Saturday, November 15, 2014

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - No Weddings Series by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

No Weddings:

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.

I really enjoyed this story, especially the fact that it's told from the male POV. There's not enough of that in the romance genre, which is odd because why can't readers hear the story from the man's POV? But I digress.

I love Hannah's attitude, she comes across as reserved and standoffish, but once she relaxes her guard she's a very warm and caring person. Cade's sisters are great, and I enjoyed their family dynamic. The mentionings of the Travesty was definitely something that kept my interest peaked, and once we learn of both of the past issues with Cade and Hannah in regards to their previous relationships, it was easy to understand why they've had a not so easy time.

All in all, a fun story and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

One Funeral:
The stakes climb higher in this second book in the No Weddings Series for Hannah Martin, a woman restrained by her past, and Cade Michaelson, the man who could help set her free. 
I’m drawn to Cade as he charms his way into more of my life and offers me something I truly haven’t ever had: a friend. Yet his humor, patience, and drop-dead sexiness take my breath away, and I know my heart is at risk. I want to move forward but am terrified I can’t. 
Cade seems to have it together from his own devastating heartache. His subtle actions, however, suggest a different story. And even though he says he wants more, I wonder if he’s able to trust in our developing relationship.

As we navigate through our tangled feelings, we vow to take it slow. Yet no matter how careful we try to be, things between us intensify—and there’s nothing we can do, or want to do, to stop it. 
But the biggest question remains: Is chemistry enough to move beyond the past and toward a future together?
I love how the POV changed from No Weddings (book 1 in the series). I've read a couple of series that has attempted to alternate POVs and it doesn't always work. But that could be because the same author is trying to write in both voices, but with this series you've got both genders chiming in, which gives it more authenticity.

Both Hannah and Cade are still dealing with all of their issues, but there is a good balance of humor and angst in the series so far, so you don't feel weighed down by the drama or the humor is so far off the scales that it diminishes what each person has experienced.

I love this series so far and can't wait to read the next book!
Two Bar Mitzvahs:
Summer heats up in this third book in the No Weddings Series, where Cade Michaelson strives to balance his and Hannah Martin’s new relationship with the growing demands of his financial success.

Waiting for Hannah has been the best and worst kind of torture. Now I can claim her as mine. We believe we’re done with the past and can move forward together. 
Hannah grows stronger than ever as she trusts in me—trusts in us. And when obstacles appear, she shows a surprising fierceness that rivals my own.
However, all is not perfect in paradise. Things get chaotic while I try to juggle multiple businesses, an ex from hell, and a girlfriend I’d do anything to keep. And in the middle of the whirlwind, I recklessly think I can handle everything
But when all the madness is over, will I have everything I want—will I still have Hannah?
Love that this installment is back to being narrated by Cade; and holy orgasms Batman, this book is all kinds of hot and smutty sexiness!

And while there is angst in this book, I feel like what sets this apart from other books is that Cade has a great support system and isn't made to feel like he has to shoulder the burden all by himself.

I don't like Madison. Which means the authors did a fantastic job if I wanted to reach through my kindle and bitch-slap her!

I can't wait to see how Cade's and Hannah's relationship will turn out with the final book in the series.
Three Christmases Synopsis:
As the holiday season approaches in this fourth book in the No Weddings Series, Cade Michaelson strives to be better at balancing work and love, and Hannah Martin’s growing ability to trust is put to the test.
Lust and friendship brought us together, but with the increasing demands of my two businesses, Hannah’s thriving bakery, and our successful event-planning company, stability becomes my focus.
Then a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity takes me to the West Coast, and everything goes into a tailspin.
Laughter, love, and excitement fill our lives, but Cade refuses to settle into the wonderful bliss we’ve found—he wants spectacular fireworks and an unshakable foundation. Driven like no one I’ve ever met, Cade insists a dream job across the country will be better for our future together, but I worry about whether we can survive the present apart.
When intimate time diminishes…and lives get more hectic…
Will a little bit of faith be all that it takes? Or will the sacrifice to get there be too great?
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Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion Bio:
Award-winning and bestselling romance author Kat Bastion has teamed up with her husband Stone Bastion to create the new contemporary romance series No Weddings.
A few factoids about the writing team…
Kat enjoys her chocolate rich and dark, her music edgy and soul-filling, and her vacations exotic with toes dug into the sand. And she’s wildly, madly, deeply in love with Stone.
Stone likes pounding the trails on a mountain bike, vibrating the sound system with rock music, and down time spent on a stand up paddleboard. And he loves Kat wildly, madly, deeply…and then some.
Together, they’re having a blast bringing fun-filled romantic stories to life and hope you’ll join them in the exciting adventure.
Kat’s first published work, Utterly Loved, was a twentieth anniversary gift of love poems to Stone that they decided to share with the world to benefit charity. Net proceeds from Utterly Loved, and a portion of net proceeds from all their books, go toward charities involved in the fight against human trafficking.
Kat and Stone live amid the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Visit their blog at, website, and their Twitter accounts at and for more information.
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the wonderful reviews, Nicole! And... "holy orgasms Batman" <3

    ~ Kat & Stone