Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Change of Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn review!


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.

Christy's 4.5 star review! 
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After reading Unbreak My Heart earlier this year, I knew I needed Bram and Anita’s book asap! I love the emotional and angsty way this author writes this series. As much as I loved the first book, I think I loved this one even more. Anita and Bram’s story hit me like a ton of bricks. I really felt for them and this story made me feel so much!

Anita and Bram are two people who don’t get along. You know those people that always seem to pick on each other, both are outspoken and always have something to say? Yeah, that’s them. They seem like an unlikely pair because of that. Of course there would have to be some clashing with their personalities- they’ve known each other fifteen years and they never can seem to get along. Ani is constantly getting under Bram’s skin. Then one night seems to change everything between them….
 
 
“You’re such a fucking pain in the ass,” Bram gasped, pressing against me as he kissed me hard. “Maybe if I just kept your mouth occupied…”

After this night together, things seem to change between them. They develop a sort of no-strings-attached relationship. Even though they still bicker like crazy, it’s different. Then something huge happens in Ani’s life that rocks her to her core. And Bram doesn’t know if he can handle it. Or be there for her. He’s not sure he can be the man she needs.

What can I say about Nicole Jacquelyn? She sure knows how to write a guy that’s a total jerk. And she certainly finds ways to redeem them. Bram wasn’t quite as bad as Shane IMO, but he had many moments. Ani was such a strong heroine and someone I could relate to in many ways. I adored her. Then there are all the other side characters- I’m still waiting on an Alex book! Here is to hoping that’s next!

This story has some angst, but it’s super heavy on the emotion, loss, love and sacrifice. I love the family dynamic in these books. These characters are truly a family that would do anything for one another. I give this one 4.5 stars.

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Change of Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn – Top 5 List
Top 5 Movies
Juno 
The one-liners in that movie are fantastic, the storyline is absolute gold, and I think it’s one of the realist depictions of a love story that I’ve ever seen on film. I also have a deep and abiding love for Ellen Page.
Almost Famous
Who doesn’t love the story of a dorky teenager who gets to go on the road with a rock band in the seventies? I mean, really.
Dirty Dancing
 Patrick Swayze anyone? Plus, the music and the dancing and the chemistry were fantastic. It’s the clich├ęd story of the bad boy and the good girl, and I can’t get enough of it.
Pretty in Pink
 I really love anything that John Hughes made, but Pretty in Pink is probably my favorite. I love so many things about it, but to narrow it down I’ll just say, Jon Cryer as Duckie, James Spader as the asshole rich kid, the record store,  and the homemade prom dress.
Labyrinth

David Bowie wears spandex and dances around with a bunch of puppets. Enough said.

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