Book Review: The Anchor by B.N. Toler

Title: The Anchor (Holly Springs #2)
Author: BN Toler
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 270 pages
Rating: 3.5 Stars


Parker Hayes has just graduated at the top of his class from law school. He has an amazing new job and a killer new bachelor pad. Life is good! It’s damn near perfect. But something is missing. No matter how hard he tries, he hasn’t been able to get Nikki Reese off his mind. The mind-blowing, sex-filled weekend they spent together was more incredible than anything he’s ever experienced. But the brief encounter wasn’t enough, and now Parker finds himself musing over if he’ll ever see Nikki again. Just one more touch… 

Nikki Reese is Holly Spring’s beauty queen. She’s the kind of woman that can smile, taking a man’s breath away, all while flipping him the bird. Pageants are her life and she’s determined to make it to the Miss USA pageant no matter what. No. Matter. What. 

But what was supposed to be a fun-filled—no strings attached—weekend together in New York changes all of that. 

Months after their fling, Nikki discovers the incredible time they spent together will forever change her life. Two bold pink lines have written a fate she’s not sure how to deal with.  When Parker discovers the news, to her surprise, he rushes to Nikki’s side, ready and willing to help in any way he can. 

Seeing Nikki again sends Parker’s imagination running wild, but he keeps his cravings in check for the time being. The two agree to work together for the sake of their child, but neither can fight the intense, raw chemistry between them. But when Nikki’s abandonment issues threaten to divide them, brutally sending them drifting apart, Parker must become the one who keeps them grounded and intact.

He must be The Anchor.

She may feel like she’s shattered into a million little pieces, but he’s about to show her that letting him go again is not an option.

Grace Review

On the surface Nicole “Nikki” Reese is the ideal woman.
A pageant girl.
Rocking body.
Talks and drinks like a man.
And a virgin (this could be a plus or minus, depending who you are).

But Nikki isn’t so perfect. Raised with privilege but without love, she has a jaded view of men. Her views are so bad, that just about every character in the book reminds the hero, Parker Hayes, and the reader, how it is only a matter of time before she screws things up. And she doesn’t let us down that regard. But let me backtrack . . .

Through their mutual friends, Edie and John, Nikki and Parker find themselves unable to fight their attraction to one another. One wild weekend forever changing their lives.

I can tell you that nearly everything Parker does is right.
Whether it is to be supportive and thinking about how he can adjust to help out, to pushing back when Nikki tries to push him away. There really wasn’t a moment that I faulted him.

I can also tell you that nearly everything Nikki does is wrong.
She overreacts, and purposely tries to derail things before they start. I wouldn’t have blamed Parker if he walked. So, remember, when you want to reach inside your kindle and slap Nikki upside the head, Parker and her friends are there to do just the same.

Despite the frustrating heroine, and the weighty trope, this story is overall a light one, and at times, a very sexy one, thanks to Parker.

It looks like a third book in the series is planned, featuring Joey, but no word in when that will release.

– Grace

Book 1, The Suit: Amazon USAmazon UK
Book 2, The Anchor: Amazon USAmazon UK

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