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Vivienne Never fall in love. That was my motto, and I was sticking to it. Having my heart broken once was enough, and I never wanted to do it again. He was supposed to be a one-night stand, the only thing I do. One rule shouldn’t be so hard to follow, but then I went back for seconds, then thirds. After that, I lost count of the number of times I lost m Vivienne Never fall in love. That was my motto, and I was sticking to it. Having my heart broken once was enough, and I never wanted to do it again. He was supposed to be a one-night stand, the only thing I do. One rule shouldn’t be so hard to follow, but then I went back for seconds, then thirds. After that, I lost count of the number of times I lost myself in his arms. When I wasn’t paying attention, my guard slipped. Mark They call me Private Mark for a reason—my whole life is a secret. For two years, we danced around each other until I got her right where I wanted her ... under me. Now that I had her, I wasn't letting her go. I thought we were on the same page. I thought we were building something great. Boy, was I ever wrong. I had no idea that while I was falling in love, she was trying to convince herself we were temporary. She thought I’d walk away. She was wrong. Now it's time to convince her she wants us too and to show her that the crazy, wild thing we have ... This Is Love.


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Vivienne Never fall in love. That was my motto, and I was sticking to it. Having my heart broken once was enough, and I never wanted to do it again. He was supposed to be a one-night stand, the only thing I do. One rule shouldn’t be so hard to follow, but then I went back for seconds, then thirds. After that, I lost count of the number of times I lost m Vivienne Never fall in love. That was my motto, and I was sticking to it. Having my heart broken once was enough, and I never wanted to do it again. He was supposed to be a one-night stand, the only thing I do. One rule shouldn’t be so hard to follow, but then I went back for seconds, then thirds. After that, I lost count of the number of times I lost myself in his arms. When I wasn’t paying attention, my guard slipped. Mark They call me Private Mark for a reason—my whole life is a secret. For two years, we danced around each other until I got her right where I wanted her ... under me. Now that I had her, I wasn't letting her go. I thought we were on the same page. I thought we were building something great. Boy, was I ever wrong. I had no idea that while I was falling in love, she was trying to convince herself we were temporary. She thought I’d walk away. She was wrong. Now it's time to convince her she wants us too and to show her that the crazy, wild thing we have ... This Is Love.

30 review for This Is Love

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dora Koutsoukou

    3,5 ❤❤❤⭐s The third book of the series “This Is” did not excite me that much as the previous ones. Mark was a GREAT character, Vivienne was sassy, with no filter at all and not interested in relationships. The storyline was very well developed, however there were so many scenes with lovemaking that deprived other moments and developments of the plot. 3,5 ❤️❤️❤️⭐️s The third book of the series “This Is” did not excite me that much as the previous ones. Mark was a GREAT character, Vivienne was sassy, with no filter at all and not interested in relationships. The storyline was very well developed, however there were so many scenes with lovemaking that deprived other moments and developments of the plot.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Leo (Queen of the Rants)

    I will never look at a woman as a heroine in a book or RL knowing that she’s the OW. This woman because I won’t call her heroine has been having an affair with this other man for 2 years. 4 months into their relationship she comes to found out that he has a wife and instead of ending this relationship she continues seeing and having sex with this married man. It’s not until 2 years later that she sees him with his pregnant wife in the street that she breaks things up. What the hell did she expec I will never look at a woman as a heroine in a book or RL knowing that she’s the OW. This woman because I won’t call her heroine has been having an affair with this other man for 2 years. 4 months into their relationship she comes to found out that he has a wife and instead of ending this relationship she continues seeing and having sex with this married man. It’s not until 2 years later that she sees him with his pregnant wife in the street that she breaks things up. What the hell did she expect when she’s the one breaking up a marriage? And yes it takes two to tango but like I said neither a man or woman who goes willingly into a relationship knowing the other party involved is married is a hero or heroine in my book. Cheaters don’t deserve any type of HEA.

  3. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    5 stars! OMG, YES! What a fantastic read! I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one, and honestly with such a bold and out-there heroine, I was a little bit scared, but it’s so, so good! Funny, sexy and romantic with just the right amount of feels, Vivienne’s long-awaited story is fantastically fun, heartfelt and swoony, with a hero to die for, and I loved it! Vivienne has been a fantastically entertaining side character in both the Something So and the This Is series. She is best friends with Karrie, who married Matthew 5 stars! OMG, YES! What a fantastic read! I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one, and honestly with such a bold and out-there heroine, I was a little bit scared, but it’s so, so good! Funny, sexy and romantic with just the right amount of feels, Vivienne’s long-awaited story is fantastically fun, heartfelt and swoony, with a hero to die for, and I loved it! Vivienne has been a fantastically entertaining side character in both the Something So and the This Is series. She is best friends with Karrie, who married Matthew in Something So Perfect, and she has been the rude, crude, and totally unfiltered girlfriend to the girls in the series with her unsolicited advice, oversharing and her loud and proud commitment to singledom and no-strings sex. It’s because of this that I was nervous about this book, that it may be a bit too ‘much’ being in Vivienne’s head so much (better in small doses perhaps?), but no! This book introduces us to a different Vivienne and we see why she is the way she is, and getting her perspective we see her softer side, and from the first moment I was completely invested in her and her story. There was something going on between Vivienne and Mark in the last book of the series, and this book was so cleverly tied in! Enough to have fangirls like myself eagerly watching background events and basking in the cleverness of it all, but all without giving spoilers. So, you can read this one as a standalone, but of course you’ll enjoy it more if you’ve read the previous books and know all of the characters and their dynamics. Mark is the goalie for the New York Stingers – the NHL team that the boys of this series play for. He is nicknamed Private Mark because he keeps to himself, doesn’t talk much and, outside of their games, keeps himself somewhat separate from the rest of the team. I loved getting to know him and learn who he is, and OMG, he is just the perfect hero for Vivienne! He’s sweet and kind, super smart and has himself completely together. He’s a relationship guy, and he knows what he wants, and that’s Vivienne. It’s a wild ride for these two, starting off with wild, hot, mind-blowing, life-changing sex. The sexy time is hot and steamy and there’s plenty of it (honestly… how is her vagina not broken?), and it reflects the mad chemistry between Mark and Vivienne as they completely fall under each other’s spell. “I’m old-fashioned,” I tell her, and she raises her eyebrows, “but not that old-fashioned.” “Old-fashioned?” she questions me. “Does that mean you do all the work?” “What fun would that be?” I tell her and lean forward softly. “Nothing sexier than watching a woman ride.” It’s a brand new situation that Vivienne finds herself in, and though she’s completely swept up, she’s a little bit clueless about what is happening between them, and it leads to lots of laughs. “He kissed me,” I tell her. “Okay,” she says. “You’ve kissed other men.” “Yes, but this one was different. My stomach did a thing.” I put my hand to my stomach, and just thinking about the kiss makes the same thing happen again. “Little flutters.” “Oh my God,” she says. “I think I caught something from the kids. I’m going to check my temperature right now,” I say as I got into the bathroom and get the thermometer. “Maybe I caught the bug.” “Yeah, the love but,” she says, laughing, and I roll my eyes. “Can you be serious for a minute? I might be dying. Maybe I have a tumor.” But despite their attraction and their oh-so-obvious sexual connection, they both want different things. Vivienne has sworn off love, and she’s prepared to walk away, but Mark isn’t about to let her. He is patient and smart, he’s prepared to fight for her and he’s confident enough to do whatever it takes to lead her there, and I loved watching them work through it all! “Do you ever just give up?” she asks, and I turn and face the wall again. “And say fuck it.” “The endgame is that much better if you fight for it,” I tell her … “Getting that prize and claiming it,” I say, leaning in to whisper in her ear. “Holding the prize in your hands, there isn’t another feeling out there.” There was the potential for great angst, and yes, there was a little bit, but it was perfect! Just enough to add a bit of drama and have me madly flipping my pages, buzzing with anticipation of what was to come, and never to the point where I was frustrated with either of the characters and wanted to start hurling my kindle across the room. It’s realistic and heartfelt and it builds the feels, and ultimately had me grinning and swooning madly. “I love you … Like love, love you. Like my world would shatter without you.” As always, there’s some character crossover – mostly with Matthew and Karrie – and much as I love the romance in this book, the relationship between Vivienne and Karrie is also a highlight. These two are so incredibly close, and are completely open and honest with each other, and their back and forth had me laughing out loud so many times! “He is the best I’ve ever had. Hands down the biggest I’ve ever had.” My brain is telling my mouth to stop, but I can’t. “Honestly, I thought my vagina would be bruised.” I start to open my legs to show her, and she yells. “I don’t want to see your bruised vagina, woman!” she yells while she turns her head and puts her hand in front of her face. “I’ve seen four human heads come out of your vagina, and you can’t look at mine?” I stand, putting my hands on my hips. This was such a fun read! I loved the banter and the out-there, no-nonsense nature of the characters. I loved the dynamics, the passion, the humour, the emotion and the romance, it’s a great finish for the series and I loved it. 5 stars! An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    4.5 Fish Bowl Stars This story was all I was hoping for and more—this just may be my favorite of both series!! “This Is Love,” is the third book in the “This Is” series, a spin-off to the “Something So” series. I’ve become a faithful follower of these books, grabbing them up as soon as they’re related. Natasha Madison, is another author that I gravitate toward, due to her humor/wit, relatable flowing prose, and her style of storytelling that I just can’t seem to get enough of! I’ve been looking 4.5 Fish Bowl Stars This story was all I was hoping for and more—this just may be my favorite of both series!! “This Is Love,” is the third book in the “This Is” series, a spin-off to the “Something So” series. I’ve become a faithful follower of these books, grabbing them up as soon as they’re related. Natasha Madison, is another author that I gravitate toward, due to her humor/wit, relatable flowing prose, and her style of storytelling that I just can’t seem to get enough of! I’ve been looking for Vivienne’s story to come out since Matthew, and Kerri’s story back in the first series! Vivi, was the comical, OTT, no filter, French chic, man-eating, non committal character you just needed to know more about! Her back story did not disappoint, and made perfect sense as to why she became the “no relationship/serial dater,” kind of gal she was. I could not get enough of her, and all her real-ness, especially after seeing her get her HEA!!! She had that special balance I look for in a great, relatable heroine! Mark, AKA Markos, was everything I was hoping for! He was the perfect compliment to Vivi, and the grounding force she needed! Boy, he was mild mannered until you messed with what was his! Whooo! Love me a humble, private man that puts his family first, with a side of alpha! The ending, the epilogues...this story in general just did it for me! I laughed, I fretted, and my heart was absolutely full by the end! **Update** Justin the youngest Stone sibling, is getting a book, due to release January 2020! YAAAY!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Book Maniac Forever

    ⭐ 5 "Je t'aime" Stars ⭐ Since the start of The Something So Series, I’ve been a fan of Vivienne and her no-filter mouth. I was so intrigued about her, that when I heard the news she would get her own book, I was ecstatic. Natasha Madison certainly didn’t disappoint with this hilarious, scorching hot, beautiful romance! I was hooked from start to finish by Vivienne and Mark’s exquisite relationship! As I previously mentioned, Vivienne is a really interesting heroine. I found myself laughing time and time again over her ant ⭐️ 5 "Je t'aime" Stars ⭐️ Since the start of The Something So Series, I’ve been a fan of Vivienne and her no-filter mouth. I was so intrigued about her, that when I heard the news she would get her own book, I was ecstatic. Natasha Madison certainly didn’t disappoint with this hilarious, scorching hot, beautiful romance! I was hooked from start to finish by Vivienne and Mark’s exquisite relationship! As I previously mentioned, Vivienne is a really interesting heroine. I found myself laughing time and time again over her antics. Under all her attitude and sassiness, she shows some moments of uncertainties that makes her only more authentic. She makes no apologies for who she is! I absolutely adored her! Mark is the complete opposite of Vivienne and maybe that’s the reason they fit so well together. The New York Stingers goalie is called PM for Private Mark as he doesn’t share a lot about his personal life. He’s so thoughtful and romantic! Seriously, I swooned over all his actions to win Vivienne over. He’s so caring and sweet, but under that great man hides a very possessive hero with a filthy mouth in the bedroom. Their sexy encounters are so fervent and had me fanning myself. The building of their relationship is just so seamless and stunning! Everything is so easy and beautiful! I couldn’t have asked for more with This Is Love! This story was everything I expected and also so much more! Natasha Madison penned another must read filled with humour, flirty banter, passion and feelings! ** ARC received in exchange for an honest review **

  6. 4 out of 5

    Selma

    This is Love is the third installment in this highly addictive and entertaining sports romance series by Natasha Madison. This story had it all: from an engaging storyline, to intriguing and charming characters and lots of humor, romance and sexy times. It's one of these feel good, light and safe reads that puts a satisfied smile on your face. I was very curious to see which man will be able to finally tame serial dater and man-eater Vivienne. Knowing how crazy, sassy and independent this chick This is Love is the third installment in this highly addictive and entertaining sports romance series by Natasha Madison. This story had it all: from an engaging storyline, to intriguing and charming characters and lots of humor, romance and sexy times. It's one of these feel good, light and safe reads that puts a satisfied smile on your face. I was very curious to see which man will be able to finally tame serial dater and man-eater Vivienne. Knowing how crazy, sassy and independent this chick is I knew that Natasha will pair her up with an OTT alpha man who will rock her world and make her rethink her "no relationships" attitude. Vivienne Paradis has sworn to herself to never fall in love again. Her heart has been once broken by a man she trusted. Now she lives by one rule - only one-night stands and no going back for seconds let alone thirds. She loves sex and she has zero problems with giving over her body to a man. But the thought of surrendering her heart to one and making any form of commitment gives her a panic attack. Vivienne knows that marriage and kids are two things she will most probably never have. And she is totally OK with it since she has so many people in her life who she loves and cares about. Among them her best friend Kerrie. Then one unforgettable night with a gorgeous hunk of a man turns her whole world and plans upside down and makes her suddenly wish and crave for things she never thought possible. Markos Dimitris is a successful hockey player and wealthy businessman. He is the goalie for the New York Stingers. Mark is a very private person who meticulously keeps his life out of the public eye. He also comes from a huge Italian/Greek family and is very traditional. Since two years he has set his eyes on an alluring French goddess. After Mark finally gets a taste of her he decides that he would do everything in his power in order to make her his. From romantic dates to thoughtful, cute presents and mind-blowing sex he uses every weapon available in his arsenal to make Vivi fall for him. But while Markos was sure that what they have is something permanent she was desperately trying to convince herself that they are temporary. She thought that he would walk away and just give up. Boy, was she wrong! Because this is a challenge Mark gladly accepts. I'm totally besotted with these two amazing main protagonists. I loved the dynamic between them. They weren't only a perfect match in the bedroom but also intellectually. They just clicked on so many levels. I loved their funny banter and how they were mercilessly teasing each other. But I also very much liked the way they respected and supported each other. For Markos Vivienne was the person whose mere presence in his life made everything easier. She made him relax and smile. And he on the other hand showed Vivi what a real man is. Someone who has values and treats his woman like a queen. Markos is indeed a swoon worthy hero who will make your panties melt and your heart beat faster. I worship the ground he walks on and would marry him in a heartbeat. I've thoroughly enjoyed this great story and highly recommend it. Natasha Madison truly knows how to write a story that will keep you glued to your kindle and begging for more. Now I can't wait to see what she will come next up with. I'm giving this gem 5 l'amour toujours stars and am putting it straight on my 2019 favorites shelf.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Romance Schmomance (Malia)

    Bahhhhh, it bums me to say, This is Love didn't quite hit the mark with me. But I'm an ultimate Natasha Madison fan, so I definitely enjoyed these two. There was no stopping Mark from pursuing what he wanted and that was Vivienne. I liked that these two already had a little bit of history. But I was on edge the whole time because I just knew that when it all fell apart, it would have to do with Vivienne's fear of falling in love again. Which instantly set things up for me to not really like her as much as Bahhhhh, it bums me to say, This is Love didn't quite hit the mark with me. But I'm an ultimate Natasha Madison fan, so I definitely enjoyed these two. There was no stopping Mark from pursuing what he wanted and that was Vivienne. I liked that these two already had a little bit of history. But I was on edge the whole time because I just knew that when it all fell apart, it would have to do with Vivienne's fear of falling in love again. Which instantly set things up for me to not really like her as much as I'd hope. As far as the heroines go in this series, Vivienne might be my least favorite. CHECK OUT THE REST OF MY REVIEW : HERE BLOG | INSTAGRAM | AMAZON | BOOKBUB | TWITTER

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alecia (The Staircase Reader)

    The story I've been waiting for is here! It's time to finally watch the beloved serial dater, Vivienne, fall head over heels in love with her soulmate. About This Is Love: This Is Love is the third and final book in the This Is series. This Is Love can also be read as a standalone. This novel is Vivienne and Mark's love story and is told from both of their point of view. You all may recognize Vivienne from the previous novels. She's the sassy frenchie with no filter and sex always on the brain. With Vivienne there is never a dul The story I've been waiting for is here! It's time to finally watch the beloved serial dater, Vivienne, fall head over heels in love with her soulmate. About This Is Love: This Is Love is the third and final book in the This Is series. This Is Love can also be read as a standalone. This novel is Vivienne and Mark's love story and is told from both of their point of view. You all may recognize Vivienne from the previous novels. She's the sassy frenchie with no filter and sex always on the brain. With Vivienne there is never a dull moment and she relishes in the fact that she's a serial dater. Mark is known in the hockey world as PM, Private Mark, due to the fact that he's personal life is a closed book. He only let's the media see what he wants them to see and if their questions aren't hockey based he'll easily shut you down. When Mark and Vivienne get together, it's immediate sparks. Their chemistry is off the chains. The only problem standing in their way is Vivienne's inability to let go of her past heartbreak. She's a no strings attached person while he's a no sexy times without a relationship status kind of guy. What an interesting concept. My Thoughts: AH! I'm not even kidding when I say, I've been on the edge of my seat waiting for Vivienne's story! Throughout this series she is the character I've been most excited for. She's an independent, feisty, and free spirited woman. She wants for nothing and isn't afraid to take the world by storm. But she's always been slightly uncomfortable when dealing with commitment and I was curious to know why she was like this. The prologue immediately answered all my *why is she like this* questions. Oh my lord, my heart hurt for her. When Mark entered the picture, I knew she was going to be a goner. It was just a matter of time until she unwillingly fell in love with this hunky hockey star. There were so many emotions and situations that Vivienne had to mentally get through before she could allow herself to love another. It was an eye opener and her story hurt my heart. I absolutely adored Mark. This man keeps his personal life out of the media which made it an interesting concept given the fact that Vivienne has a funny blog called The Serial Dater, where she posts all of her sexual and dating concepts. Of course this blog is completely anonymous. I found it funny though that the most private man of the series is falling in love with the most outspoken and not so private woman of the series. I freaking loved this concept. But what I loved most was Mark and how he reacted when Vivienne layed all her secrets out on the table for him. He definitely made my top ten list of heartthrob heroes! Overall, This Is Love was a great fun and addicting read. This is a one sit novel, so plan to read it when you have absolutely nothing going on in your life. I couldn't put this one down!!! ________________ Find me here: The Staircase Reader Instagram Facebook Twitter

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erin Lewis

    5 Star Review This Is Love (This Is #3) by Natasha Madison From start to finish Natasha Madison wove such an engaging story that I couldn’t help but be hooked. This is Vivienne and Mark’s story and oh what a fabulous story it is. Vivienne has no intention of ever falling in love again or committing to a relationship, in fact she is bound and determined to avoid it at all cost. Mark, on the other hand firmly believes that he has found “the one” and that they are moving towards a commit 5 Star Review This Is Love (This Is #3) by Natasha Madison From start to finish Natasha Madison wove such an engaging story that I couldn’t help but be hooked. This is Vivienne and Mark’s story and oh what a fabulous story it is. Vivienne has no intention of ever falling in love again or committing to a relationship, in fact she is bound and determined to avoid it at all cost. Mark, on the other hand firmly believes that he has found “the one” and that they are moving towards a committed future together. Vivienne has no filter, she a loyal friend you is always their to support you, no matter the situation, some may even say she is wild and I love her. I fell hard and fast for Mark, not only is he hot, but he is totally swoon worthy and I wanted him to overcome the walls that Vivienne has erected and to be the one to get through to her. The chemistry between Vivienne and Mark was off the charts and so smoking hot and you could almost feel the air sizzling as you read their story. Vivienne and Mark are a great pairing and I really wanted them to get their happily ever after, although at times I feared they wouldn’t. This is Love is a story of of friendship, love and family and one I couldn’t put down. Loved, loved, loved this story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sejla

    Natasha Madison, I bow to you. I thought that after so many books you couldn't possibly impress me more then you already have but you proved me wrong. I expected This is Love to be a great story, after all your hockey series is one of my favorites, but it was more than that. It was a funny, heart-warming and sexy read that made me smile big times. Mark and Vivienne were such loveable, entertaining characters. I rooted for them from the beginning and prayed for their HEA. And what an amazing jour Natasha Madison, I bow to you. I thought that after so many books you couldn't possibly impress me more then you already have but you proved me wrong. I expected This is Love to be a great story, after all your hockey series is one of my favorites, but it was more than that. It was a funny, heart-warming and sexy read that made me smile big times. Mark and Vivienne were such loveable, entertaining characters. I rooted for them from the beginning and prayed for their HEA. And what an amazing journey you gave them! There were some super romantic, funny and sweet moments. I swear I had hearts in my eyes when I read them! Whoever had the chance to read the previous hockey romance books in Natasha's Something So series knows who Vivienne Paradis is. She's Kerrie's best friend since years and a serial dater who's avoiding commitment like the plague. She's French, a little crazy and has absolutely no filter. Markos Dimitris is the goalie for the New York Stingers hockey team. He was shortly introduced in the previous book This is Wild. He's a very private person and doesn't like to share his personal life. This is how he got his nickname Private Mark. For two years, these two danced around each other until Vivienne gives in. Now that Mark finally had a taste of her, he's never letting her go. But Vivienne is a one-night stand kind of woman who doesn't come back for seconds. She was once burned by love and swore to never fall for someone again! Mark will woo her and do everything in his power to show Vivienne that he's worth the risk. When firsts become seconds and thirds, Vivienne realizes too late that she let her guard down and caught feelings. Can Mark convince her to stop running away and give their relationship a chance? Gosh I loved these two together! Their chemistry was insane. I loved Vivienne's sassy, independent side but I adored her vulnerable side too. That woman had so much love to give but was so scared! The things that happend in her past left deep scars she couldn't easily get over. Luckily she met the right guy who treated her like gold. Mark worshiped the ground she was walking on! This part Italian, part Greek dreamboat was the epitome of a perfect book hero. He was romantic, protective and knew how to handle a strong woman like Vivi. He was a very traditional man, who fought for the woman he wanted. Once he won her heart he never flaunted her as his conquest. I loved that about him! It's actually funny how a very extrovertive woman like Vivienne falls in love with a guy who's the total opposite of her! I shamelessly admit, that I'm totally addicted to this amazing series. As long as Natasha keeps writing these stories I will buy and read them! I'm so not ready to say good bye to this crazy bunch. They're all so close and are constantly up in each other's business. But I wouldn't want it any other way! After all, the most hilarious laugh out loud moments in This is Love are involving Kerrie, Matthew, Allison and the rest of the crew. Now all please do yourself a favor and read this fantastic book! I promise you a great story with endearing characters you soon won't be able to forget. I'm giving this gem of a book 5 well deserved stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    So I'll admit I had mixed feelings about Vivienne before starting this one. She just seemed a bit out there in all the previous books. With that being said, I do want you to know I loved her as a side character. I just wasn't sure how she would be as the main character. She was awesome! The prologue explains everything perfectly! Her and Mark are great together. She needs a take charge Alpha like his to get her 'into line'. HA! Like anyone could control her. This is a must read! I So I'll admit I had mixed feelings about Vivienne before starting this one. She just seemed a bit out there in all the previous books. With that being said, I do want you to know I loved her as a side character. I just wasn't sure how she would be as the main character. She was awesome! The prologue explains everything perfectly! Her and Mark are great together. She needs a take charge Alpha like his to get her 'into line'. HA! Like anyone could control her. This is a must read! It can be read on its own, but you should really read them in order to know all the characters. At a minimum, you should read Matthew's and Karrie's story since you see them a lot in this one. (Vivienne and Karrie are best friends.)

  12. 5 out of 5

    1-Click Addict Support Group

    That Vivienne was a HOT MESS y'all!!! I can't even begin to describe what a rollercoaster of emotions I went through. I knew she had a mouth on her (and I know she would be proud of that mouth) 😂 but every time she opened it....to speak 🤪 she had me cracking up! Private Mark was the perfect man for her in EVERY way possible! Their interaction felt so natural and that chemistry had me saying "Now I'm Thirsty"!! 😀 Mark and Vivienne complimented each other beautifully and even though I was so happy That Vivienne was a HOT MESS y'all!!! I can't even begin to describe what a rollercoaster of emotions I went through. I knew she had a mouth on her (and I know she would be proud of that mouth) 😂 but every time she opened it....to speak 🤪 she had me cracking up! Private Mark was the perfect man for her in EVERY way possible! Their interaction felt so natural and that chemistry had me saying "Now I'm Thirsty"!! 😀 Mark and Vivienne complimented each other beautifully and even though I was so happy to have their story, I was saddened because I didn't want it to end. Thank you for sharing your beautiful jewels with us Ms. Madison 💓 Kara~ 5 Stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This Is Love is absolute perfection and is a story that is sure to capture your heart and leave you with all the feels. From the moment I dove into Vivienne and Mark’s story, I was hooked. We see Vivienne not only get her heart broken, but her soul crushed. It’s that moment that changes her life forever. Her walls are sky high and no man is ever going to break through them. All is going to plan until she meets Mark. Even though Vivienne might not want to acknowlege it, Mark is a total This Is Love is absolute perfection and is a story that is sure to capture your heart and leave you with all the feels. From the moment I dove into Vivienne and Mark’s story, I was hooked. We see Vivienne not only get her heart broken, but her soul crushed. It’s that moment that changes her life forever. Her walls are sky high and no man is ever going to break through them. All is going to plan until she meets Mark. Even though Vivienne might not want to acknowlege it, Mark is a total game changer. He makes her feel things that terrify her and as much as she knows she should stay away, she can’t deny the pull she feels towards Mark…..When it comes to his life, they don’t call him Private Mark for nothing. Mark loves what he does, but when it comes to his personal life, all bets are off; that is the one thing he likes to keep just for himself. For the past couple of years, Mark has wanted nothing more than Vivienne. The pull between the two of them is just intense. Their chemistry is off the walls. But, for whatever reason, the timing was just off. So, when fate pushes Vivienne and Mark together again, all bets are off. Mark is determined to win Vivienne over if it’s the last thing he is ever going to do….. This Is Love is all of that and a bag of chips. This story sucks you in from the very first page and holds you captive right until the very end. The characters are real and perfectly flawed. Vivienne is wounded and afraid to let any man get close to her. Mark is everything that should send her running, but instead is everything she’s ever wanted….if only she could take the leap. And Mark!!! Mark has such patience and determination. He’s got his heart set on Vivienne and isn’t about to go down without a fight. Sure, there are moments when it looks like all hope will be lost, but in the end, Mark shows that the love he has for Vivienne is the kind that is meant to last a lifetime. Anything worth having is worth all the obsticales along the way. And I for one could not help but root for Vivienne and Mark to get their happily ever after. This Is Love was everything I have been looking for in romance, but never knew I needed. It had amazing characters and a captivating plot. It had heartbreak and romance. It steam and frustration. It had excellent push and pull & undenialbe chemistry. Yes, there was some angst. Yes, there was some drama. But, it was the perfect balance of all the things I want in a good love story and I just couldn’t get enough. Wild horses could not stop me from devouring this book and I just never wanted it to end. I fell head over heels for This Is Love and had the best time getting lost in Mark and Vivienne’s story….. *I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

  14. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Anderson

    I absolutely loved Mark; he was everything rolled into one. He was alpha, he was sweet, he was loyal, he wasn’t a player, he kept his personal life personal, he was handsome, loved his family, and just overall perfect. Vivienne I will say this, I was not her biggest fan in any of the previous books and the first half of this book. The reason being, I always knew she was outgoing and didn’t care what others thought of her but when she was around other people including her closest friends, I felt I absolutely loved Mark; he was everything rolled into one. He was alpha, he was sweet, he was loyal, he wasn’t a player, he kept his personal life personal, he was handsome, loved his family, and just overall perfect. Vivienne I will say this, I was not her biggest fan in any of the previous books and the first half of this book. The reason being, I always knew she was outgoing and didn’t care what others thought of her but when she was around other people including her closest friends, I felt she amplified her persona as a way to hide herself. It just felt like she was always over the top loud and boisterous like she was putting on a show, so I was glad we got her story and see why I felt this way. I know a lot of people are outgoing, loud, and over the top in real life but I just felt like hers was forced and always way too over the top just like she was putting on a performance for her friends. I will say towards the end she did show her true self, she was still outgoing and still had that what you see is what you get attitude but it was much more subdued because she found her happy. I loved these two together, they had amazing chemistry and I feel that Mark was the perfect balance to Viv’s personality, where she was outgoing he was calm and collected. He showed her it was ok to love, to not always be on, and to never give up. Viv did win me over some after she let go and realized that she did love Mark and she did show us that she cared what others thought of her because she was worried what his parents would think of her. Overall a great read and I really hope we get a Christos book because he seemed so funny.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Taz

    Vivienne has been scarred by love and now she is thirsty for the sex. Mark has been lusting after Vivienne for two years a chance meal has them on the path to the R word. Vivienne doesn't do relationships, but that is all Mark wants. I adored the back and forth between the two of them. Finding love is never an easy path and I adored Vivienne fall as it was a great kicking and screaming ride. Plus got to see my favorites from past books making tons of appearance scattered through out the book. Th Vivienne has been scarred by love and now she is thirsty for the sex. Mark has been lusting after Vivienne for two years a chance meal has them on the path to the R word. Vivienne doesn't do relationships, but that is all Mark wants. I adored the back and forth between the two of them. Finding love is never an easy path and I adored Vivienne fall as it was a great kicking and screaming ride. Plus got to see my favorites from past books making tons of appearance scattered through out the book. The friendship/family between Karrie and Vivienne is what all people need to aspire too. Elsa- Fire station hilarious (read and you will get it too)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    Markos is sometimes just stunned by his woman, “are you telling me that you walked here naked to return a fishbowl to me?”I ask her, putting my hands in my hair." Markos sure is a sensitive man, “my ***k feels like it’s being choked to death,” he says, opening his eyes and looking at me. “Watching your *** get into the truck did not effing help!” he says, rearranging his ***k." I loved this book, there was so much humor!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cindy M. Green

    Markos, Mark, PM (Private Mark) is now one of my favorite book boyfriends! Seriously Ladies, this man is perfection. He's such a great guy, they don't all have to be jerks to fall in love with them. There truly are gems out there and that is what Natasha gives us with This is Love. What Mark does to gain Vivienne's attention will have your heart melting. He's respectful, not a manwhore and doesn't go around bragging about previous conquests. He's quiet, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a vo Markos, Mark, PM (Private Mark) is now one of my favorite book boyfriends! Seriously Ladies, this man is perfection. He's such a great guy, they don't all have to be jerks to fall in love with them. There truly are gems out there and that is what Natasha gives us with This is Love. What Mark does to gain Vivienne's attention will have your heart melting. He's respectful, not a manwhore and doesn't go around bragging about previous conquests. He's quiet, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a voice when he wants to use it. Don't be mislead, he's one hell of an alpha male and I can guarantee you will be fanning yourself during the sexy times. He's IN CHARGE ❤️ I loved getting to know Vivienne better. Her sass, spunk and no filter attitude was downright hilarious. The banter between her and Karrie had me laughing in tears I almost couldn't see what I was reading. Vivienne acted tough, but she was definitely vulnerable. I loved watching her slowly let her guard down with Markos. The two of them together was pure fire and they complimented each other so well I was smiling right along with them! I loved their story, yes I suggest you read it. I would also recommend reading the first two books in this series. You don't have too, but I love all of these characters and feel like they're my crazy family.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    FINALLY! This book has been YEARS in the making! I started BEGGING for Vivienne to get a book when I met her in Matthew and Kerry's book and she was well worth the wait! Natasha Madison did my girl justice with telling her story. Vivienne is no nonsense, no filter, unashamed and loves fiercely. She is hands down one of my favorite heroines that Natasha Madison has written.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Avery

    This Is Love by Natasha Madison is all I could ever wish for! Madison blew me away with Vivienne’s story. I love how sassy and self assured Vivienne is, although she’s hiding a wound to her heart and soul that goes so deep it’s been years since she’s let anyone past her barriers. Enter Mark aka Private Mark. Is he the man to finally see past all her barriers and bring her into his heart? You seriously find yourself rooting for these two amazing characters. The whole time yo This Is Love by Natasha Madison is all I could ever wish for! Madison blew me away with Vivienne’s story. I love how sassy and self assured Vivienne is, although she’s hiding a wound to her heart and soul that goes so deep it’s been years since she’s let anyone past her barriers. Enter Mark aka Private Mark. Is he the man to finally see past all her barriers and bring her into his heart? You seriously find yourself rooting for these two amazing characters. The whole time you’re reading, you actually feel as though you’re a part of the storyline . And I love the way Madison weaves in familiar characters, while keeping the storyline fresh and inviting. 5 Huge Stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    ***ARC Provided by the Author*** 4.5 Stars If you've read any of the other books in this series, you've met Vivienne. (If you haven't, what are you waiting for??!!) You've met her joy of life, and her willingness to say and do anything. She's the friend you call who will never ever judge you. She might make everything about sex, and she might overshare, but she will never think badly of you no matter what you tell her. Well, match her with Mark, the most private ***ARC Provided by the Author*** 4.5 Stars If you've read any of the other books in this series, you've met Vivienne. (If you haven't, what are you waiting for??!!) You've met her joy of life, and her willingness to say and do anything. She's the friend you call who will never ever judge you. She might make everything about sex, and she might overshare, but she will never think badly of you no matter what you tell her. Well, match her with Mark, the most private guy on the team (he's got a side business, and it's REALLY successful, and no one knows!) and you have a romance that's not only funny but also really touching in the understanding that for someone like Mark, with his need to be private, to let someone like Vivienne into his life, he must really love her. He wants her there, even if she means that others are going to find out a little more about him. Real relationships allow you to be who you are, while also letting you be more. Vivienne got to learn she is good enough, even if it's in the quiet moments where it's just her, Mark and the fish. Mark got to learn that, when it's something that matters to you, it's ok if everyone knows about it. It just takes her a little time to figure this out. But the ride as she does is a lot of fun. It has some things you expect, some things you don't. It has it's wonderful swoony moments, and really hot sex. And it has a fish. And, that fish joke storyline was hilarious and, credit to Ms. Madison, went on so much longer than I thought was possible...while remaining funny. But, also so telling about Vivienne, who she is and why, that the fish was so much more than just a fish. I enjoyed and recommend this title.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I finally find out why Vivienne doesn't do relationships. To say she is crazy is an understatement. I laughed so much in this book with all the antics and zaniness, mainly between Karrie and Vivienne. I love how this author incorporates all the feels in her books. I go from laughing at one scene to being emotional at the next. If you have read the other books in this series you know that would take someone pretty extraordinary to have enough courage and patience to handle her. That man is Mark D I finally find out why Vivienne doesn't do relationships. To say she is crazy is an understatement. I laughed so much in this book with all the antics and zaniness, mainly between Karrie and Vivienne. I love how this author incorporates all the feels in her books. I go from laughing at one scene to being emotional at the next. If you have read the other books in this series you know that would take someone pretty extraordinary to have enough courage and patience to handle her. That man is Mark Dimitris. There were many times I was getting angry at Vivienne because of her stubbornness and not willingly to see what was right in front of her face. Never fear all works out.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Williams

    Beautifully written story of true love. Vivienne and Mark's story. after a bad experience Vivienne decides commitment is out of the question and rarely sees the same man twice hence the name of her blog " the serial dater". Markos greek/Italian (god) has been waiting for Vivienne to call him for two years. after a unexpected meeting as mark says challenge accepted and refuses to take no for a answer. this is a absolutely beautifully written story and I am sure I say the Beautifully written story of true love. Vivienne and Mark's story. after a bad experience Vivienne decides commitment is out of the question and rarely sees the same man twice hence the name of her blog " the serial dater". Markos greek/Italian (god) has been waiting for Vivienne to call him for two years. after a unexpected meeting as mark says challenge accepted and refuses to take no for a answer. this is a absolutely beautifully written story and I am sure I say the same thing with each book I review they just keep getting better and better. 5*

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog

    5 Stars! YES! YES! YES! OH MY GODDDDD! It's here and I loved every single moment. THIS IS the book I've wanted since the first time I met Vivienne and Natasha did not disappoint for one single moment with our fiesty girl or the swoony man who is going to knock every single one of her walls down to prove to her that what they have is... love. And don't worry, no spoilers here. Natasha Madison is back with the most incredible This Is series and y'all Vivienne's boo 5 Stars! YES! YES! YES! OH MY GODDDDD! It's here and I loved every single moment. THIS IS the book I've wanted since the first time I met Vivienne and Natasha did not disappoint for one single moment with our fiesty girl or the swoony man who is going to knock every single one of her walls down to prove to her that what they have is... love. And don't worry, no spoilers here. Natasha Madison is back with the most incredible This Is series and y'all Vivienne's book is finally here. Huge, huge fan of this author from day one and every book has gotten better and better but these hockey guys and this spin off series are my three of my absolute favorites of hers. Since we got the title and blurb for this all-new book, I knew I had to pace myself and absorb every detail because this book was going to be epic in a lot of ways and I just knew I'd race through the pages and I was totally right. Mark and Vivienne stole every single little piece of my heart in their unforgettable journey and gave me all the feels in every moment they had together. They just... fit in every way, even when she was denying it and anyone with eyes could see that. And believe me, Vivienne is a complex character that was also super complicated in times and yet so relatable in a lot of other ways but it was the main man PM 😉 that made this book y'all and set crazy high standards for future book boyfriends. SWOOOOON! THEY HAD IT ALL. Indescribable chemistry that melted the pages between them. Lots of emotions that poured off of the pages. Palpable tension that kept me addicted. Fun, witty banter that'll had me smiling a lot. Steamy heat that had even me blushing at times. Seriously a perfect match with the most deserved happy ending, even if she fought it along the way. Run, don't walk to get this one y'all. It's got enough angst to keep you hanging on to all the words, enough feels to have your heart beating a little faster, and enough heat to leave you squirming in your seat (and totally needing dry panties!!). And that epilogue, my heart is so dang full. I highly recommend this book. Reviewed for Renee Entress's Blog

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gayle

    Let me tell you that my girl crush for Vivienne is very real people. I needed her story like I needed air. She captured my heart from the very beginning so having to wait for her story was sheer torture. So when it landed you could only imagine my excitement….It resembled a child on Christmas morning, so much so that my family thought I was losing my mind!!! But hey a girl can crush right? Anyway, getting back to This Is Love…. Guys I’m in absolute love. Vivienne’s story was perf Let me tell you that my girl crush for Vivienne is very real people. I needed her story like I needed air. She captured my heart from the very beginning so having to wait for her story was sheer torture. So when it landed you could only imagine my excitement….It resembled a child on Christmas morning, so much so that my family thought I was losing my mind!!! But hey a girl can crush right? Anyway, getting back to This Is Love…. Guys I’m in absolute love. Vivienne’s story was perfect in every way. If you know her, then you know her story would naturally come with LOL moments, crazy scenes and one liners, because let’s face it the girl is a crack up, but what I never in a million years expected was a side to Vivienne that hurt my heart. Vivienne’s pain and vulnerability, hurt and torment, it was soul crushing to see a vibrant, free spirited Vivienne that I grew to adore in every way could be plagued with torment that it clouded her future. It was hard to read, but I am so glad I did. And let’s not forget Mark….Man this guy was all kinds of absolute amazing with a heart the size of Texas and yep I am putting my hand up….It was instant love for me. Vivienne and Mark’s story guys was like no other. Full of heartbreaking and confronting moments, breathtaking and heart-stopping scenes, the LOL moments, the one-liners, the hilarity, the cheekiness with a whole lot of naughtiness, the tender feel moments, the agonizing and difficult times…..This Is Love had it all and I couldn’t have imagined Vivienne and Marks story any other way. It was simply perfect for these two…. And I would like to mention Elsa. I can’t even…. What an absolute delight! Vivienne you will stay with me always. You rock sister and I am going to miss you! An absolute 5 star read

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Cox

    Where to begin, If you have ever read a Hockey book by this author then you have heard of Vivienne she is Karrie's best friend originally from France. First of all, Everyone was wondering if this large than life, serial one-night stander would ever find just one guy to tame her. Vivi has no filter and is a complete riot she stands out in every book so writing this had to come with so pressure. I can say sans aucun doute Vivienne is still Vivienne throughout the entire book. She had me laughing a Where to begin, If you have ever read a Hockey book by this author then you have heard of Vivienne she is Karrie's best friend originally from France. First of all, Everyone was wondering if this large than life, serial one-night stander would ever find just one guy to tame her. Vivi has no filter and is a complete riot she stands out in every book so writing this had to come with so pressure. I can say sans aucun doute Vivienne is still Vivienne throughout the entire book. She had me laughing at her ridiculous over the top dramatic actions, she was just so Vivi. Mark PM Dimitris businessman and Goalie for the New York Stingers, has decided he is done waiting around for Vivienne she has had his number and hasn't called, so he makes a plan, and Vivi has no choice to look at what's right in front of her a take the leap. When the R-word comes out well Vivienne doesn't do relationships. The first chapter really lets into why Vivi is like she is, she has her walls up so much and is so afraid to go down the heartbreak road, Mark was a perfect fit for her He was Alpha all the Way and didn't let her run far. I just loved them together, they were so peaceful and Mark really gave it to poor Vivi, she was in a permeant bow-legged state every time they got together. I also just freaking Loved Vivi and Karrie's relationship it was a true la sororité. Now to wait to be blown away but whatever comes next. à la perfection

  26. 5 out of 5

    Louise O

    This is Love is book 3 and it is a good one! We have previously met Vivienne in books 1 & 2; there was always an air of confidence surrounding her and you just felt like she was the friend you always wanted. Mark aka PM short for ‘Private Mark’ doesn’t get involved in team parties or shares his personal life with anyone, including his team mates. When Mark makes it clear that he is interested in Vivienne he hopes to win her over, but knowing she is as skittish as a new born foal w This is Love is book 3 and it is a good one! We have previously met Vivienne in books 1 & 2; there was always an air of confidence surrounding her and you just felt like she was the friend you always wanted. Mark aka PM short for ‘Private Mark’ doesn’t get involved in team parties or shares his personal life with anyone, including his team mates. When Mark makes it clear that he is interested in Vivienne he hopes to win her over, but knowing she is as skittish as a new born foal when it comes to relationships, he takes his time he just didn’t realise it would take 2 years to receive that phone call. Vivienne has baggage that keeps her at arm’s length when it comes to men, know that Mark is different she tries to talk herself out of her growing feelings. When Vivienne is backed into a corner, she has to make a choice, shut the door on a real relationship or dive head first. I loved Mark and Vivienne; these two characters were strong and independent in their own worlds and in this case while Mark is VERY private Vivienne is out there sharing her life with the world their chemistry is off the charts leaving you wanting a happily ever after for these two. I personally loved this story; having read previous work from Madison and I had no doubts that she would deliver another amazing book that I couldn’t put down. I can’t wait for the next one. **Reviewed for Amity Book Reviews** Star Ratings; Plot: 5/5 Characters: 5/5 Heat: 5/5 Writing Style: 5/5 Overall: 5/5

  27. 5 out of 5

    Johnaka

    This is Love by Natasha Madison “Serial dater finds love, 5 stars” Vivienne has basically been a mystery to all of us during the This Is Series and finally we get her story. Madison knocked my socks off with it too. Vivienne gets a guy who is willing of her and her heart. He doesn’t try and change her he just wants her as she is. Where she is loud and open he is more quiet and reserved so they balance each other perfectly. I honestly think if you take a chance on This is Love you This is Love by Natasha Madison “Serial dater finds love, 5 stars” Vivienne has basically been a mystery to all of us during the This Is Series and finally we get her story. Madison knocked my socks off with it too. Vivienne gets a guy who is willing of her and her heart. He doesn’t try and change her he just wants her as she is. Where she is loud and open he is more quiet and reserved so they balance each other perfectly. I honestly think if you take a chance on This is Love you will love Vivienne and Mark as much as I do. Vivienne is loud, open, and yet a mystery. The only one who really knows her is her best friend Kerrie. When all of her friends find love she can’t help but be a little jealous, but she decided long ago that love wasn’t for her. Then there’s Mark, she won’t lie and say she isn’t attracted to him she has been from the start. But he scares her. Will she throw that fear to the side and give the guy a shot? Mark is a private guy but Vivienne makes him not want to be so private. He’s wanted her since he met her and good things come to those who wait. When a chance encounter leads to dinner it opens the door he’s been waiting for. Will he be able to convince Vivienne he’s worth it? Plot-5/5 Characters-5/5 Heat-5/5 Writing style-5/5 Overall-5/5

  28. 4 out of 5

    ItaPixie

    This book was a delight to read. I loved the characters. We already met Vivienne in the previous books,she is the hilarious,witty and beautiful french woman and Karrie's friend but Mark is the very surprise of this story because he is so private we didn't know anything about him from the other books in the series. He is the real deal,he is nice,charming and a half greek half italian hot hockey player. Their relationship is easy and quickly escalated to something more i This book was a delight to read. I loved the characters. We already met Vivienne in the previous books,she is the hilarious,witty and beautiful french woman and Karrie's friend but Mark is the very surprise of this story because he is so private we didn't know anything about him from the other books in the series. He is the real deal,he is nice,charming and a half greek half italian hot hockey player. Their relationship is easy and quickly escalated to something more important and demanding than a fling but are they ready for a serious commitment and a forever love? I recommend to read this story and to fall in love with this characters.It's the third book in this series but it could be read as a standalone. Copy kindly provided by the Publisher/Author.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anne Milne

    I adored this book so much. My crush on Vivienne has reached new heights. I love her personality and take no prisoners attitude. I constantly found myself laughing at her unfiltered comments. She's the type of woman I can imagine myself going for a drink with. Hurt in the past she is determined not to fall in love or be vulnerable again. Not going to lie Mark made me swoon I've no idea how she managed to hold out on him. I love a determined man and Mark has one focus to get Vivienne to fall for I adored this book so much. My crush on Vivienne has reached new heights. I love her personality and take no prisoners attitude. I constantly found myself laughing at her unfiltered comments. She's the type of woman I can imagine myself going for a drink with. Hurt in the past she is determined not to fall in love or be vulnerable again. Not going to lie Mark made me swoon I've no idea how she managed to hold out on him. I love a determined man and Mark has one focus to get Vivienne to fall for him. The chemistry between them was red hot. I really enjoyed the mix of fun and emotion in this book. A well written well thought out book from this author.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This is Love is a swoon-worthy, fun and sexy read that had me hook, line and sinker! Vivienne is a challenge that Markos is willing to take on and what ensues between the two had me savoring every moment of their relationship. The funny banter, the sexiness and the respect that Vivienne and Markos had for each other was refreshing and very enjoyable to read! This Is Love is the third book in the This Is series. All three can each be read as a standalone but I highly recommend reading the entire This is Love is a swoon-worthy, fun and sexy read that had me hook, line and sinker! Vivienne is a challenge that Markos is willing to take on and what ensues between the two had me savoring every moment of their relationship. The funny banter, the sexiness and the respect that Vivienne and Markos had for each other was refreshing and very enjoyable to read! This Is Love is the third book in the This Is series. All three can each be read as a standalone but I highly recommend reading the entire series!

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