Title: Against the Tide
Author: Nikki Groom
Release Date: April 13, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
I was happy until I met him.
I was content until I met her.
That’s a lie. I was lonely.
That’s a lie. I was incomplete.
He was nothing but a handsome distraction.
She was nothing but a pretty pastime.
That’s untrue. He changed my life.
That’s untrue. She altered my world.
I blame him.
I blame her.
I blame myself. He wasn’t to know.
I blame myself. It wasn’t her fault.
I don’t want to need him.
I hate that I want her.
There’s no easy solution.
There’s no going back.
“Is Damien Brooks the guy you were at the club with, the night we …”
“The night we fucked in the alley?” she answers brazenly.
“You’re not very lady like.”
“I never claimed to be a lady.”
I lean forward in to the space between us, she pulls back a little until her shoulder hits the door trim. “Is Damien Brooks the guy you were at the club with the night we fucked in the alley?” I say in a low, soft voice. My eyes linger on her lips as her mouth drops open slightly, and the next breath she takes shudders through her chest.
“Yes. What does that matter?”
“Was he selling drugs there that night?”
“I …I don’t know what he …I don’t even know what I’m talking to you for.” She unbuckles her belt and starts tugging on the door handle. “Let me out. I must be fucking insane. You’re a psycho, a fucking lunatic, let me out of this fucking car before I kick the fuck out of your window with my heels.” She demands.
“Go ahead. Not my car.” I laugh, sitting back in amusement to watch the show.
“Should have known that too. Did you steal it? Of course you stole it, you just take what you want don’t you? You wanted me that night, and you took me. You just took me again, against my will, from outside my home.” She utters, “So what will you take next? What is it that you want from Damien, from me? I don’t have any money, I don’t have any drugs−”
I silence her hysterics by grabbing the back of her head roughly and crashing my lips against hers. There’s something about her that shoots a charge through my body, it’s against my better judgement but the frustration I have around my feelings toward her fuels the passion.
About the Author
Nikki Groom is a hopeless romantic, lover of all things happily ever after and firm believer that love makes the world go around.
In her spare time, you will find Nikki laughing with her very treasured family, walking with her beloved dog in the hundred acre wood or curled up in a cosy corner with words and wine.
She lives in East Sussex with her husband and two children. Having turned her hand to many things over the years, Nikki is now proud to add ‘author’ to that list.
Having always been a dreamer, Nikki’s imagination stretches far and wide, which enables her to get lost in faraway places and imaginary people.
Nikki loves to chat, especially about books! You can find her here…
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Reviewing this book is difficult because I can’t find the words to express how it made me feel, the fact is it did make me feel, a lot! I went through every single emotion whilst reading, the sadness brought me tears and the happiness left me smiling.
This is a story of two very wounded souls and their journey through the toughest time of their lives. It’s a perfect take on the ‘can they overcome everything that’s standing in their way’ story but the stand out to this story for me is how real it feels. Quite often in books of a similar theme too much is thrown at the characters that it’s hard to relate too, Nikki keeps this simple it’s not the quantity of things that’s the issue it’s the severity.
It’s hard not to imagine yourself as the characters and feel as if you’re experiencing their drama, that’s in part down to Nikki’s beautiful writing that flows fluently in all her work but also props go to the story itself. It’s gritty and relatable. Funny and heartwarming. Along with the sad times there’s light and happiness. Then there’s Finn well he’s a whole lot of hotness with a round of fun and a sprinkling of broodiness. I fell for him easily and his passion with Meg was beyond hot! As for Meg she’s the woman everyone has the potential to be, she’s run down by life but underneath she’s a fighter and we see her strength grow throughout.
In summary it’s a beautiful, fresh and beguiling read. I was captivated from the get go and the way I felt when reading those final four lines will stay with me forever.
Another job amazingly done Nikki!