Saturday, June 22, 2013

Review: Beside Your Heart by Mary Whitney

Title: Beside Your Heart
Author: Mary Whitney
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Expected Publication: June 17th 2013
My Rating: ★★★★

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?


I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Nicki Johnson is a senior in high school that has been through enough grief in her 17 years of living to last her a lifetime. She survived an accident that killed her sister and her mom was never the same. As broken as she is, she becomes drawn to British student, Adam Kincaid, a fellow classmate of hers. As time goes on neither can fight the inevitable and they fall for each other, hard. The story actually begins years later where Nicki googles her high school first love, Adam. I don’t want to give it away, but the book takes a surprising twist and gives a POV of their relationship I wasn’t expecting. Ok just a hint. Because I loved the story that much! Most stories of second chance romance gives us the present and TELLS us how they became to be. This story is different. We get to SEE how this love became to be.

It was not just insta-love for this couple. They actually fell in love, and it was really the most beautiful part of this story. Nicki has always felt alone in her grief, until Adam. Although in high school, Adam and Nicki were not your average high school couple. Everything was definitely not rainbows and butterflies. They helped each other deal with real issues. The first time they said I love you was one of my favorite parts of their story. I cannot help but calling them and this story beautiful. It’s the best word to describe everything Nicki and Adam.  You feel every emotion, their ups and downs, their uncertainty about the future. This book gets you so wrapped up in the characters you hold on to every word.

I absolutely adored the story of Nicki and Adam. I enjoyed every page, every moment of their story. The author has a style of writing that I really enjoyed. The flow of the story was slow paced, but I think this was on purpose. How many times have I read a story where it felt rushed? Not this one!  At the end of the story, I was just in tears. I was so overwhelmed with the love between Nicki and Adam. In the epilogue we are brought back to the future. The ending was just not enough for me. So much left unanswered. I truly hope that there is more to Nicki and Adam’s story. 

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