Friday, May 30, 2014

Book Review+Tour Goodies: Holding Aces (#1 The Kingdom) by Nikki Groom


Holding-Aces-ebook-FOR-WEBTitle: Holding Aces (The Kingdom #1)

Author: Nikki Groom

Release Date: May 29th 2014

Genre: Adult contemporary romance



They say that time heals all wounds.
But mine are set in so deeply, they’ve taken on a life of their own, lurking in the shadows at every turn and haunting my thoughts.

The girl I once was has been replaced by a stranger.
I don’t even know who I am anymore.

I run.
And I hide.
Pretending to be someone I’m not…

Until I meet Denham King.
My burst of color in an otherwise grey world.
And for the first time in my life, I find myself running towards someone instead of running away.

But fate can be cruel,
and I can’t escape my past.
Can I?

**Holding Aces is part one of a two part Adult Contemporary Romance series that contains mature sexual content and language and is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**


Holding Aces (The Kingdom, #1)Holding Aces by Nikki Groom
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Find this Review at Taryn Lee's Book Blog

A gifted copy was provided by the author for an honest review.

Fair warning, this book ends in a cliffy, and I don't truly understand why. This is one of those books that felt dragged out. Everything could have been done in one book.

Ariana has been abused by two lovers. She flew out of the frying pan and into the fire from relationship one to relationship two, so when she's finally ready to start her life fresh, she is welcome to have her suspicions about the hunky hotel owner that seems sweet on the inside, but could Denham King be just like the rest? Or maybe he's finally got what Ariana has always deserved.

Overall, the writing worked for me. I didn't have any problems with Nikki Groom's style. I liked the characters a lot. I think Ariana well deserved to find someone worthy of her love. I just don't think this is a two book series. The events could have worked for one book, so the cliffy at the end was really bothersome for me. I'm giving this book 3 STARS out of 5 STARS.

Read by Taryn Lee on May 29, 2014
Reviewed by Taryn Lee on May 29, 2014
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“Don’t run,” he says before releasing my hands slowly, and I instinctively move to tangle my fingers in his thick dark hair. Both his hands move to my ass, squeezing and pulling me closer as he kisses me with a fierce tenderness I can’t explain. I vaguely register him flicking the lock on the door as he walks us backwards, never breaking contact.

He turns me as we reach his desk, and I hear paperwork flutter to the floor and glass smash as he sends everything on the desk flying before lying me down on the cold, hard surface, his body pressed tightly against mine. I have a desperate need to touch him, to taste him, to feel every inch of this man. I slide my hands in the waistband of his trousers and pull out his shirt. I let my hands roam freely over his torso, realizing I’ve wanted to do this since the very first time I saw him at the elevator.

He runs his hands down the length of my body and pushes them back up again, skimming my thighs and taking my skirt with them, exposing my lace underwear. “Stunning,” he says before bringing his mouth to mine.




Our teeth crash together as the desire grows, and we both know it’s impossible to stop this now. “Arianna,” he says breathlessly. His chest is heaving and there are little beads of sweat gathering on his brow.

“Yes…” I can barely form the word. I haven’t answered to my real name for a very long time, but it feels natural coming from him.

“Tell me you want this...”

It’s a command, but I don’t feel threatened. I want this as much as he does.I nod my answer.

“Tell me, Ari. I won’t touch you until you tell me.”

“Yes, yes I want you...”



8126807Nikki Groom is a hopeless romantic, lover of all things happily ever after and firm believer that love makes the world go around.
In her spare time, you will find Nikki laughing with her very treasured family, walking with her beloved dog in the hundred acre wood or curled up in a cosy corner with words and wine.
She lives in East Sussex with her husband and two children. Having turned her hand to many things over the years, Nikki is now proud to add ‘author’ to that list.
Having always been a dreamer, Nikki’s imagination stretches far and wide, which enables her to get lost in faraway places and imaginary people.
Nikki loves to chat, especially about books! You can find her here…

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