Mary Whitney’s Heart trilogy centers around Nicole Johnson and Adam Kincaid.  Adam is British.  His family spends a year in Texas.  A year that forever changes Adam’s life.  He meets the fragile Nicki during one of the most intense and trying times of her life.  Nicki survived an accident that took the life of her sister and caused her mother’s withdrawal.  The trilogy is BESIDE YOUR HEART told via Nicki’s POV.,  DISCLOSURE OF THE HEART the teen years, and FOREVER YOUR HEART told via Adam’s POV.   FYI, FOREVER YOUR HEART isn’t just a rehash of the first two books.   I really like the dreamy look of the covers.  Here’s a look at the trilogy & my thoughts on FOREVER YOUR HEART. (Pics & synopsis’ from Mary’s site & Amazon).

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“It’s an emotional story that will take the reader back to those feelings that made the late teen years such a powerful time.”

Late one night Nicki Johnson plays with emotional fire and Googles her high school love, only to find his name splashed across the British gossip columns. Back in his native England, Adam Kincaid is successful and dating a woman from an aristocratic family like his own. With a career in politics, Nicki’s no slouch, but she knows Adam is living a world away from her life.

Yet there was a time he was no farther than the next locker. Nicki will never forget their year together in high school—the year of her sister’s death, the year her mother checked out. Adam helped Nicki through suffocating grief, and she led him through a coming of age. Was it just high school, or was it something more? 

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Sixteen years is a long time to wait for your true love to reappear, and, anyway, Nicki Johnson couldn’t wait for the impossible to happen. Hard life lessons have taught her that fairy tales are children’s stories, and fate is cruel.

Burying her hopes, she’s spent the last sixteen years focused and driven toward her career, and it’s landed her with a job at the White House with a gem of a boyfriend. But when her high school love, Adam Kincaid, walks into the White House as a BBC reporter, Nicki’s world is thrown into turmoil as she relives their past. Adam has come back for her, but has he arrived too late?  

forever your heart I’m a journalist—Adam Kincaid, BBC reporter, to be exact, so I’m not going to bury the lead. I’m about to see the woman I never got over.

I know that because I’ve been back in America for years now, and I still don’t date American girls. My dad would say I’ve come to my senses, sticking to my own British patrician kind, but that’s crap. Mum, the psychologist, would more wisely say it’s my unresolved issues around Nicki. My teenage years are long behind me, yet my guilt over her remains. So I’ve avoided all things Nicki, though the irony is she’s the one avoiding me.

Maybe if we see each other, we can both move on. Could she ever forgive me? Can you forgive yourself when you hurt someone you love?

But please, don’t answer yet. I’ve jumped ahead of the story, and as a reporter, I should give you more background to get to the root of it all.

So let me tell you my story. Then you can be the judge.

My thoughts on FOREVER YOUR HEART 3.5 stars

FOREVER YOUR HEART is the third in the Heart series but can be read as a standalone.  The previous books cover Nicole’s version of their story and Nicole and Adam as teens when they first fell in love and lost that love.  FOREVER YOUR HEART is Adam’s side of their story.  

Sometimes adults are wrong and it isn’t simply puppy love.  Adam has never really gotten over Nicole.  He still feels the guilt of hurting her not once, but twice.  She’s never far from the forefront of his thoughts no matter how he tries. 

Both are at the top of their professions.  Adam is a journalist and editor for the BBC.  Nicole is the Deputy White House Press Secretary for the newly elected President Logan.  When Nicki’s position is announced Adam takes a demotion and requests the BBC White House correspondent position.  He sees an opportunity to put those ghosts to rest and grabs it.  He has to know if what he feels is simply nostalgia and regret or so much more.  He can’t truly move on with his life until he discovers the truth.   

It’s been sixteen years and people change.  Does the girl he knew and loved still exist?  Adam knows, in his heart, that he can’t give himself to anyone else completely because of Nicki.  Her hold is too strong even after all this time.  Adam and Nicki have their shared past but it’s a double edged sword.  Will they connect as adults?  Does that intense bond they felt still exist for her as it does for him?  Can they fall in love all over again or was it really just an intense puppy love?    

FOREVER YOUR HEART is a charming second chance love story.  The fact that things ended badly, hurting them both, makes it even more special.  Adam is a romantic, willing to leap into the unknown and take chances.  Nicki is practical, taking things in steps and stages.  Despite part of their foundation being based in youth it’s one that’s already endured a trial by fire.  The ensuing years, their experience and maturity, all combine to add piquancy and depth as they discover how much of their youthful selves and love still exist within. 

I’ve become quite fond of books told from the male POV.  For fans of second chance lovers the Heart series should be on your must read list.

Has anyone read these?  Care to share your thoughts?  Would love to know if you agree or disagree…:)