September 10, 2014

REVIEW: No Weddings (No Weddings Book #1) By, Kate and Stone Bastion

3.5 Stars
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Award-winning author Kat Bastion teams with her husband, Stone Bastion, in this first book in the No Weddings Series about Cade Michaelson, a successful man with his sights set on a new venture in business, and Hannah Martin, the woman who makes it personal.

I think I have my act together as a successful bar owner, my master’s degree within reach, and a list of no-strings-attached women warming my bed. Turns out, I don’t.

Hannah believes she has safeguarded her wounded heart by shunning men and focusing on her new baking business. The thing is, she hasn’t.

When my three sisters and I form an event-planning business with Hannah as our baker, I have no idea how my life is about to change. As Hannah and I work closely together, the attraction between us becomes irresistible. And complicated. I’ve promised my sisters I wouldn’t mix business with pleasure. But I’ve never been one to follow the rules.

“It’s pulling apart to find our own paths, but running together and holding on tight, refusing to let go. Love is the calm in the middle of the storm.”

Cade and Hannah have both been destroyed by past relationships. Now each of them are coping in their own ways until they meet. Then coping turning into a team affair because they are the only other people that know how each other have felt. This book was truly the beginning of a relationship that was meant to be fought for.

This is my first read by this author and I am happy that I read this one. You don’t see many books that are written in the male’s complete POV. Cade dominated this story. I really enjoyed it. Not many people can pull it off but I think these two authors did an amazing job.

“Now, we’ve become two different people who’d cast off their armor, baring themselves. And no matter what else Hannah or I wanted from each other, in the midst of it all, we’d become friends.”

Cade and Hannah’s relationship is one that started out as business frenemies. Hannah was trying to stop any and all potential suitors but Cade managed to slip under her Ice Queen armor. If you are looking for instant gratification and an HEA be warned it is not located in this book. Cade and Hannah are taking everything really slow. With that being said the book is full of sexual tension that you can feel coming off the page. The book is full of heartache, healing, and learning to move on even if it’s scary. Cade and Hannah learn to use where they hope that their relationship will go as a light at the end of the tunnel.  

“Out of all the women out there in the world, you’re the only one I’ve wanted to burn the list for. You’re the first person to make me feel alive again. You make me brave.”

This series seems to be one that we are going to be with Hannah and Cade through their entire relationship. We got the see the beginning. After many attempts and setbacks they might finally get that first date. I wish that we had gotten to see a little more in this book. I guess I wasn’t ready for the book to end where it did.

This book is full of great character and great relationships. Between siblings, couple, and friends. It was a tension filled read that I would recommend to anyone! 

“You are my pathetic wreck. And I’m yours. Fractured and flawed, beautiful and kind, you are mine, Hannah. I’m laying claim now. I don’t care how long it takes us to get there. This is our journey, and we make it together.”

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1 comment :

  1. Thank you for the great review, Alexa. Happy you enjoyed the story and thank you for recommending.

    ~ Kat & Stone