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.
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Marc calls for more shots right about the same moment I scan the VIP area and my eyes lock on to her. After three weeks of not being around, she’s here. The girl that’s got me all kinds of flustered. Always with that guy who looks like a total wanker with his floppy hair and pretty boy face.
Who is she? Why can’t I look away?
I’ve been waiting to see her since the last time she was here. I’ve looked for her. I’ve wanted to feel the electricity that fires off her when she holds my gaze, and every week that she’s not been here, I’ve been disappointed. We haven’t spoken, haven’t even exchanged smiles. There’s just something there. It’s like we seek each other out and I don’t know why. It’s turned in to a habit I like more than the ecstasy I take.
“Hey Finny boy, tequila, you in or you going for a piss?” Kyle calls out behind me loading his question with the silent search of my intentions for this evening.
I glance back at him, answering mindlessly, “Yeah, man.” When I look back, she’s still there. Looking. Just looking. No smile. No scowl. Just looking at me like there’s something compelling her to do so. The light catches her lip ring and my eyes roam the length of her body like a hungry man that’s been starved for weeks, no, months. She gives off something that makes my hormones run rampant, like an unbalanced teenager. Only I’m fully aware that I’m a grown man and I know exactly what I want to do to her. God, what I would do to her. She’s dressed in a little black dress, and I mean, little. It’s simple, but the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen. It hugs her tiny, perfect waist, and only just covers her arse. Her legs, her perfect legs, which, even though she isn’t tall, look just long enough to wrap around my waist …
“Here.” Harley nudges my arm and hands me a shot of tequila. I take it mindlessly, all the while still locked on to the enigma on the other side of the room. Then she does something that floors me. She nods, winks, and raises her glass to me across the room. For a second, I’m stunned at the action. We’ve been watching each other for weeks, no words, no actions, just the silent knowledge that we both know we are looking at each other. Now she’s broken the silent pact, what does that mean?
This was my first book by Nikki Groom, but it definitely won’t be the last. I loved everything about Against the Tide. There was so much going on. It pulled you in from the first page and kept you drawn in until the very end. There were twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, and I just loved every minute of it.
Megan appears to have a great life. She has a super rich boyfriend, Damien, who gives her everything she could ever want, but things aren’t as they appear. Damien is away on “business” a lot, and his behavior when he’s around is shifty and erratic. Megan is lonely, and dreads when Damien is home. So why does she stay? Can she get out?
Finn comes across as a laid-back guy, who doesn’t let too much get to him. What he doesn’t let people see is the daily struggle that he goes through taking care of his younger sister and his dying mother.
Megan and Finn have noticed each other several times in a club that they frequent, and although they have never spoken to each other, there is a pull there that neither of them can ignore. Through a series of events, they are thrown into each other lives. This sets off a chain of unexpected events that will keep you drawn in so hard that you won’t want to put the book down.
I can’t go into details without giving anything away, so I’ll just say this: Against the Tide is absolutely amazing. The lead characters are incredible, and the secondary characters, Finn’s friends, add some much-needed humor. This book is a must-read, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
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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