Elliot Halloran is running away. Away from her privileged Manhattan upbringing and a promising future at business school. Away from her family, which plummeted from A-list to disgraced after her criminal father’s atrocities were exposed. Despite the guilt Elliot feels for abandoning her family, she has no choice. She is too recognizable to live life as the person she has always been. So when an old family friend offers her a position as an economics instructor at Miami’s elite Alford Academy, Elliot jumps at the chance to distance herself from her past. She cuts her hair, changes her name, and vows never to speak of her old life again.
Keeping her identity hidden is harder than Elliot expected, especially with a roommate who seems to be on the verge of uncovering her true identity. As she fumbles through the opening chapters of her new life, Elliot encounters an entirely unforeseen obstacle: photography instructor Luke Poulos. Luke is sensitive and spontaneous. An art lover. Smart. Everything Elliot has ever wanted. Luke and Elliot’s connection deepens when she learns that he lost his parents in a car accident when he was a teenager. Like Elliot, Luke understands that life can shatter in an instant.
Elliot knows that a relationship with Luke is impossible; that he would never love her if he knew the details of her past. But as she struggles with whether to open herself to love or keep her true self locked away, Elliot learns that she’s not the only one with secrets.
Title: Sweet Nothing
Author: Mia Henry
Release Date: December 12, 2013
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4 star review!
**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**
I was definitely surprised when I started reading Mia Henry’s debut novel, Sweet Nothing. I did not expect the novel to be as intriguing and entertaining as it was. The storyline had a natural progression that made the drama, secrecy and romance all the more thrilling to read. I thought the characters were awesome. They not only held major secrets but where fun, sarcastic and witty. These characters only made the story more interesting and they held your attention from start to finish.
Elliot is running from her past and stumbles across a new life in Florida where she can restart all over again without anyone knowing who she is or the scandal that follows her. What she doesn’t expect is to meet Luke Poulus. Though Elliot now has a new name, a new look and a new life. No matter how hard she tries to hide herself from Luke, she falls more and more in love with him, and he has no true idea as to who she really is. Secrets lead to truths, and when all is said and done; can Luke look past the lies?
This book did end in a cliffhanger, though it was mild compared to those heartbreaking cliffhangers that tear you apart. But the certainty of a second novel for Elliot and Luke is extremely exciting. I cannot wait to see what happens next!
About the Author:
Mia Henry adores all things romance, from steamy stories to ugly cry-inducing movies. She lives in Florida, where she dreams up storylines during beach walks with her muse, a ferocious 8-pound pup named Lulu.
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