Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt and Givaway! Lean On Me by Nicola Haken

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Title: Lean On Me
Series: Take My Hand
Author: Nicola Haken
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
Format: e-book 
Rachel Mason oozes confidence. She’s outgoing, adventurous and would chop off her right arm before caring what other people think of her or her disability. 


Jared Mattheson on the other hand, is more than a little goofy and a whole lot of carefree. He’s happy living the bachelor life on his father’s credit card, takes nothing seriously and wouldn’t know difficulty if it slapped him in the face.


With Emily and Dexter away in the States, Rachel and Jared are left behind to keep each other company. They share the same sense of fun, their personalities bounce off one another perfectly and perhaps inevitably, they become best friends. But what happens when the lines of friendship start to blur? How will they cope when the sides of themselves they’ve kept hidden from the world for so long begin to show?

Their journey together may have started with fun, games and alcohol – but it seems the future has other ideas. 

Turns out, even the strongest of people need someone to lean on sometimes.

(Not suitable for under 18’s due to language, sexual content and explicit drug use)

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!!
Nicola Haken puts it ALL out there in her books. If you are squeamish or have anything against fowl langue, drinking, and. a strong psychical connection, this is not the book for you. If you like raw, emotionally, and authentic love stories, you will love Lean On Me and the rest of the Take My Hand series! 

Nicola Haken
Nicola lives in Rochdale, England with her husband and four children and she is the author of New Adult/Contemporary romance novels Inevitable, Saving Amy and the Take My Hand series. When she is not busy playing with her imaginary book friends (or talking about them with real life friends!) she can usually be found studying or carrying out her ordinary mum/housewife/all round slave duties! 

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