Released April 8, 2014
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published by Omnific Publishing
I’m a journalist—Adam Kincaid, BBC reporter, to be exact, so I’m not going to bury the lead. I’m about to see the woman I never got over.
I know that because I’ve been back in America for years now, and I still don’t date American girls. My dad would say I’ve come to my senses, sticking to my own British patrician kind, but that’s crap. Mum, the psychologist, would more wisely say it’s my unresolved issues around Nicki. My teenage years are long behind me, yet my guilt over her remains. So I’ve avoided all things Nicki, though the irony is she’s the one avoiding me.
Maybe if we see each other, we can both move on. Could she ever forgive me? Can you forgive yourself when you hurt someone you love?
But please, don’t answer yet. I’ve jumped ahead of the story, and as a reporter, I should give you more background to get to the root of it all.
So let me tell you my story. Then you can be the judge.
NOTE: While this is the third in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone book.
BESIDE YOUR HEART
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“It’s an emotional story that will take the reader back to those feelings that made the late teen years such a powerful time.”
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?
Adam is a British student whose father moved them to Houston for a year for his job. He dates a beautiful but ditzy cheerleader and makes out with her in front of his locker. Which also happens to be right next to Nikki. They say hello and that is usually it, until one day they start talking about literature and occasionally her sister Lauren. They build their friendship while denying the growing attraction they feel for each other.
There is so much to love about this book. It captures the hormones and overpowering emotions that is falling in love while in high school. Adam and Nikki existed for each other. For their daily interactions. They were pulled to each other and when they finally got together it was so much more than they had ever felt before. I felt so much while reading this book. There was a bit of a cliff hanger ending but I wasn’t disappointed. There was so much story to tell about Nikki and Adam that it couldn’t have been told in one book.
The story is compelling and the characters are so full of life and the power of feeling things for the first time. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who remembers what the first time falling in love feels like.
Sixteen years is a long time to wait for your true love to reappear, and, anyway, Nicki Johnson couldn’t wait for the impossible to happen. Hard life lessons have taught her that fairy tales are children’s stories, and fate is cruel. Burying her hopes, she’s spent the last sixteen years focused and driven toward her career, and it’s landed her with a job at the White House with a gem of a boyfriend. But when her high school love, Adam Kincaid, walks into the White House as a BBC reporter, Nicki’s world is thrown into turmoil as she relives their past. Adam has come back for her, but has he arrived too late?
Nikki and Adam are dating other people and working at the white house when they meet again. Adam took the job because he knew Nikki would be there.
Fifteen years has changed them in unquantifiable ways, but their feelings and their connection is still the same. They reconnect and talk which only solidifies their feelings for each other.
This book really highlighted the evolution of the characters. They grew and changed but their love hadn’t. I love the writing of Mary Whitney. Everything feels very realistic and it’s so easy to get into the story. Whitney’s writing is very compelling. This book was a wonderful sequel to Beside Your Heart.
About the Author
Even before she graduated from law school, Mary knew she wasn’t cut out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she’s spent her career as an organizer, lobbyist, and nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters and real lawyer husband.
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