Change of Heart (Fostering Love #2)
by Nicole Jacquelyn (Goodreads Author)
TeriLyn's thoughts: **Change of Heart generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**
As if Unbreak My Heart hadn't already solidified the fact, Change of Heart definitely cemented it in stone - I'm totally wrapped up in this author's story telling of this ever-changing, loving family. Nicole Jacqelyn convinces readers of unique family dynamics. She proves how far love can reach, what boundaries it can stretch, and the walls it can tear down. The foundation of both these stories I've read in the Unbreak My Heart series is that love of all kinds can get us through anything. Her stories evolve from that foundation of familial love into more intense, emotional kinds of romantic love and it's captivating to read. Her main characters give readers a sense of understanding, respect, and adoration. They force us to think and to remember humility and to be grateful. And Nicole Jacquelyn's writing effortlessly leaves you glued to the pages from start to finish.
Bram and Anita come from complicated histories that once fatefully intersected, kept them circling each other for years, and unknowingly changed the course of their lives. Pitted against each other as sort of the frenemies in their family, Jacquelyn creates natural chemistry between the two born out of banter, sarcasm, and witty zingers each character using these mechanisms to mask their feelings yet at the same time not really masking them at all. This dynamic gives them reason to push each other further out of their individual orbits while simultaneously pulling them together tighter as they generally and uncannily find themselves lost in each others orbit. Even when they are at each others throats. It makes for interesting dialogue and family dynamics too. Bram and Anita just get each other. They sense each other, read each other so well. It was a fun relationship to read. Two people being exactly who they are and accepting each other while still battling at every turn. I enjoyed every minute of it. This author's gift of creating strong characters who don't seem to each other like a perfect fit but really they can't live without is excellent.
The secondary cast is back and as just as entertaining as in the first book. The family dynamics here unique. Often crude but never dishonest. Witty and light. You get a great sense of peace, acceptance and solidarity from the whole crew that is brilliant. The genuine love reflected from each character endears them to readers even further.
Nicole Jacquelyn tells Bran and Ani's story from the alternating first person points of view of both main characters. The different story line brings different emotions and different feelings than book one but it's just as effective in making you feel deeply for the characters. I found myself completely invested in the story as well as the stories working with the secondary characters. I think this could be read as a stand alone but it would give major spoilers to book one that I suggest you don't miss out on reading. Change of Heart is an excellent second book. I'm very much looking forward to see where the author takes us next with this series, if it's anywhere near where I think it'll be another intriguing reading experience.