Thursday, October 24, 2013

Take My Hand by Nicola Haken : The Blog Tour

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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)

My Review:
Nicola Haken is one of the few authors who can create happiness out of sad stories. She has found the perfect combination of reflecting the cruel reality and shape it into something beautiful.
Saving Amy and Take my hand are so similar and so very different at the same time. In both stories, our main characters carry their own burdens, meet their other half and slowly their wounds heal. However, the characters are so different from each other that your head is spinning. My point is that whoever has read Saving Amy knows what to expect of Nicola’s next book and is not disappointed. Whoever hasn’t read it, well that’s why we have bookstores everywhere..

Let’s enter the Take my hand world..

>>Emily is the quiet and serene strength. She is shy and socially awkward, but she is so endearing and adorable. Some mistake her as weak, just because she’s shy and doesn’t know how to handle people. She is so young, but she exudes intense sophistication and wisdom beyond her years. She is without a doubt a one of a kind character. Plus, her shyness is no indecision. She knows what she wants, but sometimes the way to it is kind of hard to find. She is very loyal and a great friend to have. However, in the ending I found her reactions a bit wrong and misguided. She should have been a little more aware of Dexter’s actions. But not everyone can see everything. .

>>Dexter oh Dex..He has suffered from a truly horrifying childhood and he spent his life ever since punishing himself for everything he did and everything he didn’t do. He feels guilty and it’s quite understandable. However, any kid who has lived with an abusive parent doesn’t have lots of choices. You just do what you have to do in order to survive and protect your mother, who can’t protect herself. It’s unimaginable. He tries to step away from what his life had become and later he meets our Emily. His first POVs were very amusing, to say at the least. And after his self-destructiveness left the building and they’re happy together, hell breaks loose of course..Nicola oh Nicola…

And after the cliffhanger she left us with, I can only guess that hell is still very present in Dexter and Emily’s lives.

In conclusion, Take my hand is an excellent read. It starts playful, it turns into a hot romance with lots of humor when we’re not crying that is and it ends with a dramatic cliffhanger. I loved the book’s flow. It has exceptional grace and Nicola Haken proves that she can write whatever the hell she wants to, moving from one genre and emotional state to another.

Simply Exceptional.

Author bio:                        

I 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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