Review of There’s Something about Nik



There’s Something about Nik by Sara Hantz

Entangled Publishing

February 13, 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: Nik Gustafsson has a secret: He’s not really Nik Gustafsson.

He’s not a spy. He’s not crazy.

He’s just the son and heir to one of the most important families in Europe—one where duty always comes first. And his posh, too-public life is suffocating him. So when he gets the chance to attend boarding school in America, pretending to be an average exchange student is too big of a temptation to pass up.

Then he literally runs into Amber on campus. And she hates him at first sight.

It’s kind of exhilarating to be hated for who he is, not for his family name or his wealth. Maybe if he turns up the charm and turns down the aloof mask he habitually wears, he can win her over. Even though a bad past experience has made her swear off dating this year.

But the more he gets to know her, the more uncomfortable he is keeping things from her.

Because Nik Gustafsson has a secret. And it’s a big one.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a hot boy who’s the strong and silent type, a studious girl who refuses to believe in fairy-tale romance, and one epic secret that could be disastrous if it comes to light.

Are you a fan of modern royalty? Hanging on to details of Prince William and Duchess Catherine or Prince Harry? If so, this book might be for you! I didn’t read it for that aspect, but I am a fan of characters who are celebrities in one form or another who want to try to go “civilian” and live a normal life. I’ve read a few of them in this vein and have enjoyed each one, including There’s Something about Nik.

Nik and Amber start out not liking each other. For Nik, it’s because of the camera strapped around Amber’s neck and what it has come to represent in his everyday life. For Amber, it’s his attitude coupled with the fact that her last boyfriend, who betrayed her when she was ill, has given her huge trust issues.

Time lessens their dislike and increases their “like” until that is tested by trust issues on both of their parts.

There’s Something about Nik is a typical YA romance with atypical characters. Broad contrasts are shown between Amber’s extremely close, loving family and Nik’s reserved, polite one. Part of me wishes that we could have seen a little more of Nik letting his reserve fall away and enjoying himself recklessly, a little like Audrey Hepburn’s  Princess Ann in Roman Holiday and while some reserve did fall away and he did laugh, we wanted more!

There’s Something about Nik is a quick, enjoyable read, very suitable for any fans of the royals and all fans of ya novels.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

rating: 4-butterflies (4 out of 5 butterflies)


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