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Valentine (Challenge series Book 1) by [Taye, Kiru]
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Length: 124 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 689 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Publisher: KT Press; 2 edition (January 9, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 9, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00739ZU5G
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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on January 31, 2012
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This is a new author for me. I enjoyed the story and her fresh voice. I LOVED that this book stayed away from stereotypes when dealing with key elements related to living in Africa.

The main characters Michael and Kassie have amazing chemistry; it leaps off the pages. Michael has been hurt by a woman he thought loved him. She ruined his military career and he needs to work through his pain and bitterness. While he recovers professionally he cannot seem to recover emotionally. Kassie walks into his life and he is tested by his friends and his own guilt. Kassie tempts him to listen to his heart and not his head while working through her own family drama of legacy and class, not to mention getting dumped during the Valentine's Day season. I enjoyed the push and pull between these two.

The story moves at a face pace however it maintains the needed ingredients for a good love story. I wished the book had been longer so we could get a better glimpse into how the relationship develops and more of the family issues. I hope we have that chance in the rest of the series.
There were a few noteworthy lines that left me swooning. My favorite is "Don't you get it? I'd give up everything I own to have you for the rest of my life". YES!
I am ready for the next book.......
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When Michael Ede takes a bet of sorts on from his friends, one that will put him directly in the path, and possible bed, of spitfire/Ice Princess Kasie Bosa, he has no idea what he’s up against. With Kasie determined to fight against the attraction and chemistry she feels with Michael, and Michael determined to break through Kasie’s walls, and keep his beloved Cessna all the same, something is going to have to give.

As I usually state in my reviews for short stories, I enjoy a quick tale. At 62 pages in the pdf ARC, A Valentine Challenge is certainly that. Kiru Taye keeps the pace well from start to finish, and managed to portray the main characters plights, interest, and resolution perfectly for the length.

I want to call Michael a charming man, and at times he certainly could be, but I think the ghosts in his past made him a little hard, and harsh at times. What he received from the women in the past, he expects from women in the future. To me, that was a realistic portrayal of someone having been once burned and not stupid enough to let it happen a second time.

He also comes on a little strong, but I think Kasie enjoyed that maybe a little more than she wanted to admit. Let’s just say she’s the kind of girl accustomed to getting her way, and Michael wasn’t giving her an inch of room to move.

Given that the copy I received was an ARC, I overlooked the typos (think/thing tyre/tire two dashes instead of — in several places). There were a few sentences where a word was dropped, but nothing that drew my eye into the spot. However, the errors were a little distracting while reading. It was an ARC, though, so I’m hoping that a final proofread caught all of those in the final copy.

All in all, A Valentine Challenge was a good, smooth read.
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Two strong characters collide in A Valentine Challenge. Micheal has been burned in the love department, but accepts a challenge from his friends to make Kasie Bosa fall for him. This, in an attempt to get a particular kind of woman out of his system.

Kasie is all about her work, and having been let down by her beau, she's not in the best frame of mind. She's bothered by Michael, who doesn't behave like the hired help he's supposed to represent. Michael and Kasie must overcome their prejudices to meet on common ground.

I liked the sexual tension that zings between Micheal and Kasie. Kiru Taye excels at putting into words, sensual awareness between man and woman. I also enjoyed the flow of the story, which takes place in a compressed period of time. Also loved the descriptions of Micheal. Taye certainly created a delicious character in Michael Ede.

I could have lived without Michael's treatment of Kasie in one particular scene, but it certainly helped to throw Kasie off her high horse and back in the realm of reality.

OVERALL COMMENTS: At eighty-something pages, A Valentine Challenge makes for a short, but spicy read. I finished it in one sitting and enjoyed travelling to another hemisphere. I'd love to see more of the African setting and can't wait to pick up the other two stories in this series.

COVER NOTE: The silky fabric on the bottom half of the cover speaks to the title of the book and makes me think of chocolate. Fitting, I think.
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"A Valentine Challenge" is a steamy romance set in Enugu, Nigeria. It begins with a wager between Michael Ede's and his well intentioned friends who want him to banish the memory of the woman who betrayed his love. The object of the challenge is the feisty daughter of one of Nigeria's kingmakers who's on a business assignment and staying at the hotel owned by Michael and his partners. Unbeknownst to Michael, Kasie Bosa has just broken up with her insipid and boring long-term boyfriend and is not about to dive into a relationship with a man who her family wouldn't approve of. As passion flares Michael may regret the wager he made as Kasie comes to value the man who stole her heart.

The plot with its exotic locale is captivating as passion blossoms and Michael and Kasie find themselves on an emotional roller-coaster ride. Short, but jammed packed with sizzling passion and steamy love scenes, the narrative is straightforward as destiny intervenes to bring two emotionally scarred people together.

The core characters are well-developed, adding intensity and strength to a fascinating short story. Michael Ede, an ex-soldier and entrepreneurial millionaire is a strong-willed tough businessman who's struggled from a humble beginning to climb the ladder of success. A man who's clever and always seems in control, Michael hides any sensitivity and gentleness under a charming, dangerous and unruffled facade. Kasie Bosa, appears to be commanding, rude and stuck up, masking her vulnerability and compassion behind rude, condescending, and offensive remarks. Both have been hurt by the insensitivity of people they loved; Michael by a woman's careless accusation that cost him a military career and Kasie by an uncaring, haughty and controlling family.
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