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Beside Your Heart

(The Heart #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  932 ratings  ·  175 reviews
"It's an emotional story that will take the reader back to those feelings that made the late teen years such a powerful time."

Late one night Nicki Johnson plays with emotional fire and Googles her high school love, only to find his name splashed across the British gossip columns. Back in his native England, Adam Kincaid is successful and dating a woman from an aristocratic
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Published June 17th 2013 by Omnific Publishing (first published June 16th 2013)
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May 15, 2013 rated it liked it

If you are in mood for real angsty story full of teenage drama, Beside Your Heart is the right book for you. I really enjoyed this story about young love, read it in a short time and now I am impatiently waiting for sequel!

My Nicki and Adam:

Nicki and Adam used to be very close at high school, which was 5 years ago. Now Nicki is just ordinary young woman working in politics in US, while Adam is from noble English family working in media in Britian. They are both seeing other people at th
Jennifer Lane
The Beginning of Across-the-Pond Romance

I've had my eye on this series for some time and I'm glad I finally read book one.

When political operative Nicki Johnson googles her high school love Adam Kincaid, she finds out he's dating an English aristocrat named Muff.

I gaped at the photo. I'd never seen Adam dressed so well. He wore a dark gray morning coat with tails, a vest, tie, and striped trousers. Next to him, Mary or Muff or Twat -- whatever her name was -- wore a pale pink coat dress.

The disc
Aestas Book Blog
Jun 11, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: top-tbr
OMG a new second-chance romance!!!!!!

Late one night Nicki Johnson plays with emotional fire and Googles her high school love, only to find his name splashed across the British gossip columns. Back in his native England, Adam Kincaid is successful and dating a woman from an aristocratic family like his own. With a career in politics, Nicki’s no slouch, but she knows Adam is living a world away from her life.

Yet there was a time he was no farther than the next locker. Nicki will never forget the
Kim Person
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Sweet Lord Almighty I did NOT expect this angst ridden book about Nicki & Adam ~ The gorgeous Brit that comes to Texas and captures Nicki's eye after the most horrific time in her life. This book starts out with Nikki in 1998 reflecting back to the time she spent her junior year of high school with Adam ~ When the reflection started I

She had just been through a horrific accident with a devastating aftermath the summer before her junior year! She starts school changed and immediately Adam is rig
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Smh....completely dumbfounded. What.The.Hell was that ending? I'm so confused...please tell me there is more to this story. Review to come on 8/21 for my tour stop.

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Losing a loved one is never easy. Losing a loved one and then losing everyone else is even harder. That is what happens to Nicki. Physically, everyone is present; mentally, they have mostly checked out…even her.

“I made it home without crying—probably because I was too agitated. When I got inside my room, I sighed;
Literati Literature Lovers
Title: Beside Your Heart
Author: Mary Whitney
Genre: New Adult Romance
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Rosette

I'm not sure what to even say or what to write after having just finished Beside Your Heart. I am emotionally spent after having read the 351 pages of this beautifully written novel. I cried, and quite honestly, you don't see me cry often while reading a book. But I did with Beside Your Heart.

This is a story of first loves. But to describe it as such would be nothing short of oversimplifying a story
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm just going to start off my review with a little complaint and get it out the way. The blurb and the cover are very misleading IMO. From that information alone, going in to the book I would have thought that the book was about adults, in adult situations and a second chance at love. That wasn't the book at all. This is the story of the first time romance, what happened right at the beginning and the painful way that it ended. 95% of the story is set in a high school, with that aged people and ...more
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You know that feeling I always talk about? The one where I KNOW it's sure to be a fav of mine, those heart palpitations I get!? YEA, WELL...I had those all throughout reading this book! I stayed up till 5 am reading bc I couldn't put it down! Such an incredible and loving story from beginning to end! When I tried explaining the book to a friend, I started crying!! Just thinking about this story makes me tear up! Can't wait for it's release!! :) ...more
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Since we are only allowed on review per book please
see my full review here on LLL>>>>

Many thanks for the likes :-)

An ARC was provided by the author for this honest review.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017, favorite
Recalled the memories of the past #just you and me#love of my life#
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, own, new-adult
Every once in a while I’ll stumble upon a book that just catches my eye with it’s cover. Then I’ll read the synopsis and think, “hmmm, intriguing” (seriously, I remember crap like that).

Mary Whitney’s Beside Your Heart was one of those books. I happened to see it on someone’s blog, envied them briefly that they received it for review, checked the price on Amazon, and then promptly purchased said book because it’s only $2.99 – why not?

I was not disappointed in the tiniest bit with this book that
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review can also be found here: http://brittanyandbiancablabbooks.blo...

I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Nicki Johnson is a senior in high school that has been through enough grief in her 17 years of living to last her a lifetime. She survived an accident that killed her sister and her mom was never the same. As broken as she is, she becomes drawn to British student, Adam Kincaid, a fellow classmate of hers. As time goes on neither can fight the inevitable and
I love stories about second chances. I love when the couple falls in love in high school and then meet years later. There is something sweet and romantic and I just can’t get enough of those books.

Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes and I think I was connected a little too much. Something happens in the book that just killed me. I could not believe it. I thought it was a bad dream that Nicki was having. Unfortunately it was not a nightmare, but the truth. It took me some time to get ov
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Beside Your Heart is such an AMAZING read! I have never read a story that brought me to tears one minute and then laughter another. I mean Mary has such a way with words and descriptions that I wanted more no I needed more and I could not put this book down. I was supposed to be doing a research paper when I read this book and I put it down so I could read.

Imagine your in high school and your life is going along great until your sister dies. Grief has struck your family hard and your mother chec
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
4.5/5 stars! This was a totally surprising read by a wonderful author!

Mary Whitney is a fantastic writer and she gives us an absolutely beautiful story about first love. The story tells us what happened years before between Nicki and Adam. Nicki has never really gotten over Adam, even though they were very close while in high school. Adam helped Nicki cope with the sudden death of her sister and Nicki falls for him.

This book has a much more emotional feel than most stories about high schoolers.
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love the feeling when you find a book that you've heard nothing about and start reading with no expectations and it turns into a new favorite. This was one of those books for me. I read only a couple of the reviews and they were all favorable so I figuired I'd give it a shot. I am soooo glad I did.
Even though the story is about a couple of 17 year olds in love during their last year in high school, there were times when I forgot how old they were. The characters were mature and the story felt
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc

4.5/5 stars
I got all the way through, crying my eyeballs out of my face, pretend-lecturing these kids in my head, only to get to the end and say, "I NEED MORE."
Oct 22, 2015 marked it as no-dnf-zzz-avoid
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Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The first thing I did after reading beside your heart was try to find any info online about the sequel. I mean I loved this book. I didn't want it to end, but yes all good things must come to an end. I actually was blown away by this book, It was a story about a possible second chance romance. One where we get to relive the beautiful yet haunting past of one young couple.

Nicki decides to google her her high school love Adam. Only to find some articles in the British tabloids. He is successful an
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.75 Having a Bad Year Stars

Sometimes life just conspires against you. You know those days/weeks that nothing goes right. You forget an appointment. You spill coffee on your shirt. The gas light comes on but its pouring down rain. You forget to put the K cup in and just get a cup of warm water. (that actually happened this week) A pig poops in the middle of the pep rally you planned. (that also actually happened this week...don't ask)

Nicki has had a bad summer. She was in a horrid car accident a
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to read "Beside Your Heart" as an ACR - I'm in Co Spgs, CO I started reaf=ging this book friday and finished it friday. With major issues going on in my state with fires, Mary's book being so very emotional I was able to read and get so into the emional storyy and even release some tears which was very cathartic to what was going on in real life as well as in "Beside Your Heart" Nicki and Adam are the main characters, and there story is perfectly precious, with a heartachin ...more
One of the most romantic, beautiful, devastating, heartbreaking, tear raising stories I have ever read with a CLIFFHANGER THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO CRY IN FRUSTRATION. As I am doing now,… the next book book better come out pronto or I will not be happy. I need to know what happens.. because I know that there love was meant to be!!!!

on a side note (view spoiler)
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this one <3
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Beside Your Heart by Mary Whitney - In love with a Brit

Nose Graze — Young Adult book reviews

2.5 Stars

This review is painfully difficult for me to write, because I had such strongly mixed feelings about Beside Your Heart . It wasn't a perfect book and there were a lot of things that I didn't like, but there were also a few things that I did like.

The Bad

The worst thing about Beside Your Heart is that we get the end of the book at the beginning. From the synopsis, I thought this book was going to be about Nicki googling her high school l
Tricia  Santos
Received an ARC. Go check out my review at over at the Falling In Fall blog!

I rated Beside Your Heart three and a half leaves. It was a classic New Adult romance book, and I loved it. I’ve been finding myself drifting away from high school romance lately, but this book had the emotional maturity that made up for the high school setting. Nicki’s past broke my heart. She was in a terrible car accident with her younger sister, Lauren, and their mom when they
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Full review and eBook giveaway available at A Lust For Reading. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Once again I have fallen for a story about teenage love. We start off with Nikki Johnson looking her high school boyfriend, Adam Kincaid, up online. Adam had returned to England after their year together and is now successful and dating a beautiful, snooty English girl named Muff. It is totally okay to snort at her name, I sure did.

We are soon brought back to high school in 1992 and
Roni Guzman
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. I cried quite a bit during the entire book, and just felt so bad for Nicki. She suffered so much, and it broke my heart that she lost her sister that she was close to. The feeling of being alone I can relate to, and the author made it to where I could actually feel her loneliness. She meets Adam and this was her first true love. I fell in love with Adam, and I kept hoping there was a they could make the relationship work. Adam was so loving towards her and became her co ...more
Triin from T's Bookish Moments
From my blog.

**ARC provided by author for an honest review**

First of all, I'm perfectly aware of the fact that nothing I say can ever do this book any justice. I went in with almost no expectations, just knowing that I liked the blurb a lot, but once I got into it, I was completely and utterly blown away.

Emmm... I really, really want to end this review right here, because if you asked me what I liked the most, I'd answer, "EVERYTHING!" There wasn't a part of this book I didn't love. It was
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love high school love stories but this was more than that. I also love second chance romances so I'm looking forward to the continuation of this story. I wasn't totally in love with Nicki towards the end but in retrospect I guess I can understand her reasoning for the choices she made. Adam was perfect (for most of the story) but he really threw me for a loop. Even so, I can't help but love him. I'm sure some people won't agree but (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
The story begins when we meet Nicki, she decides to Google her high school boyfriend Adam. We meet him as Nicki remembers back when....Adam is here for a year as his dad works on assignment. He is from England and has amazing looks and a great personality. Nicki going through a bit of turmoil is just trying to get by. Being involved in a horrible accident that left her badly scarred, and remembering the loss of her sister, her parents divorced and life just tossed about. She does have a couple o ...more
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Mary Whitney blames Laura Ingalls Wilder and Margaret Mitchell for her obsession with romance novels. At an early age, Mary fell in love with the Little House series and its dreamy hero, Almanzo Wilder, who only wanted Laura to be Laura. Like many women, Mary later graduated to the ultimate, tall and dark bad boy, Rhett Butler, who loved Scarlett despite her flaws.

Mary has lived around the U.S., a

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