Take My Hand (Take My Hand #1)- Nicola Haken

Twenty-four year old Dexter Michaels has arrived in the UK for a fresh start – leaving everything and everyone he knows behind in the states. Determined to put right some of the wrongs he’ll never be able to forgive himself for making and make his Aunt Sarah – the only person left who still believes in him – proud, he lands in London with the intention of working hard, getting his degree and keeping himself to himself. He can’t destroy anybody else that way…

His heart and his body have other ideas however when he finds himself sitting next to nineteen year old Emily Barton in his Psychology class. Moving down south to find her own New Life, Emily is shy, smart and beautiful – everything Dexter knows he should stay away from… everything he knows would be too easy for him to break.

But she makes him feel things he’d forgotten even existed. She makes him laugh, smile, care… forget. Without her trying, and without him realizing, Emily has wound her way into the one place he swore to keep locked away forever – his heart. But can she stay there when she discovers the dark past he’s so determined to keep hidden from her? Or will he destroy her too, just like he always expected?


I adored everything about this book, the plot, characters, secondary characters (Rachel is fantastic), loved everything.

Dexter is a cutie American charmer and the way he describes women Marshmallow’s, M&Ms, Tootsies genius, loved it. But Dexter is running from a past and hoping to make amends for the things he has done and people the he has hurt.
Emily is one of those girls you just instantly like, but she has never really experienced real life, she is shy and insecure and scared of the big world, she kind of shrinks away from social interactions.

Dexter and Emily started out as friends so it was a slow burn relationship build up which was nice. The way the story switched from Emily’s POV to Dexter’s just gives you more to the story, which is a real plus for me.
Take my hand is a story about starting fresh, finding love, dealing with guilt, secrets, and acceptance.
This is one of those books that won my heart in an instant, i just couldnt stop reading.
Nicola Haken’s writing style is superb it just flows so well making it a easy read. The secondary characters are written extremely well. I just can’t imagine a single person that will not love and adore Rachel, she has a take no shit attitude makes her even more wonderful. The fact that she is in a wheelchair has no baring on her life and her dialogue with Emily is awesome.
Im so glad i waited for all four books to be available before reading these as this book has the mother of all cliffhangers, geez! so be warned.

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