Friday, May 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Holding Aces by Nikki Groom; Patrycja's Review, Excerpt, Giveaway


Title: Holding Aces (The Kingdom #1)
Author: Nikki Groom
Release Date: May 29th 2014
Genre: Adult contemporary romance


They say that time heals all wounds.
But mine are set in so deeply, they’ve taken on a life of their own, lurking in the shadows at every turn and haunting my thoughts.

The girl I once was has been replaced by a stranger.
I don’t even know who I am anymore.

I run.
And I hide.
Pretending to be someone I’m not…

Until I meet Denham King.
My burst of color in an otherwise grey world.
And for the first time in my life, I find myself running towards someone instead of running away.

But fate can be cruel,
and I can’t escape my past.
Can I?

**Holding Aces is part one of a two part Adult Contemporary Romance series that contains mature sexual content and language and is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**

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“Don’t run,” he says before releasing my hands slowly, and I instinctively move to tangle my fingers in his thick dark hair. Both his hands move to my ass, squeezing and pulling me closer as he kisses me with a fierce tenderness I can’t explain. I vaguely register him flicking the lock on the door as he walks us backwards, never breaking contact.

He turns me as we reach his desk, and I hear paperwork flutter to the floor and glass smash as he sends everything on the desk flying before lying me down on the cold, hard surface, his body pressed tightly against mine. I have a desperate need to touch him, to taste him, to feel every inch of this man. I slide my hands in the waistband of his trousers and pull out his shirt. I let my hands roam freely over his torso, realizing I’ve wanted to do this since the very first time I saw him at the elevator.

He runs his hands down the length of my body and pushes them back up again, skimming my thighs and taking my skirt with them, exposing my lace underwear. “Stunning,” he says before bringing his mouth to mine.




Our teeth crash together as the desire grows, and we both know it’s impossible to stop this now. “Arianna,” he says breathlessly. His chest is heaving and there are little beads of sweat gathering on his brow.

“Yes…” I can barely form the word. I haven’t answered to my real name for a very long time, but it feels natural coming from him.

“Tell me you want this...”

It’s a command, but I don’t feel threatened. I want this as much as he does.I nod my answer.

“Tell me, Ari. I won’t touch you until you tell me.”

“Yes, yes I want you...”


With very interesting premise, gorgeous cover and promise of fast paced steamy romance, Holding Aces seemed to be ideal read just for me. I was very thrilled to crack this story open and meet the main characters. I really wanted to be blew away by it and I kept all of my fingers crossed till the end.

Holding Aces is debut novel by Nikki Groom, yet the writing was really mature and easy to follow. The plot had more than few surprising twists and turns and I was biting my nails through some of the situations. Unfortunately there were few things that didn’t sit well with me. Still, though the story had amazing potential, and maybe it was used only in about 70% but overall I liked this novel and will read more.

The Kingdom series is about Arianna. She’s a young woman on the run from her terrible past and a monster who had turned her life in hell, and her husband who turned out to be just as abusive as her first. Now, she’s hiding in high-class hotel called The Kingdom, where she meets Denham King.

Denham is powerful man and the owner of the hotel she decided to stay. What’s more, this man wants her… badly. While both of them enjoy their steamy romance, Arianna lives with fear what tomorrow will bring.

Firstly, Denham and Arianna together? Fucking HOT! Sparks flew everywhere. They just lighted up my panties on fire. On the other hand, I felt like the connection between them was too quick and rushed. I wanted a little bit more of romance built up; besides, I have found it weird and very unrealistic, that the main character would jump straight into another relationship after just ending her marriage to complete asshole and still hiding from the monster in her past. I also rolled my eyes quite a few times, when I read how cheesy and unoriginal some of the conversation Arianna and Denham have had.

My other issue was the big cliffhanger ending…I really wanted to punch someone close to me for making me feel so frustrated.

While some things worked pretty great, others not so much, still though I had fun. I found Holding Aces interesting and quite captivating read. There was angst and dirty love, lots of troubles and sexy times, so it felt good to read. I won’t lie, I expected a tiny bit more. I had higher expectations, that weren’t meet in every way, but Holding Aces was definitely worth reading! I’m not regretting reaching for it and I can’t wait for more by this author.

* Review Copy provided by the author in exchange for a honest review *


Nikki Groom is a hopeless romantic, lover of all things happily ever after and firm believer that love makes the world go around.
In her spare time, you will find Nikki laughing with her very treasured family, walking with her beloved dog in the hundred acre wood or curled up in a cosy corner with words and wine.
She lives in East Sussex with her husband and two children. Having turned her hand to many things over the years, Nikki is now proud to add ‘author’ to that list.
Having always been a dreamer, Nikki’s imagination stretches far and wide, which enables her to get lost in faraway places and imaginary people.
Nikki loves to chat, especially about books! You can find her here…


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