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Book Blurb:
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)

Book Review:
So, from the book blurb you would think that the book was written from Dexter's perspective, however, Take My Hand is written from both Dexter and Emily's perspective. I'm really starting to like this trend in books. 
Emily has a super controlling Mother and needs some freedom, so she and her BFF, Snickers, head to London for college. Okay, so Snickers isn't her BFF's real name, it is Rachel, and I absolutely adore her.
Rachel may the character that stole the story a bit for me. She is a paraplegic, tattooed, foul-mouthed awesome character that I believe should have her own book. Hear that Nicola, I hope Rachel gets her own book, because it will be hilarious!
Okay, back to the main story. I really liked this book. I was feeling this book. It was a book that I wanted to read. It was a book I couldn't wait to get back to. It was a book that sucked me in. I didn't feel bored. I didn't feel like I would rather be doing one of my other hobbies. It was a good story. 
Yes, it was a typical case of boy-doesn't-want-a-relationship-but-finds-himself-in-one-anyways-and-can't-see-himself-without-the-girl-and-pushes-her-away story. But it was also a bit suspenseful because you know he's hiding something, but you just don't know what. Don't those just piss you off sometimes? Ack.....
So, I'm reading right along hoping and thinking that I have figured it out, but I didn't have it all straight and then, BAM! out of nowhere, the ending happens. I would totally say it's a cliffhanger, but not one that pisses you off since the next book isn't ready. I mean, yes, you want to know what happens, but you can totally live until the next book is out. So, I would totally read this one instead of waiting for the next because emotionally, you'll be okay.
So, read Take My Hand. Read about Marshmellow's, Snickers, Tootsie Pops, all those people. Yep, people. Oh, we can't forget the M&M's. those are the tricky ones.....
4 Stars

About the Author:
nicola hakenI live in Rochdale, England with my wonderful family. I have two novels under my belt (Inevitable and Saving Amy) and have just finished writing Take My Hand - book 1 in a 3 part series - which will be released in October.
When I'm not playing with my imaginary friends I can usually be found looking after my four adorable (sometimes!) children (five if you include the dog, six if you include the hubby!) or studying towards my English Literature degree. All in all I'm just an ordinary mum with an addiction to reading about hot book guys, writing about hot book guys and Pepsi Max!

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Release Day: October 7th, 2013
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your review. I'm so happy you enjoyed it! I just wanted to say that Rachel IS getting her own book. It will be book 3 in the series and I am writing it as we speak :D