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New Release Review: HIT & MISS GROOM by Nana Malone and Misty Evans

LOVE the cover–and the book’s not bad, either! 😉



Title: Hit & Miss Groom
Authors:  Nana Malone & Misty Evans
Release Date: February 2, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Summary:

Fasten your seatbelt…

Marketing Program Manager Vanessa Rodriquez is driven to succeed and keeps the finish line in sight at all times…until one unexpected pit stop at her best friend’s wedding sends her skidding off course. Sleeping with Alex McIntyre wasn’t supposed to make her feel this way—scattered, unfocused, and in need of another sexual tune-up. If only he didn’t make her feel so alive.

Yield to oncoming desire… 

Alex can’t resist the beautiful Vanessa any more than he can resist his need for speed as an amateur race car driver. Even though she claims to hate him, she keeps coming back for lap after lap in his bed. When he ends up moving in next door to her, their sexual chemistry turns to deep desire. Ready to go full throttle, he convinces her to be his grid girl on—and off—the track. Van, however, puts on the brakes.

Race against love…

If Van can just course correct, it’ll be smooth sailing toward her goals. Or will it? Alex is smart, sexy, and way too much of a distraction, but maybe she needs to shake up her world and do the one thing she swore she’d never do…follow her heart. Will she risk it all to cross the finish line? Or will she and Alex crash and burn before they have a chance at love?



Second in the series, Hit & Miss Groom was a fun read in one of my favorite troupes.

Van’s insistence that she and Alex could never be in a relationship did feel a bit like overdoing it in the beginning, though. Maybe it’s just me, but I liked Alex from page one, and her prickliness toward him and the reasons she gives for why she must keep him at arm’s length felt a bit overdone and unnecessary. Fortunately, she gives in nicely once they’re actually in a relationship, and her character became much more sympathetic from that point. 😉

The enemies-to-lovers angle is nicely done here–even when Van’s doing her best to resist his charms (there isn’t much attempt at resistance from Alex) you can feel the heat between the two of them and know that their giving in will be inevitable. Though the antagonism is a continuation from events in book one ( Hit & Run Bride ) where their besties fall in love, this book works well as a standalone. Once Van and Alex do come together, the scenes are h-o-t.

The last third or so of the novel really made it for me–the authors did a nice job of getting the two to realize that they both had major changes to make in their own lives before they could focus on a relationship together. Though Alex’s parents capitulated a bit easier than felt realistic given their long-held attitudes, really that’s the only complaint I had in the ending. Overall Hit & Miss Groom was an entertaining read with a hero that was to die for and a heroine that grew on me.

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Authors:

Nana Malone:

USA Today Bestselling Author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.

With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana meantime works out her drama, passion, and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

Nana is the author of twenty novels. And the books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.


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Misty Evans:

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Misty Evans has published over twenty novels and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. As a writing coach, she helps other authors bring their books – and their dreams of being published – to life.

The books in her Super Agent series have won a CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award, CAPA nominations, the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010 and the ACRA Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2011.

Her Witches Anonymous series was dubbed a Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read. The Super Agent Series, Witches Anonymous Series, and the Kali Sweet Series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle bestsellers lists. Her culinary romantic mystery, THE SECRET INGREDIENT, and the first book in her Deadly series, DEADLY PURSUIT, are both USA TODAY bestsellers.

Misty likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and hanging out with her husband, twin sons, and two spoiled puppies.


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