Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nick Nolan

Nick Nolan may be one of the best kept secrets in my group of Authors. If you have never read his books I would highly recommend them. I have read all of them and I loved the characters and history that is included in them! 
 Today I am posting his Tales From Ballena Beach series.
Book 1 Strings Attached

Closeted teenager Jeremy is sent to live with wealthy relatives after his mother enters rehab. Struggling to fit into the posh world of Ballena Beach, Jeremy joins the high school swim team, dates a popular girl, and begins to think he may have landed in paradise—until his great aunt Katharine starts to dictate his every move … and a late-night phone call insinuates that his father’s accidental death was not so accidental after all.

As Jeremy grows accustomed to the veneer of a fabulous life, so grows his need for answers—as well as the danger of immeasurable harm. Weaving together a murder mystery, sexual ambiguity, and characters with hidden identities and agendas , Nick Nolan offers readers a deliciously witty page-turner about the “puppet” who wishes only to be a real boy. Strings Attached is also a surprisingly heartfelt story about coming-of-age and coming out—not necessarily in that order.

 Strings Attached AMAZON Link

Book 2 Double Bound
 Nick Nolan’s Double Bound reunites us with many of the characters introduced in his delightful Strings Attached: Jeremy, now in a committed relationship with fun-loving, hotheaded Carlo; Arthur, Jeremy’s protector, confidant, and mentor; and Katharine, Jeremy’s wealthy benefactress, still hiding a slew of secrets and hidden agendas. This sequel displays the same wit, verve, style, and sense of adventure that were so engaging and fresh in Strings Attached. And where Strings Attached playfully alluded to Pinocchio, Double Bound has fun with the Jack and the Beanstalk fable.

Just as Strings Attached was Jeremy’s story, Double Bound is Arthur’s, exploring his troubled relationship with disapproving parents and his precarious years as a gay Marine. However, there’s an added element this time out—the stakes are higher, the repercussions more dire, and the choices harder and more consequential. There is a darker feel to this novel, which not only adds depth to the characters but highlights Mr. Nolan’s growth and confidence as a storyteller. We’ve moved beyond high school concerns into real-world choices, where outcomes are not always tied up in neat "happily ever after" packages.

Double Bound AMAZON Link

Book 3 Wide Asleep

Arthur Blauefee promised to stay away from Jeremy Tyler forever. But when he learns that his troubled, heartbroken ex-lover has been seduced and swindled out of his inheritance, Arthur is off to the rescue.
After rekindling their passionate affair, the starry-eyed lovers learn that Jeremy’s plight has gone from terrible to worse. Not only has Jeremy been cheated out of his fortune, he’s been framed for murder. Desperate to clear Jeremy’s name, the pair travels to Greece in pursuit of the nefarious conman Lazzaro Sforza and enters a shady world of designer drugs and international intrigue.
Aided by the powerful hallucinogen SueƱo Gris, Jeremy journeys into his past lives. Hopscotching through time, from the Civil War all the way back to the Roman Empire, Jeremy discovers that Lazzaro has betrayed him many times before. Can Arthur and Jeremy finally trump the scheming Lazzaro, or are they doomed to repeat their ill-fated pasts?

Wide Asleep AMAZON Link

You can find Nick's Amazon Author page here:
Nick Nolan Author Page 

As a side note, I read and wrote 5 star reviews for all three of these books! 
My review for Strings Attached:
   I read Strings Attached over 2 days, I could not put it down.
Nick Nolan does a fantastic job of weaving a coming of age tale into a nice mystery. Jeremy Taylor's father was killed in an accident and he is left with an alcoholic mom. When she hits rock bottom Jeremy is moved in with the rich Aunt he has never met. Trying to be what she wants and trying to figure out if he likes boys or girls as well as worrying about his mom leads him on a wonderfully tragic story.
I cannot wait to read the next book!
My Review for Double Bound:
 What an awesome second book! Nick Nolan weaves a very clear and crisp tale of Jeremy trying to grow into his new life after his mother is killed and his uncle tried to kill him and his boyfriend Carlo, but Uncle Bill was the only dying that day. Double Bound let's the reader get to know Arthur on a much more personal level and some of his secrets are shocking. Aunt Kathrine needs them to go to Brazil to check on an investment, they had no idea just how dangerous this trip would be.
One of the things I love about Nick's books are the references he uses that are tied in the real world. The use of another cultures gods and how that affects the story are astounding! And when he writes about the scenery I can actually visually see myself there as if I was watching a movie.
So what kinds of secrets does Arthur have? What happens to the trio when they go to Brazil? How many life changes things will happen to Jeremy? I won't give you that answer, you really need to read these books! I cannot wait for a third book!

My Review for Wide Asleep:
 I have read the first two books in this series as well as Black As Snow by Nick Nolan. Book 3 in Tales from Ballena Beach, Wide Asleep goes into so many details!
We are back with Jeremy( four years later) who has taken a tail-spin for the worse. Arthur has made a promise to stay away from Jeremy, but can he do that when that is where his heart truly lies? It is a surprising person that asks for Arthur's help this time.
This book takes you on a journey through history and past lives. The way it is told you are never lost and everything is very real feeling. I laughed( Carlos) and boy did a cry a few times! I can't tell you why I cried, because that would give away things that you really should just read instead!
I love the fact that Nick can take me on a trip like this and I feel as if Arthur and Jeremy are MY friends. As always Nick's research into history and past lives shines. I am a stickler about history being correct if an author uses a real life event, I am very happy to say that Nick has never made a blunder!
If you haven't read Strings Attached and Double Bound, I have to ask WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? This is a fantastic series and I am happy to say I am a dire hard fan of Nick Nolan's!


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