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Nobody's Fool

Book 2, A Willow Park Romance

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In Sarah Hegger's latest Willow Park Romance, long-held crushes and past frenemies reunite--and wonder if there's ever a second chance to make a good first impression. . .

Holly Partridge had no plans to return to Willow Park, Illinois, until her troubled younger sister Portia fled her home and aimed herself straight at Holly's high school nemesis--too-gorgeous-to-be-true Josh Hunter. Riding a manic bipolar high, Portia's only a danger to herself, but Holly needs to find her before she crashes. That means asking Josh for help.

The ultimate love 'em and leave 'em lothario, Josh was never good for anything but a broken heart. But now he's lending a hand when Holly needs it most--and revealing surprising generosity and compassion. Has Josh shed his bad boy ways? Or is Holly suddenly grown up enough to acknowledge her own mistakes? Trusting Josh could be a disaster--or the first step in banishing the past to make way for a future happier than Holly ever imagined. . .

“Sarah Hegger's voice is rich and witty and in a word, addictive.”--Terri Osburn, author of the bestselling Anchor Island series

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 03, 2015 – In Hegger's melodramatic second Willow Park contemporary (after Nobody's Angel), a young woman juggles complicated family issues with her rekindled desire for a high school crush. Holly Partridge returns to Chicago after years away and goes in search of her sister Portia, who's fled home while in the depths of a bipolar episode. With no one else to turn to, Holly reluctantly accepts the help of Josh Hunter, who once broke her heart. Holly's issues and Josh's reputation as a playboy prove difficult obstacles in their road to mutual happiness. When Holly's other sisters show up, things tip from complicated into messy, leading to emotional upheavals, tearful revelations, and a chance for the Partridge sisters to deal with long-repressed traumas. Hegger's characters have real chemistry, especially in the bedroom, and she tackles mental illness with sensitivity and realism. However, the story suffers from clunky prose: "Not so clueless was every red-blooded male in her vicinity. More than one covert eye went her way." Hegger's style lacks subtlety or restraint, threatening to overwhelm the reader with an emotional assault on every page.

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Nobody's Fool

I like that the books deal with social issues such as alcoholism and mental illness, but too much curse words and the intimate scenes are too graphic. I skipped over those parts and enjoyed the plot, but I wish I could enjoy the book in it's entirety.

a tale of how a mental illness effects more than the person with the diagnosis.

Sarah Hegger has veered from the more traditional contemporary romance pathways and added some difficult real-life situations that usually don’t take a front row. In Nobody’s Angel, the topic was alcoholism, and the story worked on several levels. This book tackles the difficulties of mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder, and how the disease effects the family, not just the individual.

Holly has headed to Chicago to find her sister, fearing she isn’t following through with her medication regime. The eldest of four, Holly has always (and we never really get a solid “why”) been the ‘protector’, and it falls to her to find and return Portia to the fold. I found her difficult: yes, she had far more on her plate than most, and she is either oversharing or not letting people in.

Josh is intrigued by Holly, and surprised as he usually doesn’t get too emotionally ‘involved’ with the women he meets. I felt more of a desire for a connection from his side, although their chemistry was uneven, especially after the sisters descended and the “alone time’ for the couple was nearly non-existent.

Hegger writes a beautiful story, and bravely tackles issues that are relevant and prevalent today, but this was more family saga than romance, with the connection between Josh and Holly often took a backseat to drama with Holly, Portia, Grace and Emma. While I was frequently told that they were connected, rather than given that visceral emotional punch I hoped for. Not a bad story by any means, this is almost a tale of how a mental illness effects more than the person with the diagnosis.

I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

A heart-warming romance rich with meaningful situations and real world emotion.

A heart-warming romance rich with meaningful situations and real world emotion.

Nobody’s Fool is the second installment in Sarah Hegger’s Willow Park series and it was just as powerful as the first, Nobody’s Angel. As with the first in the series, Nobody’s Fool features difficult, real world issues not commonly tackled in the romance genre and does it with so much heart and emotion you cannot help but find yourself deeply enmeshed in the story. Each character is extremely well developed, so much so that many of their struggles resonated with me at a very personal level.

And the romance…I just loved the way Josh and Holly’s story developed. The sass and sharp banter at first, the gradual shift into mutual respect, and the fight to overcome obstacles in the end. It was beautiful, particularly the way Josh fought for and believed in Holly, even when she couldn’t believe in herself.

If you favor stories with depth and heart-touching emotion, both installments from the Willow Park series should be on your TBR. I can’t wait to see what Sarah does with her next release, Nobody’s Princess.

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Nobody's Fool
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Aug 25, 2015
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, A Willow Park Romance
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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