Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Secret - A Review of SWEET NOTHING by Mia Henry

(Goodreads Blurb)
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 Allford 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 dark secrets.
Thank you to the author for providing an ARC for a fair and honest review.

I was very excited to help with this blog tour.  The cover is both sexy and sweet and the summary really catches my attention.  I know this will be a book that many will love, but it just didn't connect with me.

Elliot (Elle) has just moved to Miami to work as an Economics teacher at the exclusive Allford Academy.  She is far away from her mother and sister, and while she worries about them, she knows that it's best for her to hide out where she is and stay away from them.

Before her first day at the school, Elle meets Luke Poulos at a school dinner.  She is instantly attracted to him, but knows that she has to guard herself and her secrets.  The next day she discovers that Luke also teaches at Allford.  He is the photography and art teacher and he seems to have a few secrets of his own.

The characters in Sweet Nothing are well developed and all very easy to like.  Luke is quite swoony with all of his artistic quirks.  Elliot is vulnerable and lost, but still strong and capable.  Elle's friends Gwen and Waverly are a great addition to this cast.

The reason this story lost me is that the I don't need complete descriptions of what people are wearing in order to picture a scene.  Sometimes I like an author to leave some things to my imagination.  I feel like I was being told what to see and what to think.  It really turned me off to being able to enjoy the rest of the story.

All throughout the book, Elle talks about how she cannot allow Luke to discover the secret about her past.  She makes such a HUGE deal about something that in my opinion was not that bad, even though it caused some problems for her family.

Like I said, the plot and the characters are both good.  I know this story will appeal to lovers of New Adult books.

3 out of 5 Stars.

Mia Henry  Bio:

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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Tour Schedule:

Check out the Blog Tour Schedule to see excerpts, playlist, interviews, other reviews on Sweet Nothing.
Dec 13
Stolen Heartstrings - Excerpt
Anatea's Bookshelf - Review
deal sharing aunt - Review
Dec 14
Write On, J.B. - Review
Mia's Point Of View - Excerpt
My Favorite Things - Review
Dec 15
Chapter Break - Guest Post
Just Booked - Review                
 Dec 16
Roxy's Reviews  - Review Only
Dec 17
My Daily Romance - Review
Lovin' Los Libros - Review Only
Dec 18
Ficwishes - Review
The Chronic Romantic - Interview
Dec 19
Read-Love-Blog  - Excerpt
Dec 20
mustreadbooksordie - Excerpt
Dec 21
read that - Review
Stories and Swag - Review
Dec 22
whirlwindbooks - Interview
Her Juicy Reads - Review
The Bo0ki3 - Review Only
Dec 23
The Boyfriend Bookmark - Review Only
Dec 24
Cocktails and Books - Interview
Dec 26
Badass Book Babe - Review Only
Reader Girls - Excerpt
All Booked Out - Dreamcast
Dec 27
Madison Says - Excerpt
Emily-Jane's Book Corner - Review Only
Dec 28
The Book Hookup - Review
Garside's Book Bets - Dreamcast


Be sure to take a look at the giveaway.  I know I could ALWAYS use an Amazon gift card.
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Secret by Maroon 5

"I know I don't know you 
But I want you so bad.
Everyone has a secret
But can they keep it?
Oh no, the can't"


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