Series: Beside Your Heart #2
Also in this series: Beside Your Heart
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
on November 5, 2013
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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?
I honestly didn’t know how much I was going to like this book. Being just barely older than the Young Adult crowd (and technically, I still consider myself a young adult), I generally don’t read books about thirty-somethings. However, because I knew Adam and Nicki’s story from when they were in high school, it made the second book quite adorable. Because you knew all of the drama and angst from when they had to break up in High School, it was such a relief to finally see them together again.
It was nice to get away from the petty drama of high school for a change. The conflict that occurred was more serious; instead of a disgruntled ex-girlfriend cheerleader causing problems for Nicki, there were members of every major news network in the world watching her every move. Working closely for the president of the US makes life complicated for her. Especially when Adam works for the BBC and having a relationship with him is problematic.
I love that Adam initiates the contact with Nicki. I thought his pursuance of her was very cute. Although I DID NOT think it was cute they both cheated on their significant others. I didn’t like their significant others, but it was NOT ok that they were cheating on them.
I really enjoyed David (Adam’s cousin) going after Lisa. They have an entertaining repartee that is quite adorable even though you kind of want to smack him the entire time. I do have a *slight* problem with everyone being ok with David going down the line of Nicki and her friends and fooling around with them. But again, conservative side, baring its teeth.
While this has not been my absolute favorite series, I have very much enjoyed it. There were plenty of *AWWWWWW* moments between Adam and Nicki. I agree with a few reviews I have read, I feel that their story has come to a nice conclusion. I don’t know what another book in their series would be about unless it follows a secondary character. I was honestly very surprised at how much I enjoyed the jump from the first to the second book, but I thought Whitney handled it nicely. It was quite a bit shorter than I was expecting, and read extremely quickly and easily. A fun read for fans of the genre.
About the author:
Even before she graduated from law school, Mary Whitney 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.