Change of Heart || Glorious, Heart-Wrenching & Beautiful

September 7, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 12 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Change of Heart || Glorious, Heart-Wrenching & BeautifulChange of Heart
by Nicole Jacquelyn
Series: Fostering Love #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: September 6th 2016 by Forever
Pages: 368
Format: ARC, eARC
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5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Mail, Publisher via Netgalley

They've spent their lives pushing each other away, but what will happen when they need each other most?

Anita Martin doesn't expect much from life. Growing up on the street, bouncing from one foster home to another, she learned to rely only on herself. Even after she finally found a loving family to take her in, she was still an outsider-something Abraham, one of the family's older sons, never let her forget.

Abraham Evans doesn't know how Ani always manages to get under his skin, only that's she's been doing it since they were teens. She is-and always has been-undeniably gorgeous. But he's never met anyone as pissed off at the world as Ani.

For fifteen years, Ani and Bram have agreed on exactly one thing: they can't stand each other-until one night when their anger gives way to passion. Yet even as Ani and Bram begin to secretly seek comfort in one another's arms, they remain emotionally worlds apart. When Ani's life takes a dramatic turn and she realizes she needs more than Bram can give, their fragile, no-strings relationship unravels. One way or another, Ani is determined to survive. But when Bram finally admits his true feelings, he may discover Ani has moved on without him . . .

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Ani and Bram have never seen eye to eye. They are always being snarky at each other just to get a rise of one another. They had never even considered the possibility of something more between them. One night, Ani follows Bram, wondering where he’s going. She’s surprised by what she finds and by the end of the night, they are making out and having one moment of passion. A lot of situations happen between Ani and Bram, and they may just not make it.

Bram was a total asshole. And I meant that in the nicest possible way.

I thought Unbreak My Heart was a great book and I wasn’t sure how Change of Heart would be better. It completely blew me away! I definitely didn’t think Change of Heart would top the first book, but it completely did! Ani’s and Bram’s story was bitter-sweet, to say the least. They would bicker so much, but it just added to the sexual tension between them. Honestly, that first kiss between them was hot. It could light up the whole place where they were. When they got down to the naughty, I was eagerly waiting for it! I didn’t pass out by some miracle, but that was so hot. Then again, it doesn’t come close to the other dirty scenes in the book. Ladies, you need a fan and a cold shower for these scenes.

Our eyes met for a split second before he groaned and pushed me back against the bar. Then his mouth was on mine again, and there was nothing soft about. […] Nothing mattered except our points of contact. His hips pressing against my waist. His hard back beneath my palms, one of his hands at my throat […] Then his hand was on my ass, lifting me as I jumped up and wrapped my legs around his waist.

However, the romantic scenes were just as amazing. The romance was freaking hot and sweet and I just cannot even! Bram’s caring nature was what I loved most of this book. He would argue so much with Ani, but when it came down to it, he was so loving and would always worry about her. His caring nature is shown even more when something unexpected happens in their lives that I can’t discuss or I would spoil a lot of the story. I will say it was the most delightful part of the story.

There was something vulnerable about a woman after sex. A softness that I didn’t want anyone seeing on Ani that night but me.

Ani is so strong, loyal to her foster family, grounded, and with so much love to give. She received news she didn’t want to hear that completely broke her, but she managed it with maturity that only a strong woman can. I felt so much for Ani through the entire book. Everything that would happen to her, I would feel so deep in my soul. She took all of it in stride, though and I was in awe of her strength.

I loved the family dynamic in this story so much. I’ve never read a book that involves a family as tight as this one. They would have family dinners every Friday! The thing is, they are all grown ups (over 28 years old), yet they would still go to their parents house every Friday to be with the whole family. No matter where they were, if something happened, they would all drop whatever they were doing to rush back home.

Change of Heart is the most glorious, heart-wrenching, beautiful book I’ve read all year. I’m in love. This will be a re-read for sure. I absolutely loved this book! It’s easily one of my top 5 faves of 2016.

Don’t miss out on the first book!

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About Nicole Jacquelyn

Nicole Jacquelyn is the mom of two little girls and a full time college student. She hasn’t watched television in well over a year, she still does things that drive her mother crazy, and she loves to read. At eight years old, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she told people she wanted to be a mom. When she was twelve her answer changed- to author. By the time she was eighteen, when people asked her what she wanted to do with her life, she told them she really wanted to be a writer- but the odds of that happening were so slim that she’d get her business degree “just to be safe”. Her dreams stayed constant. First she became a mom, then she went to college, and during her senior year- with one daughter in first grade and the other in preschool, she sat down and wrote a story.

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  • WOW sounds like this was a really wonderful read. I love when family is an important and big part of the story. Great review!

  • Ooh, this sounds like a good one. You really need to stop this, Genesis. I have bought entirely too many books since I started reading your blog. Haha.

  • Eva

    Great review! This one must be awesome based on your review and 5 stars! I hadn’t even heard of book 1 but this series is definitely on my radar now!

  • Dang it, you’re going to cause me to buy another book. The big question: is this connected to the first book?

    • It can be read as a standalone! It makes some references to the first couple, but doesn’t give much. So you can totally go buy this one! Honestly it’s so much better than the first book.

  • I’m with Christy!! You’re killing my TBR!!! This series sounds so good!! I’m looking for this kind of stuff right now, too 🙂 Thanks!!!! Love the review!!

  • I am so excited for this one! Between the synopsis and your review I’m 100% positive I’m going to love it!

  • Lacey • Booklovers For Life

    Yaaas Gen, THIS BOOK!!! Loved it so much. We need more of the series!!