk. I was nervous because I wasn’t sure whether or not Tessa would like living with me. I’d had the place cleaned twice this week in anticipation of her arrival.
But Tessa loves cooking,” Elly continued, smiling up at me. “You can finally stop eating out every night.”
I scoffed, glancing over my shoulder at her. “I don’t eat out every night.”
Bayler laughed. “All you have in your fridge are takeout boxes and condiments.”
And beer!” Carter said, clinking his bottle with Fletcher’s.
Ladies,” Fletcher stated, shaking his head at the women. “Jameson has the necessities. Lay off him.”
Tessa is going to freak when she sees the fridge,” Elly said, laughing along with Bayler.
I turned to face the gang as anxiety tumbled in my stomach. “What do you mean? Why would she freak out?”
Because Tessa enjoys cooking,” Bayler explained.
Yeah,” Elly said, nodding. “She’s used to having a stocked kitchen, especially since she’s cooked for her and her brother most of her life.”
Now I felt bad about not going grocery shopping. The truth was, I did order takeout often, only because it was easier than attempting to cook a meal. I’d grown up with either a maid cooking for me or my grandma, but no matter how many times Janice Jameson tried to teach me how to cook, the meal never turned out the way she made it.
You guys can go grocery shopping later,” Cash said, running through the television channels. “That way she can pick out whatever the hell she wants.”
Maybe she’ll even teach you how to cook,” Elly teased, nudging my arm.
Yeah,” Bayler continued, pointing her beer bottle at me. “Every guy should know how to cook. Women love a home-cooked meal they don’t have to make themselves.”
I’m not trying to find a woman,” I stated, furrowing my brows.
The gang laughed at my candid response, despite the fact that it was true. I’d practically given up on finding a good woman during my college years. The girls I seemed to attract back then only wanted my help passing a class. The only date I’d been on since was a few years ago when my grandma set me up with her neighbor, Elly. The chemistry wasn’t there, so we became friends instead, which was perfectly fine with me. She was still in love with Carter, and I’d been a loner most of my life. When Carter moved back to New York, he and Elly started dating, and I gained another friend. Our group of friends continued to grow after that with the addition of Carter’s sisters, Harper and Bayler, falling for two of our own, Maverick and Fletcher.
I call bullshit, Justin,” Bayler exclaimed, rolling her eyes. She leaned into Fletcher’s side and rested her feet up on the coffee table.
The laughter quickly died down at her blunt retort.
Excuse me?” I asked, deflecting my surprise.
All men are predisposed to think with their penises,” she explained, entertaining everyone with her words. “I don’t care how much of a genius you are; you’re still a man, which means that brain of yours down south is focused on sex just like every other man’s.”
Laughter grew louder around me as I stared her down, the smile spreading wide across my face. We got a kick out of giving each other a hard time, and I enjoyed dishing it out just as much as everyone else. Leaning down next to her ear, I said, “No, Bayler, what I meant was, I don’t have to try to find a woman.”
She nearly spit out her beer as she smacked me on the arm and laughed. “See! Just like every other guy! I knew you had a dick in there somewhere, Jameson.”
Is this the part where I tell you I know how to use it, too?” I asked sarcastically, laughing along with her.
A knock on the door sounded before she could reply, so I walked over to answer it. Opening the door, I found Tessa and a younger guy standing behind her, with three suitcases resting at their sides and a duffle bag slung across his body. She wore an old pair of ripped jeans and a hoodie. Her long brown hair was knotted on top of her head, but it was her light blue-gray eyes smiling back at me that caught my attention the most.
Hey,” I said, grabbing one of the rollers. “Come on in.”
Thanks,” she said, crossing the threshold into my apartment.

5 – Justin Jameson Unleashed – Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

Justin was a good guy: someone you'd want to spend every minute of every day with because he cherished you undeniably. But I hated how he kept everything to himself. While he quietly observed the rest of the world, he rarely let anyone into his. Just once, I wanted him to let me in, but I feared if I ever told him how I felt, I'd still be denied access to his wonderful mind.
I wasn't sure I could handle such a rejection

Tessa Wilder has been in love with Justin Jameson for years, not that he knows it. He is completely oblivious to women and she is haunted by a past that makes her believe she could never be good enough for him. But being stuck in the friend zone isn't all bad. At least she has him in her life and he is a really great friend. Which is why, when Tessa needs a place to stay, Justin offers her his spare bedroom – even though Mr. OCD has never shared his space with anyone before. Being in close quarters with the man she has been pining for could very well be her worst nightmare, or the start of something neither of them are prepared for. With hearts on the line, and insecurities tested, maybe both of them will finally learn what if feels like to be cherished for who you are – until one moment in time threatens it all...

How could Justin be so stupid? He was turned on last night. I knew it. He knew it. The bulge in his pants knew it! What was his deal? Why couldn't he see how much I wanted him? Maybe I really wasn't good enough for him.

The gang is back and better than ever in the newest installment of the 'Love in the City' series and we FINALLY get Justin's story. I have been not-so-patiently waiting for this book ever since I read 'Wanted by You' and fell head over heels in love with Justin Jameson right along with Tessa. His sweet, shy, introverted and somewhat geeky nature appealed to me because he was just so different from what we have come to expect from male romance leads. FINALLY getting inside his head was everything I could have hoped for and then some – he definitely took me by surprise in the most delicious way. But Tessa didn't let him completely steal the show. She was another one I fell in love with early on with her fun and flirty self and the way she was always crushing on Justin, even though he didn't have a freakin clue, was just so damn cute, funny, and yes – frustrating. Her back story however, caught me totally off guard – I never saw that coming and it just made me love and respect the woman she is now even more. It also proves the point you never really know a person, or what makes them the person that they are, without getting inside their head. We also learned that Justin really was completely oblivious to what was going in right in front of him where Tessa was concerned, this wasn't him just ignoring it – he really didn't see it. It really was cute and funny as hell, especially when the guys started giving him hell about it. It could be the fact that his head is so full of knowledge and book smarts, or it could be his less than typical upbringing, that made him into the neurotic dude that he is today – but you could see his frustration at how blind he'd been and continues to be. Flirting and come-on's that any other guy would see from a mile away are completely lost on him and you could feel how much it bothered him to have it pointed out. And Tessa, my dear sweet girl, took his obliviousness to heart and her already fragile confidence took a hit – many times. But man oh man, when Justin finally woke the hell up... yeah, Imma let you discover that incredible turn of events on your own. So. Freakin. Hott. What I have come to love about these books is their lack of unnecessary bullshit drama and the absence of the ever-dreaded long-as-hell miscommunication ploy. What we get are stories full of emotion and real-life drama, laughs, romance, and smokin hott sex – all revolving around an amazing group of people that are just so real and flawed in their own ways that they could be someone you know, someone you could totally be friends with and probably already are. Each book can be read as a standalone as every one focus's on a different couple and each of their stories are their own – however, while each book brings new characters into the mix, they also closely follow the original group and continuing stories, so I would still recommend starting the series from the beginning. Besides, all of the books are just that awesome, and not getting to know each and every one of these people on a deeper level that can only be achieved by getting in their heads, should be a crime. They each bring their own quirks and their own vulnerabilities to the series that should not be missed.
Clearly I could go on for days about this series, this book, these characters and this author, but I'm gonna shut it for now and just leave you with one last thing – Get. This. Book. Hell – the WHOLE DAMN SERIES!! Steph Nuss has been on my One-Click-Addiction List since book one for a reason and if you haven't picked up one of her fab pieces of work yet, you are truly missing out.

It might have taken us a while to get here, but I don't regret a single minute of it because I got to know you, the real you, and I continue to fall in love with you every day.”

The Love in the City series is about a group of friends looking for love in New York City. Each book is about a different couple, so they can be read as standalones. The stories are told from both the female and male point of views, and they all end in happily ever afters, no cliffhangers here! Finally, all the book covers are different colors to represent a certain awareness or cause that is referenced in each book. Grab the first book in the series, Wanted By You, for FREE today!

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Steph Nuss was born and raised in rural Kansas, where she currently resides with her black Labrador son named Gunner. She grew up with a passion for reading and writing. When she’s not immersed into the land of fiction, she enjoys listening to music that came before her time, watching movies and reruns of her favorite shows, and hanging out with her family and friends. She also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology that she’ll never use…unless she’s profiling her characters of course.

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