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Thursday, July 26, 2018

All or Nothing at All by Jennifer Probst - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

For Tristan being part of the Pierce family business and living in a small town used to be a nightmare, that's why he left and built a name for himself in New York. After the death of his father he inherited a share of the company and came back to run it together with his brothers. After a year he's still not used to one aspect of his current situation, spending time again with Sydney, the woman he’s always loved, but never let in. She’s aiming for a job as CFO of their company, which makes him realize she’s no longer the little girl he grew up with. Sydney is a successful single mother, a force to be reckoned with, does Tristan stand a chance to win back the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with?

Tristan broke Sydney’s heart many years ago. His distant and cold attitude made it hard for her to get through to him when she needed him the most and she had to make some difficult decisions by herself. This means there are many unresolved issues between them and there’s a lot Sydney hasn’t told Tristan. Now that he’s showing an interest again her heart want nothing more than to say yes to the man she’s always loved with her entire soul, but is it possible to make a fresh start after everything that happened in the past?

All or Nothing at All is a terrific sexy love story. Tristan is the one for Sydney and she’s known ever since their first meeting. He has trust issues and doesn’t easily let people in. Sydney has never been able to completely break down his walls. Every time she makes a little progress Tristan withdraws. He shows her plenty of passion, but isn't always kind and I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough to find out if he’d eventually be able to open his heart. Sydney is a wonderful generous person. She usually has claws, but whenTristan asks something of her, she can’t say no. There are many unresolved issues between them and discovering if they’d be able to overcome their problems kept me glued to the pages. 

Jennifer Probst has an amazing dynamic writing style. Her story is fast-paced and filled with energy and emotion. I loved that her main characters aren’t perfect, their flaws make them interesting and very enjoyable to read about. She thoroughly explores each feeling and every obstacle and the result is a fantastic complex love story. There’s plenty of chemistry, sparks are flying off the pages, and each interaction between the main characters is intense and meaningful. I love it when a romantic story is so powerful and highly recommend All or Nothing at All.

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If you love passionate love stories you don't want to miss All or Nothing at All. It's the third book in the Billionaire Builders series, but can also be read as a standalone.

About Jennifer Probst


I’ve always wanted to be a writer. At twelve, I took a pen in hand and wrote my first love story. I haven’t stopped since. Those heroines taught me valuable lessons that served me well. I learned to keep my head up high and surge forward when I was afraid; I learned to demand respect in a relationship; I learned about compromise and dreams and independence. Those are the stories I want to write, and I can only hope I give back some of the joy I received over the years.

I live in the beautiful Hudson Valley in upstate New York. I’ve traveled to many places but always seem to be drawn back to the mountains. I graduated with a proper business degree, received a masters in English Literature, and am humbled to now spend my days dedicated to my family and my characters. I’ve pursued many career paths such as travel agent, yoga teacher, dating coordinator, and insurance salesperson. I’ve wanted to be an airline pilot, a dancer, an archaeologist, and a vineyard owner. I have been all of the above through romance novels, and intend to explore many more.

One of my turning points in my career was when I joined Romance Writers of America and met the wonderful people in my local chapter, The Hudson Valley RWA. Through supportive critique sessions, I learned how to develop my raw skills to get a publishable manuscript. My overnight success was twenty years in the making, and I don’t regret a minute. It was that time polishing craft, learning, growing, and working hard that made the difference.

My “leisure time” is spent reading, traveling to meet my amazing readers, watching shameful reality television, and raising two active boys. I believe animals are the other children in this world, and enjoy spending time at the local animal shelter, where I got my first “baby” Bella, a shepherd hound mix who made Marley look like a saint. I rescued my second dog from an abusive home, a beagle, basset hound who was the peacemaker in the household and now resides at Rainbow Bridge, missed every day.

I met the love of my life when I had finally given up on my own romantic journey. The first time he asked me out he promised to buy my book if he could buy me dinner. We had dinner and fell in love over sushi and haven’t been apart since. We married and settled into domestic bliss. That’s when I learned it wasn’t about happy endings. It was about happy beginnings.

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Interview

1) Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

I’ve been writing romance since I was twelve years old! I wrote my first young adult romance longhand, bound it in a folder, and took it to school to read to all my friends. I haven’t stopped writing since! I live in upstate New York with my two boys, rescue dog, and husband. I adore reading, trashy reality tv, HGTV, food, wine, Scrabble, betting on horses, and volunteering at the local dog shelter.

2) What’s the inspiration behind the Pierce brothers?

I’m addicted to HGTV – especially the Property Brothers. I decided it would be fun to create my own brothers for a series and have each one of them own a special talent, such as construction, wood working, and design/real estate flipping. Then I added an architect lol! It’s been so much fun to create my own book series revolved around my favorite shows!

3) Can you describe the main characters of All or Nothing at All in eight words each?

Tristan is a determined, stubborn alpha who needed to carve his own way in the world. He regrets losing the only woman he ever loved.

Sydney made Tristan her entire world, and when he left, she was shattered. She holds a secret that will change everything for both of them.

Sydney is loyal, loving, nurturing, feisty, and focused.

4) What’s so beautiful about second chances in love?

The do-over. Don’t’ we all love a do-over? It shows that there is forgiveness in love and gives us hope. Sometimes, the timing isn’t right and I love to explore that concept in a second chance romance.

5) What does true love mean to you?

Acceptance of the person as he/she truly is. Kindness. Respect. Humor. Sticking with it through good and bad days. Showing up. Compromise. All the beautiful things in life that make love special.

6) Your main characters have strong personalities, what’s the most fascinating part of creating them?

There is nothing I like more than a kick ass heroine who challenges an alpha male hero. Strong personalities and characters interest me and leap off the page. I love to dig deep and find allt he hidden pain and vulnerabilities each one is working through, and then pair them with a soul-mate who is meant to heal.

7) For you a happy ending actually means a happy beginning, when did you realize this and how does it influence the endings you give your main characters?

Yes, that’s my motto. Love doesn’t end at a kiss, or marriage, or I love you. It’s a day to day of showing up and being present. This always influences all my endings because I think ahead to what will happen to the couple as they grow together and change. It’s another reason I love writing short stories and revisiting my characters years later.

8) Which characteristics should a great romantic hero have?

I love a hero who’s sometimes a bit of an asshole LOL!!! Then I can redeem him and show how he grew and changed. But his heart must always be pure. He must be passionate, loyal, protective, kind, and have a great sense of humor.

9) You love giving your main characters interesting professions, which profession do you still dream of writing about?

I always dreamed of being a dancer on Broadway even though I have no ability LOL! One day, I’m gong to write about it!

10) What are your plans for the future?

Many more books! The Start of Something Good just released and is the first in my brand new STAY series. The Charm of You is a Romcom releasing this August, and A Brand New Ending is the second book in the STAY series in October

Giveaway

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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of Everywhere and Every Way by Jennifer Probst.


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

26 comments:

  1. The book covers are so romantic and heart warming. I always get pulled into a book through the cover :)

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  2. All or Nothing at All sounds like a swoon-worthy, second chance romance and a great addition to the Billionaire Builders series.

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  3. I met her this year at the RARE event in Rome.
    She is so so nice & funny!

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  4. I agree with Jennifer, I also enjoy a romantic hero who is a bit of an arsehole!

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  5. This novel sounds like a page turner to me, hopefully with a happy ending.

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  6. Lol, just as long as he is not an ass all the time I am all in! :D I do like heroes like that

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  7. I LOVE Jennifer. I've read several of her books, and I'm hooked on her! <3 <3

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  8. All or Nothing at all sounds great! Thank you

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  9. Sounds like a story I will enjoy.

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  10. Sounds like a great book and series.

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  11. I love your own romantic story. So Sweet.

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  12. Love Jennifer Probst books! :)

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  13. A great romantic yarn always makes me smile xx

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  14. Love the sound of these books. Thanks for sharing x

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  15. What a wonderful book! Great interview. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I so want to read this book!

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  17. I agree with Jeniffer that second chances in love are beautiful because sometimes the timing isn’t right.

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  18. I loved Jennifer's books ever since I found the Marriage Bargain at my local library!

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  19. Such a wonderful review. I got to know a bit about Jennifer. And I already love her books.

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  20. This sounds a really engrossing book

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  21. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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  22. I love her books but I didn't get a chance to read this one yet

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