Title: Until Nico
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: June 3rd 2014
Sophie Grates has never had it easy, but she’s finding her way through life one step and one day at a time. That is, Until Nico comes in and flips her world upside-down. He forces her to see you cannot live life from the outside looking in, and sometimes you have to step out onto the ledge so you can really enjoy the view. Nico Mayson knew the moment he saw Sophie Grates that she was the one. His whole life, he has been judged by what’s on the outside, so finding a beautiful woman who sees the real him only makes his feelings that much stronger. Nico knows the kind of man he is, and the things he is capable of, and he will do everything in his power to help Sophie fight her demons so they can have their happily ever after. Everything in life worth having is worth fighting for.
I look around and see a guy staring at me. He’s about my age, not much taller than my five feet five inches, cute, and wearing a suit and tie. I start to wave to see if he’s the one I’m meeting, but then another guy catches my attention. He’s about six three and huge, and I don’t mean just in height; his body looks like it’s been chiseled from stone. He’s wearing black boots, washed-out blue jeans, and a white t-shirt, and every piece of skin exposed is covered with tattoos. His ears have those gauge thingies in them. His dark blond hair is cut low on the sides, and the top is in a fauxhawk. His jaw is strong, with a few days of stubble, and his eyes are so blue that they almost look like contacts. He is beautiful in a way that is unusual but no less gorgeous.
His eyes come to me before looking away quickly, and the next second, they come back to me and do a head-to-toe sweep. I gulp at the intense expression on his face. I glance past him to the other guy—or at least try to—but Mr. Tattoo starts towards me, blocking my view. I want to take a step back, but I can’t go anywhere. Then I see my phone in his hand.
“This yours?” he asks.
I nod like an idiot. He shakes his head, running his free hand down his face, and then his eyes sweep over me again.
“You have got to be fucking kidding me,” he says, seeming upset.
I look down at myself, wondering how I could’ve offended him. I look normal—or my working-outside-the-house normal. When I’m at home working, I wear baggy sweats I cut off to make shorts or pajama pants that hang off of me along with tank tops or T-shirts. The few days a week I get out of the house, I like to dress up or at least wear heels.
“This cannot be fucking happening,” he growls, and I wonder if he is completely crazy.
“What?” I ask, finally finding my voice. I have to tilt my head way back; even in my four-inch heels, he still towers over me.
“Me, what?” I ask, confused.
“Never mind. Who is this?” He presses the button on my phone, the screen lights up, and a picture of Jamie Dornan wearing nothing but a pair of jeans takes up the screen.
“Um…that’s Jamie,” I reply, wondering why he is asking but too afraid to ask him; the look on his face isn’t very inviting for conversation.
“He your man?”
“I wish,” I mumble under my breath and hear him growl.
My head flies back as I search his face; his jaw is ticking, and his knuckles of the hand holding my phone are turning white.
“What does that mean?” he asks.
“That’s Jamie Dornan. He’s playing Fifty. I don’t know him.” I feel my cheeks heat up and look down at my feet.
What the hell’s wrong with me? Why am I not afraid right now? I have been scared of virtually everything my whole life, and now, when I should be running for cover, I’m not scared at all. Just a little embarrassed.
“I don’t have time for this,” he says, and I don’t know what he’s talking about, but I all of a sudden really want my phone out of his hand before he crushes it to smithereens.
When I look up again, I see that he is walking away. My eyebrows come together, and I wonder what he is doing. Then I realize he still has my cell.
“Hey! You can’t steal my phone!” I run after him, grabbing his arm.
He looks down at me then stops short. I’m completely caught off guard when he wraps an arm around my waist, pulling me flush against him. His free hand goes into my hair and pulls my head back, and then he kisses me. No, not kisses—he consumes me. My body starts to buzz like someone just plugged me into an electrical outlet, and I start to feel lightheaded. When he pulls his mouth from mine, I gasp, my fingers going to my lips.
“What was that?” I whisper, looking into his eyes.
“What’s your name?” he asks, still holding me close.
“Sophie,” I tell him, my answer spoken behind my fingers.
His body is as hard as a rock against mine; I can feel every muscle, every contour, and it takes everything in me to keep breathing. I realize this is the first time in my life I have ever felt small, my curvy figure never having allowed it before.
“Sophie,” he repeats, standing up to his full height and pulling me with him. I look around and wonder if time has stopped for anyone else. “My name is Nico.”
“Of course it is,” I say, staring into his amazing eyes, thinking that a guy who looks like him would have a name like that—cool and hot, something that rolls easily off your tongue but is hard to forget.
“I’ll see you when I get back into town, Sophie,” he says as he lets me go, making sure I’m steady on my feet.
“What?” I ask, looking around again.
“Here’s your phone.” He hands me my cell, and I’m still a little lightheaded when he starts to walk off again. I watch in a daze as he leaves, but then he turns around to face me from a few yards away. “Sophie?”
“Change the picture on your phone,” he demands before he turns and disappears into the crowd.
First Three books in the Until Series will be ON SALE throughout the tour!
November is looking forward to getting to know her father and the safety of a small town. After leaving the Big Apple and her bad memories for Tennessee, November starts working for her dad at his strip club doing the books. The one time she’s allowed there during club hours she runs into Asher Mayson. He’s perfect until he opens his mouth and makes assumptions. November wants nothing to do with Asher but too bad for November, fate has other plans.
Asher Mayson has never had a problem getting a woman, that is until November. Now all he can think about is making November his and keeping her safe.
Warning 18+ sexual content and a strong Alpha Male.
Trevor Mayson had his life planned out - make the family business successful and play the field for a few more years before eventually settling down. Then he sees her. Liz Hayes was beautiful, shy and everything that he could ever want...but she didn't fit into his plans. After Trevor painfully rejects her, Liz finally starts to move on, but Trevor is finding it difficult to truly let her go. It seems the more he tries to stay away, the more intense his feelings for her become. Like a stretched rubber band, he can only take so much before snapping.
Liz Hayes is done waiting for Trevor and isn't interested in getting her heart broken by him again, but Trevor is making it difficult for her to forget him when he shoves his way back into her life.
Can Trevor prove to her that he is worth falling in love with again, and is he ready to change his life plan to let her into his heart?
When Cash Mayson was forced to choose between the love of his life and his unborn child, he knew exactly what he had to do. No matter how broken it left him.
When Lilly Donovan was forced to accept that the guy she loved wasn’t who she thought he was and became a single mother, she knew exactly what she had to do. Proving just how strong she was.
What happens when years later you find out that everything you thought you knew was a lie?
Can two people who once loved each other overcome the obstacles that are thrown at them and fall in love all over again?
Cash Mayson had forgotten how it felt to be loved Until Lilly came back into his life. And now that he remembers, he will do everything within his power to keep not only the woman that he loves, but also his children.
About the Author
Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who's husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires its beauty.
Who is Aurora Rose Reynolds?
A wife, daughter, sister and a friend. A person who laughs all the time. Someone who tries to see the best in every situation and in every one.
When and how did you know you wanted to become a write?
I've always loved reading. I love books with low angst and a hot alpha that knows what he wants and is not afraid to go after it.
Whom are you influenced by?
There are so many amazing authors that have inspired and influenced me. If I had to choose I would have to narrow it down to a top five list and that list would be Kristen Ashley, R.L. Mathewson, Lynda Chance, Abbi Glines and Laurann Dohner.
If one song could be the soundtrack to your life, what would it be?
I get knocked down but I get up again.
Marilyn, Audrey or Jackie?
Marilyn Monroe. How can you not respect a woman that had the balls to say exactly what she wanted at a time when it was frowned upon? I love the fact that she was sexy and classy at the same time.
"I'm selfish, impatient and little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best." ~ Marilyn Monroe
What's your favorite way of spending a lazy Sunday?
In bed with the hubs cuddled up watching movies.
Where do you look for an obscure source of inspiration?
I think that you can find inspiration in everyday life. I can't even tell you how many times I have been in a situation or met someone and been like "Is this for real? Or are they real?" I believe that everyone has a little bit of crazy in them.
You've finished the Until Series. Do you have a favorite couple?
I love all my men and couldn't or wouldn't choose. To me they each have something that I love or something that drives me a little batty. (Just like your kids, you could never choose one.)
What can you tell us about the new spin-off series you are working on, Underground Kings?
It is a lot different than the Until Series. The story has a lot more angst and drama. There is no real insta-love, maybe insta-lust and the guys tend to be jerks. But jerks that you still want to cuddle up next to.
One word that defines you.
“I knew from the moment I saw her that she’s it – my boom.”
The Mayson curse strikes again and this time, it’s the last of the Mayson brothers, Nico. The tattooed badass bounty hunter. I thought I was in love with Cash but really, I never stood a chance with Nico. Underneath that rough exterior of his, he has a huge heart, one of gold and he’s fierce and loyal.
Sophie has issues and has had a troubled childhood, losing her mom at a young age then trying to stay safe in a house where she was constantly in danger. She is still skittish even after moving to a new state but all that changes when she is called by a stranger who has her phone.
Nico and Sophie slowly start to build a life together, they take baby steps because of Sophie’s past but they get what they’ve wanted, in the end.
Add a little bit of action in it, a creepy stalker – it was kind of predictable, I knew pretty much from the start who was the culprit but that didn’t bother me – and you get a book a la Aurora Rose Reynolds. Her boys are alpha, they’re not assholes but total sweethearts. Yes, I just called all four Mayson brothers sweethearts. If you’ve read any of her Until books, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
I liked the book. As I mentioned it above, I loved Nico. I want a Nico. Where can I find myself one?
“I like that you don’t realize how beautiful you are, but you are the kind of woman that could make a man feel like he has it all, or make him feel like he has absolutely nothing.”
No beating around the bush with Nico. 4 stars.
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