ARC Review – On the Surface by Nikki Ash

Overall: 3.5/5 β­β­β­πŸ’«
Steam: 3/5 πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
Feels: πŸ˜’πŸ˜‘πŸ˜ŸπŸ€”πŸ˜πŸ₯°

Tear jerker: No
Paranormal/Fantasy: No
Location: North Carolina, NYC
Character age range: mainly early 30s with flashbacks to late teens early 20s
Lead: Celeste Leblanc
Love interest(s): Jase Crawford
HEA: Yes

Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Audible: No
Series: Imperfect Love Series – (Standalone series – each book can be read as a stand alone)
1. The Pickup – released 2/7/19
2. Going Deep – released 4/6/19
3. On the Surface – releases 6/22/19

~QD πŸ”₯~
Sex/kink type: manual, oral, penetrative, anal
Possible triggers: betrayal, death of a parent

The Quick and Dirty: Insta-love + second chance + single dad romance that was a quick and easy read. Good summer book for anyone who loves fashion and tattooed guys with golden hearts.Β Β 

While it was an overall enjoyable read, and the sex was hot, I couldn’t connect with Celeste. The insta-love between she and Jase in the beginning was mildly off-putting but where I had the most trouble was with how superficial and self-centered Celeste seemed. Her personality flaws (even those beneath the surface) didn’t feel endearing but instead something that caused me to question why Jase kept overlooking them. Some of the story elements also seemed a little too over-exaggerated. I really enjoyed seeing the interactions with some of the author’s previous characters though and thought the end of the book brought a fitting and satisfying conclusion. A good book for a day lounging by the pool.

** I was generously provided an ARC in return for a voluntary and honest review. *

People see what they want to see. They only view what’s on the surface, and they’re easy to fool. I let them see on the outside that I’m a successful businesswoman. My clothes are designer, my makeup flawless, and I live in a high-rise condo in Lennox Hills. They see perfection, not what lies beneath the surface.

The real me, the one I keep hidden is a broken-hearted woman who uses the makeup to hide her tears. The expensive clothing covers a heart once shattered by love. The walls of my expensive home shelter a lonely woman who hides the fact that deep down she wants to be loved. A woman who is too scared to risk her fragile heart.

For ten years, I’ve managed to hide behind the image of perfection. Only letting people see what’s on the surface.

Until I ran into him.

Now, every raw emotion, every shattered piece of my heart that I buried long ago is exposed outside the protective walls of my high-rise condo. No matter how hard I try, I can’t keep the walls from crumbling. He sees me beyond the image that I’ve created. He says he can handle what’s below the surface, but can I?

*On the Surface is a standalone second chance, single dad romance*




Nikki Ash resides in South Florida where she is an English teacher and mom by day and a writer by night. When she’s not writing, you can find her with a book in her hand. From the Boxcar Children to Wuthering Heights to the latest Single Parent Romance, she has lived and breathed every type of book.

Reading is like breathing in, writing is like breathing out. – Pam Allyn

While reading and writing are her passions, her two children are her entire world. You can probably find them at a Disney park before you would find them at home on the weekends!