{Review} Towing the Line by Nicola Marsh


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{Review} Towing the Line by Nicola MarshTowing the Line by Nicola Marsh
Series: World Apart #2
May 27, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Pages: 113

Our Rating

5 Stars

I need a new start. Anonymity. In a country where no one will know me, and the havoc I create.

Not all the rumors about me are true. But I made one mistake too many in LA and attending an Australian college for a few semesters is the perfect solution.

I plan on avoiding guys. But the part-time tutor and sexy Aussie artist Ashton? Has me re-evaluating the wisdom of being a reformed bad girl.

Ash is aloof, dedicated, serious, and I must corrupt him. So I seduce him. Not expecting to fall in love for the first time. And the last.

Because Ash has high standards and when he learns the truth about me, he’ll join the long list of people in my life pretending I don’t exist.

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

ReasonsToReadPractically ignored by her parents, Dani’s been doing everything she can to be the center of attention her whole life.  And it’s gotten her nowhere but hungover.  Realizing she’s never going to make anything of herself if she stays on the same destructive path, she enrolls in college on the other side of the world and swears off guys, drinking, and drugs.  But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

Ashton barely has time to breathe, much less for a relationship.  With work, art, and his mother’s rapidly diminishing health, he’s been too wrapped up in making ends meet, and his own happiness has fallen by the wayside.  But when an American girl on a bicycle named Clarice knocks him off his feet — literally — something bright sparks, and for once, he’s considering that relationship he didn’t think he had time for.


Judging CoversUmmm…why is Ashton glaring at me?

div TheVerdictDani’s situation is just heartbreaking.  She’s the spoiled little rich girl whose parents don’t seem to give a damn about her, and she’s been spiraling out of control for years.  An unplanned pregnancy followed by a devastating miscarriage added another layer to her self-loathing, and she was nothing short of a mess.  It really sounded like she should have been a cliché, and I guess in the most basic definition, she was, but her character stood out as a lot more than that.  She knew what her problem was and that her ways of dealing with it were all wrong, and while she ruminated in angst, she struggled to overcome it and grasp onto some bit of happiness — which Ashton was perfect for.  Ashton had his own issues, and his life had been pretty damned difficult for quite some time.  But he was quick to see that same sense of loss in Dani, and he couldn’t stay away from her.  It was more about understanding than misery loving company, and when they were together, despite all their misgivings and difficulties, they seemed to pull each other out of that dismal place.

Their relationship was so sweet but not at all overdone.  Half the time, Dani was so busy running away from her feelings that I would have been annoyed with her if I hadn’t understood her so well.  And while Ashton could easily have been written as that guy who says all the right things at all the right times, I love that he struggled with the same tendencies and then called her on it when she tried pushing him away.  I also love that money didn’t come into play.  With Dani swimming in funds and Ashton struggling to keep his mother in a fairly luxurious facility, I half expected Dani to come to his financial rescue and was relieved that card wasn’t played.  Instead, their relationship was built entirely on what they felt for each other, the understanding and friendship they could give each other (not to mention the sexual chemistry!), and the only swooping in and saving was done emotionally.

Crossing the Line was a great story, but I think I love Towing the Line even more.  It’s a quick read that doesn’t feel too short, and the extra difficulties faced by both Dani and Ashton made it all the more realistic.  And let’s be honest… Any book that starts out with a note about proper grammar is going to suck me right in!



About Nicola Marsh

USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and riveting, spooky stories for teens.

She has published 43 contemporary romances with Harlequin, Entangled Publishing and indie, and sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Her first mainstream romance BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD was nominated for Romantic Book of the Year 2012. Her first indie mainstream romance, CRAZY LOVE, was a 2012 ARRA finalist and Barnes & Noble bestseller.

Her debut young adult novel, a supernatural thriller BANISH, released with Harlequin Teen August 2013, and her YA fantasy series kicks off with SCION OF THE SUN, November 2013, with Month9Books.

Her debut new adult novel, BEFORE, releases December 2nd, 2013.

She’s also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a 2013 RBY (Romantic Book of the Year) and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and a multi-finalist for a number of awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has also won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two little heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, and her favorite, curling up with a good book!

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ysar is a book, blog, and design junkie who would be lost without a mile-long to-do list. Find more of her random crap at ysar.info

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