Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Review: Goodnight, Nic by Marley Jacobs

Goodnight, Nic by Marley Jacobs

Series: No

Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 28, 2017

Format: eARC

Source: Author

Find it here: GoodReads | Amazon


Synopsis

Twenty-four-year-old Nicole Fletcher is having a rough summer. The woman who raised her is dying and there’s nothing she can do about it. Nothing but find solace in the forbidden fantasies starring her best friend’s younger brother. Nic knows there are some lines you can never cross – but when it comes to “little” Landon Pike, she kind of already has. She tries to stay away but when your world is falling apart, you can’t help but fall right along with it. Good thing Landon refuses to let her fall alone.

My Thoughts

My thoughts after finishing Goodnight, Nic? Marley Jacobs, where have you been all my life? Because if this debut is any indication of what's to come, Jacobs already has quite the fan in me. Now settle in and prepare for much gushing...

Nic feels like her life is falling apart. Lorraine, the woman who raised her, the woman she considers her mother, is dying and there is nothing to be done. Between Lorraine's insistence that she write "grief letters" and their Thursday night Golden Girls marathons, Nic tries to find an escape in friends-with-benefits Matt, but even that fails her when he appears to want more.  



Enter Landon, younger brother of Nic's BFF. After a would-be makeout session a year ago she's tried to keep her distance from Landon but he's having none of it. Back in town for a summer internship at a law firm, Landon is suddenly everywhere. Flirting, pushing, lending support... basically being everything she needs. The attraction is strong and the chemistry is off the charts, but Nic can't get past the 4 year age difference or the fact that Landon is practically family. Despite her best intentions, she finds herself in Landon's arms again and again.



I loved these characters. All of them. My heart ached for Nic as she dealt with the unthinkable prospect of losing her mother. Her grief was palpable and often ruled her actions. And in the midst of it all she was dealing with her feelings for Landon. Oh boy... Landon. This guy was ah-mazing. Kind and thoughtful, funny and sexy, and would not take no for an answer. He gave new meaning to tenacious and I loved him for it. Because as much as Nic had doubts, Landon was every bit as confident that they should be together. (Confession: Landon very quickly elbowed his way onto my rather crowded list of book boyfriends and has made himself at home there.)

But this wasn't just a story of Nic and Landon with a handful of one-dimensional secondary characters. Not at all. Instead there was the irrepressible Lorraine with her gentle wisdom, spirited and snarky Aunt Sybil, bubbly Aubrey, and Julie (Landon and Aubrey's mom) who was kind and loving and who, hilariously, had the vocabulary of a sailor. 

The humor and the banter was completely on point and had me laughing out loud. At times it was even reminiscent of the humor I love so much in Colleen Hoover's books. (A comparison I don't make lightly.) Whether it was Nic and Aubrey's inside jokes or the dark humor shared between Sybil, Lorraine and Nic, it felt so natural and I found myself envious of the relationships between these amazing women.



Goodnight, Nic is the absolute perfect blend of all the sexy, swoony goodness of new adult romance along with the very emotional journey of a young woman dealing with incredible loss and staggering grief. Jacobs manages to find the perfect balance for one seamless story. Unlike Ms. Jacobs, I am not a writer and I feel like I'm not putting the right words in the right order to do this book justice. Just know this: I cannot recommend this one highly enough so do yourself a favor and Read. This. Book.

4.5/5 STARS

Note: This title was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
 


14 comments:

  1. Oh man I haven't even heard of this one but it sounds amazing!! Wonderful review!!

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    1. Thanks Grace! I can't recommend this one enough. It just had everything I love in a book. :)

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  2. I hear ya on having multiple book boyfriends. My list has been steadily increasing! Haha.

    I love it when a debut author slam-dunks their first novel. I always end up stashing their name away so I can regularly check to see if they have any others books on the way.

    Lauren @ The Book Slayer

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    1. There's always room for one more book boyfriend. :P
      Same here! It's always iffy to pick up a debut, having nothing to base it on, but Marley Jacobs hit a home run. I already can't wait to see what she does next.

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  3. oh I love when the author mixes humor and great banter to ease some of the grief that is laced into the story. Beautiful review

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    1. Same here, Lily! I just love an author who can develop funny banter that seems so realistic. And then using it to offset some of the sadness was even better.

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  4. Oh this looks good! I don't read a ton of contemporary romance, but this one really looks like it should go on my wishlist. Brilly review!

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    1. Thanks Melissa! Even if you don't typically go for romance, this is just such a good read. It's not strictly romance, since Nic is dealing with a lot more than just a relationship. I sure recommend it! :)

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  5. I like how this Landon sounds! I like male MC that are persistent. He even elbowed his way onto your list of book boyfriends! :) and he is sexy and funny. Maybe he'll be in my list too :)

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    1. Oh boy, if you like the sound of Landon just from the review you'll love him in the book. :) He was definitely persistent and just never gave up on Nic. I loved that!

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  6. Okay, for as much as I think Off the Ice sounds like a sweet read it will be Goodnight, Nic that I will hit the library for first! Heck, I may even ask for it for my birthday (which is soon! ;) This sounds like the kind of NA book I really enjoy - complex, with rich relationships, well-defined characters, and gut-wrenching emotions. *sigh* Yeah. (confession: I just added it to my GR tbr and then clicked over to Amazon to add it to my wishlist...Tanya, it's only 99 cents. Do you know what that's doing to my willpower right now?!?) And I love that Landon made it onto your book boyfriend shelf even if he had to squeeze his way in. It sounds like he's pretty good at that though. :) Great review, my friend. I just may use a buck of my gift card.......

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    1. I hate to do this, but I'm not going to be any help with your book buying ban when it comes to this one, Brandee. :) It would be a crime to miss out on this one for 99 cents. And given the choice between Off the Ice and Goodnight Nic... this one wins hands down. Not sure the library would have it. It's a debut novel and the author self-pubbed so I'm not sure how much attention it's getting. I've been tweeting about it the last few days trying to help her out. Anyway, this book really is wonderful and you should totally use that gift card. *twisting your arm* :)

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  7. I love tenacious heroes! Landon sounds smexy! Great review Tanya! :) ~Aleen

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    1. Thanks Aleen! Landon was just... perfection! :)

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