Review: Nicholas by Emma Lang

Nicholas by Emma Lang
Series: Circle Eight (# 5)
Release Date: February 12, 2014
Publisher:   self published
Pages: 218
Source:  book provided by the author for review

One part rancher. One part stubborn woman. Mix together and wait for the fireworks.

Nicholas Graham is caught in the middle: of his family, of his desires, of his own unhappiness. After he meets Winnie Watson, his self-imposed curmudgeonly existence pales in comparison to spending time with her. He wants to be with her, to get to know her. She is a beacon to all the secret cravings he has controlled. Until now.

Winnie Watson endured, and survived, a horrendous childhood that would give others nightmares. She started over, a new name, a new goal in life. Then she met the Grahams and everything went sideways. She’s done the unthinkable and struggles to accept it. She wants to forget it all again, but the specter of Nicholas Graham, physical and in her dreams, won’t let her move on.

Caught between their needs, their wants, and what the world will allow them, Nick and Winnie are doomed from the moment they met. However, love will teach them that even the biggest obstacles can be overcome if you believe.

 

Review:  I’ve enjoyed the prior four books in this series.  Ms Lang has created such memorable characters and situations that I can’t wait to see what’s coming next.  However, this book was just a little darker than the prior ones and I’m not sure that it worked for me.

This story picks up shortly after Vaughn left off.  Winnie was introduced in that book as she is a good friend of Vaughn’s and Nicholas is kid number five in the Graham clan.  When the two of them met in Vaughn, there were sparks but neither of them felt anything would come of it.  But when they meet up again at Vaughn and Elizabeth’s wedding… well, their lives will never be the same.

So, the big theme in this story is depression.  Both Winnie and Nicholas suffer from various degrees of depression.  Winnie’s was brought on from life.  She was abused by her father and had to give up something very precious to her, which she never completely got over.  Nicholas’ depression is just something he’s always had and in return, never felt completely whole.  But the two of them together seem to make each other happy.

The adventure that Winnie and Nicholas go on to retrieve her that precious item was well written.  I enjoyed that aspect of the story.  The romance between them was also well done.    But for me, the darkness of the depression and in particular Nicholas’s inner turmoil just ended up overshadowing the good.

All in all, I liked this story.  Was it my favorite in the series?  No.  Would I recommend it… well, kinda.  If you’re reading the series, you’ll definitely want to read this one as well.  But it’s my opinion that this wouldn’t be the book to start with.