On the Surface

On the Surface

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...

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Title:On the Surface
Author:Nikki Ash
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On the Surface Reviews

  • Shannon

    Just when I think I found a new favorite from Nikki Ash, she releases another one that has me astonished! She makes her characters so real and relatable. I want Jase to be my boyfriend and Celeste to be my best friend. If you want some hot sex scenes, heart wrenching feels and a damage heroine, you’ll love this story.

    I knew from reading Going Deep that Jase and Celeste had a past. I wasn’t sure how Jase could be redeemed. In my mind he was a bad boy that had hurt Celeste. I could tell by her rea

    Just when I think I found a new favorite from Nikki Ash, she releases another one that has me astonished! She makes her characters so real and relatable. I want Jase to be my boyfriend and Celeste to be my best friend. If you want some hot sex scenes, heart wrenching feels and a damage heroine, you’ll love this story.

    I knew from reading Going Deep that Jase and Celeste had a past. I wasn’t sure how Jase could be redeemed. In my mind he was a bad boy that had hurt Celeste. I could tell by her reactions that she had been hurt, I just didn’t know what happened until I started reading On the Surface. Oh how I was wrong!! Jase is a hot tattoo artist who twisted me up and made me all googly eyed just from reading his words. Celeste tries to act like nothing touches her or hurts her but her one weak spot is Jase. She tried to hide behind her career, makeup and clothes, however there’s more going on with her than what meets the eye.

    I couldn’t get enough of Jase being a dad and how Celeste reacted to it. I also loved the push and pull at the beginning. Celeste tried so hard to resist Jase. This is a story I’ll never forget and my favorite singe dad book to date!

  • Lynzi Nguyen

    I tried to let my heart settle before I wrote this review, but I can't. I can't let this story go. I keep running it through my mind over and over, and the feels just wont go away.

    I went into this story ready and fully waiting to embrace Jase and all his bad boy tattoo artist glory. Because who doesn't love or want a bad boy? But Jase showed a completely different side of himself that I was not waiting for. It can't believe I will say this but he gave my favorite Nikki Ash man a run for his mon

    I tried to let my heart settle before I wrote this review, but I can't. I can't let this story go. I keep running it through my mind over and over, and the feels just wont go away.

    I went into this story ready and fully waiting to embrace Jase and all his bad boy tattoo artist glory. Because who doesn't love or want a bad boy? But Jase showed a completely different side of himself that I was not waiting for. It can't believe I will say this but he gave my favorite Nikki Ash man a run for his money. With Killian I swooned...so hard. But with Jase...Jase made my heart soar. His heart..oh man his heart. We need more men like this!

    In book one of this series, The Pick Up, I didnt like Celeste. Like AT ALL. Borderline hate even. Book 2, Going Deep, had me seconding guess my feels for a bit, but not completely. I still didnt like her. But this book...this book changed it all!

    "And from the chaos of her soul flowed beauty."

    To say that Nikki Ash blew me away, is a complete understatement. She made me fall in love with a character I didn't want to. She made me cry for her when I didn't think it was ever possible. She has opened my eyes to see that what broken people show on the surface isn't always the heart of things. There is so much more.

    THIS was so much more.

  • Tabitha Willbanks

    Full disclosure... I really wasn't a fan of Celeste. But that changed in a huge way! On the Surface is a beautiful second chance romance that will have your heart soaring! Jase and Celeste become the perfect halves of a whole.

    We first meet Jase in Going Deep, and I knew there was going to be a story there, but I hadn't figured it out yet. Celeste's reaction to seeing him was the perfect foreshadow.

    Now we jump into On the Surface. Holy emotions! We finally get Celeste's full backstory and that

    Full disclosure... I really wasn't a fan of Celeste. But that changed in a huge way! On the Surface is a beautiful second chance romance that will have your heart soaring! Jase and Celeste become the perfect halves of a whole.

    We first meet Jase in Going Deep, and I knew there was going to be a story there, but I hadn't figured it out yet. Celeste's reaction to seeing him was the perfect foreshadow.

    Now we jump into On the Surface. Holy emotions! We finally get Celeste's full backstory and that poor girl was put through the proverbial ringer. And Jase... Sweet, single daddy, hot, panty melting Jase! I like to say if I still had my ovaries they would have exploded.

    On the Surface is everything we've come to expect from a Nikki Ash book: a lot of humor, a lot of heat, low drama, and a lot of love.

  • Jennifer Shiflett

    Jase is a single dad, and one of the best I’ve ever read. He’s sharing the top of my Nikki Ash pedestal with Tristan from Clinched.

    Celeste is much more than what she seems when you first read about her in The Pickup. I absolutely love her.

    I’m not good at writing reviews, and I’ve been trying to come up with adequate words to review this book since last week. Suffice it to say, I LOVED this book. This will be a definite reread for me. Probably in the near future.

  • Emma Johnston

    With each book I read of Nikki's, I swear it's my favourite. Then I read another and it's like no, that's my favourite. It's an awesome problem to have!

    Celeste and Jase's story genuinely is my favourite of this series so far. The fact that there is more to Celeste that what we met previously is brilliant. And Jase is definitely her perfect guy.

    Single dad and second chance, two of my favourite troupes and ones that Nikki writes amazingly.

    Another fantastic 5 star read!

  • Up All Night With Books

    Another exceptional read!

    is hands down one of my favorite single parent, second chance romance novels. Nikki Ash not only wrote an amazing story, she turned me into mush.

    On The Surface is the third book in the

    series. If you have read the previous books, which you should, you probably thought the same way I did, there is no way Nikki Ash was going to make me like the heroine. Not only

    Another exceptional read!

    is hands down one of my favorite single parent, second chance romance novels. Nikki Ash not only wrote an amazing story, she turned me into mush.

    On The Surface is the third book in the

    series. If you have read the previous books, which you should, you probably thought the same way I did, there is no way Nikki Ash was going to make me like the heroine. Not only did I end up liking her, but by the end of the book, she became one of my favorite heroines.

    Celeste grew up in a broken home, she never met her dad and her mom was too busy being drunk. From a very early age, she learned that the key to her happiness was going to be money. As she got older her dreams became more ambitious. She thought the only way to get out of her home situation was to find a wealthy man to marry. Love was never in the picture. Her view on love had been tarnished by her mother and no one would change that. Except she did fall in love, it happened when she was only eighteen. She fell in love hard and fast. She was willing to give up all her dreams and ambitions for the one she thought she loved until he broke her heart.

    Jase was absolutely dreamy! He looked like your typical bad boy, but he was far from it. Also from a broken home, he went to school, opened his own business, and took care of his siblings. Jase had everything he could want, including a teenage daughter. The only thing that was missing from his life was a significant other. He had found love once, only to have her run away without an explanation or a second glance. Ever since “the one that got away” he had dated and had been in short relationships, but his heart always belonged to her.

    One misunderstanding destroyed what could have been an everlasting love. Years later Celeste and Jase are brought together by mutual friends. To their surprise the chemistry they once had had only intensified as the years passed. Both had suffered hardships and grown since the last time they had seen each other.

    Could it be as easy as just re-connecting? They once thought they had fallen in love and lost it, this was their second chance at that everlasting love. But now there was a third person to consider, Jase had a daughter. In order for their relationship to work, they had to learn to love and accept the changes that came with the time they spent apart.

    Nikki Ash could not have written Celeste and Jase’s story any better! It was an absolute page turner, probably my favorite book in the series. I love that we got a glimpse of the other couples from the two previous books, but more than that, I loved that she gave us more on Jase’s brother and sister. I can NOT wait to see what Nikki Ash writes next!

  • 2OCC Reviews

    My my my this author always has a way of cutting me in the most beautiful ways. When it came to Jace and Celeste you can’t help but root them on. Seeing them cope with their issues, seeing them move on from misunderstandings, seeing them fall deeper and deeper in love was something you shouldn’t miss. I loved so much about Jace but won’t go into details because I don’t like spoiling but he was such an amazing man. He didn’t care that Celeste made more then him, he didn’t make her beg for his for

    My my my this author always has a way of cutting me in the most beautiful ways. When it came to Jace and Celeste you can’t help but root them on. Seeing them cope with their issues, seeing them move on from misunderstandings, seeing them fall deeper and deeper in love was something you shouldn’t miss. I loved so much about Jace but won’t go into details because I don’t like spoiling but he was such an amazing man. He didn’t care that Celeste made more then him, he didn’t make her beg for his forgiveness, he moved forward and just lived.

    There were scenes in this book that brought tears to my eyes, and I will say that I should expect that from her writing. It was filled with heart and mild drama, but I was never mad at the characters. I loved seeing my favorites and getting a better look at others. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. I think the author is going to rip my heart out and I personally can’t wait. 5 stars #2OCCJD

  • Kahea

    I knew Celeste’s story would be a good one, but this was more.

    So. Much. More than good. It was awesome! The swoons and big dopey cheek hurting grins were numerous, as were the heartbreaking and heart mending ones...and then you add in the smexy...let me tell you this book had it all and more!

    So, Celeste. Let’s be real. She was an evil queen incarnate when I first met her in The Pick Up, and I have to admit that because she was, she absolutely fascinated me and there w

    I knew Celeste’s story would be a good one, but this was more.

    So. Much. More than good. It was awesome! The swoons and big dopey cheek hurting grins were numerous, as were the heartbreaking and heart mending ones...and then you add in the smexy...let me tell you this book had it all and more!

    So, Celeste. Let’s be real. She was an evil queen incarnate when I first met her in The Pick Up, and I have to admit that because she was, she absolutely fascinated me and there was that knowing that there was so much more to her that I NEEDED to know more about her and does this book give you all that. It doesn’t forgive her bitchness, but it does explain it and as I got to see the real Celeste, I ended up adoring her. She is kind and caring, but she is also a hardass and knows how to play the game and I loved seeing both sides of her become one as she worked through the issues of the past.

    Jase. Ink’d up “bad boy” on the outside, sweet, caring, almost marshmallow like goodness on the inside ~ but all wrapped up tight in a protective smexy as sin alpha male package (does that even make sense?? LOL). I mean, talk about being my kind of book boyfriend.

    As for their journey to their HEA. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. I loved their bantering, the smexy was nuclear and just enjoyed how they actually communicated with each other after they worked through what happened in the past. But what got me, both times around, was how much fun it was to be around them and it was because they simply flowed well together. They, for all their differences, we perfect for each other on every level.

    This may just be my fav of the series (so, far...will there be more??) Jase and Celeste were awesome and I loved catching up with Nick, Olivia, Reed, Killian and Giselle and seeing how close they’ve all gotten. And then there are Jax, Quinn and Skyla, I’m crossing my toes they all get their own books because they definitely need some good ole HEA loving too.

    As noted at the bottom of the books description, On the Surface can be read as a standalone, and it can, but I highly recommend that you start at the beginning and read both The Pick Up & Going Deep so you fully understand the dynamic between all the characters and why certain things garner a certain reaction.

  • Allyson ☘️

    This is basically my thought process on this one...

    Nikki Ash wrote a book? Sign me up!

    It's a second chance romance? Gimme!

    It's a single dad trope?! OMG, I NEED IT NOW!

    I think I was in the minority when I didn't hate Celeste at the end of The Pickup (and Going Deep). I didn't really care for her but I definitely didn't hate her. I felt she was misunderstood and I couldn't wait to read her story. I wanted to dive into her background and find out how she ended up the way she did. Why was she cast a

    This is basically my thought process on this one...

    Nikki Ash wrote a book? Sign me up!

    It's a second chance romance? Gimme!

    It's a single dad trope?! OMG, I NEED IT NOW!

    I think I was in the minority when I didn't hate Celeste at the end of The Pickup (and Going Deep). I didn't really care for her but I definitely didn't hate her. I felt she was misunderstood and I couldn't wait to read her story. I wanted to dive into her background and find out how she ended up the way she did. Why was she cast as the villain? I needed to get inside her head! (I blame my current obsession with serial killers and psychology for that.. LOL)

    Jase and Celeste, man... they are something else.

    I really enjoyed reading their story.

    There were a couple things that didn't personally work for me but it was a good story. I mean, it's a sexy, tattooed, single dad, what's not to love??

  • Luzia Bielefeld *BookWhore BR*

    4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Liked it!

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