Saturday, March 29, 2014

Review: Take My Hand by Nicola Haken

Take My Hand by Nicola Haken

Book: Take My Hand
Author: 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)

This is my 4.5 snowflake review for Take My Hand by Nicola Haken for Eskimo Princess Book Blog.

Take my Hand is book one of the Take my Hand Series. This book follows the love and friendship between Dexter and Emily. Dexter is an American who has moved to London England because he wants to better himself and prove to those he loves that he can be better. He doesn’t believe that he is deserving of love, friendship, or anything special. He is gorgeous, but has a deep secret that he doesn’t want anyone to know about. No one knows exactly how lost he really is. Emily is a haunted soul. She has moved from her small town in northern England to live in London with her best friend Rachel. She is running from her past and doesn’t have any desire to go back home. She is such a tender hearted person. She forgives easily but is some things just unforgivable? What will happen when she wants more than just friendship with Dex? Will Dex be able to open up his heart and tell Emily about his addictive past?

This was a book that kept me turning the page way into the night. I thought that the plot line (I don’t want to give anything away so that is all I will say) was different than most books I have read. It is unusual to have English and American dialogue mixed together in a single book. I loved Rachel and Jared. Their personalities give us a refreshing reprieve against the seriousness of the story. I found a couple spelling and grammar issues but nothing that took away from the reading of the story.

I would recommend this story to anyone who isn’t bothered by drug addiction and drinking problems. I look forward to reading the next leg of Emily and Dexter’s story, Hold on Tight.

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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