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Review: Disclosure of the Heart by Mary Whitney

Disclosure of the HeartTitle: Disclosure of the Heart (Beside Your Heart #2)
Author: Mary Whitney
Genre: Adult/ Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Book description:

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?

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Tiffany’s Review:
Rating: 
4.5 out of 5

I’ve been waiting to read this sequel FOR-EV-ER!!! I absolutely LOVED Beside Your Heart, and it was one of those reads that stuck with me days after I finished it. The writing was wonderful, the plot was beautiful, and the characters relatable. Disclosure of the Heart was just as amazing! 

I absolutely loved this book! 🙂 I have to admit though, the characters are the same but different. They’ve grown, it’s a different environment, and there are new (and some of the same) obstacles the couple must get through. I enjoyed reading how these adults now figured out how to go after their happiness without holding back. I couldn’t stop reading this story when I picked it up because I had to figure out what would happen next. The “will they” or “won’t they” questions were up in the air, and I was a complete basketcase reading it! 🙂 Without giving anything away, if you were a fan of the first book, I think you’ll really enjoy this sequel. Just keep in mind that the characters haven’t seen each other in a looooong time. I’m talking almost TWO decades!! So, of course, as much as we as an audience want things to continue from where Nicki and Adam left things, they have to learn how to reconnect as adults, WITH ALL THOSE overwhelming feelings for one another!!

AHHH!! I love this couple. My sweet, dear, loving, Adam!! How I missed you! Don’t leave me again!! *hint hint* Mary! 😉

Amanda’s Review:
Rating: 4 out of 5

There’s something about a story of young love that just rips my heart out.  Our teenage years are a time when emotions are volcanic, hormones are raging, you’re trying to figure out where you fit in, and you are “immortal”.  Preferences can also be fickle.  Where my room was once peppered with posters of Leonardo DiCaprio, my tastes have moved one.  This is to be expected.  We grow and mature.  Some of the things we once loved are no longer on our radar or they embarrass us terribly.  However, there was something about the love shared between Nicki and Adam in Beside Your Heart that transcended puppy love.  It was real, true, and deep love, but was it one that could withstand time and distance?  I really enjoyed exploring this through Whitney’s novel.  How much of young love was real and how much of it was embellished by rose colored memories?

Although the novel has dual points of view, it really focused on Nicki.  Was she ready to allow herself to fall back in love with Adam or was her career and so-so relationship worth it.  It’s a narrow beam to balance; love and career.  Her heart clearly wants to be with Adam (although she doesn’t want to admit it), but being with him would cost her her dream job of working at the White House.  Like any other person who has come in contact with an old flame, she has some reservations.  She can only wonder if the connection she is feeling is real.

Adam, my Adam. The boy who made me have to go pick up a new pair of eyes at Target is a full grown man.  Full grown men include full grown men’s bodies, by the way.  He is laser focused on Nicki and will insert himself into any situation to make sure he can get closer to her.  He has the same persistence he had as a teenager, but with a better car.  He’s sweet and patient.  Really, he makes me want to cuddle on the couch with him and watch old movies.  Don’t judge.

Some of my favorite parts of the book were when the characters went to locations around D.C. It’s nice to have a book where I have first hand knowledge of the places they are going.  During the interactions between Nicki and Adam, I swear a little crab was going to pop out and start singing “Kiss the Girl.”  I just wanted to shove these two in a room together and force them to love and not play around any more.

While this book didn’t leave me with a week long emotional hangover like Beside Your Heart, it did make me happy to see how the two characters evolved.  No, they aren’t the same teenagers they were 15 years ago.  They are adults who sometimes act childishly.  Just like with our characters, love evolves too.  It matures and gets deeper when you’re with the one you love.  It’s the same for the love between Nicki and Adam.    Disclosure of the Heart is worth the read especially if you want some closure from the doosie of a cliffhanger we got with Beside Your Heart.

Mary WhitneyAbout Mary Whitney:

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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