REVIEW – “Cherished by You” by Steph Nuss

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“Move in with me,” he said.

Being cherished is how Tessa Wilder always imagined falling in love. But for years, she’s always gone for the wrong guys. Now that she’s fallen for one of the good ones, she fears rejection.

“I can’t,” she replied.

Justin Jameson quit looking for a woman after being used so many times for his brains. A bit of an introvert and completely oblivious to women’s advances, he can’t even see that his friend cherishes everything about him.

When Tessa needs a place to stay, Justin’s the first to offer her a room. Hearts are opened; feelings are ventured. They’ll finally know what it’s like to be cherished in the city until one moment threatens the relationship they’ve built.

“I can’t lose you.”

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andra's review

This is my first book by Steph Nuss and I’m happy to say it won’t be my last – I enjoyed her writing style immensely – it’s contemporary, easy to follow, with lots of fun dialogue entwined with nicely written  ‘angsty’ scenes and lovable characters.

Cherished by You is book 4 in her Love in the City series – and even if I read it out of order the book still made sense – I already got book 1 and I intend to start the series soon. This book follows Tessa, Elly’s receptionist and friend, and Justin, a NYU psychology professor and their friendship turned love; but we also get to see what’s going on with the rest of the group and how their lives are progressing. When Tessa’s brother announces he wants to move out, she decides to let him have the apartment they’re renting and move in with Justin, who offered her a rent free room in his own flat. Unbeknownst to Justin, Tessa has been harboring a crush on him for a few years now and  living together isn’t at easy as they initially thought. After some deep moments between the two, they realize they make one another better – Tessa helps him lose his inhibitions and give love a try, and Justin shows her she’s worthy of love even if she think she doesn’t deserve it. The ending was a sweet one and it made me fall deeper in love with all these characters and I cannot wait to read their stories.

As a previously said,  Cherished by You is a feel good book, it’s a true contemporary romance, centered around working people in NYC, characters who seem life like, with real problems, that one can have in his or her everyday life. The writing flows beautifully, you’re shown, not told how the plot unfolds – I adored that the author didn’t force their romance from the get go, but gave us hints of the time pass, and she let these two protagonists develop before having them tear their clothes off. Steph Nuss‘s writing reminded me of Julie James and Penny Reid and their romance stories taking place in big cities and that was a huge plus as they’re two of my favorite contemporary authors. 

All in all, Love in the City seems to be a delightful series and if Cherished by You is a representation of the rest of the books then I’m more than ready to jump into this hectic, passion filled and hilarious world and see how each and every single character got and will eventually get her/his happily ever after.

***ARC received in exchange for an honest review 

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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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