Series: Define #2
Published by Self-Published on November 25th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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Sometimes it doesn’t end with happy ever after.
Neve believes Jake is the one. She is miles away from home, struggling to fit in at university and missing the people she loves. The only thing getting her through is the knowledge that Jake will be visiting for the weekend.
Jake believes he isn’t the one. His family and lifestyle mean he can’t give Neve what she deserves: so much more than him. He arrives for the weekend, knowing that he has to break her heart, along with his own.
Sometimes we make decisions and have to live with the consequences.
Each of them struggles to cope with the aftermath of the weekend. Each of them is unhappy. Each of them refuses to do something about it.
Sometimes it isn’t about a boy meeting a girl and falling in love; sometimes it is about what happens next.
Reviewed by Joanne
*I received an E-ARC in exchange for review*
I found the title of this book very apt – because I broke my heart reading this story!
Neve and Jake are characters in Nicola’s first book ‘Curve’, but they’re not as prominent, as that story is about Neve’s brother Flynn, and her best friend Cass. You don’t need to have read Curve first, but I strongly recommend you do. Apart from the fact that it’s bloomin’ brilliant, it also gives you a background to Neve and Cass’s friendship. I really loved Neve in Curve, for being an amazing friend to Cass and giving her unwavering support when she really needed it, and when I heard that Heart was going to be Neve’s book, I was really looking forward to reading it.
Neve is facing a huge upheaval moving to Brighton for university, away from her friends and family, but at least she has Jake’s visits to look forward too…. Until he drops a bombshell on her and leaves her miles away from everyone, alone and trying to cope with her new life.
Reading from both points of view gave me the benefit of seeing what Jake’s reasoning was, and that was a good thing because I was really mad with him at first! I was so desperate for him to realise that he had other options and things didn’t have to be the way they were. He was under so much pressure to be the man of the family and he was willing to sacrifice his own happiness to keep the promise he made his father when he was younger. Then there was Neve, left completely shattered by Jake’s decision and ready to just give in completely. Luckily she meets some rather colourful friends, who help brighten things up bit by bit, but there’s still a huge Jake sized hole in her life. She makes an effort to move on, and soon comes under the radar of an American student called Garrett. I really had my guard up where he was concerned, although that was probably because I just wanted Neve and Jake back together.
Seeing how much both of them were missing each other just made me so frustrated, I was willing one of them to just bite the bullet and fight for the relationship. Whether it be Neve, because (to use one of my favourite quotes) “though she be but little she is fierce” or Jake, who needs to admit he was wrong!
I’m wary of saying too much, because I don’t want to spoil the story, what I will say is that I really went through the wringer in this book, but it was worth every minute. Nicola Hudson has a writing style that just sucks you straight into the story, into the lives of the characters, so much so that they feel like friends, like family. When one of them laughs you laugh, when they cry, you cry with them, and when they are faced with overwhelming devastation, you sit there with a bucket load of tissues, trying to read through your tears.
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