RELEASE BLITZ: Nothing Personal by Karina Halle

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It’s just business, nothing personal.

Until you have to work with your ex.

Nothing Personal, an all-new standalone romantic comedy by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is live!

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Nova Lane is having the worst week possible. Her latest relationship ended while on her much-needed vacation, then upon her first day back at work, she learns that her beloved boss has quit – and despite having worked so hard for it, she’s not being considered for his position.

Who is being considered for the position is none other than Kessler Rocha. Her ex-coworker and ex-lover, Kessler’s the man who broke her heart five years earlier and the reason she moved thousands of miles away, switched jobs, and created numerous voodoo dolls in Kessler’s (very burly, very handsome) liking.

Yup. Worst week ever.

New in town and on her turf, Kessler promises he’s not the same man he was – and considering he’s now a single father to a precocious toddler, he’s telling the truth.

But he’s still an arrogant, devilish and dangerously intelligent man who’s taking over the position Nova feels she deserves. The fact that he’s gotten even more sexy over the years doesn’t help either.

Now Nova and Kessler have the choice to let bygones be bygones, or fight with each other every chance they get, with unresolved sexual tension only adding fuel to the flames, creating a fire that might just burn down the whole office.

In the corporate world they say it’s just business, nothing personal.

Nova and Kessler are about to show just how personal things can get.

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My Review

The title of Nova Lane and Kessler Rocha’s story is paradoxical in some ways, but in other ways, it’s an antithesis of their situation. Five years ago, Nova and Kessler had both a personal and a professional relationship, but when Kessler broke things off with Nova, her life in both realms suffered and led her to uproot her life and find her new path in Hawaii. For Nova, what happened between her and Kessler as both lovers and co-workers was extremely personal, so much so, that it broke her and forced her to keep up her walls, never allowing herself to get close to someone like that again, choosing rather to focus on work and rebuilding her career in a new place. How Kessler handled the break up and his actions after illustrate that it was more him than Nova due to his unwillingness to commit, but while one could say that it was nothing personal…that he did what he did because it’s how he saw his life back then, but that explanation doesn’t make Nova feel any better; in fact, it made everything worse for her, causing her a level-ten heartbreak and reconfirming how difficult she is to love.

When Kessler reenters Nova’s life, it’s as her new boss, in a position that she should have received, so while one could say that this situation was nothing personal, once again, it’s deeply personal for Nova, and it messes with her head and her heart, forcing her to come to new revelations about herself and why she has these insurmountable walls constructed so that no one will hurt her again.

It’s clear that both Nova and Kessler are different people than the ones they were five years ago, they’ve matured, had more life experiences, found their own way, but Nova still carries a lot of baggage from that time and Kessler infiltrating not only her professional but her personal life as well causes some conflict, some hard feelings, and some opportunities for Nova to live up to her Supernova nickname.

I loved Nova’s personality – she calls people on their shit and she works hard for her success and even though she may have lost some of her adventurous and fun nature, the reasons behind the person she is now and the way she views life is more than understandable given what she’s had to endure. Nova’s quirkiness and complex personality is both endearing and relatable, which is why I felt a connection with her from the first chapter of her story.

It took me a bit more time to warm up to Kessler than I anticipated…I did like him from the start, but I think because I related so much to Nova and the fact that he’s her level-ten heartbreak complicated things for me when it came to Kessler. Don’t get me wrong, I loved him with his son, Hunter, and his perspective helped me to see all sides of him, not just the jerkish side that broke Nova’s heart. I just needed some insight into exactly how he’s changed since they last were together and once I was shown those parts of him and allowed him to provide his own explanations, I felt like he recognized the man he was back then and just how necessary it is for him to see things from Nova’s side as well, which he does the further into the story I read. 

What I loved most about how Karina Halle plotted out Nova and Kessler’s story is that she didn’t rush things; she didn’t make things easy on Kessler and she didn’t allow Nova to simple fall back into Kessler’s bed because of past feelings. They had shit to work through and walls to break down, and while it definitely wasn’t a smooth path these two took to get their second chance, it’s one that was necessary for both of them to figure out what they mean to each other and what a new relationship meant for them both personally and professionally.

The setting of Nothing Personal was perfect for Nova and Kessler’s story and once Kessler was no longer the sweat monster he was when he first arrived on the island, the paradise that surrounded them played into all aspects of the plot, which made for some fantastic sights and experiences.

4 Poison Apples

Meet Karina

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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