Monday, November 30, 2015

Blog Tour + Review + Excerpt + Teaser + Giveaway: Nico by Evan Grace

Title: Nico
Series: The Heartbreaker Series
Author: Evan Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: November 24, 2015
Review Source: ARC
Jill Swanson has loved Nico Bianchi since she was eighteen, but how much heartbreak can one woman take before she’s utterly broken?

After a tough year and half Jill’s main focus is on raising her infant daughter and doing the best that she can with her situation. When a call from Nico’s mother sends Jill and her daughter to Perugia, Umbria. Jill’s faced with the one man that shattered her heart and left her a changed woman.

She didn’t expect to still have feelings for him but now her main focus was being there for his mom and letting him get to know his child.

Nico Bianchi spent ten years sabotaging his own happiness out of fear that history would have a way of repeating itself. 

Now sober and healthier than ever he’s ready to fight for his family. But just when he’s finally gotten through to Jill, ghosts from the past reappear and test his sobriety, threatening to ruin his new life. If he sabotages things again he knows, he will lose his family for good this time.

Are soul-mates destined to be together?

Jill wants more than anything to believe that she and her daughter are finally going to get their happily ever after. But with Nico’s past coming back to haunt him, she come face to face with the reality that no matter how strong her love is for him, it might not be strong enough…and she may just lose him forever. 

Will Nico finally rid himself of the demons that haunt him once and for all?

Or will Jill have to walk away to protect herself…and their child?

Jill has always had a part of her that loved Nico.  Even though he is Gabe's best friend, and they had to hide their somewhat of a relationship from him, she always allowed Nico that part of her.  Even after he told her that she would never be the only one for him, she refused to turn him away until the day he showed her that he had no interest in being a father to the baby she was carrying by him.

Nico, had vowed many years before to never allow a woman to affect him.  Even though he fell in love with Jill, his best friend's sister, he refused to allow her close.  So instead he allowed his addictions of alcohol and drugs to keep his heart closed off from her and continued to be a womanizer even though Jill was pregnant with his child.  All of this comes to a head when something happens and it is due to Nico's bad behavior causing him to realize that he must change or he will risk losing everything he cares about, if it isn't already to late.

This book is very emotional to read.  It takes us deep into the feeling of not only the two main characters, Nico and Jill, but inside of their families as well.  Evan Grace allows us to see and feel the pain that each of them constantly deals with and the demons that haunt them both daily.  Not only does she allow us to see the pain of everyone, she allows us to see that their can be happiness, if they can just believe in honesty, trust, and the all consuming love.

Even with the emotional pull that the book has, it is a very good read.  It allows us into the depths of each Jill and Nico, and takes us on the different stages of what their relationship has been and could be.  The way that Evan Grace opens Nico's emotions up to that of his daughter and the way that she has Jill wanting that relationship to grow says a lot.  There are many reasons that would allow Jill to keep Nicola away from her daddy, but Jill having the heart that she does, decides to give Nico a chance even though she fears him breaking them both even worse that she is.  The push and pull from each of them is one of the many reasons that makes this book such a heart warmer, even though it will rip you to the core in the very beginning.

This book is very well written, and even goes so far as too allow us to see how quickly we can lose ourselves into the depths of despair and forget the way that is out.  Luckily with the love and support of loved ones, we can find our way out into the light and remember how to stay there.  It also show the other side of the picture for the ones who are affected by that fall into the darkness and who hard it is to take each day and stay in the light, even when it is a challenge.  

“Should we give him more time?” Dr. Franklin asks me and all I can do is shake my head, no. Nico Bianchi has let me down again. I don’t know why I keep giving him chance after chance because all he’s been is a no-show. Oh, he’s come to a couple of appointments but he seemed about as uninterested as a person could get. He tells me he loves me and that he wants this baby, but his actions prove otherwise. I know he’s still using whatever drugs he’s been taking and drinking all of the time. The multiple slutbags he’s been hanging out with doesn’t help either.
I guess it makes me glad that I had already stopped sleeping with him when his behavior turned more erratic. Who knows what type of STD’s he’s got. I was truly hoping that he’d change for us, but instead he’s gotten worse.
Today I’m finding to find out the sex of the baby. At my twenty week ultrasound the baby kept his or her legs crossed and wouldn’t show us and since I’m measuring big they want to do another ultrasound today.
“Okay since we’re not waiting let’s get started.” I lie back on the table and pull up my shirt. Dr. Franklin tucks a paper drape into the top of my jeans. She squirts some of that warm jelly onto my belly and grabs the wand thingy. “Let’s hope this little one cooperates with us today.” As soon as my baby’s image appears on the screen I feel the tears build in my eyes. I still can’t believe I have a little human growing inside of me. The doctor tells me everything that she sees and my heart swells knowing that my baby is looking good. “Oh my. This little one is finally working with us. It appears you’re having a little girl.”
I begin to cry happy tears. I’m having a little girl. My life will soon be dresses, baby dolls and shoes. “That’s great.” I whisper. My voice sounds hoarse from the tears I’m shedding.
After my checkup she lets me know that when I enter my eighth month next month that I will start coming in every two weeks. She tells me to continue normal activity for now, but if I have any tightening in my belly or begin to spot that I need to start slowing down. I tell her goodbye and stop at the front desk to schedule my next visit.
When I step outside I make my way to my car and climb inside. I blast the heat and try to warm myself up. While I wait I pull out my phone and send Nico a text.
Where were you? You missed ANOTHER appointment.
I pull out of the parking lot and decide to stop by Nico’s condo. I’ll show him the pictures and tell him what we’re having and he’ll probably act like he doesn’t care as usual. When I reach his condo I see another car sitting in the driveway and my stomach starts to turn. I get out and make my way to the front door. I knock and ring the bell but he doesn’t answer. I have a key, but normally I don’t use it. Well, today that changes. I’m tired of him hurting me over and over. I feel like I’ve become pathetic because I always forgive him. I always give him another chance.
I stick my key into the lock, turn it and then push open the door. The place is a mess. There are bottles everywhere. Vodka, Tequila and beer bottles litter the coffee table, the end tables and every other available space. I walk through the living room and make my way down the hall to his room. My stomach turns violently as I notice women’s clothing scattered all over the floor and ending at Nico’s door.

Displaying Copy of Evan Grace.jpgA Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Madeline Sheehan and Jamie Mcguire. Evan finds a lot of her inspiration in music, so if you see her wearing her headphones you know she means business and is in the zone.


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