Friday, September 5, 2014

Take My Hand, Book 1

By Nicola Haken

Genre:  New Adult
Release Date:  October 7, 2013


Twenty-four year old Dexter Michaels has arrived in the UK for a fresh start - leaving everything and everyone he knows behind in the states. Determined to put right some of the wrongs he’ll never be able to forgive himself for making and make his Aunt Sarah – the only person left who still believes in him - proud, he lands in London with the intention of working hard, getting his degree and keeping himself to himself. He can’t destroy anybody else that way…

His heart and his body have other ideas however when he finds himself sitting next to nineteen year old Emily Barton in his Psychology class. Moving down south to find her own New Life, Emily is shy, smart and beautiful – everything Dexter knows he should stay away from… everything he knows would be too easy for him to break.

But she makes him feel things he’d forgotten even existed. She makes him laugh, smile, care… forget. Without her trying, and without him realizing, Emily has wound her way into the one place he swore to keep locked away forever – his heart. But can she stay there when she discovers the dark past he’s so determined to keep hidden from her? Or will he destroy her too, just like he always expected?

(Not recommended for younger readers due to language, drug/alcohol abuse and sexual content)

My Review

These characters totally stole my heart! The angst just jumps off the page at you from the very beginning. How can people have so much on their shoulders and not break? 

Dexter is trying to do what he thinks is the best thing for him and not let anyone in. Emily moves to start over with her new life. This is all well and good but boy when they meet! Sparks everywhere! If you didn't believe in fate to begin with, I think this book will change your mind. 

Emily moves away from her parents to attend college with her best friend Rachel. Rachel is a paraplegic but that would not stop her from kicking someone's butt! Rachel has devised this "New Life" list for Emily and informs her that she had better plan on completing all of the tasks on this list. Even if it is a little on the shady side. 

Dexter has moved across the big pond in order to make up for past mistakes. He has a lot that he needs to make up for and doesn't plan on straying from his path. Emily walks in to the bar where he works and all bets are off. Remember those sparks I mentioned earlier? The co-stars in this story are no less important so I can't not mention Rachel and Jared. Rachel already has the role of Emily's best friend and Jared just kind of sneaks in on this group. 

I was very lucky to get the opportunity to read and review this book. The next book in the series is currently burning a hole in my Kindle! I can't wait to get started! I highly recommend this story to everyone, especially if you enjoy reading a book that makes you experience several emotions at one time! 

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About the author

Nicola lives in Rochdale, England with her husband and four children (six if you include the dogs!) She is the author of New Adult/Contemporary romance novels Inevitable, Saving Amy and the Take My Hand series. When she is not busy playing with her imaginary book friends (or talking about them with real life friends!) she can usually be found carrying out her ordinary mum/housewife/all round slave duties. Oh, and if the kids ever ask, she moonlights as the Pink Power Ranger while they’re sleeping…

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