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Review: THE PICKUP by Nikki Ash

Series: Imperfect Love

Author: Nikki Ash

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: February 7, 2019

Somebody once said we don’t decide who we love. The world decides for us. But I disagree. I believe love is a decision. Who we love, how we love. It’s in our control--in our hands. I grew up having no clue about the true meaning of love. Money. Cars. Houses. Status. Fame. That’s what love means to the people around me. It wasn’t until the woman I picked up in a bar came back into my life and showed me love can be so much more. So, what’s the problem? The woman I’m falling in love with believes in fairytales. She compares everything to a storybook and wants the happily-ever-after. So while she’s stuck on recreating stories that have already been told, page by page, I’m showing her it’s time we write our own book. Nobody ever said the journey of falling in love would be easy, just that it would be worth it. *The Pickup is a standalone sports romance*

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Rating ★★★★★

I absolutely love when one night stands in books take a turn! And seriously, this one went off the rails. Nick gets engaged to someone else, Olivia shows up 9 months later, surprise! And guess what Mr Star QB, she’s your coach’s daughter. Please, this had everything, even football players watching Disney! When they decide to write their own story, I was done for. Somehow Nikki Ash knows how to get all the feels out of the characters and the reader, and she succeeded again.

Rating ★★★½

Nick grew up with his parents who instill money is everything. Money can buy happiness, status, and relationships. He didn't know what the meaning of love was. Until he has a one night stand and wants more. But when she ups and leaves with no way of contacting her the next morning, and the NFL and his parents wanting him to settle down with his ways before being signed by a new team, him and his childhood friend Celeste, make good on their pact, to marry when Nick becomes 30. Until his one night stand comes back in a big way. She believes in love and happily ever afters. She shows Nick that love can be so much more than just money, cars and houses. Will Nick lay it out on the line for the possibility of love, or will he end up marrying Celeste? So first, let me say sports romances are hit or miss with me. I haven't found any I absolutely love, and not for lack of trying. I just don't get into them as much as I could while reading. But I was in love with this cover and blurb and decided to give it a try. It took me until just under 40% of the book before I got into it. Now, I am a mood reader, and don't know if it was just because I wasn't in the mood but I had put it down for a couple days before picking it back up to finish and it went a lot smoother for me. I liked seeing the growth in Nick. Going from how he started until how he ended up. Seeing his personal growth and what he learned along the way. And the journey between Nick and the main female was interesting to watch unfold. Some of the characters were fun, and some I had wanted to punch right in the face. Overall, it was a good read- and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes sports romances!! 3.5⭐ out of 5⭐.

Rating ★★★★★

I loved Nikki's first book, but my god, her writing has grown even more so. I love how they don't always follow the typical path. She makes her own, and their journey never disappoints. Nick, for me, was certainly a pushover when it came to his mum and dad. Until Olivia comes along, shows him the error of his ways and they do make their own fairytale. He's not a typical jock and Olivia is sweet, outspoken and a little bad ass. Definite must read. Roll on Giselle's story.

Rating ★★★★★

This is my first book from Nikki Ash and I will say I loved it!!! From the first page to the very end I was hooked by this read. It was very emotional. You would laugh, cry and would get upset. But she never disappointed not from one minute. This is a definitely must read!!

Rating ★★★★★

I truly loved this beautiful story. One night stand surprise turned into so much more! Nikki Ash does it again with a fantastic story! Can't wait for the next book!!

Rating ★★★★★

This book was seriously amazing! I was sucked into this crazy love story and everything going on between Liv and Nick. My heart just hurts for all the stuggles that Nick has had to deal with in his life. Liv is seriously the perfect match for him! I cannot wait for the next book to find out what is happening with Gissel and if somethings happening between her and Killian!

Nikki Ash resides in South Florida where she is an English teacher and mom by day and a writer by night. When she's not writing, you can find her with a book in her hand. From the Boxcar Children to Wuthering Heights to the latest Single Parent Romance, she has lived and breathed every type of book. Reading is like breathing in, writing is like breathing out. - Pam Allyn While reading and writing are her passions, her two children are her entire world. You can probably find them at a Disney park before you would find them at home on the weekends!


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