Friday, December 12, 2014

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway for Heart by Nicola Hudson

I've never read a Nicola Hudson book before, so I went into Heart blind, which as it turns out was a very good thing.  Read on to find out why and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

New Adult Contemporary

Companion Stand - Alone to CURVE
Released November 28, 2014
This title is suitable for readers over 15 

Sometimes it doesn’t end with happy ever after.
Neve believes Jake is the one.  She is miles away from home, struggling to fit in at university and missing the people she loves.  The only thing getting her through is the knowledge that Jake will be visiting for the weekend.

Jake believes he isn’t the one.  His family and lifestyle mean he can’t give Neve what she deserves: so much more than him.  He arrives for the weekend, knowing that he has to break her heart, along with his own.

Sometimes we make decisions and have to live with the consequences.

Each of them struggles to cope with the aftermath of the weekend.  Each of them is unhappy.  Each of them refuses to do something about it.

Sometimes it isn’t about a boy meeting a girl and falling in love; sometimes it is about what happens next.

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★★★★ stars

I sure picked a good book to be my first Nicola Hudson novel.  I enjoyed a new twist on what could seem like a cliched story. I read 213 pages in 90 minutes.  That's fast, even for me. The story of Heart is unique and fresh.

I really liked Jake and Neve.  I understood Jake's reasoning for breaking up with Neve but wish he hadn't.  Yes that's a contradictory statement.  He could have avoided both of their heartbreaks by just talking to her, but she made a unilateral decision that cost them both.  I loved Jake for how dedicated he was to his family.  He did somethings I was extremely proud of and others I wasn't, just so he could take care of his younger siblings and be the man of the house.  The two of them together were magic.  I loved seeing them interact with each other.

Now if I loved the characters this much and the story, why not rate it 5 stars, you ask? Well while this book can and does stand on its own, it is a spin-off from a book I hadn't read previously.  It was alluded to a number of times and so I would wonder what had happened that had bearing on this story.  I also wasn't a very big fan of how Neve dealt with things when someone new entered her life. I wish she'd been more proactive about dealing with them, rather than being so passive. I also didn't like how Jake dealt with his mother and her boyfriend.  I do wish he could've been more proactive about that too.

In the end, when the book was finished, I couldn't help but be impressed with what I'd just finished reading.  It had plenty of twists I wasn't expecting and I can not believe how the book ended!  I know you will will feel the same when you read it. The message this book conveys is well worth it.  I strongly urge you give it a chance.

*Thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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About the Author
As well as being a writer, I love reading and reading about reading. My taste goes from Shakespeare to John Green...and much of what lies between! Dickens, check. Austen, check. Atwood, check.
Over Christmas 2012, I discovered the joy of new adult fiction and, inspired by Colleen Hoover and Tammara Webber, I decided to try my hand at writing my own NA novel.
I love the friendliness of the Indie writer community and have been overwhelmed by the support of followers interested in my journey. Please feel free to monitor my publishing progress via my Facebook page, Twitter or blog :-)
My first novel, Curve, was released in October 2013. My second novel, Heart, is a standalone companion to Curve and will be released in November 2014.

To celebrate the release of HEART, Nicola Hudson is hosting a giveaway on her Facebook Page!
(1) Signed Print Copy of HEART (International)
(1) eBook Copy of HEART
(1) Nicola Hudson Swag Pack
(1) $20 Donation to the charity of your choice OR a $10 Amazon Gift Card
(1) $20 Donation to the charity of your choice OR a $5 Amazon Gift Card

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