I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Change of Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn
Series: Fostering Love #2
Published by Forever on September 6, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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They've spent their lives pushing each other away, but what will happen when they need each other most?
Anita Martin doesn't expect much from life. Growing up on the street, bouncing from one foster home to another, she learned to rely only on herself. Even after she finally found a loving family to take her in, she was still an outsider-something Abraham, one of the family's older sons, never let her forget.
Abraham Evans doesn't know how Ani always manages to get under his skin, only that's she's been doing it since they were teens. She is-and always has been-undeniably gorgeous. But he's never met anyone as pissed off at the world as Ani.
For fifteen years, Ani and Bram have agreed on exactly one thing: they can't stand each other-until one night when their anger gives way to passion. Yet even as Ani and Bram begin to secretly seek comfort in one another's arms, they remain emotionally worlds apart. When Ani's life takes a dramatic turn and she realizes she needs more than Bram can give, their fragile, no-strings relationship unravels. One way or another, Ani is determined to survive. But when Bram finally admits his true feelings, he may discover Ani has moved on without him . . .
I enjoyed this story so much more than the first book in the series! So very glad I decided to continue on.
Abraham (Bram) Evans certainly has his issues but at least he evolves through the story. He was adopted by the family that first fostered him and his twin brother at age six. Anita (Ani) Martin was also fostered by the same family but after Bram had left and was on his own. Their relationship could be described as acrimonious at best…until it wasn’t.
The thing I like most about all of the characters in this series are their authenticity. Bram and Anita aren’t always likable individually and most definitely as a couple. What they are is realistic, behaving more like the people we know than those we wish they were. It’s that honesty that works and exposing their vulnerabilities just makes them endearing.
This was a rocky, emotionally-jammed journey that I couldn’t put down. The extended family was such a major factor in the story, illustrating the dynamics and beauty of blended relationships created through foster parenting, adoption and children born to the parents. Kudos to the author for writing such a powerful and positive example. Bram and Anita felt like real people and crept into my heart when I didn’t expect to feel them.