Change of Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn

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Blurb:

They’ve spent their lives pushing each other away, but what will happen when they need each other most?

Anita Martin doesn’t expect much from life. Growing up on the street, bouncing from one foster home to another, she learned to rely only on herself. Even after she finally found a loving family to take her in, she was still an outsider-something Abraham, one of the family’s older sons, never let her forget.

Abraham Evans doesn’t know how Ani always manages to get under his skin, only that’s she’s been doing it since they were teens. She is-and always has been-undeniably gorgeous. But he’s never met anyone as pissed off at the world as Ani.

For fifteen years, Ani and Bram have agreed on exactly one thing: they can’t stand each other-until one night when their anger gives way to passion. Yet even as Ani and Bram begin to secretly seek comfort in one another’s arms, they remain emotionally worlds apart. When Ani’s life takes a dramatic turn and she realizes she needs more than Bram can give, their fragile, no-strings relationship unravels. One way or another, Ani is determined to survive. But when Bram finally admits his true feelings, he may discover Ani has moved on without him..

Review:

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After reading Unbreak My Heart recently, I knew I needed Bram and Anita’s story. This series just keeps getting better and better. Nicole Jacquelyn has never done any wrong in my eyes I love her books and this one was no different.

This book pulled me in from the first chapter I couldn’t put it down. It was such an emotional roller coaster and it had me bawling like a baby through most of it. But this didn’t stop me totally devouring it and not putting it down until I had it finished!

This series is a must read and I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series.

Author Bio:

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Nicole Jacquelyn is the mom of two little girls and a full time college student. She hasn’t watched television in well over a year, she still does things that drive her mother crazy, and she loves to read. At eight years old, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she told people she wanted to be a mom. When she was twelve her answer changed- to author. By the time she was eighteen, when people asked her what she wanted to do with her life, she told them she really wanted to be a writer- but the odds of that happening were so slim that she’d get her business degree “just to be safe”. Her dreams stayed constant. First she became a mom, then she went to college, and during her senior year- with one daughter in first grade and the other in preschool, she sat down and wrote a story.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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Books of the Year 2016 – Part 1

Happy Holidays!

Today is the first of two posts (with the second out on the 29th Dec) that highlight our favourite books out of those we reviewed in the past year. We’ve eight contributors, so this first post has the first four.

Lucy’s pick:
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My book of the year is “Dissolution” by C. J. Sansom because it seamlessly combines meticulous research with a gripping murder and wonderful writing.  It was my introduction to a series of books which I have enjoyed immensely.
[Lucy’s original review is here]

Eleanor’s pick:
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My favourite book this year was “Unbreak My Heart” by Nicole Jacquelyn. I think the reason why it was my favourite was because even now 7 months after reading it I can feel it. It was such a heart wrenching book that had me crying most of the way through. When a book can bring that emotion out of you, then you know its well written. Aside from the emotional hook, Unbreak My Heart, also has two very flawed main characters. But you do get to a place where you can’t help but root for them to get it right. Nicole Jacquelyn nailed it with Unbreak My Heart. In my opinion she wrote a book that will go down as a book to remember. A story that you’ll recommend to everyone and not stop until all your friends have read it!
[Eleanor’s original review is here]

Helen’s pick:
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My book of the year is “Eleven Hours” By Pamela Erens ,because of the breath taking quality of the writing, the emotional power of the subject matter and the totally absorbing nature of the narrative. This novel certainly had the “wow” factor for me, it stood out from the crowd, by a mile.
[Helen’s original review is here]

Emma’s pick(s!):


I picked two!
“One” by Sarah Crossan is a favourite as it is such an original idea and also I love that the book is in verse. It’s emotional, compelling and different. I’ve been recommending it to everyone.

“The Wordsmith” by Patricia Forde was a story I loved but it was also very thought provoking.The ideas in it have stayed with me long after I read it and it really stands out to me as something I enjoyed. I particularly like dystopian fiction so this really appealed to me.
[Emma’s review for One is here and her review for The Wordsmith is here]

Don’t forget to tune in on the 29th for our remaning four Books of the Year.

 

Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn

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Blurb:

What do you do when your soul mate marries your best friend?

If you’re Kate Evans, you keep your friend Rachel, bond with her kids, and bury your feelings for her husband. The fact that Shane’s in the military and away for long periods helps-but when tragedy strikes, everything changes.

After Rachel, pregnant with her fourth child, dies in a car accident and the baby miraculously survives, Kate upends her entire life to share parenting duties. Then on the first anniversary of Rachel’s death, Kate and Shane take comfort in each other in a night that they both soon regret.

Shane’s been angry for a year, and now he feels guilty too – for sleeping with his wife’s best friend and liking it . . . liking her. Kate’s ability to read him like a book may have once sent Shane running, but their lives are forever entwined and they are growing closer.

Now with Shane deployed for seven months, Kate is on her own and struggling with being a single parent. Shane is loving and supportive from thousands of miles away, but his homecoming brings a betrayal Kate never saw coming. So Kate’s only choice is to fight for the future she deserves – with or without Shane. . .

Review:

This book gutted me so badly! I woke this morning with a Book Hangover, I just couldn’t put it down. I cried my ass off and had a consent ache in my heart throughout. But that just made this book even better. It sucked me right in.

“For the past couple of nights when I’d lain down beside her, after she’d fallen asleep and I knew she couldn’t hear me, I’d promised her that she’d never have to forgive me again if she could do it one last time.”

If you’re questioning picking this book up to read, don’t! Pick it up and read it! It was one of the best reads so far this year for me and I’ve read some great books this year let me tell you!

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Author Bio:

Nicole Jacquelyn is the mom of two little girls and a full time college student. She hasn’t watched television in well over a year, she still does things that drive her mother crazy, and she loves to read. At eight years old, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she told people she wanted to be a mom. When she was twelve her answer changed- to author. By the time she was eighteen, when people asked her what she wanted to do with her life, she told them she really wanted to be a writer- but the odds of that happening were so slim that she’d get her business degree “just to be safe”. Her dreams stayed constant. First she became a mom, then she went to college, and during her senior year- with one daughter in first grade and the other in preschool, she sat down and wrote a story.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.