Author: Violet Duke
Source: Author provided ARC in exchange for an honest review.
From the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author who brought you the Nice Girl to Love trilogy, comes A Nice GUY to Love spin-off...
Brian Sullivan has been in love twice in his lifetime. He lost his first love to early-onset Huntington’s, and he lost the other more recently…to his brother. And somehow, his heart has managed to heal itself after both. Amazingly, without therapy. That doesn’t mean Brian hasn’t gotten more wary along the way, however. In fact, he’s been thinking lately that maybe his brother’s now retired nothing-but-flings rule isn’t such a bad idea. Unfortunately, being the nice guy poster boy and all, he isn’t exactly versed in the fine art of flings. So he looks to the outrageously ‘unique,’ provokingly button-pushing Tessa Daniels for a crash course.
There’s absolutely no way he’s falling in love with this one...right?
Tessa has no idea what she was thinking telling Brian that she was some sort of fling expert. She’s never been flung before and she sure as heck doesn’t know where or how to begin flinging a guy like Brian. It was a temporary lapse in sanity, really—no doubt because of the can’t-help-but-fall-for-him brain fuzz that hits her whenever he’s around. Not only does the man have her being more herself than she’s ever been in her life, but he’s the only person she knows who seems to have as many demons and skeletons in the closet as she does. What’s more, he’s got her thinking of the one thing she stopped letting herself even hope for years ago.
A happily ever after.
Flirty Review: Four Lip Bites
The book follows Tessa and Brian. Tessa is a spunky, single, and self-reliant woman who has had a very hard dose of life handed to her. Her mother left her family when Tessa's sister's illness became too much. Her sister and father both suffered and died from Huntington's which is a very debilitating genetic disease that attacks the nerve cells and slowly eats away at the brain which results in death. But I didn't really understand the true nature of the disease until I had to look it up on my own. The author didn't go into what exactly the disease was, just how it affected the characters in the book. I got it was a degenerative, genetic disease but that's about it. Right there was the author's first mistake, she made the reader (me) work to find out facts about her story. The one thing that I always tell my authors is that you don't want to make your readers work to understand your story. You provide the information in a way that they understand it fully. This book didn't give me that.
I also felt that Duke left a lot of the character development in her other series. Again, even though the characters were introduced there wasn't much beyond that. I wanted to feel more for Brian and his mourning for his wife who also suffered from Huntington's. I wanted to understand the hardships him and his daughter were going through a little better. I think it would have rounded the story out a little more.
I did really like the budding relationship between Tessa and Brian. Even though they started as a no strings sort of connection it was obvious that they were anything but. The romance was nice and what I expected from the start of the book.
The twist at the end with Tessa (which I figured would happen) pulled at your heartstrings and really was so bittersweet.
I felt that anyone wanting to read this book should really start with Nice Girl To Love series first to really appreciate this spin-off novel. The author wrote a true testament about the effects of Huntington's disease has on people and how to overcome a hard look at your fate. This book was definitely a measure of making the best out of your life no matter what trials you are dealt. That is one aspect I really loved. I just wished I understood and connected with the book more to fully fall in love with this book.
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