Today I have the second in the Willow Park contemporary romance series by Sarah Hegger. Please read on for my review, check out the excerpt, know that you can check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title and be sure to enter the tour wide giveaway for a $50.00 Amazon eGift Card, Two $20.00 Amazon eGift Cards and Five Copies of NOBODY’S ANGEL (Print for US/Ebook for International).
Sarah Hegger has veered from the more traditional contemporary romance pathways and added some difficult real-life situations that usually don’t take a front row. In Nobody’s Angel, the topic was alcoholism, and the story worked on several levels. This book tackles the difficulties of mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder, and how the disease effects the family, not just the individual.
Holly has headed to Chicago to find her sister, fearing she isn’t following through with her medication regime. The eldest of four, Holly has always (and we never really get a solid “why”) been the ‘protector’, and it falls to her to find and return Portia to the fold. I found her difficult: yes, she had far more on her plate than most, and she is either oversharing or not letting people in.
Josh is intrigued by Holly, and surprised as he usually doesn’t get too emotionally ‘involved’ with the women he meets. I felt more of a desire for a connection from his side, although their chemistry was uneven, especially after the sisters descended and the “alone time’ for the couple was nearly non-existent.
Hegger writes a beautiful story, and bravely tackles issues that are relevant and prevalent today, but this was more family saga than romance, with the connection between Josh and Holly often took a backseat to drama with Holly, Portia, Grace and Emma. While I was frequently told that they were connected, rather than given that visceral emotional punch I hoped for. Not a bad story by any means, this is almost a tale of how a mental illness effects more than the person with the diagnosis.
Title: Nobody's Fool
Author: Sarah Hegger
Series: Willow Park #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Zebra
Published on: 25 August, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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In Sarah Hegger's latest Willow Park Romance, long-held crushes and past frenemies reunite--and wonder if there's ever a second chance to make a good first impression. . .
Holly Partridge had no plans to return to Willow Park, Illinois, until her troubled younger sister Portia fled her home and aimed herself straight at Holly's high school nemesis--too-gorgeous-to-be-true Josh Hunter. Riding a manic bipolar high, Portia's only a danger to herself, but Holly needs to find her before she crashes. That means asking Josh for help.
The ultimate love 'em and leave 'em lothario, Josh was never good for anything but a broken heart. But now he's lending a hand when Holly needs it most--and revealing surprising generosity and compassion. Has Josh shed his bad boy ways? Or is Holly suddenly grown up enough to acknowledge her own mistakes? Trusting Josh could be a disaster--or the first step in banishing the past to make way for a future happier than Holly ever imagined. . .
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.