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No Holds Barred

(In The Heart Of A Valentine #1)

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4.49  ·  Rating details ·  789 ratings  ·  199 reviews
Love was no longer on the menu for Camilla Augustina. After her fiancé calls off the wedding not once but twice, Camilla's had enough. In a brazen move, she takes a new position in the windy city of Chicago; leaving her parents, friends, and ex in a bittersweet goodbye. Adapting to her new surroundings isn't easy but as Camilla settles in a chance encounter with an infamou ...more
Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published April 12th 2018 by Amazon Digital Services (first published April 4th 2018)
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Jazmen
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
Let me tell you something. I’ve been reading for a very long time, and I think I’m having more fun reading now, in my thirties than I have in a long time.

No Holds Barred allowed me to enjoy the types of characters I never knew existed but so desperately wanted and needed. The importance of diversity is never lost upon me, every single time I pick up one of these books and whisper to myself, they get it. They got it and they’ve given it to me.

Hunter Valentine is what I would imagine I want my hu
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Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
5 stars. I’m going to be completely honest, I picked this up because of the cover. I mean, hello! that man is sexy as shit. I had to read it. This book could’ve been about how to do your damn taxes and I wouldn’t have cared. That. 👏🏾 Man. 👏🏾 Is. 👏🏾 Fine. 👏🏾 Good. 👏🏾 Lord.

Anyways, my thirst for the sexy cover model aside this was such a good and addicting read. Right from the beginning there was just something about the writing that made this so easy to fly through and it had me hooked. The roman
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KBeautiful1
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great story and actually these are the types of reads I have been missing, this book popped up in a reading group I am in on Facebook and I quickly 1-clicked.

Camilla Augustina has moved to the windy city of Chicago, snagging a job at new station WTZB as an anchorwoman. It's a chance for her to start anew and away from the drama of her ex-fiance who still lives in Florida. Camilla is living in her fabulous new place the Regency, also looking forward to a new career, new friends, and no love is
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Shawnette
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I’ve read by Mrs. Norris...I was CAUGHT up in the FIERY attraction between Camilla and Hunter...a BIT unrealistic...but I still ENJOYED their “speed-date-like” romantic journey...the cast is fun and INTRIGUING...I’m looking forward to reading about the rest of the Valentine brothers and their circle of family/friends/enemies...KUDOS to Mrs. Norris for reeling me in...lol
Korei Mullins
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good but Lacked Realism

I enjoyed the book and the couple featured. Hunter, the self proclaimed consummate bachelor falls so suddenly and deeply for the fresh faced, new to the area, Camilla that it leaves your head spinning. I love a good love story and this one had the right components but the realism was lacking and took something away from the story. The reader gets their first glimpse of Hunter as three women are leaving his apartment. It is a reasonable assumption that he slept with at leas
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Mikka
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: aa-romance
The plot was decent, but the writing wasn't that strong. The adjectives used weren't always the best/most appropriate for what I think she was trying to describe, and I found myself re-writing some lines in my head so they sounded better/made more sense. Camilla not telling her where he lived got pretty ridiculous after the first time. The storyline with Steven wasn't really well developed. The three women from the beginning was never explained, and she never told him that she saw them. And the ...more
Arlena
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Title: No Holds Barred
Author: Stephanie Nicole Norris
Publisher: S. N.N.
Series: In The Heart Of A Valentine Book 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"No Holds Barred" by Stephanie Nicole Norris

My Thoughts....

This was a wonderful sweet romance read featuring Camilla Augustina and Hunter Valentine as they are having 'fun, being sassy, sensual and not steamy chemistry' that will definitely keep you turning the pages till the very end. Be ready for a little bit of it all from a horrible ex, i
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Gina Pierre-paul
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
3 1/2 ⭐

Ok I did enjoy the chemistry between the characters but I felt the author lacked in some ways . I just felt liked it was rushed so many questions I have that just wasn’t answered. I hope the next one is better.


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Mia Morgan
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow

This was my first read by this author. It will not be my last. I so enjoyed this story. I mean hardly no drama, no beating around the Bush love. I know what I want and it is you. Great
Kelly
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hot AF!

My first book by this author and oh what a gem I found!

Hunter is smooth, sexy and alpha to the core. Camilla is his perfect woman; classy, smart and daring and the attraction between them is SMOLDERING!

The ending was Category 5 for sure!
Lisa
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I re-read this book today to reacquaint myself with Camilla and Hunter and it was just as good as the first time! I Love the Valentine's and wb reading Corrine and Xavier's story before diving into Allison and Lance! I Love Stephanie Norris and her writing style!
Tamara
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars... the last 10% of this book was so overly dramatic that it completely changed the tone of the story.

Full review to come... gotta let this one sit for a moment.
Me'Tova Hollingsworth
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very romantic story! I can always count on Stephanie Norris to write about a character that I'm guaranteed to fall in love with. Mr. Valentine was one hot number that could hunt me down and steal my heart anytime!
Meka L. Rascoe
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hunter Valentine😍💖💖💖💖

This is a new author to me, and I thought this book was pretty good. Hunter is definitely a "no holds barred" kind of guy. Once he meets Camilla, he is focused on becoming the man in her life. I usually don't mind reading insta-love stories, especially when they're written well. As an avid reader, I realize I'm going to suspend reality a lot when reading romance novels. Hunter and Camilla absolutely fit into the insta-lust, insta-love category. I mean seriously, the woman al
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Karen Alleyne
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
😱🍸🍦😕😎😃😢😃😃😃💐👏👏👏

In this read I was introduced to new family . That are closely connected to the previous wonderful series , The Rose . And first up to the plate the phenomenal Mrs Norris produced Hunter Valentine of the Chicago Valentine's Family .
Hunter is well educated , successful, ambitious. Wonderful to everyone he comes into contact with and loves and the environment that are dear and precious to his heart . But there are a few things Hunter is about to learn about love and commitment and C
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Jacky
Dec 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was ok. It was pretty fast paced, so it held my interest.

Hunter and Camilla had a SERIOUS case of instalove. Sometimes that distracts from the story, but I decided to go with the flow.

There were a couple of things that bothered me. For example, she never questioned him about the scene outside of his apartment. Especially after their relationship developed into something more serious. Camilla knew all about his playboy ways, but neglected to mention she had been in a relationship for Y
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Dj
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love was no longer on the menu for Camilla Augustina. After her ex-fiancé Steven calls off the wedding not once but twice, Camilla's had enough. In a brazen move, she takes a new position as (television anchor) in the windy city of Chicago; leaving her parents, friends, and ex in a bittersweet goodbye in Miami. Adapting to her new surroundings isn't easy but as Camilla settles in a chance encounter with an infamous playboy throws her off balance and rattles her world. She hadn't expected to be d ...more
Meka L. Rascoe
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a new author to me, and I thought this book was pretty good. Hunter is definitely a "no holds barred" kind of guy. Once he meets Camilla, he is focused on becoming the man in her life. I usually don't mind reading insta-love stories, especially when they're written well. As an avid reader, I realize I'm going to suspend reality a lot when reading romance novels. Hunter and Camilla absolutely fit into the insta-lust, insta-love category. I mean seriously, the woman allowed him to feed her ...more
Heather Taylor
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay and Cliche Read.

Hunter is perfect and Camillia is as well. The two meet and fall in love within about a month. He demonstrates he’s madly in love with her in that time and defends and risks his life for their love.

This is the first book I’ve read from this author. It’s not a bad read and it’s written very well. The issue for me is that it is behind predictable. Girl leaves bad fiancé. Meets rich, handsome, perfect, well...man who is in insta-love with her. She does and says all the perfect
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Lorice DeBlanc-Brim
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well done!

You put your foot in it with this one. Wow! I don't know what is wrong with Camilla but when a man like Hunter Valentine wants you or feel for you. You better drop what you are thinking and give the man what he want.👌 No questions asked. Hunter is a decadent chocolate dessert with alpha male tendencies. He doesn't take too kindly to any male manhandling or claiming what is his. Camilla is an intelligent woman that can't seem to stay out of her head and manages to allow doubt to creep i
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Vernell Howard
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent!

What can I say, I love stories about men who love a woman that makes them feel that instant attraction. Hunter knew what he wanted from a woman and he knew what he wanted to share with this woman mentally, physically and spiritually. Hunter and Camille displayed a love within two weeks with no conditions. Their love blossomed effortless because of their want and need for each other, how truthful they were to each other in the beginning and let's not forget about hurricane Jasper that h
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Thelritta
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Missing something

I enjoyed Hunter and Camilla, as a couple and as individuals. However, I was hoping to find out why Josiah Alexander Rose, (Fever), feels there is friction between himself and Hunter. This story felt rushed in my opinion. Although it is a part of a series, it felt as if it just stopped. I will read the next book and hope that this story is picked up, or explained more. There doesn't seem to be a significant time line, the pace seems as if it all happened within a month. The pers
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Geri
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Over the top HEA

So..... Camilla and Hunter meet and quickly forge a relationship. Within days they are inseparable and planning to spend even more time together. Suddenly they are in a relationship, meeting parents and talking about having babies together. While I enjoyed this read, it flowed super, super fast. At times Camilla seemed much younger than a thirty-eight year old professional women - what’s with all the giggling. So, while I liked the story, I felt it was too unreal and over the top
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Stacey
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow

I love when characters have an instant connection! Camilla and Hunter meet in the restaurant that is in their building. When they meet there are instant sparks and neither can deny it. They are both very successful in their careers and that seems to make them even more of a match. I love how nothing in this book seemed over the top. Their relationship moved fast but it felt so natural! And I love how so many side characters were introduced but their stories didn’t take away from Camilla and H
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evette w
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yeah This Is Good!!

This was everything you would want in an romance.I love that the writer gets that the build-up is just as good as the deed.The two main characters are so likable and so so sexy you just have to not only like them but you cheer for this relationship.The writer gives you two relatable characters that you get a feeling of already knowing them.This was good old fashioned romance done well,it doesn't hurt that its sexy as well.Now my only ding in the entire story is the ending.It s
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KJC
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow Stephanie you hit a homerun.

This book i everything. After I looked at the cover for five minutes, I got to the juicy story. Hunter is a playboy, plain and simple. Camilla is a newbie to Chi-Town. A breakfast, turns into a dinner date. They are both willing to see where this goes. You get a chance to see their past come back to remind them, what they have is special. The bedroom scenes are off the charts hot! And there is something about a black man who has his life together ❤. I can't wait f
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Margie Cobbs
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love it!

This story is the perfect love story. I can't get over the way Hunter Valentine was able to fall in love after living a life of random women. Camille was a woman who was afraid to start love all over again because of the way Steven took her love for granted. The flow of this story makes your heart skip a beat and give you hope that there is such a thing as love at first sight. This is my first read by Stephanie Nicole Norris, but I thoroughly enjoyed this Waiting for Part 2 in June 7, 20
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Louise
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first time reading this author, and it won’t be my last. Great beginning for Hunter & Camille. 

After Camille fiancé called off the wedding for the second time, she knew it was time to start fresh. Camille takes a job in Chicago as the new anchor. Hunter is a man who knows what he wants and he wants Camille. The instance they meet you can feel the attraction between them.

As with any story there will always be obstacle, but once removed then they could continue on with their lives.
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Linda
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great Read!

I liked this book very much. Both characters were strong and successful and very respectful of each other. I enjoyed their interactions. An added plus was that the story took place in Chicago. My only regret was that it ended rather abruptly. I would have loved an epilogue, but maybe next time or another book about them. I always love an HEA ending. I look forward to reading more books from this author about the Valentine brothers. I already ordered the second book. I can't wait to st
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Brenda  Larnell
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great Read

Surprisingly, this is the first book that I have read by this author. No Holds Barred was an entertaining, enjoyable read . Hunter Valentine and Camilla Augustina are my new favorite couple. I loved the storyline and the characters. Who has septuplets in a contemporary romance story? What a great angle, and author Stephanie N. Norris made it work and work well. You’ll get that when you read the story. This may have been the first story that I’ve read by the author, but it certainly won
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Stephanie Nicole Norris is an author from Chattanooga Tennessee with a humble beginning. She was raised with six siblings by her mother Jessica Ward. Always being a lover of reading, during Stephanie’s teenage years her joy was running to the bookmobile to read stories by R. L. Stine.

After becoming a young adult, her love for romance sparked leaving her captivated by heroes and heroines alike. Wit
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