Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Book Review: Nick of Time (Blue Ridge Romance #2) by Allison B. Hanson

A romantic cabin in the mountains. And a man who knows how to get lost…

With a brand-new M.D. behind her name and a wonderful man by her side, Nichole Atherton thought she had her happily-ever-after all sorted out. Then her fiancĂ© told her he was gay. Nic can fake a smile better than anyone, but she’s hanging by a thread. She just has to make it through her best friend’s wedding…and an encounter with his nightmare little brother, Tucker Matthews.

Weddings make Tucker antsy—he’s got a bad track record with “forever.” The family screw-up became a screw-up famous rock star, and bottomed out fast. Now he’s putting his life back together, and the last person he wants to see is perfect Nichole. No matter how hot the fantasies he had about her growing up, Nichole is out of his league and he knows it. It’s just too bad they have so much chemistry. Because there’s no way the two of them could ever make it last…


Before I get into this review ... this is the second book in a series and I didn't read the first one ... so if you've read the first one and enjoyed it, I know that you'll like this one as well because even without the background info from that first novel, I really, REALLY liked this book. Well ... other than one hiccup, that is. 

I've never read anything by Allison B. Hanson before but I know that I will be picking up her work in the future. I liked the character development, the plot, the way she constructed her story and the ending ... OMG ... I absolutely adored the ending. But back to the characters ... Nichole is the leading lady in this one and I loved her almost instantly. Hanson really makes you empathize with Nichole and you're riding the emotional waves that she does with the way the story is written. Love that. I often find myself really enjoying at least one character in each book that I read and it's not very often that I really like all of them. There wasn't one character that is in this book that I thought wasn't totally thought out and totally complete. And Tucker ... the badass bad-boy that we all hate to love and love to hate. I couldn't get enough of him. I was Tucker hungry. 

Like I said, I really enjoyed just about every aspect of this book ... except one. When I was about 60% through the book, I wrote this note in my Kindle: 

This book has just turned into a kite flying expedition on the beach ... I'm out there on a beautiful beach, having fun and just flying my kickass kite when all the sudden, a huge gust of wind comes, takes my kite and I refuse to let go. In .047 nanoseconds, I go from having a great day to picking sand out of my teeth after I get dragged along the sandy shores.
That's a long note to have ... I can't tell you how many of my notes about books end up being their own novel ... anyhow ...  the plot hit a giant brick wall for me and I have no idea why. I was so into it and then the story drops off and I'm left holding an empty ice cream cone after a jackass bird comes and steals my whole scoop of vanilla right out of my hand.

All of that being said, the story did end up picking back up and I was able to get back into the novel pretty quickly. After these slowdowns happen, I usually have a hard time trying to get wrapped back up into the story but Hanson did a great job of picking things right back up and ending the whole story with a bang. I'm definitely a fan and I'll be reading more books by this author in the future. This is a must read for the new year and make sure you pick it up!

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *


Available: January 19th, 2016

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