Wednesday, December 10, 2014

REVIEW BLITZ - Nicola Haken's Take My Hand Series

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Review Blitz

Book Title: Take My Hand Series Author: Nicola Haken Genre: Contemporary Romance Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

Take My Hand
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?
Hold On Tight (Take My Hand #2)
A figure from Dexter’s past has uprooted all the memories he has tried so desperately to bury… to forget. The terrible events of his past have been blown wide open once again, immersing him a pool of guilt deeper than he’s even experienced before. Dexter feels powerless. The future he foolishly allowed himself to conceive is falling apart around him and there’s nothing he can do about it. But there’s one thing he can control – one thing he’s an expert at… blocking everything out. Losing all control, Dexter copes the only way he knows how – he dives so far into the well of addiction, the only thing that matters anymore is where his next fix is coming from. Mission accomplished – there’s no one left. He’s successfully pushed everyone away. Nobody left to care about means no more guilt, right? You can’t hurt people who aren’t there… But has he really pushed Emily as far away as he thinks he has? She’s given up everything for him – her home, her friends… her whole life. And she doesn’t regret a single thing. But can she save him from drowning, or has he finally sunk too far?
Lean On Me (Take My Hand #3)
Rachel Mason oozes confidence. She’s outgoing, adventurous and would chop off her right arm before caring what other people think of her or her disability. Right? Jared Mattheson on the other hand, is more than a little goofy and a whole lot of carefree. He’s happy living the bachelor life on his father’s credit card, takes nothing seriously and wouldn’t know difficulty if it slapped him in the face. Right? With Emily and Dexter away in the States, Rachel and Jared are left behind to keep each other company. They share the same sense of fun, their personalities bounce off one another perfectly and perhaps inevitably, they become best friends. But what happens when the lines of friendship start to blur? How will they cope when the sides of themselves they’ve kept hidden from the world for so long begin to show? Their journey together may have started with fun, games and alcohol – but it seems the future has other ideas. Turns out, even the strongest of people need someone to lean on sometimes.
Never Let Go (Take My Hand #4)
In the final book of the Take My Hand Series, Emily and Dexter are finally on course to a happy future. Arriving back in the UK with Aunt Sarah in tow, everything seems to be slotting into place. For the first time in his life, Dexter has found his purpose. Surrounded by family, friends and the woman he adores, he has at long last made peace with his demons and is determined to fight for the life he now knows he deserves. With best friend Rachel back by her side and a resolve to work things out with her parents once and for all, Emily’s life is also on the right track. Or so she thinks… When a tragic revelation threatens to destroy Emily’s world, it sends her spiraling down a path leading to more secrets, lies and heartache – leaving her questioning her whole life and everyone in it. To top it off, Emily almost lost one of the most important men in her life once before, is it about to happen again? *Not suitable for under 18's due to language, sexual content and scenes of explicit drug use*

Review Blitz
Nikki's 5 Star Review
Book 1 Take my Hand

 So firstly I loved that this book was manly set in England and the reference to local places was fab.
Dexter Michaels has moved to England for school and also to hopefully leave his troubled past behind he just wants to get his degree keep his head down and make his Aunt Sarah proud of him. However he doesn't count on meeting Emily Barton. Emily has moved down South with the hopes of starting her own new life. Dexter knows he should stay away from her but that's not possible there's something about Emily and Dexter wants to see where their relationship can go.
This book will take you on an emotional rollercoaster and does end with a cliff-hanger but luckily the series is complete and believe me you will definitely be needing book 2 straight away.

Book 2 Hold on Tight

This picks up exactly where we leave book 1 with a blast from Dexter's past showing up he finds it difficult to stay strong and starts to fall back into his old ways. For Emily this is the worst thing that could happen to them and we see Dexter starting to push her away, but Emily has given up everything for Dexter and they are both now living in America so will she fight for their relationship and show Dexter that she is all he needs. This book is a little darker than the first one but again had me gripped from the first page.

Book 3 Lean on Me

This book is about Emily's best friend Rachael, she's vibrant and oozes confidence she's also in a wheelchair.
Jared Mattheson is the opposite of Rachael, a little goofy and he is more than happy to live off his dads credit card without a care in the world. When Emily and Dexter leave for the States Jared and Rachael are left behind and what starts out as a bit of fun with lots of alcohol turns into something more. They open upto each other and the lines of friendship begin to blur is this the start of something special for both of them. It was great learning more about Rachael, and the sassiness she oozes is brill. These characters bring out the best of each other.

Book 4 Never let Go

This is the conclusion to Dexter and Emily's story and I loved it. They are both now back in the UK and hopefully on the road to a long and happy life together. But things are never that easy and when a tragic  revelation threatens Emily's world with secrets and lies it leaves her questioning everything she thought was real in her life will they both come through for each other and stay together. This is a fabulous series and I would recommend it to everyone, I did shed a few tears at times but it also made me smile and its beautifully written.

Meet the Author
Nicola Haken
Nicola lives in Rochdale, England with her husband and four children and she is the author of New Adult/Contemporary romance novels Missing Pieces, Saving Amy and the Take My Hand series, and m/m erotic romance - Being Sawyer Knight and Taming Ryder. When she is not busy playing with her imaginary book friends (or talking about them with real life friends!) she can usually be found carrying out her ordinary mum/housewife/all round slave duties! Oh, and she's also addicted to tattoos and Pepsi Max!
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