Title: Disclosure of the Heart (Beside Your Heart #2)
Author: Mary Whitney
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Nov 5th, 2013
Publisher: OmniFic Publishing
Event organized by: Literati Author Services
Sixteen years is a long time to wait for your true love to reappear, and, anyway, Nicki Johnson couldn’t wait for the impossible to happen. Hard life lessons have taught her that fairy tales are children’s stories, and fate is cruel. Burying her hopes, she’s spent the last sixteen years focused and driven toward her career, and it’s landed her with a job at the White House with a gem of a boyfriend. But when her high school love, Adam Kincaid, walks into the White House as a BBC reporter, Nicki’s world is thrown into turmoil as she relives their past. Adam has come back for her, but has he arrived too late?
Yesterday I posted a review of the prequel to this book, Beside Your Heart, and it probably maybe kinda left a bad taste in some people’s mouths, but it was HONEST.
That being said, and with as much disappointment as I found with Beside Your Heart, Disclosure of the Heart made up for in spades. This was much more of what I was looking forward to reading in Beside Your Heart and I’m glad I took a chance at reading Disclosure of the Heart to help clear all of that up.
Disclosure of the Heart begins right where Beside Your Heart left off. Adam spots Nicki at a white House press briefing and things proceed from there.
Once again, Whitney’s writing of her characters quickly draws you into the story. Even if you’ve passed some time between reading Beside Your Heart and Disclosure of the Heart, It’s very quick to get into and I believe that Disclosure of the Heart is easily read as a stand-alone novel even if you’ve never read Beside Your Heart.
One thing that I did find somewhat disappointing however was the “love triangle” or in this case “square” that is involved in parts of the story. At the time that Disclosure of the Heart takes place, Nicki s in a pretty serious relationship with Juan Carlos; so serious that they are contemplating moving in together. Adam is also in a long-term relationship, this time with a TV news journalist who also works for the BBC. And even though you root for Adam and Nicki to finally get together after all of these years and get that HEA they so richly deserve, I just couldn’t fathom the two of them cheating on their partners with each other, especially given their past history in dealing with the issues of cheating (read Beside Your Heart to see what I’m talking about.)
Sorry, but cheating is a hard limit in my opinion!
Other than that one issue, there were some others with transitions and story flow, spelling errors, and characters referred to by other character’s names, but since the ARC copy I received was unproofed, I’m sure these will be resolved before final publishing.
Disclosure of the Heart did much better in my opinion expanding on the story of Adam and Nicki than I thought it would, so overall I give Disclosure of the Heart by Mary Whitney a solid
Even before she graduated from law school, Mary Whitney knew she wasn’t cut out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she’s spent her career as an organizer, lobbyist, and nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters and real lawyer husband.
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