Series Report: In the Heart of a Valentine by Stephanie Nicole Norris

Posted October 16, 2021 by Angie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

In the Heart of a Valentine is a series of Contemporary Romance novels following the Valentines, six brothers from an uber wealthy Black family of Chicago. The Valentines are actually septuplets, which is not something I had read before! Yes, I know I said six brothers and then said they’re septuplets, but one them died as a baby which plays a role in one of the brothers’ books.

This isn’t a favorite series of mine, but I enjoyed the books. I binged all nine of them over a few days. The Valentine brothers are extremely charming and treat their women like princesses. They cook, run baths, donate to their charities, whisk them away on amazing vacations! I mean, they are ridiculously wealthy so they can do these things.

The one thing that does sick about these books is the sex. I enjoyed the romances and the plots (when they exist) but the sex is bad. It does get better as the books go along, but that’s just from terrible to not good. The first three books are the worst with weird anatomically questionable moves such as hips rotating in wombs and tongues drilling inner walls and the like. It’s bad.

I don’t know if I can actually recommend In the Heart of a Valentine, because these books definitely need some editing, but they’re certainly not the worst books. I did enjoy them overall.

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Series Report: In the Heart of a Valentine by Stephanie Nicole NorrisNo Holds Barred (In the Heart of a Valentine #1) by Stephanie Nicole Norris
Published by Self Published on April 4, 2018
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook (258 pages)
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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 infamous playboy throws her off balance and rattles her world. She hadn't expected to be drawn so meticulously to another but denying the magnetism that lures her is a futile fight.

As President of VFC Energy, a fortune 500 company, Hunter Valentine is at the top of his game. The renowned bachelor holds no secrets about his risqué rendezvous, and his allegiance is saved for family only. However, when Hunter spots Camilla Augustina, dining alone at the breakfast hut in his building, he can't explain the adulation that runs through his core and shakes his entire world. Lust never weakened him like this, and the inclination of love at first site was silly. But when Hunter decides to prove the sudden rapture is unreal, he may find himself enamored by love.

three-stars

Series Report: In the Heart of a Valentine by Stephanie Nicole NorrisA Risque Engagement (In the Heart of a Valentine #2) by Stephanie Nicole Norris
Published by Self Published on June 3, 2018
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook (214 pages)
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On the surface, Corinne Thomas has the world at her fingertips. As a stewardess for one of the largest airlines, Corinne travels the globe, gaining a glimpse of what most people only fantasize about. Adventurous by nature, her daring persona allows her the freedom to take risks and live her life, at times, in complete anonymity. But there is something that lingers deep down that, if brought to light, could stir the masquerade Corinne’s built for herself. For the past few weeks, exchanges with a certain someone wreaks havoc on her ability to maintain a solid pretense. Happily ever afters aren’t for Corinne, but when her soul is roused by the magnificence of his authority, Corinne considers opening herself to a new set of dangers. Love.

As one of the world’s most powerful sports agents, Xavier Valentine lives his life in the high skies as he flies from one destination to another. Negotiating million-dollar contracts, product endorsements, and meeting league representatives keeps his schedule air-tight. Not only is every hour in his day accounted for, but it’s impossible to get in a room with him without an appointment. That’s why when Xavier finds himself locked in close quarters with Corinne Thomas, he questions the very thing that he’s prided himself on conquering: his mind. Since meeting Corinne on a blind date weeks before, Xavier manages to find time for her at every turn. And the moment he decides to let Corinne in, with her comes a powerful elixir of love.

three-stars

Series Report: In the Heart of a Valentine by Stephanie Nicole NorrisGive Me a Reason (In the Heart of a Valentine #3) by Stephanie Nicole Norris
Published by Self Published on November 15, 2018
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook (205 pages)
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Always the optimist, TV assignment editor Allison Sullivan makes no excuses about the enthusiastic life she leads. As doors of opportunity present themselves, whether in her profession, in her love life, or her friendships, Allison is one to take the task on full speed ahead. But when Allison meets the man she’s investigated in person, the world around her seems to pause as she fumbles to recover from the dynamic energy that clings from him to her. She’s never felt desire forge so deeply within, and the chance at a clandestine meeting raises the stakes on an ensuing love affair.

Award-winning film director Lance Valentine isn’t looking for love, but in the midst of filming a new motion picture, he meets Allison Sullivan in an impromptu dinner at the home he was raised in. At first sight, her beauty takes his breath away, and he finds himself unable to explain the flutter in his heart or the battle in his spirit at the crescent curve of her smile. Career driven and focused on building his empire, Lance has never taken a chance on anything other than his creativity. Until Allison.

While neither of them is looking for romance, they’ll both soon find that an endless possibility of love is within their reach.

three-stars

Series Report: In the Heart of a Valentine by Stephanie Nicole NorrisA Game-Changing Christmas (In the Heart of a Valentine #4) by Stephanie Nicole Norris
Published by Self Published on December 20, 2018
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook (136 pages)
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Two prominent families. A six-year rivalry. A common enemy.

In this season of giving, love is in the air for the Rose and Valentine families. Because of the addition of in-laws, they both are in pursuit of new land and developments to build lasting memories with the ones they hold dear.
So when they submit bids against one another, their rivalry heats to a level that will bring them to a head; until they both become outbid by a new competitor. On the heels of a love affair brewing, the need for a partnership arises that may shut down the foundation of their feud permanently, or possibly, extend it.
Can the families put aside their pride to reach their ultimate goal and mend fences? Or will their feud continue with no end in sight?

two-stars

Series Report: In the Heart of a Valentine by Stephanie Nicole NorrisWith Your Permission (In the Heart of a Valentine #5) by Stephanie Nicole Norris
Published by Self Published on February 12, 2019
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook (240 pages)
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It was their first encounter that landed them in newfound territory.

Up and coming wedding planner Bri St. James is in the height of her career. As the CEO of Building Bridges LLC, Bri is driven by determination for success, and each day makes for new opportunities abound. However, while planning the wedding of one of Chicago’s hottest couples, Bri’s focus is shifted when the strum of a nocturnal voice captures her attention. Being an empath has empowered her sense of compassion for others, so she’s not only drawn to him because of his broken heart but also from a fierce attraction that sparks her interest and tap dances on a groove on her heart. Getting involved with someone who’s not open to love may prove to be the most difficult road Bri has ever journeyed, but she’s unable to stop herself from falling into an irresistible tango of love.

World-renowned photographer Raphael Valentine hasn’t been in the public eye since the tragic death of his fiancée four years prior. To date, his time is spent helping his charity of choice—educating the community about the dangers of driving while intoxicated. For him, love is a thing of the past until meeting Bri St. James at his brother’s rehearsal dinner made Raphael question what he’d always believed to be true. There was no explanation for the riot of pulsing sensations that ripped through his core when his eyes met hers. The unquenchable heat that followed stirred his soul, sending his heart on a quest he himself hadn’t agreed to venture on. As a friendship between the two flourishes, and they're cloaked in a dynamic surge of desire, Raphael is met with the ultimate challenge: surrender to a second chance at love or abandon his happily ever after for a lifetime.

three-stars

Series Report: In the Heart of a Valentine by Stephanie Nicole NorrisIn Pursuit of You (In the Heart of a Valentine #6) by Stephanie Nicole Norris
Published by Self Published on December 24, 2019
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook (160 pages)
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As the owner of WTZB broadcast station, Avery Michele was determined to make her grandfather’s legacy thrive, even if her duties included being in front of the camera for Chicago’s hottest events. However, Avery didn’t foresee catching the eye of one determined bachelor. And after accepting his invitation to lunch, an unexpected craving for more than nutrition storms her with heat that takes her breath away. But with life outside of her profession shifting in the wrong direction, the thought of disappearing is the impetus that makes Avery run away from love.

Jilted at the altar, Aerospace Engineer DeAndre Valentine vowed to never put his heart on the line again. But after a chance encounter puts him in the proximity of Avery Michele, something about the mysterious beauty sends him on an exploratory mission. One that could prove his heart was meant to be broken or be the very thing to make him believe in love again.

three-stars

Series Report: In the Heart of a Valentine by Stephanie Nicole NorrisAnd This I Swear (In the Heart of a Valentine #7) by Stephanie Nicole Norris
Published by Self Published on February 12, 2020
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook (122 pages)
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As the matriarch in one of Chicago’s elite families, Bridgette Valentine has the weight of the world on her shoulders. Coordinating soiree’s for every season, along with pulling her weight as the co-owner of Valentine Media Group, Bridgette is left little time to indulge in the one person who rocks her world, Leslie Valentine. As a domineering force to be reckoned with, and head honcho of their dynasty, Leslie is the epitome of Bridgette’s wildest dreams. He’s not clueless to the way she’s withdrawn from him, and instead of forcing her attention, Leslie sets out to eliminate anything that threatens to come between them, determined to reclaim her soul and nourish her heart once again.

two-stars

Series Report: In the Heart of a Valentine by Stephanie Nicole NorrisImpromptu Seduction (In the Heart of a Valentine #8) by Stephanie Nicole Norris
Published by Self Published on August 2, 2020
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook (320 pages)
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Raised as a debutante, ladylike, and reserved, London Jones has stepped into unknown territory. From the moment her life collided with a man who should’ve been off-limits, a bachelor with a hot reputation—staying out of his way was the sensible thing to do. However, she finds herself caught in a tangled web of passionate fervor whenever he comes near. So much so that her ability to place a barrier between them becomes a futile battle. The heart wants what it wants, and London’s heart yearns for him.

Borboleta...

She was the impetus of his desire. The only one who captured his eye for more than a moment and beckoned his soul to blend in beautiful bliss with hers. For software engineer Kyle Valentine, his attempt to hold back the hedonism that struck whenever they were together threatened to be his undoing. His heart yearned to connect with London’s soul, and soon he finds himself questioning if he’s worthy of her love. But now that he’s gotten next to London, determination becomes the motto for his pursuit and his ultimate will to hold on to her, forever.

three-half-stars

Series Report: In the Heart of a Valentine by Stephanie Nicole NorrisBefore We Say I Do (In the Heart of a Valentine #9) by Stephanie Nicole Norris
Published by Self Published on December 24, 2020
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook (100 pages)
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A dilemma stands in the path of their happily ever after when an unlikely visitor raises suspicions that can’t be ignored.
Can Kyle Valentine and London Jones overcome the obstacle that stands to interrupt the bliss they share, or will their first test of adversity shatter their future before it can begin?

three-stars

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