Thursday, May 5, 2016

Review 'The Nearness of You' by Sareeta Domingo the moment they met, Ryan and Taylor have shared an unspoken bond. Taylor's drawn to Ryan more strongly than she thought possible and for some reason only he seems able to lift her out of the darkness in her past.

But Ryan is with Marcy - her best friend.

Marcy stood by Taylor when everything else had fallen apart, and Taylor refuses to risk their friendship now. Somehow she needs to resist what she's feeling. Yet, when Marcy leaves for a few weeks just as Ryan moves in to their shared flat, the tension grows to unbearable proportions. As the line between right and wrong becomes blurred, Taylor will have to decide whether she can - or should - turn away from what might be the love of her life.

Evocative, moving and heartrendingly romantic, this is a story about real life, true love and the power of friendship.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
May 5th, 2016
Contemporary Romance, Fiction
eBook, Paperback
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My Review:

First of all.. Don’t you just love that cover?? That cover was definitely the thing that made me want to read it before I even read the book description. But after reading the book description I definitely wanted to read ‘The Nearness of You’ even more.

‘The Nearness of You’ is definitely a book that will stay with me. It’s heartbreaking, sad and moving. What definitely made this book unforgettable, is the way this book just felt real to me. It’s hard to explain what I mean with that, but I’m going to try.. The emotions in this book were just so good described you almost started to feel them yourself. For example with the romance part, you know that it is wrong but you still want it to happen.. but then again not really. Okay.. I’m not making much sense. LOL! Let’s continue..

The main character Taylor has had a hard life. She went through what no one should have to go through. But the one thing that keeps her going is the friendship between her and her best friend Marcy. But Marcy is very different than Taylor. Marcy is sparkly, happy and outgoing. While Taylor just feels down and doesn’t know what to do with her life. One day, Taylor meets Ryan who makes her feel all kinds of thing she never felt before. She feels like he understands her without knowing her. But afraid of what she feels, she leaves without getting names or phone numbers. Months later she meets him again, but now he is Marcy’s boyfriend. Yep.. It’s really that bad!! Sigh..

This book really grabbed me. Although Taylor doesn’t think so herself.. I found her character very strong and brave. To get through what she went through.. I don’t know if I would have been able to go on. Her melancholy and her feelings are just so understandable. And even though this book was sad and heartbreaking, it really worked.
And Marcy? Well.. I wish I had a friend like her.

The writing was easy to follow. There were a view parts that felt like it was missing something. For example the way Ryan felt. You know how he feels near the end of the book because he is telling Taylor. But for the most part in this book I just felt like he was playing Taylor a little. Which is just weird, because in everything he does he seems like a good guy.. But I just wished we had a little more inside in his feelings.

This book, set in the beautiful streets of London was definitely a great and touching read. I definitely recommend it. If you enjoy a good story which you makes feel all kinds of emotions.. This one is for you. 

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About the Author:

Sareeta Domingo is a writer and hopeful but realistic romantic (with a desperate need to qualify things). Born in Camberwell, South East London, she spent her formative years in Bahrain, when her family moved there for her father's job. She currently works as a Senior Editor at a creative book packager, making up children's stories by day, and squeezes writing into her mornings, evenings and weekends. While doing loads of other really interesting stuff too, obviously...

Having been commissioned to write erotic short stories published in compilations for Agent Provocateur, and then an erotic novella for Pavilion Books, she turned her hand to pursuing a (not quite so erotic, but sexy, emotional, tension-filled) story that had been on her mind for as long as she can remember. This became her first full-length novel, ‘The Nearness of You’ (Piatkus, May 2016).

She writes occasional reviews of contemporary romance books on her blog, The Palate Cleanser: , and lives back in South East London with her husband, her cat, and her daydreams.

For more information about Sareeta Domingo please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter and Facebook.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.

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