Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Blog Tour: Take My Hand by Nicola Haken; Review + Giveaway

Take My Hand
Author: Nicola Haken
Release Date: 2 October 2013

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)


Let me start by saying, that I was loving all the off-hand Britishness in this book! I've been reading a lot of books by American authors, and with every mention of fish and chips and Tesco, I felt my heart warm a little. Everything just felt so familiar.

Emily took a little warming up to, for me. She's quite timid, with fairly low self-confidence and is not good at meeting new people and social situations. At first, I found her a little bit boring, but as she becomes more comfortable in her own skin, and as her relationship with Dexter develops we see more of the real Emily shining through. She may be quiet, but she's so understanding and loyal, with a kind and gentle heart that makes her perfect for Dexter.
Dexter starts off as a moody arse, I'll be honest. But there's a damaged and vulnerable man, hiding behind the indifferent attitude. He can't resist the way Emily makes him feel again, and is drawn to her against his will.
I really liked these two together. Every time Dexter opened up about his past, Emily was understanding and supportive, and at time I wished that he could have trusted more in how much she loved him.

I didn't really like the supporting characters as much. Rachel hides her vulnerabilities underneath a tough, no-nonsense exterior, but most of the time I found her irritating. Jared was okay, but I never really cared for him either way, he was just there.

The story started off well, and I was very intrigued as to what Dexter's secrets were. I loved watching Dexter and Emily become closer and start to give in to their feelings. Then I found the middle dragged a bit, but it definitely picks up pace again by the end. I did not see that last revelation about Dexter's past. And the way it ended! I have zero idea about what on earth is in store for us in book 2, but I definitely want to know!

*I received a review copy from the author, for my honest review. Thank you!

About the Author

Nicola lives in Rochdale, England with her husband and four children (and dog!). She is the author of two stand alone novels, Inevitable and Saving Amy, and is currently having fun working on her first series with book one, Take My Hand, to be released in October. When not reading or writing Nicola can usually be found carrying out her daily slave duties – cleaning, feeding the mob, cleaning a bit more etc… or watching The Twilight Saga for the fifty-billionth time :-)
Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


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