Title: No Regrets
Author: Nicky James
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Word Length: 91k
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance 18+
Release: March 15, 2017
“This. Book. Broke my heart. Healed my soul. Made me cry. Laugh. Made me Hug my daughter and kiss my husband. No regrets.” - Alpha Book Club
“My heart hurts, my eyes are red and puffy and I am in the biggest slump I have been in for awhile. This book destroyed me, it's a story that will forever have a place in my heart, I have No Regrets <3” - Saucy Reviews on Kinky Korner
“No Regrets is a heart wrenchingly, ugly cry worthy ( and oh boy I cried) wonderful love story.I loved the characters. I loved the words. I could feel the characters emotions in every single one.” - Goodreads Review
Nicky James lives in the small town of Petrolia, Ontario, Canada. She is mother to a wonderful teenage boy and wife to a truly supportive and understanding husband who, thankfully, doesn’t think her crazy.
Nicky has always had two profound dreams in life; to fall back hundreds of years in time and live in a simpler world and to write novels. Since only one of those dreams was a possibility, she decided to make the other come alive on paper.
Nicky writes MM romance books in a variety of styles including contemporary, medieval, fantasy, and historical.
When I first read the blurb I thought it would be an interesting read. Reading the introduction almost made me not want to read it. Even though it tore me apart, I'm glad I read it, and will most definitely read it again.
No Regrets struck very close to home with me. My best friend from high school was Landon. Like Landon, nobody knew until it got to the point where it couldn't be hidden. Like Landon, he wouldn't let anyone get close to him. He tuned everyone out including me, his best friend.
That's where the similarities end.
It is said that 'grandma knows best'. It most certainly was true in this case. I cannot help but wonder what I would do were I Landon. Would I shut everyone out? In some ways I do. Very few people know of my struggle with clinical depression. Although my depression is no where near as serious as cancer, I don't want to 'be a burden to my fiends.' How selfish of me.
That's where Landon is. Spare everyone the inevitable heartache. Don't let anyone get close. I don't think he expected the whirlwind that came in the form of Abel who finally convinces Landon to let him in, even though he doesn't know why Landon is so closed off. At least a first.
Having known a 'Landon' I can attest to the incredibly sensitive way Ms. James has created these two multi-faceted characters. They were way beyond real to me.
Ms James does not take this incredible story to it's inevitable conclusion which I think is a good thing. It changes the overall story from a negative one to a positive one with it's overall message:
To all the Landons out there, when their Abel shows up, grab onto him or her. Let them show you that there is still good things in the world to be had. Hang onto them. Don't push them away. Let them BE there for you.
To all the Abels out there, thank you. You make a real difference in their lives.
This is a book that had to be written. It doesn't say everything will be all right in the end. What it does say is get off your ass and get out there. Enjoy every moment you have.
Astounding job, Ms. James. Thank you for writing it. It should be used as a handbook for all the Landons and Abels out there.
I wish I could give No Regrets the Nobel prize for literature as, to me, it's well deserving of it.
5 out of 5 stars!
5 out of 5 stars!