Friday, February 7, 2014

Blog Tour and Review: Nico, by J.B. Hartnett

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When I was a boy, I met a girl.
She didn’t know it then, but…
She changed me.

Now…..I am a man.
A man who is broken by the stories of the women who come to me.
They are my birds with broken wings.
I help them heal, help them to make them strong, so they can fly free.
Lark changed me. Loved Me. Made Me Strong.
With her, I am free.

I write…
To the girl of the past.
To the girl of my present.
And, the girl of my future.
Dear Dish…

A few days later, I was single again and dressed in a grey suit and black collared shirt, ready to watch Anika get married to the love of her life, Cole. I walked up to Lark’s front door and was ready to tell her to get dressed, she was coming with me to the wedding as my date. I moved my necklace around nervously, lifted my hand to knock…and stopped. I fuckin’ chickened out. I knew there was something about her and I wanted to know what that something was, but thought it would be better to wait. 

4 out of 5 stars

I received and ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first J.B. Hartnett book and to be honest even after reading the synopsis I had no idea what to expect.  In the end I was pleasantly surprised.  At his core Nico is this incredibly decent man with a sensitive heart who longs to help women deal with pain in their lives.  He listens to their stories and together they come up with a design and then he tattoos the design on their body, for the women this is a freeing experience, a way to get out the pain, heal, eventually move forward in their lives.  However over time the burdens of his "birds" have become too hard to deal with alone, he needs an escape and unfortunately that escape has been one-night stands with women.  But as with all crutches eventually they break and now even one-night stands aren't able to take his edge off.  His parents urge him to find a woman, a woman who will take his breath away, who he can marry and who will help carry the load of his burdens.

This story has some seriously intense scenes and it tackles some pretty tough issues.  I have to give mad props to J.B. Hartnett for weaving such an interesting story.  While I felt at times the overall progress of the book moved kind of slow my desire to keep reading never let up.  I wanted to follow Nico's journey.  Outwardly he may have come across as this emotionless playboy, but because he's the one telling the story you know it's not true and your heart breaks for him, for his pain, for his loneliness.  My desire to see him get the HEA he so deserves is what pushed me to stay with his story.

I absolutely loved the way Lark's character was written.  Nico may have thought she was fragile but she is anything but and I loved how her reactions and actions not only surprised Nico but myself as well.  She may have been pushed around in the past but her relationship with Nico has given her the confidence to become the strong woman she was always meant to be.

I urge you to give this book a chance, it was a very unique journey and while its intense there are also some pretty humorous moments (Nico's father being one of the major contributors...loved him!  He is written with perfection) and lots of moments where you really see genuine displays of love...romantic love, friendship love, parent-child love, sibling love.  It really was a touching story.

About Author J.B. Hartnett

Julie is a Southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin) and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).
She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter...the 'writer' part is the one that stuck.
Julie is obsessed with pi...the equation(and the food). She's allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure.She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.
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