Author: Emma Lang
Series: #5 in the Circle Eight Series
Review Copy Provided by Author
Nicholas Graham is caught in the middle: of his family, of his desires, of his own unhappiness. After he meets Winnie Watson, his self-imposed curmudgeonly existence pales in comparison to spending time with her. He wants to be with her, to get to know her. She is a beacon to all the secret cravings he has controlled. Until now.
Winnie Watson endured, and survived, a horrendous childhood that would give others nightmares. She started over, a new name, a new goal in life. Then she met the Grahams and everything went sideways. She’s done the unthinkable and struggles to accept it. She wants to forget it all again, but the specter of Nicholas Graham, physical and in her dreams, won’t let her move on.
Caught between their needs, their wants, and what the world will allow them, Nick and Winnie are doomed from the moment they met. However, love will teach them that even the biggest obstacles can be overcome if you believe.
When I finished the previous book in the series (Vaughn), I had a feeling that Nicholas was going to be my favorite pairing in the series. In fact, I remember tweeting the author, wanting to know when Nicholas was going to be released – so I excited when I got the email from her assistant about having review copies available and totally jumped on it. And I’m so glad I did.
Nicholas picked up a couple of months after Vaughn ends, with the wedding of Vaughn and Elizabeth. I will admit that normally, I’m not a huge fan of weddings about the non-featured couples in the book, but for some reason this worked for me. I think because Vaughn and Elizabeth were so instrumental in the meeting of Nicholas and Winnie in the previous book – it just seemed right.
It was good to see Nicholas find his place in the world. From all the previous books, it seemed like he was kind of the fish out of water – he didn’t really seem to fit in with the rest of the family. I also liked the Winnie wasn’t the traditional heroine – she seemed to be a bit stronger-willed, not the sweet innocent heroine that seems to be the main stay in many historical romances. She definately wasn’t a doormat, that was for sure.
The romance between Nick and Winnie was sweet and yet hot at the same time. I can’t wait to see where the author goes next with the series – I think maybe the next sister in the family but I’m not sure…Overall, I gave Nicholas 4 stars and it is my favorite in the series so far.