Author: Nicole Jacquelyn

Princess Emma Reviews: Change of Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn

Change of Heart (Fostering Love, #2) by Nicole Jacquelyn
on September 6th 2016
Pages: 368
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5 Stars

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 . . .

Series: Fostering Love #2
Also by this author: Unbreak My Heart (Unbreak My Heart, #1)

5 Crowns

Book 2 in the Fostering Love series. Each book can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading them in the order they were written as all the characters’ lives are so entwined.

Anita Martin has been part of the Evans family for 15 years. Her childhood was difficult and she spent both time on the streets as well as time in numerous foster homes. She finally struck gold when the Evans added her to a family full of children that needed love. She is close to her foster siblings Katie and Alex, but her relationship with Abraham has always been a little more complicated; okay a lot complicated. They fight like cat and dog and have no time for each other… until they do.

Bram Evans is so thankful that he and his twin Alex were adopted by the Evans family. As part of a loving extended family, he has always been protective of his younger sister and cousins. Even Ani, who was a late arrival to their family has his protection, even if she rubs him up the wrong way… all the time. So when suddenly their relationship changes, he is unsure how it will effect both the plans he doesn’t want for his future or whether it will change the dynamics of the family he holds close to his heart.

So will the no-strings relationship they start up go the distance? Or will pressures of the present and the effects of their childhoods get in the way?

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Princess Emma Reviews: Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn

Princess Emma Reviews: Unbreak My Heart by Nicole JacquelynUnbreak My Heart (Unbreak My Heart, #1) by Nicole Jacquelyn
on June 7th 2016
Pages: 368
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5 Stars

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. . .

Series: Unbreak My Heart #1
Also by this author: Change of Heart (Fostering Love, #2)

5 Crowns

This is book 1 in the Unbreak My Heart series. Each book will feature a different couple as they chase love and their HEA’s.

Katie has always held a flame for her old family friend Shane. When she was a teenage she majorly crushed on him, until he crushed her heart by hooking up and eventually marrying her best friend Rachel. 10 years later and she still supports Rachel and helps her with her 3 children, especially with Shane often deployed for long periods overseas. Her relationship with Shane though is practically non-existent, especially as Rachel barely has time for her when he is home. She has made supressed feeling an art form. But sadly her love and loyalty to Rachel, Rachel’s children and Shane are to be tested to the extreme.

Shane adores his wife and children. He also is thankful to his foster parents who took him in when he most needed it, giving him the settled family life he so desperately needed. When his wife dies tragically, he is left with not just 3 children to care for, but also the miracle baby she was carrying. The only person he can turn to is Rachel’s best friend and the niece of his parents, Kate. His history with Katie is a difficult one. Once great friends, things changed when Katie developed feelings for him. Years later she has just become his wife’s best friend, but now she may well be his and his young family’s saviour.

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When Shane and Kate share an unexpected night of passion, it leads to regret, guilt and bitterness. Shane is uncomfortable with his feelings and Kate is hurt with the viciousness of his words. But when 4 innocent children stand in between them, walking away isn’t an option. Will Shane’s ultimate betrayal be the end? Or will Kate fight for him, his children and herself?

I am a huge fan of this author. Being an MC romance junkie, I have read all her MC books and they are really up there with my favourites in the genre. So when I saw this book, completely unrelated to that world, I couldn’t wait to see if the talent that flows throughout her MC series would continue in a more NA genre. Well folks, flow it does. This book is fantastic and I struggled to put it down.

So a word of warning here, Shane is a bit of an arse. I have read many reviews that said they struggled to relate to him, and although I can understand it I also totally disagree. I think it is very obvious from the start that he finds Katie unnerving. And then suddenly he finds himself widowed and the only person he can turn to is the one person that evokes many feelings within in him and who he has a strained relationship with at best. He has lost the woman he loves and has to sit and watch someone care for their children. I was very sympathetic to his situation, but I certainly could have throat punched him at times believe me.

Katie, what an angel. There are not enough words to describe the love, kindness, support and loyalty she shows to her best friend’s family. The love she has long felt for Shane runs deep. But she was respectful of his marriage and adored Rachel and her beautiful children. Rachel’s death hits her hard, changing her life majorly. But it is her dealings with Shane that will break your heart. Is she a doormat? Absolutely not. She is patient, kind and all around amazing.

This is the best kind of slow burn romance. It is a fight for both characters, and until they can face the past and get past the guilt, insecurities and the pressures of their situation they will never find their happiness. Will it be together? I will let you read it yourself to find out.

 

A highly recommended start to what looks to be another great series for this author.

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