Title: Lean On Me
Series: Take My Hand
Author: Nicola Haken
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
Lean On Me is the third book in Nicola Haken’s, Take My Hand series. A large criticism of the second book, Hold On Tight, was that Rachel and Jared really didn’t have a large part in the book. The third book fixes that!
Lean On Me takes during the same time period of Hold On Tight but it’s all about Rachel and Jared. I think we knew this was coming but it still happens in a way that is still unexpected and extremely interesting.
Just like with the other books in the series, this book will draw you in from the very beginning. Rachel is tough, confident, and fiercely loyal. But some of her confidence is a front to prove that she is not her disability and can do anything that you throw at her. Jared is a carefree playboy, he’s always up for a party and completely content with is lackadaisical life. These two together are extremely entertaining, their constant back and forth can have you laughing so hard you can’t read through the tears.
Lean On Me shows a side of Rachel and Jared that we always knew was underneath their witty exteriors. We get to see the not so strong side of Rachel and how much she truly fights to deal with her disability. We also learn Jared’s deep dark secret that explains his behavior and makes your heart pour out for him. Reading about this side of Rachel and Jared will pull at your heart strings in every way possible as they turn to each other in the mist of their best friends being MIA. I couldn’t read this book fast enough!
Rachel and Jared’s path to love is not without challenges. Nicola Haken, once again, fleshes out the characters and their relationship to the point where you literally feel like you are right there with them. There are times when I found myself screaming at the characters or crying right alone with them. Even the secondary characters pull you further into the story and just give you another person to love!
True to form, AGAIN, we are left on a huge cliff hanger. Although it sucks to wait, I am looking forward the Never Let Go even more than I was looking forward to this book. I feel like it will finally bring our crew back together in an even stronger way than before because we have been able to watch their romantic relationships get so strong, I know that their friendship will be just as riveting! I want to say that this was my favorite book in this series but it all connected so I am not sure they will be as intriguing without all the…… extra. So… we wait!!
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