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Dream Girls: Nicole by Carrie Thomas Release Day Blitz & Giveaway with review

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Nicole-eBookNicole by Carrie Thomas

Series: Dream Girls #3
Genre:
Contemporary Romance/ NA
Publication Date: February 9, 2016

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Nicole Garrett, a self-proclaimed nerd, has had her future planned out for years. Taking chances has never appealed to her on any level, but growing up means adapting to change and accepting that life moves on no matter what. With her best friends, Piper and Stephanie both starting families of their own, Nicole finds herself concentrating harder on her plan to become a doctor, leaving little time for anything else other than working at the local pub to help cover her living expenses. There is nothing worth more to her than making something of herself—unless you count Corey Tate.
Corey Tate isn’t a self-proclaimed anything. He doesn’t care enough. But ask anyone who has ever been around him and they’ll tell you he’s a bad-boy-recluse, who has a somewhat short fuse. He works hard and plays harder. Even though he has no clue what is involved in having an authentic relationship with a woman, Nicole Garrett has him curious enough to consider trying. Having zero experience in relationships proves to be a challenge for him, both mentally and emotionally.
Timing is everything, right? How much time has to pass before the moment is lost? Two years of knowing glances, private talks, and a connection that surprises them both, come to a head when Corey draws a line in the sand. Can these two very different people find their way to a love that can last forever, or will their own flaws ruin what could have been? If Corey and Nicole could get out of their own heads, they might just find out the difference between falling in love and being in love.

 

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“Thanks, Nic.  I’ve just—oh my God.  You had sex!”  She pointed at me with one hand and covered her mouth the other.

”What?”  I asked looking to Piper for help.

”I can’t believe you slept with Corey Tate and didn’t tell me!”  Corey walked in at exactly the wrong moment.  “You!”  Steph pointed at him.

”What?”  Cored asked, clearly confused.

”You de-flowered my best friend, and you have the ball to act like it’s no big deal?”

Corey looked at me, and I just shook my head and looked down. I was so mortified. Just then, Moye walked back in. I couldn’t believe we were having this conversation. It wasn’t like I was ashamed of it. I just didn’t want everyone discussing my lack of virginity. Or the fact that I’d lost it.

“That just happens to be the best fucking night of my very private life,” Corey said. “So if you don’t mind, for the sake of my embarrassed girlfriend, could we just make this day about you and your baby and not discuss our sex life?”

“Corey! You love her . . .” Steph cried.

“Baby, let’s just go get ready for the shower.” Cole led her out of the kitchen. He mouthed sorry to us as he turned the corner.

“I heard the doorbell. Let’s go let more of your guests in.” Piper was talking to Steph, but looked back to Corey and smiled.

“Damn, that was funny.” Moye laughed. “Sorry, Nic.”

“What’s a day in our lives without my being humiliated?” I turned back toward my task at the counter.

Moye turned and walked out of the kitchen, leaving us alone. Corey came up behind me while I was scrubbing the counter. “I think you got it.”

“I don’t know how they knew. I didn’t say anything.” I turned into him.

“Baby, you don’t need to. They are your friends, they can tell. The same way Moye was ragging on me outside about being whipped.”

“Is it that obvious?”

“I don’t like to brag, but you’ve had a perma-smile on your face since that glorious night.” I knew when his eyes became glazed over, he was reminiscing.

“Stop thinking about it!” I hit him on the arm.

“You might as well get that out of your head right now. I will never forget it, and I will most likely think about it every minute of every day.” He tugged me close.

“You are such a pervert! Seriously though, thank you for saving me.” I kissed him.

“Always, Ace. Now let’s get this baby shower over with so we can go home and do what I was just thinking about.”

“I am home.” I giggled.

“In my mind, your home is my home. One of these days, I’ll convince you.”

“I’m sure you will.” I poked his abs.


My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Ok this book was bad ass.  By far my favorite in the Dream Girls series.  I loved Nicole from the very beginning.  Every girlfriend has that one.  The one that makes sure you don’t drive drunk or go home with the wrong guy.  The one that seems to have it all figured out.  Well until she met Corey Tate.  He remains an enigma to her.

Just when she thinks he is interested he pulls away.  Until one night he finally makes the leap and kisses her and not the little peck on the cheek kind.  Like kisses her kisses her.  The kind movies are made out of.

I swear I wanted to quote this entire book. 

“That was the best kiss I’ve ever had,”  I admitted shyly.

“Me too, Ace.  I’m going to want more time with those lips, but not here,”  he said looking around.
 

*insert swoon

Well after Corey finally realizes that he IS good enough for Nicole they start up a very heated relationship only to soon find out that juggling a boyfriend, work and school is not as easy as she thought.

Corey’s insecurities keep getting in the way.   Nicole’s focus shifts from school to him.  Their relationship strains as she searches to find balance.

“How could you love someone so much, it hurts to be without them, but it’s still not enough?  It was unfair on so many levels.  My brain just couldn’t wrap around the fact something could be so beautiful, yet be so ugly.” 

Then OMG it hurts to say this.  THEY BREAK UP!  *gasp*  I really REALLY hated seeing them so miserable.  Nicole moves on and focuses on school.  Corey goes back to being the quiet broken one. 

I wanted to tear the pages out and scream at the world.  LOL ok that is book abuse but seriously these two are made for one another. 

So I leave you with that.  Can Nicole forgive him?  Can Corey get over his insecurities and finally land his Dream Girl?

Bravo Carrie, Bravo.

Favorite Scene:
When Stephanie calls Nicole out about her virginity. 
Favorite Quote:

“I’m serious. I can’t stand to think of a life without you in it.”

”You’re too sweet sometimes.  I wonder what our friends would say if they heard you talking like this.”  I decided to take us in another direction.

”I don’t care.  They’re got their dream girls, and I’ve got mine.”



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Carrie is a wife and a mom who loves reading and sometimes writing stories of her own. It is impossible for her to write a book without a happy ending. Impossible. If you have trouble finding her, that is probably because she is traveling or at a concert. Music plays a very important role in her writing as she finds inspiration for her future characters. She loves romance novels and has too many favorite authors to list just one…but she will–Jay Crownover is one of her favs! She lives in the South with her husband and two boys.

 

 

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