Series: Fostering Love #2
Published by Forever on September 6th, 2016
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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 . .
When I pick up a Nicole Jacquelyn book, I expect to fall in love. I know she’s going to break my heart, and then put it back together. I know I’m going to experience a powerful story that packs a punch. With every novel, she pulls me in, and I’m taken on an emotional rollercoaster. Change of Heart pulled at my every heartstring. It’s a beautiful tale of love and family, heartbreak and loss.
Anita is such a fabulous heroine. She hasn’t had the easiest of beginnings, and uses her snarky personality to keep people at arm’s length. I loved Ani so much. She had to make some truly difficult decisions, and my heart broke for her. Through it all, she remains strong and true to herself.
Abraham is the kind of hero Nicole excels at writing; a stubborn jerk who ultimately finds redemption. I loved his protective nature when it came to his family. While he and Ani may trade verbal blows, he would do anything for her. He’s also hiding a tortured past. He buries his scars deep, refusing to face how his previous experiences have affected him. His behavior stems from a place of vulnerability that he is determined to hide.
These two have been butting heads since the moment they first met. Years of hostility have kept them in a constant battle of wills, until finally, a weak moment leads to more. With so much standing between them, it’s impossible they will have it easy when it comes to a relationship. When something changes in Ani’s life, Bram is suddenly confronted with everything he’s been running from.
The touchstone of this series deals with adoption, and the fact that families are made out of love, not blood; it’s a powerful message that is truly heartwarming. During the course of the book, those familial bonds are definitely tested. I loved seeing the family rally around one another in times of trouble.
I devoured this book in one sitting. The writing, as always, is stellar. This story was compelling, captivating, and left me completely transfixed. Nicole writes angst like no other. It always feels organic and not forced just for drama. Her characters are so dynamic; you feel everything right along with them. This is a book that will stay with me and is one I will be reading over and over; another top favorite from one of my favorite authors.
Can this be read as a standalone? Yes, however, I highly recommend reading Unbreak My Heart before this one. Not only is it another favorite, and absolutely fabulous, it first introduces us to this wonderful cast of characters.