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Challenged by You

(Love in the City #5)

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  111 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Paige Abram never faces a problem she can’t solve until her high school sweetheart comes back into her life, and she’s bombarded with memories of their relationship. His presence is almost suffocating, but he’s still just as beautiful as she remembers.

His heart beat differently after its first love.

The moment Drake Wilkins sees her again, the numbness he’s felt since he wa
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Maree Repa
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such Sad Truths Awoken

I was absolutely just so excited to read the fifth book from this ultimately favourite series of all time, Love in the City, written foremost by my all time favourite author, Steph Nuss. I have been so damn excited to read the new brand new one. I loved all this most wondrous tremendous such loved characters and just so beautifully written!

Even before I started reading Chapter One I was crying. Paige Abram has always seemed to have a sad past, especially when her friends wh
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
5 Stars!

This author is absolutely brilliant and I've been a huge fan since the first in this series. I swear as this series continues, the books continue to get better and better, making me fall harder and harder with each new couple. Sure this can be read as a standalone but why spoil the other books in the series for yourself? Grab the whole series and start with book one because I promise once you start you won't be able to put the books down.

This book right here may just be the BEST of the s
DJ Sakata
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quotes:

Why are you letting some stupid policy get in your way? I think you owe it to your lady box, which hasn't seen any male action since I've known you, to break the damn rules for once. You need to stand up for her and get some.

I'm probably going to hurt you again someday... And you're probably going to hurt me. But I will keep coming back to you because you're worth the pain. You matter. Who we are together matters.

I wish I had a great speech prepared for you but I don't. All I hav
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that I’m a reader who tends to avoid blurbs, excerpts, sneak peeks, etc. because I want to go into a book with fresh eyes and no expectations. I had been missing all things Steph Nuss and her Love in the City gang so I read the Prologue as part of a special preview, and from that moment, I knew I would fall in love with Paige’s story. Challenged by You may be the fifth book in the series, but it reminded me why I was so enamored by this crew, and Nuss’ writing, in the first place. ...more
Janett The Pleasure of Reading Today
There are books you read and they entertain you, they distract you for a few hours and all is good with the world. But there are books that affect you in a profound way, books you can relate to the characters, the story or both, they take you to new heights, affecting your heart in a way you'll never forget them. Challenged by You is one of those books.
This is a story with plenty of heart, one in which you'll be able to feel the raw pain Paige is guarding inside herself, the secret she's been ke
Venus Windmiller
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Challenged by You is the fifth book in the Love in City series by Author Steph Nuss. This book tells the story of Paige and Drake two childhood sweethearts who allow each other to go their separate ways at high school graduation. When Drake walks out of Paige’s life she’s forced to bury her feelings for the only boy she’s ever loved and face her current reality.

Years later Drake walks back into Paige’s life and forces her to truly evaluate the decisions that she has made. She knows she needs to
Hooker Heels Book Blog
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow! Major feels with this one. I have loved every book in this series and Challenged by You is by far the most moving and touching book of the series thus far.

Paige was a one of the most compelling characters that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Where as in other books her actions may have come across as harsh and deceitful, the author did such a tremendous job of writing her story in a way that I completely understood where she was coming from and understood why she did the things
Jennifer Dicenzo
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It has taken me a few days from finishing this book to attempt to write a review just because I don't know how to put everything that this book put me through into the words that would do it justice. It was everything I have come to expect in a Steph Nuss book and more. I was not overly fond of Paige in the previous books. I know she was a good friend, but there was always something that just struck me in her that wasn't completely honest and open. In this book, her book, you find out why. And l ...more
Renee Entress from Renee Entress's Blog
5 star

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
Wanted by You (Love in the City, #1)
Fantasized by You (Love in the City, #2)
Pleasured by You (Love in the City, #3)
Surprised by You (Love in the City, #3.5)
Cherished by You (Love in the City, #4)

This is Paige and Drake’s story. What happens when you come face to face with your high school sweetheart? Both of them have changed. Both have closed off their hearts. Can they reconnect? Or is this just a bittersweet goo
Renee Entress from Renee Entress's Blog
5 star

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
Wanted by You (Love in the City, #1)
Fantasized by You (Love in the City, #2)
Pleasured by You (Love in the City, #3)
Surprised by You (Love in the City, #3.5)
Cherished by You (Love in the City, #4)

This is Paige and Drake’s story. What happens when you come face to face with your high school sweetheart? Both of them have changed. Both have closed off their hearts. Can they reconnect? Or is this just a bittersweet goo
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You are definitely going to want to read this. I just finished and it was all that and more. I've been waiting for Paige's story since the first time she showed up in the series. I knew there had to be a reason for her coldness towards her friend's pregnant and her overall cold demeanor. And I wasn't wrong. This has easily become my favorite story in the series. It deals with a heavy subject that I haven't seen anyone else write about. I definitely shed a tear for Paige and Drake. Beautifully wr ...more
Crystal Singer
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How am I supposed to review what I just read? I'm going to try my best, but the words are failing me. It's been a long time since I read a book where I ugly cried, multiple times! But that exactly what happened during the course of this story. Know what else happened? I laughed out loud! In the same book! Believe it or not, I swooned too. What an incredible job Steph did with Challenged By You. I could not have loved Drake more than I did. And Paige? WOW! That girl has more strength in her than ...more
Lauren R.
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Be prepared to fall hard in love with this couple.  

This has become my favorite book in this series by Author Steph Nuss!

Paige & Drake had my heart breaking for them!

Their love story totally hit me hard.

Seriously these two characters show us what it is to LOVE hardcore no matter what happens in life.  And your love is not always what you think or thought it was.

Just wow!  I was aching, crying, falling then climbing with emotions reading their
Awesome book. Loved the storyline and the longer length to actually resolve all the issues.
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great booklll

Oh boy!!! I cried while reading Paige's story. So sad what she went through. I couldn't read it fast enough. Great job!!!
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The most important thing you should know about this book when it comes to me: I picked this book up at 10:00 pm and didn't put it down again until 2:30 am. I could not put it down, I could not walk away. Challenged by You is a highly emotional read, heart breaking, sweet, redeeming, beautiful. Challenged by You is also because of those reasons a heard book to review. I can't tell you too much because so much of it revolves around a secret that is the basis of the story and would be an absolute s ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was heartbreakingly beautiful. I have been anxiously awaiting Paige's book. I have read every single book in this series and always cover to cover in one sitting. I love Steph's writing style and have fallen in love with every character in the Love in the City gang.

Challenged by you is the story of Paige and Drake. Drake is new to the gang, but not new to Paige. He is a huge part of her past, one that she isn't so sure she wants to reconnect with. Seeing Drake brings up pain that no o
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love the series!!!! ready for more
Amy Shelton
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from Southern Bell Promotions in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

****This review might contain a few spoilers, but without them, I don’t feel the review is complete.***

This book is absolutely beautiful. It’s breathtaking and has a darkness looming from the first page you read. It’s hard to read in parts and to me, extremely painful in others. The best part was the care and knowledge that Steph put into this book. The way that she chose to write this story r
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Challenged By You is the fifth book in the Love in the City series by Steph Nuss. I have really enjoyed each book in the series, and I couldn't wait to finally get Paige's story. This book was such an emotional read, and I could not put it down! I have to say that the last book in the series is my favorite, but Challenged By You might just be my new favorite.

Paige and Drake had the perfect relationship, until everything changed in an instant
DianaC-Bookaholic And
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
☆☆☆☆☆ 5 STAR REVIEW ☆☆☆☆☆

With every book from this series you will find yourself making each and every single one your all time favorite, however this book for me has touch a part of my heart that has made a permanent imprint.

We all know Paige Abram as the strong one from the group, but deep down we don't know the pain she has been holding for the past eleven years. A pain no one can imagine only the people that have experience this horrific pain. As we read her story we understand the reason sh
Liezel Felix
“Challenged By You” is about Paige Abram and Drake Wilkins – who fell in love way back when they were teenagers. Then, these two were inseparable but when it was time to graduate and move on to college they elected to end things. Years pass without them seeing each other when unexpectedly Drake reappears in Paige’s life. This should be a relief for both of them but instead, they struggle because it brought back so many excruciating memories.

This was one of the biggest draws for me… witnessing ho
Reflections of a Book Geek

I got an arc of Challenged By You from the author for an honest review. I had never heard of this author before but I really liked the synopsis of this book. I hadn't realised it was the 5th of a series but you could read it as a standalone in my opinion, in saying that it would have definitely benefited me more had I read the others first.

I knew going into this book there would be a level of sadness in it but I had no idea the amount of heartache and anguish I would feel! I was happily going al
Kathryn Linke
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Challenged by You is the fifth book in the Love In The City Series. This book can be read as a standalone, but all five books are incredibly well written and engaging and revolve around a group of close knit friends.

Challenged by You, is a highly emotive read, it's a story that will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.

Being a fan of Steph Nuss, I've eagerly awaited Paige's story. never did I think it would affect me the way it did. Paige has secrets, although she is a great f
Stephanie Phillips (Stephanie's Book Reports)
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

This is the first book I've read in this series. I know - I know! Usually I like to start from the beginning - but let me tell you. You can read this book and be a-ok with what's going on. It truly focuses on these two characters with a mix of the others making appearances here and there.

So in this edition of Love in the City the lead female - Paige - is one kick butt woman. She is a complete workaholic and rarely takes time of
Alphas Do It Better Book Blog
Excuse me while I go drown myself in a bottle of wine and exploit all the kleenex boxes in my house. Girl, give a fella homie some warning. From the moment I started reading this book it was an emotional roller coster. I personally have not had any experience with SIDS but I did miscarry about 5 years ago so if you have recently experienced the loss of a child... yeah this book is not for you. However, if you want to see LOVE win above it all. THEN YOU MUST READ IT. Drake and Paige were high sch ...more
Tobi Forget the Housework, I'm Reading...
Paige Adams is a very strong woman that has suffered a lot in life. She made a decision that affected herself and her high school boyfriend that was incredibly wrong but what she felt was right at the time. Drake walked away hoping she'd live life and when he finds her again she's not the girl he left behind.
When you first meet Paige in current day she's not a nice person. She's rude to others and quite abrupt. Though her life has cultivated that it's hard when the character is quite unlikable i
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I know I usually start my reviews with a little preview of the storyline but I can’t do it this time. Steph Nuss had me ugly crying, as I think she calls it, through this book and just thinking about this book has me with tears in my eyes again. The young love, the sacrifice, the selflessness, the lies, the tragedy, and then the forgiveness. This is intense. I started this book last night and I didn’t put it down until I was done. It meant a night with less sleep but I couldn’t have slept anyway ...more
Eunice Lan
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sweetest but also Heartbreaking Story

Every book in this series is amazing, you get to know all the characters better and as each new installment comes you just fell more in love with the story, this book is no exception.

Challenged by You follows Paige Adams, a very strong woman that has suffered a lot in life and her high school sweetheart Drake Wilkins. I really enjoy this story but I will not tell you what is about to avoid spoilers.

What I can tell you is that this book get into really painfu
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm such a fan of Steph Nuss' writing style and the entire Love in the City series but Steph KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK with Challenged By You!!

I love that Steph has such a specific writing style and it has stayed constant throughout the series but I feel like us readers got so much more of the talent and heart that she has to offer.

Paige's story is heart wrenching and tore my heart from my chest but mended it completely by the end. When I originally read the prologue I was like "oh great anot
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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 de ...more

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Love in the City (7 books)
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