Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Review: Tesoro by Nicole Banks

Today we have the blog tour for TESORO by Nicole Banks, a complete standalone you are not going to want to miss out on! Get your copy today!

Tommy worked hard to establish a life outside of his father’s legacy. Son to the infamous Delucia family, he’s the heir to a throne he doesn’t want. As loyalties keep pulling him back in, he struggles to obtain a clean break. Becoming a new man is just out of arm’s reach.

Naila is a sassy, headstrong entrepreneur with businesses in the Delucia territory. A chance meeting between the two has Tommy questioning everything about his life and what his future holds.

As circumstances keep putting them in each other’s paths, the two can’t deny the building chemistry between them. As passions ignite, so does the tension surrounding the Delucia family, catching them both in the crosshairs of an all-out war.

When the dust settles, there’s only one question remaining: how deep are they willing to go?


4 Stars

New Adult | Romance | Contemporary

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a blog tour hosted by InkSlingerPR in exchange for an honest review***

Well if it isn’t yet another author I need to add to my ever growing binge buying list – Nicole Banks blew me away! I definitely went into this thinking it would be a decently good read with some steam but I did not expect to be blown away. It was intoxicating.

I have not read many mob themed dramas. Don’t get me wrong I don’t dislike them, but I find it hard to connect with these types of scenarios mostly because either the drama of the situation overshadows the romance or the romance completely backhands the foundation of the storyline. Banks really met my expectations on this front. Not only did the romance build the overall premise but there was substance to back up this world the characters lived in. 

Tommy is definitely my everything. I am sorry – I said it, I admitted it. I am sorry, I love a good strong willed male character. He had this strong, pensive personality that called to me as the reader yet he also held a certain level of vulnerability that was screaming for attention. Naila on the other hand was definitely the star for me. She was empowering, beautiful and damn well feminine prowess of scrumptious. Though at times she did have this inferior sentiments when concerning her boyfriend, I still found her deliciously interesting. Quirky, sexually intoned, fun. She was great.

Right at the bat there was a connection between Naila and Tommy. From their first tension filled meeting to the point they were diving into this world together it was beyond delicious. When I wasn’t swooning over the panty-dropping shenanigans I was laughing. They were just entertaining in all avenues. 

Aside from the fact that I did enjoy the character dynamics, most definitely their personality and chemistry, I still had a slight pet peeve with the writing style. Normally I love multiple personalities, even in breaks on chapters without notifying the reader of the character still doesn’t bother me, however with Tesoro at times the perspectives would switch randomly within chapters by just the change in paragraph. Normally I would have expected a break of shorts, some defining commentary to really pinpoint the character’s perspective but this lacked on that front for me. At many points it left me rather confused and really forced me to disconnect with the plot and the characters.

Just jibbled up the flow if you get my drift…

Overall this was definitely amazing. I enjoyed it thoroughly. The characters, between Naila and Tommy were downright captivating; their entire romance and the drama leading their world was intense. And that cliffhanger?! On my lanta… I cannot be held responsible for the lose in my sanity at this point. I need more and I need it now!

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He was gone for her the second he saw her sitting alone at that restaurant. He had deep-seated need to get inside of her––to know her, to consume her in the way she had captured him by just breathing.

Whatever he was hit with that first night, only seemed to intensify over these past few days, like someone decided to turn the volume up on what he was feeling.

He chuckled low in his throat, when he thought about the power she already had over him. She could ask him to destroy the world, and he’d do it with ease simply because she asked.

He hit the text icon and sent a message to Naila: Make sure you have your dessert, tesoro. I’ll see you later tonight.

The phone chimed: If I didn’t know any better, I’d think you were trying to fatten me up. Lol.

Tommy: I like my women with a healthy appetite for things….food is one of them.

Naila: And what are the other ones?

Tommy: I’d much rather show you. Oh and Naila?

Naila: Yes?

Tommy: Don’t even think about playing with yourself to relieve that ache between your legs. I want that privilege, tesoro.

She didn’t respond right away. Tommy didn’t think he overstepped, but texting was a weird space for people to communicate. He’d much rather call her––to hear the exact moment her breathing changed when he told her not to touch herself. But he didn’t want to give the boys in the warehouse any hint to who he was talking to.

The phone chimed; he looked down and smiled.

Naila: I don’t like being told what to do, Tommy. You should learn that, quickly. Besides, I’ve already had my fingers inside of me, making myself cum twice. It didn’t take long, either. All I had to do was imagine my fingers were you.”

Tommy let out a pained chuckle, and all eyes shot to him. He shook his head and turned his back on Bear and the guards to give himself whatever privacy he could. He didn’t want Bear to see exactly what he was feeling written all over his face.

Tommy: What am I going to do with you, tesoro? You have my dick painfully hard, and you relieved yourself while I suffer? That’s not nice. I’ll be sure to punish you for that when I come back to you.

Naila: Promises, promises. Be careful tonight, Tommy.

Tommy: Always, tesoro

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About Nicole Banks

Creatively living through music, writing and yoga. I love the arts and how they move you and make you feel. Reading has always been a great love of mine right after my love of  music. Each song written is a story waiting to be told. Which, along with my over active imagination fueled my desire to write about the chaos that goes on in my head.I love
stringing words together. I love making people get lost in a story and connecting with fictional characters that remind them of someone they know. I published my first book Shattered in 2013. It’s the first installment in the Shattered Hearts Series. Shattered started out as an assignment for a college course I took at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. After I graduated college I went through my old papers and reconnected with the story morphing into so much more then what I wrote in my college course.Now you can find me doing yoga, listening to music and working on getting out all the stories in my head, including dabbling in poetry. (Which I’ve always had a secret love affair with).

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