RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW ~ READY TO LOVE {DAMAGED HEARTS #1} By Franca Storm





Title: Ready To Love
Series: Damaged Hearts
Author: Franca Storm
Genre: New Adult/College Rocker Romance
 Release Date: August 10, 2015

She is the one woman who is always off limits…



When arrogant frat guy, Axel, attempts to make a claim on her, John suffers a painful wakeup call, quickly realizing that his feelings for Nicki are not purely platonic. Recognizing that Axel’s intentions are anything but innocent, John’s possessiveness spirals out of control, sparking a dangerous feud. 
Nicola Lewis can’t bear to be touched. Haunted by an awful past that she has been unable to escape, she has kept her distance from the opposite sex. And she’s been just fine living her life that way: safe and uncomplicated with no chance of getting hurt again. 
Until an unexpected kiss changes everything… 
But John and Nicki must decide whether the burgeoning desire between them is worth the risk. Is this a case of love conquers all, or a huge mistake that could destroy everything?


College rocker and infamous playboy, John Kingston, has screwed his way through most of the women on campus. But there’s one woman he will never touch: his best friend and band mate, Nicki. For four years, he’s been her protector and her confidant.

***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review - Jacquie / Scandalous Book Blog***
This is my first book by Franca Storm but it won’t be my last.
Nicki and John have been best friends and band mates for years, he’s a notorious player and she’s  damaged due to things that happened in her past. When one of the college bad boys makes a play for her, John realises he his feelings for her, but will he be able to overcome his fears about commitment  and step up to the mark.
I really enjoyed this book and found myself rooting for this couple from the first page, despite his  womanising ways John was sweet and caring and I loved the fact that Nicki didn’t let her past define her future.
This book was a standalone but I hope we get a follow up with the other band members. Well worth  reading.

AMAZON US / UK

As I lay back on the bed, propping the pillows up behind me so that I’m half lying, half sitting, I suddenly feel insanely nervous. Shit. I cross my legs, feeling uncomfortable not wearing any underwear beneath the skimpy slip of a nightdress. I try to strike what I think is a sexy pose, but everything feels so awkward. I’ve seen women do it in the movies—how do they pull it off so easily?


I can’t do this.



I slide off the bed, intending to make my way into the bathroom to grab my bathrobe when the door opens. Oh no! Too late!



“Got your text. So, you’ve got me alone. So, what’s—oh shit!” John’s voice comes from the door.



I cringe. Shit. “Hi,” I squeak over my shoulder.



He shuts the door behind him and chuckles. “Are you gonna turn around or talk to me with your back to me all night?”



“I…uh…I need my robe.”



“No,” he says huskily.



I force myself to turn around. The moment I do, his eyes dart to mine suddenly. I grin inwardly, knowing that they were staring at my ass just a second earlier. I can see the coiled tension in his body, the stiff set of his jaw and I know he’s struggling to keep his gaze on my eyes and not elsewhere. If I was any other girl, he wouldn’t bother. It makes me feel bad, like I’m teasing him or something.



“You can look,” I tell him.



But he still doesn’t. In fact, he slaps his hand over his eyes. “Shit, Nicki. I…uh…why are you wearing…that?”



“Can you remove your hand and look at me?”



He shakes his head.



“Fine.” I take a deep breath and perch on the edge of the bed. “Nothing happened after our kiss the other day. No nightmares. Nothing.”



“Really?” he asks, intrigued.



“Yeah.”



“And?” he presses.



“I don’t know if it was a mistake to you, or what. If you’ve been avoiding me, or whether I’ve subconsciously been avoiding you or something. I wanted to clear it up tonight.”



“There’s something else,” he accuses.



Dammit, he knows me too well. “I…uh…will you…touch me?”



His hand falls away and his gaze snaps to mine. “What?”



I climb onto the bed and ease myself back against the pillows, hoping I don’t actually look as awkward as I feel.



He shakes his head. “Nicki…”



“It was a mistake, wasn’t it?” I ask, suddenly embarrassed as hell. I pull the covers up to shield myself. “Oh crap,” I mumble. “Can you leave and give me a second to get dressed and then we’ll talk this out?”



“No,” he says. Before I know it, he’s climbing onto the other side of the bed. “That’s not what I meant. I just wanted you to know that you don’t have to do this.”



“I want to,” I say, pushing the covers aside.



This time, his eyes are all over me. “Nicki, once you give me the green light, I’m not sure I’m gonna be able to stop.”



Oh my God. I swallow hard and tell him, “I want you to touch me.”





Franca was born in Surrey, England and currently lives in Niagara Falls, Canada with her husband and their labrador, Rocky.

She is a long-time lover of erotica and romance novels, especially those with sexy-as-sin alpha males. She decided to try her hand at writing her own and writing romance is now her obsession and the perfect way to put her dirty mind to good use!


Her writing spans many different sub-genres of romance: contemporary, biker romance, paranormal romance, new adult, romantic erotica and romance suspense. She’s got a ton of stories to tell and many more works up her sleeve.



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