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Title: EVERYTHING I LOVE
Author: A.K. Evans
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About Everything I Love:
Nikki Drake was just nine years old when she experienced her first heartbreak. Sixteen years and many betrayals later, she’s learned that life is what you make of it. Needing to leave the poison behind, Nikki joins her best friends and moves from the warm, sunny beaches of California to the cold, snowy mountains of Wyoming. She’s a loving and faithful friend who’s built a successful career despite the disappointments she’s experienced. While her past hasn’t stopped her from working hard and becoming a genuine and confident woman, it has affected one small part of her. Nikki refuses to give her heart to anyone ever again.
Luke Townsend is a man most women dream about. Underneath his tall, handsome exterior he’s charming, compassionate, sensitive and loyal. A dedicated snowboarder, Luke knows what it means to work hard for what he wants. And what Luke wants is Nikki.
When Luke tells Nikki he’s fallen in love with her, she’s devastated to think she’s going to hurt him the same way others have hurt her. Having resolved to live a life without romantic love, Nikki rejects Luke. Luke can sense that she needs some time so he walks away, vowing to find a way to her heart.
Three months after she pushed him away, Nikki decides to take a chance on Luke. He is patient and understanding while she struggles to allow herself to be vulnerable with him and to find the courage to trust he won’t hurt her. But when Nikki finally hands her heart of to him, Luke shatters her world with the truth.
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About the Author:
A.K. Evans is a married mother of two boys residing in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. After graduating from Lafayette College in 2004 with two degrees (one in English and one in Economics & Business), she pursued a career in the insurance and financial services industry. Not long after, Evans realized the career was not for her. She went on to manage her husband’s performance automotive business and drive the shop race cars for the next thirteen years. While the business afforded her freedoms she wouldn’t necessarily have had in a typical 9-5 job, after eleven years she was no longer receiving personal fulfillment from her chosen career path. Following many discussions, lots of thought, and tons of encouragement, Andrea decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer.
Between her day job, writing, and homeschooling her two boys, Evans is left with very little free time. When she finds scraps of spare time, she enjoys reading, doing yoga, watching NY Rangers hockey, dancing, and vacationing with her family. Andrea, her husband, and her children are currently working on taking road trips to visit all 50 states (though, Alaska and Hawaii might require flights).
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I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.
First and foremost, I HATE the cover of this book. This is Nikki’s story, yet the cover is of a snowboarder. Why? I had to get that off my chest….
This book starts with Nikki Drake having recently moved to Wyoming with her three best friends from California to start her life over. Nikki has giant walls built up around her heart, after being abandoned when she was nine by a family member. She was deeply affected by this, and then to top it off, she was treated poorly by her mother and two sisters, which is what finally sent her over the edge.
Once in Wyoming, she begins a sexual relationship with Luke Townsend. Luke is a professional snowboarder who is training for the Olympics. Despite knowing that Nikki doesn’t want anything more than sex, Luke falls in love with her, and when he tells her, she freaks out and breaks off their relationship.
Luke decided he wasn’t done with Nikki, so he agrees to just be her friend. Luke is such a great character. I really loved him. He was an alpha, but he was sweet, loving and supportive at the same time. Nikki was a harder character to get to like, but after about the first 20% of the book (which was overly angsty, in my opinion), I began to like her.
Nikki’s story is heartbreaking. I had predicted one part of it correctly, but the rest was a pleasant surprise. This backstory also made Luke into a much more lovable character.
This is the 4th book in a series, and I didn’t read the first three books, but was able to figure out the stories of the folks from the other three (who are all Nikki’s best friends). The epilogue to this book was one of the best I’ve read in a long time. I love a good epilogue.
I would highly recommend this book. You won’t be able to stop thinking about it for a while once you’re done.