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Posted June 18, 2013
WHAT DID I THINK: 5 out of 5 Stars. I love stories about second chances. I love when the couple falls in love in high school and then meet years later. There is something sweet and romantic and I just can’t get enough of those books.
Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes and I think I was connected a little too much. Something happens in the book that just killed me. I could not believe it. I thought it was a bad dream that Nicki was having. Unfortunately it was not a nightmare, but the truth. It took me some time to get over that. I don’t want to say more, but I think after you read this book, you will understand what I am talking about.
Pace of the Story: Perfect.
Positives: The writing, the story, the development of the characters. I think the author wrote the 17 year old Nicki character very well. Nicki just went through a tragedy the summer before she meets Adam, but the way she handles it, I think showed her strength. And then I understood Nicki’s insecurities when it came to hot and loveable, Adam Kincaid. I love the way she handled him when she thought he was just being “nice” to her. I am still thinking about these characters. The epilogue was in Adam’s POV and I read it three times already. I want book #2 NOW!!!
Negatives: Not sure if there are any negatives. My faith and trust in one of the characters was my only negative fault. Felt out of character. Truly, it was my only disappointment in the book. I had tears. It broke my heart.
Do I recommend? Yes. Especially if you love books about second chances, you will love this book. There were good tears and bad tears. I love books that can make me feel all different emotions.
Bottom line: When I started reading this book, I did not know what to expect. I never heard of this author so I had no expectations. WOW, I was blown away and so happy to see there are other books that she has written. The author said that there will be 2 more books in this series. I cannot wait. I hope there is a HEA for this couple. I hope we see more of Adam’s sister. I really liked her. A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted June 18, 2013
Posted June 21, 2013
I enjoyed Adam and Nicki's story but felt like it ended a little abruptly. I wanted just a little more :)
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Posted November 10, 2013
Rating: 3 Stars
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Best for: 18+ (heavy language, sex)
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Good Reads Summary:
Late one night Nicki Johnson plays with emotional fire and Googles her high school love, only to find his name splashed across the British gossip columns. Back in his native England, Adam Kincaid is successful and dating a woman from an aristocratic family like his own. With a career in politics, Nicki’s no slouch, but she knows Adam is living a world away from her life.
Yet there was a time he was no farther than the next locker. Nicki will never forget their year together in high school—the year of her sister’s death, the year her mother checked out. Adam helped Nicki through suffocating grief, and she led him through a coming of age. Was it just high school, or was it something more?
Nicki is entering her junior year of high school, still reeling from a devastating car accident that ended her sister’s life. Nicki has friends who want to help her through everything, but she can’t talk to them about it. The only person who she is comfortable talking to is Adam Kincaid, the gorgeous British guy in her class that is strangely interested in her.
And I’m assuming you can guess the rest from there.
So, I generally enjoyed this book. Generally. I like picking up New Adult books every now and then because they are usually fairly predictable (AKA happy ending) and I can zip through them.
Adam is kind of a man whore. Nicki is kind of a slut. There’s really no getting around it. The first half of this book was talking about how they were fooling around with other people, but they had a connection. Ok. So follow the connection and stop fooling around with other people. It was just…not very romantic to me. Maybe that was the point.
Now, thankfully, MOST of that nonsense stopped after the halfway point. But then everything else kind of disappeared and the book became SEX. Certainly there was some good development with Nicki’s angst about the accident and all of Adam’s issues with having to return to England. But the rest of the time was like, oh hey, we’re having sex. Again.
And lets just say some of these descriptions were AWKWARD. Like, I’ve read some REALLY graphic romance novels, and there were just things that Whitney harped on that I have NEVER read before. Like, I didn’t even really know what she was talking about. I mean, I kind of picked up on the gist, but I was confused. For reals.
I guess I’m just not cut out for the world of reading awkward sexual encounters.
Man, I’m making it sound like this book was straight sex, which it wasn’t. There was plenty of teen drama. I guess what I disliked most about it was a lot of the romance and or sex wasn’t very romantic. Which I get is real life sometimes, but if I’m spending time reading about it, I want it to be dang romantic. Is that too much to ask?
There were lots of cute Adam and Nicki scenes, don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed their relationship. But I can honestly say that I liked them a whole lot more in the sequel (which I’m reviewing next Monday for the blog tour). Unfortunately, their less than reputable activities (the whorish bit, not the sex bit) continues in the sequel at a new level.
So if you're a big fan of the New Adult genre, this is a read you'll probably enjoy. Again, I enjoyed it most of the time.
Posted September 16, 2013
Posted September 12, 2013
What an excellent book. Full of emotions, i laughed and had tears running down my face at times. Guess it hitsa soft spot for so many of us. Wish there was a part 2Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 2, 2013
Posted July 22, 2013
I absolutely fell in love with this book. It kept me wanting more and I was totally sad with the ending until I found out there will be a 2nd book. Now I'm anxiously waiting until November!! Awesome read!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 12, 2013
Posted July 1, 2013
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Nicki is suffering from the tragic loss of her sister. Nicki is emotional and trying to move forward in her life but everyone walks on eggshells around her instead of helping her get through this tough time; everyone except Adam Kincaid. Adam see's how hurt Nicki is and wants to bring out her smile. These two teenager lovers experience a powerful relationship that kept me engrossed in this story.
I totally thought this book was taking a different path. I thought that Beside Your Heart was going to be about Nicki finding Adam her first love on the internet and reuniting with him. Instead this is the tale of her first love and her and how he came to be the one who stole her heart. Part of me kept questioning why this book was considered an NA. All the characters in this book are high school aged and while some scenes aren't suitable for younger readers it is really more of a mature YA story. The thing is I think thinking this book was NA is what kept me going in the story. I was waiting for the relationship to fast forward into adulthood.
I don't usually read YA but I have to tell you I am kind of happy I did. Beside Your Heart is so emotional I was crying my eyes out while reading this story. Mary Whitney does an amazing job of humanizing her characters and making you as the reader feel like you are going through all the emotions of the characters in the book. These emotions are so powerful I was clutching a box of tissues while trying to get through this story. My husband would try to talk to me and with tears streaming down my face I would blubber "You just don't get it!” Just picture this scene in your head. I give you permission you may laugh at me, I was a mess!
Perhaps the story hit me so hard because I am a sister and a mother. Perhaps the story hit me so hard because it took me for a walk down memory lane with my first love. Either way I love when a book brings out real emotions in me, maybe not emotions like this but it was a great reading experience none the less.
Now I did love the story and I am happy to read it but I would have liked a more adult story. I think the story to match the blurb would have been a great one. I am hoping that Mary Whitney ends up writing a sequel to this book I would love to see what happens when Nicki and Adam are all grown up.
I recommend this book to mature YA readers and NA readers who enjoy YA as well.
Posted June 22, 2013
First, I just have to say that I have been enamored with Mary's cover ever since I was presented with the opportunity to host her blog tour. Her cover is quite possibly one of my all-time favorites. It is sweet, sexy, colorful and speaks to the kind of relationship that Nicki and Adam had.
Having lived in Texas once upon a time, I am quite familiar with the city of Bellaire which sits right smack dab in the middle of Houston. We used to call it the city within the city. Imagine my delight when I realized this story was set there. It made me all the more eager to read it. I was college aged when I lived there, so it wasn't difficult for me to remember the culture and atmosphere that didn't change much from the eighties to the nineties in Bellaire.
The story opens with Nicki Johnson being brought up to speed by a couple of friends on Adam Kincaid, her first love who was an exchange student from England while she was in high school. Just prior to their senior year, Nicki and her mother survived a tragic accident that took the life of her only sister. Her game plan early on was just trying to survive that tragedy. She didn't bargain on Adam Kincaid, the boy she had a bit of a crush on, becoming the friend who would help her through this difficult time.
When they became friends, Adam was attached to another more popular girl at Bellaire High School, and while Nicki wasn't looking necessarily to split them up, she found herself longing for something more with him as they both came to realize they had a lot in common. It takes a visit from Adam's cousin who also takes a shine to Nicki for them to finally come to the realization that they should be spending the time he has left in the states, together.
I wasn't sure if the device of Nicki reminiscing the entire early relationship was a good choice, but the book opens and closes with her and Adam as adults, navigating the treacherous waters of demanding careers on both their parts, parental expectation on his, and the span of years they've been apart. The ending sets up the next book in the series well, making the reader anxious to see how Adam's immersion in scandal back in the UK brought him back to the states, while Nicki has gone on to work on the staff of the POTUS. It is my guess that in the next book Mary will be back in stride as book two promises to be a political romance that rivals her other novels of this genre.
I give Beside Your Heart 4 out of 5 stars.
Posted July 18, 2013
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