December 28, 2013

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Sweet Nothing
by Mia Henry

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Title: Sweet Nothing
Author: Mia Henry
Series: Sweet Nothing
Publisher: self-published
Published: December 12, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Sweet Nothing Synopsis: Elliot Halloran is running away. Away from her privileged Manhattan upbringing and a promising future at business school. Away from her family, which plummeted from A-list to disgraced after her criminal father’s atrocities were exposed. Despite the guilt Elliot feels for abandoning her family, she has no choice. She is too recognizable to live life as the person she has always been. So when an old family friend offers her a position as an economics instructor at Miami’s elite Alford Academy, Elliot jumps at the chance to distance herself from her past. She cuts her hair, changes her name, and vows never to speak of her old life again.

Keeping her identity hidden is harder than Elliot expected, especially with a roommate who seems to be on the verge of uncovering her true identity. As she fumbles through the opening chapters of her new life, Elliot encounters an entirely unforeseen obstacle: photography instructor Luke Poulos. Luke is sensitive and spontaneous. An art lover. Smart. Everything Elliot has ever wanted. Luke and Elliot’s connection deepens when she learns that he lost his parents in a car accident when he was a teenager. Like Elliot, Luke understands that life can shatter in an instant.

Elliot knows that a relationship with Luke is impossible; that he would never love her if he knew the details of her past. But as she struggles with whether to open herself to love or keep her true self locked away, Elliot learns that she’s not the only one with secrets.

**I received a copy of this book,
but that did not influence the review**

First Thoughts: 4 stars! What a great debut novel!

Plot, Pacing, and Style: Both Elle and Luke have secrets, big secrets. When Elle moves from New York to Miami to start her life over she never planned to fall in love, but sometimes love just happens. However, hiding the truth that can threaten any relationship, which is exactly what happened in Sweet Nothing. As the story progressed both Luke and Elle learned how to open up and trust each other, and I loved watching them fall in love and grow as a couple. The story was so easy to read and flowed so well…I read it in one day. The POV was first person only from Elle, so we never got a chance to be in Luke’s head.

Main Characters: Elle is a stunning, smart woman who needs to start over. Luke is a gorgeous, artsy teacher who was just going through the motions. The two of them together really were such a great fit and seemed meant to be. They never played any games, just withheld information from each other, and even when they did that they still seemed to truly complement each other so well.

I should probably also mention some secondary characters here. I loved, loved, loved Gwen and Waverly. They were funny and not annoying. I would love to hang out with them! One that is more mysterious is Aria, Elle’s sister. I don’t have an opinion on her either way…yet and hope I get to see her in the second installment.

Romance/Chemistry: Both Elle and Luke barely knew each other, but they got a such a sense of peace when they were together that they hadn’t found anywhere else. I was a little worried when they both dove in head first, but if you never take any chances you will never know what could happen. Their physical attraction was immediate, and I could feel the lust rippling off the pages. I love that they took it slow, and it really did make everything more meaningful.

Title/Cover: I’m not totally sure I get the title, but I do love the cover.

Twists, Turns, and Secrets: There were never any massive OMG! moments, but waiting for the secrets to be revealed was excitement enough.

Ending: While the story is not over, it was a fabulous place to end the first installment. I feel like certain relationships have been established, and I look forward to seeing where the truth takes Luke and Elle.

Gripes/suggestions: There was nothing massively glaring, but I just wanted a little bit more of everything. I felt like this novel just started to scratch the surface and I would have loved to seen all emotions and relationships go deeper. I’m also not sure why Ashley didn’t make another appearance (not that I wanted her to, but it seemed like she should have).

Final Thoughts/Rec it? YES! Sweet Nothing is a quick, easy, and really sweet read. If you love New Adult novels you should definitely add this one to your list.

About the Author: Mia Henry adores all things romance, from steamy stories to ugly cry-inducing movies. She lives in Florida, where she dreams up storylines during beach walks with her muse, a ferocious 8-pound pup named Lulu.

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