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Change of Heart (Fostering Love, #2) by Nicole Jacquelyn

Change of Heart Book Cover Change of Heart
Fostering Love, #2
Nicole Jacquelyn
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Forever
September 6, 2016

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 . . .

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ARIANNA’s Review

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Once again Nicole Jacquelyn delivers an awesome read that honestly held me captive from beginning until the end. ‘Change of Heart’ was as addictive as the previous book in the series and while it wasn’t as angsty as the first one, which I enjoyed, it was truly emotional at times. Even since I met Bram and Anita in book1 I was intrigued by them and I was so damn curious how these two relationship will unfold knowing they were hating each other for so long.

“We were circling each other, Bram and I. Pushing together and then, when things got too serious, pulling apart again.”

Anita and Bram are foster brothers. They met each other more than ten years ago and from that moment they have been hating each other, being on each other’s throats with every opportunity. Even if they don’t get along very well, they are similar in many ways – both of them are stubborn and so opinionated and both of them would do anything for his foster parents or siblings.

Anita and Bram’s dynamic changes completely one night when things between them get too intense and they end up having a – what they initially believe to be a hot, passionate one-night-stand. Their one-night-stand blossom into something more and keeping their hands off each other becomes for both of them a torture.

“He pulled gently, wetly, at my bottom lip, and I opened my mouth, my breath hitching as his tongue slid inside. Holy shit, Bram could kiss.
I forgot where we were. I forgot who he was. Hell, I forgot who I was.
Nothing mattered except our points of contact.”

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The dynamic between them changes again when Ani’s life turns upside down and Bram gets scared not knowing how to handle their new situation.

“After fourteen years of living parallel lives, we’d intersected, and now I had no idea how to get us running parallel again.”

I really, really enjoyed this one…probably a little more than the first installment. I enjoyed the pace of the story and also the story-line. While the first half of the story was light and sexy, the second half was more angsty and emotional that I had anticipated and to be honest I enjoyed both of them. Anita and Bram were fantastic characters, well developed and endearing in their own way.

I absolutely loved Anita. She was definitely my kind of gal. She was such a spitfire at times, so endearingly opinionated and so sarcastic. Anita was a well portrayed character I fell for from the moment I met her in the previous book in the series. She was sweet, caring, considerate and overall a relatable heroine. Bram was a great character as well. I really liked the fact that he wasn’t a big a$$hole like the male main character from book1. While at times he was a douche, he wasn’t (too) mean which I liked. As much as I wanted to smack him in the head at some point, I appreciate his honesty. He makes clear from the start what he wants and what he doesn’t want. With Anita he was awesome as the story progresses – sweet, caring and so protective. I really loved his tenderness towards her.

“I love you,” I said quickly, watching her as she wrapped her arms around her waist. “I know I’m not good at it, but I’m fucking trying.”

I loved these two together – their banter, their chemistry and even the tension between them at some point into the story. Needless to say they were great together and perfect for each other in every way.

I loved all the supporting characters in this story and the wonderful dynamic between them. The way they care and love each other was really great and heartwarming.

Overall, ‘Change of Heart’ was a great addition to the series and I’m anxiously waiting to read the next installment!

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