Derna’s Review ~ The Nearness of You by @SareetaDomingo (@ClaraHDiaz @LITTLEBROWNUK)


Falling in love isn’t a choice…

Since the moment they met, Ryan and Taylor have shared an unspoken bond. Taylor’s drawn to Ryan more strongly than she thought possible and for some reason only he seems able to lift her out of the darkness in her past.

But Ryan is with Marcy – her best friend.

Marcy stood by Taylor when everything else had fallen apart, and Taylor refuses to risk their friendship now. Somehow she needs to resist what she’s feeling. Yet, when Marcy leaves for a few weeks just as Ryan moves in to their shared flat, the tension grows to unbearable proportions. As the line between right and wrong becomes blurred, Taylor will have to decide whether she can – or should – turn away from what might be the love of her life.

Evocative, moving and heartrendingly romantic, this is a story about real life, true love and the power of friendship



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The Nearness of You is the promising debut novel by Sareeta Domingo and it is Taylor Jenkins story. When Taylor meets Ryan, they share a strong connection. However, Ryan is Marcy, her best friend’s boyfriend and much as they try to ignore the connection and feelings they have they find that they can’t especially when Marcy goes away.

The Nearness of You was a heartfelt story about love, loss, and friendships. My heart went out to Taylor she had not had an easy life, and she was still struggling to come to turns with what had happened to someone very close to her. I felt Taylor’s insecurities and fears were believable and realistic.

Taylor and Ryan were sweet together and you could feel that they were struggling with the feelings that they had for each. I like Ryan and the way he was with Taylor. Marcy was a great best friend to Taylor and I like the relationship they shared.

There is a love triangle aspect to the story, which was one of the reasons why I wanted to read this book, I say I don’t like them but I know that I really do. I did feel that as love triangles usually go this one wasn’t as high on the angst and drama as I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing because I still enjoyed the story, but I do think the author could have explored this aspect a little further and given me more romance.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, I adored the cover I think it’s very striking with those colours and the fact that it was set in London where I live was also a bonus. I would definitely read more from this author in the future, as I like her writing and the way she way was able to deal with a sensitive and weighty subject matter.

If you were looking for an emotional read one that is more than a story about a love triangle, then I would recommend you give this book try.




Sareeta Domingo was born in Camberwell, South East London, but spent her formative years in Bahrain, when her family moved there for her father’s job. She currently works as a senior editor at a creative book packager by day, and squeezes writing into her mornings, evenings and weekends.

She participated in a creative writing course while studying abroad at the University of California, San Diego, as part of her degree course in Comparative American Studies at Warwick University. She has also completed a course in Novel Writing and Longer Works at City University. She writes reviews of contemporary romance titles on her blog, The Palate Cleanser. The Nearness of You is her first novel

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