Friday, August 23, 2013

Book Review: Beside Your Heart by Mary Whitney

Once again I have fallen for a story about teenage love. We start off with Nikki Johnson looking her high school boyfriend, Adam Kincaid, up online. Adam had returned to England after their year together and is now successful and dating a beautiful, snooty English girl named Muff. It is totally okay to snort at her name, I sure did. I  knew right away that I was going to like Nikki:

"I’d never seen Adam dressed so well. He wore a dark gray morning coat with tails, a vest, tie, and striped trousers. While it would be a little over the top for an American wedding, he still looked achingly handsome. Next to him, Mary or Muff or Twat — whatever her name was — wore a pale pink coat dress with darker pink pumps, making her as tall as Adam."

Ah yes, I knew from that point Nikki and I would get along very well. :) We are soon brought back to high school in 1992 and a 17 year old Nikki. She is having a hard time dealing with her sister's death and she herself is covered in gruesome scars from the accident. Adam is the handsome, British guy with the locker next door. Nikki and Adam are just friendly acquaintances but with two classes together and being locker neighbors, their friendship deepens. Adam is the only person Nikki can open up to about her sister. Their flirtatious banter eventually develops into so much more.

I loved watching their friendship and then romance blossom. Although their relationship was filled with typical teenage angst, I enjoyed every minute of it and I didn't want to get to the end. Oh and dear, sweet Adam. What I wouldn't have given for a hot, caring guy with a British accent to be in my high school! I really adored him and what got to me the most was he didn't hide his emotions at all. There is a point towards the end where he just lets it all out and it was literally painful for my heart.
The book ends back in the present, 15 years after they parted, with Nikki and Adam meeting up once again. And then it ends. Gah! I want to know if they can reconnect and fall in love again! Thankfully we don't have too long to wait as book 2 is due out in November. If you enjoy new adult romance novels you definitely need to give Beside Your Heart a read.

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**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Title: Beside Your Heart
Author: Mary Whitney
Series: Beside Your Heart #1
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Social Media: @WordyMary;
Book Description
Was he The One who got away?
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 coming of age. But when is a high school crush something more?


About the Author
Even before she graduated from law school, Mary knew she wasn't cut out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she's spent her career as an organizer, lobbyist, and nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters and real lawyer husband.

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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you for the chance to read it! Looking forward to the next book. :)

  2. Sounds like a good book. I haven't read a romance in a long time so maybe I'll pick a copy up the next time I'm at the book store.

  3. no high school love and high school sucked - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com


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