Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★★★
Reading Time: 6 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of A Million Reasons from AJ Nuest in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher’s generosity. You can’t fake these stars, baby!
True love does not exist…or so event planner Tessa Adams learns the day she gets jilted–twenty-four hours prior to walking down the aisle.
One-night stands are much easier, and with sexy philanthropists like David Brenner, how can she resist? Now if she could just get rid of him. Had she known the biggest event of her career would be working for David’s father, she would have cut and run. Instead, she’s unwittingly become a part of his parents’ plan to destroy his life-long dreams. Will sacrificing her love protect him or be the ultimate betrayal?
Wealthy and gorgeous, David Brenner seemingly holds the world in the palm of his hand–his generous heart and infectious smile are just two in an endless stream of attractive qualities. But the one thing he wants, he can’t have–a repeat of the passionate night he spent in the arms of a skittish Tessa Adams.
His family’s far-reaching power threatens to crush their dreams. To prove his love, he would risk everything…but will the return of her ex-fiance be their final undoing?
“… increase the champagne cases to twenty-two… double-check those twelve vegetarian plates…
“Excuse me, miss, is this seat taken?”
… and that mother-in-law/weirdo-estranged-brother combo… have to run some interference there. Tiff would be good-
“Excuse me. I said, is this seat taken?”
Tessa looked up to find a tall drink of water standing in the aisle, the cut of his Italian suit a flawless fit against the masculine vee of his torso… His artic blue eyes were enough to make a woman consider permanently abstaining from chocolate…“
There’s only one explanation: this book was manufactured in The Laboratory of Hotness.
AJ Nuest is making me question my star rating. Do I need to add a 6-star category? David Brenner has officially won the race of sexy and is permanently riveted to the podium of HOT. Yup, that’s him. Right there on that center tier smirking in his devious way ruining me for all other men.
David Brenner. No words can describe this man. Well… no words from the NDP Library can describe this man… AJ Nuest and all her brilliance certainly doesn’t have any problem detailing all of the juju for us!
Tessa pushed into the bathroom and approached the sinks. One glance in the mirror, and she slumped. Good Lord. Her lipstick wasn’t even close to where it belonged.
She couldn’t fall asleep. Not when every time she closed her eyes the brush of Dibs’ kiss tingled across her lips. Not when she shivered at the memory of his hand in her hair all while that same intense thrill flooded her stomach.
YaaaOK sculpt me up a hunk already!
We are first introduced to David Isaac Brenner (aka D.I.B.s) at an airport. Oh and he is lookin’ mighty fine, my friends. Mighty. Fine. Tessa Adams also happens to be at the airport (fancy that…)
Let’s take a break from Dibs for a while to discuss Tessa – no need to get all feisty on me, we’ll come back!
Tessa Adams was abandoned at the altar. Can you imagine spending six long hard years with a careless man only to have him embarrass you on what’s supposed to be your wedding day? Ya. No wonder Tessa is messed up! She is a cynical commitment phobe! Tessa is also an event planner. Weddings, parties, you name it and she will plan it. *snort* She just won’t plan her own life.
Now back to David (because THIS is where the magic happens). Dibs and Tessa hit it off immediately, and I mean IMMEDIATELY. They’re rolling around in the sheets like there is no tomorrow!
Except tomorrow comes.
Sneaking her hand into her briefcase, Tessa approached the nightstand and balanced a business card against the lamp… She spun back to the nightstand, picked up the business card and crammed it in her pocket. Sorry, Dibs.
Tessa decides to bolt (like she always does) because she can’t even fathom that a man might actually be GOOD for once. She doesn’t leave a card, a number, nada. Avoid the awkward confrontation, never see him again, Tessa has everything meticulously planned out (so she thinks) per her rule book.
Except he calls.
He calls a lot. Sweet romantic gestures. Flowers. This man literally wants one date and Tessa is being a total date-goblin! After all of the rejections, the arguing, and insinuations, the two decide to be friends.
Friends, hu. 😏
What’s crazy is that they end up being the BEST of friends! A Million Reasons is friends-to-lovers unlike anything I’ve read before. It’s more like saucy fiends-to-friends-to-lovers. There is an absolute overload of swooniness here, but this is AJ Nuest we’re talking about… and with AJ there is always sexual tension, desire, and of course conflict!
Speaking of delicious conflict, Tessa is trying to land a huge client. This client just so happens to be Dibs’ father’s company… and Dibs and his family err-don’t get along. Meaning: Dibs’ family wants to ruin him. And Tessa is supposed to be a part of it? Did I forget to mention that Dibs is a self-made billionaire? Yes. This is important. Drama drama!!
Who they are or what they look like doesn’t matter, relationships always end the same… Love was a lie, spoon-fed to little girls, and happily ever after did not exist. Not in her world. Not anymore.
No drama can come out of negative thoughts like that, right? 🙄
Tessa tries to resist Dibs, but this man is a one-man relay team. He’s passing that baton of passion to himself and storm-trooping through the valley of hate that Tessa is projecting off of herself. It’s a force field of negativity and here is Dibs at the finish line waiting for her to succumb.
Oooh and whoooEE she sure does succumb!
She let her hands roam freely… trying to memorize the muscles in his chest and arms, the tension in his back. Hoping to imprint every inch of him on her…
But if she’s in love with Dibs, why does she tell his father the two are just friends? And why does her ex-fiancé all of a sudden come back into her life? Something is going on here! I don’t like it one bit!
A Million Reasons is lyrical. The words are immaculate. We follow Tessa Adams, her insecurities, and her passions as she deciphers this new and confusing territory with Dibs. While Tessa’s bizarre rules are completely frustrating, David acts as her canvas and patiently waits while she decides what to paint. Both Dibs and Tessa have issues, but their friendship – a real friendship – allows them to share their burdens and fears. And there are MANY fears. Fears that certainly come to fruition.
Although everything appears to be on track, Tessa and Dibs slowly unravel into a sloppy mess. My heart hurts just thinking about their eminent doom. Gaaawd Dibs. Why does this man continually break me with his kind heart and never ending love and devotion?? Like, can he have something wrong with him? Just one flaw. Anything?
Let’s just lie, say he’s a whack job, and call it a day.
6 stars for Dibs. Yes, 6. There’s no going back. NDP officially has a new star rating.