Monday, November 4, 2013

tour: Disclosure of the heart by mary whitney–review & giveaway

Title: Disclosure of the Heart (Beside Your Heart #2)
Author: Mary Whitney
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: OmniFic Publishing
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

Sixteen years is a long time to wait for your true love to reappear, and, anyway, Nicki Johnson couldn’t wait for the
impossible to happen. Hard life lessons have taught her that fairy tales are children’s stories, and fate is cruel. Burying
her hopes, she’s spent the last sixteen years focused and driven toward her career, and it’s landed her with a job at the
White House with a gem of a boyfriend. But when her high school love, Adam Kincaid, walks into the White House as
a BBC reporter, Nicki’s world is thrown into turmoil as she relives their past. Adam has come back for her, but has he
arrived too late?

Thoughts on Disclosure of the Heart

What I Liked

I liked Nicki and Adam as teenagers and seeing them as "grown up" is one of my favorite things about a series.  Mary Whitney seamlessly jumps back into their lives 15 years later while Nicki is a deputy press secretary to the President and Adam is the BBC correspondent for the White House.  They've both come a long way from Bellaire, Texas but the feeling they had for each other didn't stay there.

Nicki was a little frustrating at times as she was working through her feelings for her current boyfriend and all the ones that seeing Adam again churned up.  All I wanted to do was shout, "But it's Adam"; it makes total sense to me but I'm a little biased in my love for him.

What I Loved

It may have been 15 years late but Adam finally wised up to the fact that his heart was with Nicki.  He really fought hard this time for Nicki and pulled out all the stops.  There were times when I wasn't sure what was going to happen especially with knowing that there was going to be a third book.  Without giving anything away, I was happy with how the story ended.  Nicki and Adam have grown into characters who have to face tough decisions in life when it comes to love vs. career.

Mary Whitney really delivers in the political romance setting.  I haven't read many stories set in politics, mostly because all the lingo and differences confuse me at times, but the Washington background only enhances the stakes for Nicki and Adam.  If you haven't read Mary Whitney's other political romance, More Than Rivals, you should really pick it up.

What I Didn't Like

The only thing that made me what to throw up my hands was some of Nicki's decisions.  Yeah, she was confused and was going back and forth on whether to risk a second chance at loving Adam, but because of what happened to her when she was dating Adam so long ago...I thought she should have known better and will leave it at that.


about the author

Even before she graduated from law school, Mary Whitney knew she wasn’t cut   out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she’s spent her career as an organizer,  lobbyist, and nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters and real lawyer husband.

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