Nico by JB Hartnett: Blog Tour Review

Title: Nico (The Leaves, #3)
Author: J.B. Hartnett
Series:  The Leaves
Release Date: February 7, 2014

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When I was a boy, I met a girl.
She didn’t know it then, but…
She changed me.
Now…..I am a man.
A man who is broken by the stories of the women who come to me.
They are my birds with broken wings.
I help them heal, help them to make them strong, so they can fly free.
Lark changed me. Loved Me. Made Me Strong.
With her, I am free.
I write…
To the girl of the past.
To the girl of my present.
And, the girl of my future.

A few days later, I was single again and dressed in a grey suit and black collared shirt, ready to watch Anika get married to the love of her life, Cole. I walked up to Lark’s front door and was ready to tell her to get dressed, she was coming with me to the wedding as my date. I moved my necklace around nervously, lifted my hand to knock…and stopped. I fuckin’ chickened out. I knew there was something about her and I wanted to know what that something was, but thought it would be better to wait.

A friend asked how I liked Nico. My response: “I just finished, and I have a HUGE smile on my face”. Love it, love it, love it.

JB Harntett has the most beautiful cover art on this series, and the stories she tells inside are no different. Nico is filled with passion, emotion, healing, drama, laughs, heartache, joy, and most of all DEPTH. It’s nothing short of brilliant!

Ok…. So what’s with the blurb??? It’s kind of cryptic, and I really couldn’t figure out what Nico’s story was (aside from the whole tattoo thing). But, I didn’t really care because it’s a JB Hartnett book, and I was reading it no matter what. Once I was into the story, the light bulb went on and I figured it out. I am kind of glad the blurb is written the way it is. Unearthing the mystery of the blurb makes Nico’s story just that much more beautiful.

I absolutely loved Inky and Cole, but Nico’s story is very heartfelt in a very different way. We all know Nico as the tattoo artist that helps women rid themselves of their demons through body art. But, what we weren’t privy to before is just how much the burden of all the hurt weighs on him and just how tortured he is on the inside. He’s lost. It all started when seven year old Nico meets a little girl with dishwater blond hair, and she changes his life forever…. He unburdens the broken women, but who is there to unburden Nico?

Kleenex. Keep them on standby. You will need them. This book deals with some sensitive subjects. I found myself shedding tears quite a few times with an occasional sob thrown in. But to lighten it up, JB Hartnet throws her signature humor into the mix. I swear she has some kind of magical secret formula or fairy funny dust because the humor adds perfectly to the story. If you were cracking up at Inky and her bedazzling of the t-shirt, then you will certainly appreciate what happens in Nico. I was laughing out loud on several occasions.

As usual, the story and plot are amazing and kept me glued to my Kindle. I simply did not want to put it down. JB kept the story real by not taking the easy way out. She wrote a story that isn’t perfect; it has ups and downs and unexpected events. Yes, some sad things happen, but that’s life. And, that’s what I want from a book – real life. If a story is 100% perfect with an easy HEA, what’s the fun in reading a story you already know??? There is nothing better than a book that ties me up in emotional knots.

JB truly created a loveable and sympathetic character in Nico. I absolutely fell in love with him. JB is amazing at character development. She develops them to the point you know and understand them deep down. You even fall in love with the secondary ones. Nico’s parents play a huge role in the story. I really fell in love with them (especially his dad) not to mention Nico’s friend, Zack, and the others that impact his life.

JB Hartnett is fast becoming one of my go-to authors. She’s on my gotta-have-it-yesterday list. Her writing is absolutely beautiful. She has the ability to bring out your emotions and have you completely invested in the characters. It’s difficult to find an author with her level of maturity and eloquence. Her writing ranks up there with my favorite authors, AL Jackson and Jen Frederick.

Thank you for being an author that believes in epilogues. I think you would have killed me if there wasn’t one. I could have used my imagination, but your epilogue was far more fabulous than anything I could have imagined in my head.

I will be honest. I debated about putting Nico down after the first chapter. I knew I was going to fall so head-over-heels for this book that I wanted to save it. I knew once I finished, it would be quite a while before I find another book that gives me this feeling. Yep! I was right. Nico is a book you can truly get lost in, and now I’m floundering to find something as equally amazing.

Just as Inky and Cole made my top reads list of last year, Nico has already earned its spot on this year’s list!

4.5 STARS!!!

Inky (The Leaves, #1)

Anika "Inky" Redding has it all: a great fiancé and a job that allows her to follow her passion of painting and considering her history, that's plenty. All is well until someone from her past sets events in motion that upend Inky's careful world. When a handsome customer comes to her rescue, will she take a risk with her whole heart?

Buy Inky at:  Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Cole (The Leaves, #2)

Cole Carlyle, successful hotelier, has lived his life on his own terms.
Burned by a gold digging ex-wife, he never expected to find his soul mate in Anika “Inky” Redding.

Anika Redding, talented artist, overcame her past to live her life free of shame.
Betrayed by people she thought she could trust, the last thing she expected was to find true love in Cole Carlyle.

Their love for each other has helped them overcome their demons before, but now faced with an unimaginable challenge, Cole must turn to the last person he wants involved in his life, and hope that those demons don’t once again try to swallow them whole.

Inky and Cole’s romance and passion ignite and in the sequel to “Inky” we follow their journey to overcome their pasts once and for all, while building their love into something everlasting.
 Buy Cole at:  Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Julie is a Southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin) and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).

She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter...the 'writer' part is the one that stuck.

Julie is obsessed with pi...the equation(and the food). She's allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure.She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.

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