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Fantasized By You (Love in the City Book 2) by [Nuss, Steph]
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Celebrity fashion designer, Harper Jennings is only months away from turning thirty, and her dream of living a happily ever after has yet to come true.

She's given up on her fantasy.

Personal trainer and gym owner, Maverick Jones isn't thrilled about having a designer mentoring in his new clinic, but after meeting the brunette beauty face-to-face, he dreams of having his way with her.

He's ready to turn his fantasy into reality.

But when their fantasies collide, love in the city becomes more complicated than they ever imagined.

**Can be read as a stand-alone**

About the Author

Steph Nuss was born and raised in rural Kansas, where she currently resides with her black Labrador son named Gunner. She grew up with a passion for reading and writing. When she’s not immersed into the land of fiction, she enjoys listening to music that came before her time, watching movies and reruns of her favorite shows, and hanging out with her family and friends. She also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology that she’ll never use…unless she’s profiling her characters of course.

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  • Publisher: Steph Nuss (Nov. 5 2014)
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  • Language: English
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Love it! The story is cute, finally a female lead who is independent, financially and emotionally. The male lead is romantic and supportive. Their relationship is respectful and beautiful.
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By Kelly ~*Beneath The Covers Blog* - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
**ARC received for honest review; may contain spoilers**

This is the second book in the Love in the City series. The story focuses around Carter's older sister Harper, and Elly's childhood friend Mav. Harper is a very successful and famous fashion designer, Jen Harper, while Mav owns and operates a popular fitness center called Jones Jym.

The story starts as a flashback of Harper, during the time when she suffered from bulimia. At this time, she hears tragic new that one of her closest friends, Camille, has just passed away. Camille was a model for Harper's clothing line, and also suffered from bulimia. This unfortunate event makes Harper realize what she was doing to herself. She doesn't want to have the same fate as Camille. So she makes a promise to her friend Max, that she will seek help and check herself into rehab. At the same time, Mav was with his gang of friends when he heard the news of Camille's passing. Mav and Camille had a unique relationship, whether they were just friends or friends-with-benefits, the story never states the true nature. Mav's first reaction to the news is anger. He's mad that Camille never attempted to get help, no matter how many times he has tried. Mav ended all communication with Camille, he couldn't just sit and watch what she was doing to herself. And now he blames himself for ended their friendship. There's only so much one person can do to help another. They have to WANT to seek help.

I can honestly say I have no idea what it's like to suffer or what loved one/friend suffer from bulimia. Today's society is so harsh and cruel to women, always pointing out flaws and deficiencies no matter what you look like. The constant need for approval and acceptance will never go away. This book starts out with such an emotional tragedy. Just like in Wanted by You, the author throws you head-first into the story. I love that about this series!

Another huge reason why I love this series is the incorporation of the original characters. I strongly dislike bouncing around from book to book, having to learn about completely new characters every time. I seem to get lost and not fully enjoy the book as I can't remember the details as much. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy standalone books. But more frequent than not, the story seems to drag on and on, which makes the book seem unproductive and repetitive, causing me to lose interest. And I HATE not finishing a book.

Now the book takes you to present time. Mav is focused on his fitness center and health clinic. Harper is doing very well, beginning to realize that her life does not need to be picture-perfect. She is content, but still wants to find love. She wants a husband, children, and more specifically, the ever elusive "O" from someone other that herself. This was hilarious! Women know what it's like to be missing the big "O", so it's good to see the author transitioning from very heavy drama, to truthful humor. So while discussing Elly's wedding planning, I find it humorous that Harper wondered if her brother had any guys he could set her up with. And "hot guys" was implied. Not many sisters would approve of being set up by a brother.

As stated in the first book, Harper is interested in mentoring at Mav's health clinic. This is where she first meets Mav. Instant attraction! Mav is clearly attracted to Harper as well, but is not impressed whatsoever that she is a fashion designer. After the death of Camille, he absolutely despises the fashion industry. And he does nothing to hold back his hatred from Harper. He's downright rude, disrespectful, a prick, you name it. But once he finds out that she is Carter's sister, his attitude completely changed towards her. Now, I didn't particularly like that part; it gives the impression that he's rude to people he doesn't know because they might do something he doesn't like. So his whole attitude changing made it seem ok that he acted that way, cause now he can appreciate his strong attraction to her. I am not Team Mav at this point.

As the books moves along, you get to know a little bit more about the characters, along with a very steamy body massage Mav gives Harper. Mav is getting a little more tolerable, but he's still a horn-ball! I love how the author makes the character get right to the point. If you're attracted to someone, ask them out. No games, no chasing, just get down to it. So when Mav finally asks Harper to dinner, I did a little fist pump. HIGH FIVE FOR MAV! And that massage...I wanted to be the one lying on that table! I was actually hoping Mav would put the moves on Harper. But he was very respectable to ask her out first. What a gentleman...another point to Mav. Mav wasn't alone with his naughty mind. I believe Harper calls Mav a "walking sex fantasy" in her head.

Their first date was so romantic and easy going. Dinner, wine, fireplace, holding hands, and simply just talking and getting to know each other. I feel giddy at this point, like I personally set them up! I will never forget the question: Chocolate or vanilla? I'm just going to leave that as a surprise for those who haven't read the book! Mav has to be the perfect guy (besides Carter!). He's handsome, successful, charming, honest, sexy and the complete gentleman. He also does dirty-talk very well! At this point, steam is radiating of these two, with sparks flying that will turn into a raging fire of passion! I have not sensed one second of tension or awkwardness between the two. They are incredibly compatible!

Their relationship continues to grow. So it's only natural to throw in the first speed bump. Harper is traveling to Paris with her friend Max, to attend his movie premier. Mav is not happy that she is going with him, but he trusts her. Me on the other hand, can sense that something is going to happen. I just don't know very much about Max to know whether or not I can trust him. Better keep an eye on him. So when Max tries making his move and kisses Harper in a public restaurant, I KNEW IT! I was mad right along with Harper. Why did he do that to her when he knows she doesn't like the media. And now she is being portrayed as a cheating harlot, as pictures of her and Mav and been leaked online. And not only that, Harper is getting harassed again by Max's crazy-psycho stalker, Diana. Once Mav sees these pictures, he knows deep down that Harper would never cheat on him. And correct he was. Mav is simply amazing to Harper, comforting her over the phone. He reassures her that everything will be ok and he believes she would hurt him. And they finally confess their "I love you's". With them expressing their love for each other over the phone, reminds me of how I told my husband that I love him. Know it's true love when you can't seem to function with them next to you.

The book progresses very well, with no over-abundance of information. There is no wasted or lagged time. Hooked even more! As time passes, Harper completes her fashion show and helps a very troubled teen who suffers from anorexia. That was very difficult for Harper, but she stayed strong and confident. At this point, Harper decides to take a break from fashion. This shows true dedication and commitment to helping mentor others in need. This leads right into Valentine's Day, the first for them as a couple. SWOON....Mav give Harper the best give. A puppy! He remembered Harper telling him on their first date that she wanted to get a puppy. Such a romantic and thoughtful gift! So glad Mav didn't go with the typical card and stuffed bear holding a pillow that says, "Love you Bear-y much!". And the day couldn't be complete without nakedness, chocolate syrup, and hot sex! Mav does good woo!

As time passes, it's time for Elly's bridal shower in Texas. But Harper is not feeling well. My first thought: PREGNANT! I actually gasped when I read that she had been sick and nauseous. So when Harper gets sick again in front of Baylor, her sister takes a pregnancy test out of her purse and tells Harper to take it. Seriously...who carries pregnancy tests in their purse. This is too funny, Baylor is like a walking pharmacy! So Harper takes the test and.....I was right! Pregnant! I'm super excited for her and Mav, but she's nervous that it's very soon in their relationship. But all her worries are swept away when Mav couldn't be any happier with the news.

Everything has been going perfectly. This can only mean one thing: something bad is going to happen. And in comes that wacko, Diana. She attacks Harper, beating and almost killing her. But Mav shows up just in time and Harper is taken to the hospital. I wanted to cry because all I could think about is if the baby was alright. Poor Mav, he blames himself for Harper getting hurt, since he told her to meet him at home. But he is reassured that Harper will be fine and the baby is healthy. And Diana has been caught and in custody. She won't be going anywhere but prison for the rest of her life! Good Riddance! Everyone visits Harper while she's in the hospital. Tessa even paints her toenails "orange", as what Mav calls the color when really it's peach. Pfft....men. Tessa also talks to her while still unconscious about their favorite show, Revenge. I instantly recognized the show from Tessa talking about the characters, as it's my favorite too! Personally, I don't want Emily and Jack to get together, nor Emily and Aiden. I think she should stick with Daniel. I love how they are a real-life couple, they're absolutely adorable! Sorry, got carried away there! :) More good news was given to Mav and Harper while in the hospital....the baby is a girl. It's going to an absolute joy reading about how Mav is going to dote over the baby. She is going to have him wrapped around her little finger the second she's born! A true HEA! The way the author ended the book was great, as it builds up for the story in the next book in the series. I can't wait to read about the birth of the baby and the name they picked for her.

The first book explored the type of relationships that take years to build and become real. And the love the characters have for each other never diminished. So with this book, it was exciting to discover the story was about the reverse. How soon is too soon to fall in love? There will never be a correct or appropriate answer to that question. When it happens, and it feels right, it shouldn't matter if it took a week, a year, or if it was instant "love at first sight" like for Harper and Mav. These two characters were a fantastic match and complimented each other perfectly. Harper wanted a man to love her unconditionally, and to want everything she always dreamed of. Mav wanted what his parents never had, to have forever with the love of his life, to protect and to love and receive that love in return just as fiercely. Love can happen when you least expect it. It can't be forced. When the time is right, love knows no bounds, and it will find you!

This series has quickly become one of my favorites. Each character is easily relatable, and the story progresses smoothly. I recommend this book to anyone to enjoys reading about finding true love and an emotional HEA! Loved it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca1abf4) out of 5 stars Sweet, city-based romance, that tackles some rather weighty issues, including eating disorders and stalking Oct. 18 2014
By BJ's Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
If you are looking for a sweet, city-based romance, that tackles some rather important societal issues, then Fantasized By You may just be a perfect fit for your next read! Although this is Book 2 in the Love in the City series, and there is some carryover of the characters from Book 1 (Wanted by You), Fantasized By You can still easily be read as a standalone, as each book in the series focuses on the love story of a different couple.

Jen Harper, is a famous fashion designer, whose career is at a high, but whose love life has never really taken off. While she has been dealing with media pressure for years, she's never gotten fully comfortable with it, and has residual issues related thereto. It is those battle scars, in part, that lead her to Maverick Jones, a personal trainer and gym owner, whose gym provides a wholistic approach to helping its members get physically fit, including counseling and mental health.

Maverick, however, has a particular aversion to the fashion industry, as he still is reeling from the loss of a friend (who Jen also happened to work, and be friends, with), who was a model and whose death was attributable to the fashion industry's focus on thinness and "ideal beauty" above all else. 0 So when Jen offers to help serve as a mentor in his clinic, Maverick's initial reaction is: no thank you. Then, he meets Jen, and agrees to give her chance. Pretty soon, the two are inseparable, and they realize that they have much more in common than just their work at the gym.

Jen's involvement in the fashion industry, and limelight, however is not something that is easily escaped; and pretty soon Maverick is exposed to related residual obstacles. Will their love be able to survive?

All in all, Fantasized by You was an enjoyable easy going romance without too much drama between the hero's and heroine's interactions with each other, even while tackling some rather weighty issues. In that regard, I like how Steph Nuss has brought to light some very important issues, including eating disorders and stalking. The way Ms. Nuss deals with these difficult subjects is to be commended and adds an interesting informational element to this romance. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Nuss' works in the future!

Source: Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Reading Renee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Love the teaser and I am drooling over Maverick. I honestly say that creating Maverick is ruining it for every other guy on the planet, they will all seem inferior to his greatness. He is real to me! In book one we meet Harper, Carter's sister and I instantly loved her. Now for the story of Maverick, my love so hands off, and Harper. They sort of have a past connection. There is a mutual friend who dies as a result of bulimia, that is scary but Harper also suffered from it. The fact that Harper was forced by this death into rehab is a stunning revelation. I really really really loved that aspect of the story. She battles as does Maverick with the loss and the disease. It is good but by no means does this overshadow them.

Elly and Carter are getting married. Oh just imagine little hummingbirds circling their dreamy heads and Elly's mother smiling from heaven. Oh swoon. Yeah it will happen!

Maverick and Harper are perfect together and what I loved about both of them is that they accepted it. There was no angst involved here. Both Maverick and Harper are taken with each other and there is a very adult way the author handles them getting together.

Parts of the story that are light, for example, one bucket list check is paint balling. This is something from book 1. At this point they are broken up into teams Carter and Cash are picking and Carter picks his sister. OMG laughing so hard. Harper was archery captain and he says to Elly this is paintball not the Hunger Games. Just the visual is fabulous!

To further my swooning over Maverick he is a baller. The NCAA Final Four game tickets made me smile. Im my mind me and Maverick are hanging out watching NBA TV listening to Shaq and Charles with Ernie and his commentary.

The last thing to love is the fact that it is a series that ends the characters with each novel. In the ever so popular trend of series, this is different. Book one is Carter and Ellyson, book two Maverick and Harper and then book 3 had BETTER be Fletcher, if not well there will be trouble!.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca1d3fc) out of 5 stars 5 Stars From Sammy's Book Obsession Feb. 8 2015
By Samantha Kurtz (Sammy's Book Obsession) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
5 Stars From Sammy's Book Obsession

MY THOUGHTS~
I was provided with a Review Copy/ARC for review.
I'm so hooked on this series! This second book in the Love in the City series is my favorite at the moment. Maverick is totally swoon worthy and Harper is awesome! I love the building/growing relationships and friendships in this book. All the characters in the forefront are wonderful. In this book, we get the continuation of Carter and Elly's story as well as more of the secondary characters from the first book.
Author Steph Nuss does a beautiful job writing this book. The story flows so well and the characters are very well developed. I really don't have any complaints at all with this one. I can't wait to read the next book and learn Fletcher and Bayler's story!
HASH(0x9ca1d4e0) out of 5 stars A well balanced love story... July 16 2014
By Katie Pruitt Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Fantasized by You" is a light hearted romance and the second book in this series. It can be read as a standalone without any trouble. In this series each installment centers around and brings conclusion to the focal couple in a central group of friends & family, therefore it can be read out of order with ease.

This installment centers around Harper Jennings (aka THE Jen Harper). She is a high-end fashion designer and pseudo celebrity due to her famous clientele and her close friendship with one of her former models turned latest Hollywood action star. She hates all of the media and tabloid attention and deals with the stress in a very unhealthy way which leads her right into in path of Maverick Jones. Maverick is a successful personal trainer and gym owner who focuses on physical health. When a close friend dies from an unhealthy lifestyle while he is unable to help, he starts to focus on the mental side of health as well and incorporates a clinic in to his gym that offers medical services, therapy and counseling to clients with more intensive health needs. Maverick is one of the good guys. A man with a heart as big as his muscles and his wallet. When his friend Elly suggests that Maverick consider bringing Harper on as a counselor at the clinic he instantly refuses. He knows who Jen Harper is and he doesn't like or trust anyone in the Fashion Industry. A industry notorious for promoting "ideal beauty" over health and wellbeing and often pushing their models into the dangerous situations that he is fighting so hard to help woman overcome. He has no idea what Harper has lived through or overcome herself. She understands and can help his clients in a way that he never could. So he reluctantly agrees to give her a chance... a chance at the clinic leads to a chance at his heart.

Okay I called this book a "light romance" because it IS light on the romance end. Maverick and Harper's relationship advances very easily and somewhat predictably. I love the honest, respectful and adult way they both approach every situation they find themselves in. It's a grown up romance from the very beginnning. This is not an angsty read in the least and honestly I didn't feel it needed angst to keep me engaged. The "meat" of this book is in it's dealing with a few heavy issues. Eating Disorders and Stalking to be precise. In the case of Harper Jennings these subjects intertwine in her life. Both scary. Both heavy. I liked how Steph Nuss addressed them in a manner that didn't bring the story down to a despressive state yet she managed to convey the seriousness and very real dangers of both. Weaving these in and still peppering the story with sweet lovable moments and humorous dialog from the tight knit group of characters made it a very balanced and rich story. I look forward to seeing where Ms. Nuss takes us in the next book... I hope it is Fletcher's *fingers-crossed*