What if you can’t have the only thing you know you want?

Taylor Jenkins seems to spend her life wanting. A year out of university, she’s in a serious life-slump, scared to pursue her real passions. Mainly because chief among them is her overwhelming attraction to Ryan, her best friend Marcy’s boyfriend.

Then another man drops into her life – but he’s already dead. Taylor’s life is thrown into a tailspin when she discovers the body of a suicide victim on the bank of the river Thames. In the wake of this discovery, she’s forced to confront the other gaping absence in her life. Her mother took the same route out when Taylor was only sixteen, and she’s never really dealt with the affect it had on her.

So when Marcy goes on tour, leaving Taylor alone with Ryan in their shared flat, the simmering feeling she’s had since her grim find threatens to reach boiling point. Taylor and Ryan’s connection grows guiltily intense – but also more meaningful than she ever could have imagined. She has treacherous emotional terrain to navigate if she’s going to come to terms with her past, find her future – and discover if Ryan’s illicit love can help her find her serenity…

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published by Piatkus


This debut novel from author Sareeta Domingo, follows Taylor Jenkins and her battle to come to terms with her mother’s suicide, and the realisation that she is falling in love with her best friends boyfriend.

Taylor and Ryan crossed paths in a chance meeting in a London cinema, a moment that left them both with a feeling of something left unresolved, and with no way of contacting each other. That is, until Taylor’s best friend Marcy introduces her to her new boyfriend, who is in fact, the very man she let get away that fateful night.

“Do you ever feel like you’ve dropped into some alternative universe, and you just have to go alone with it, until things right themselves?”

Not only is she struggling to deal with this reality, but Taylor is also trying to come to terms with the aftermath of finding a man’s body floating in the River Thames, which brings up memories of her own mother’s death. She is feeling lost and alone, and needing to decide what path to take in order to live a contented life.

When Marcy asks Taylor if Ryan can stay with them since he has no place to stay, she can’t say no without raising suspicions, but when Marcy gets a gig dancing overseas, Taylor and Ryan are forced to spend more and more time together, and it’s not long before they need to confront the fact that they have feelings for each other.

“The problem is, I don’t want to forget it,”
he whispers urgently
“I can’t, Taylor, I can still feel you.”

There is a love triangle element, and although things are wrapped up quite nicely (and maybe a bit too quickly) in the end, I felt it was realistic, and I appreciated the friendship between Taylor and Marcy and how it was dealt with.

The Nearness of You reads more as a women’s fiction than a romance and since I am a total romance junkie I perhaps didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have. I absolutely loved the tension and angst between Taylor and Ryan, and adored reading the parts of the book where you could feel the yearning and the want. When things started to get moving it was almost at the end and I found myself feeling disappointed that I didn’t get more of this because I thought it was the best part of the book.

If Sareeta Domingo decides to concentrate more on the romance element of her stories, I would happily read more from her in the future because I loved the writing, and the character depth. A great debut novel.

The Nearness of You is a standalone novel, told in the heroine’s POV

ARC gratefully received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Images featured in this review were created by me using stock images either purchased from deposit photo or from free stock sites.

About the Author

Sareeta Domingo

I’m Sareeta Domingo, a writer and hopeful-but-realistic romantic (with a desperate need to qualify things). Born in Camberwell, South East London, I spent my formative years in Bahrain, when my family moved there for my father’s job. I currently work as a Senior Editor at a creative book packager, making up children’s stories by day, and squeezing writing into my mornings, evenings and weekends. While doing loads of other really interesting stuff too, obviously…

Having been commissioned to write erotic short stories published in compilations for Agent Provocateur, and then an erotic novella for Pavilion Books, I turned my hand to pursuing a (not quite so erotic, but sexy, emotional, tension-filled) story that had been on my mind for as long as I can remember. This became my first full-length novel, THE NEARNESS OF YOU (Piatkus, May 2016).

Oh, and I write occasional reviews of contemporary romance books on my blog, The Palate Cleanser: 

In a full-circle sorta manner, I now live back in South East London, with my husband, my cat, and my daydreams.

Image: Rosie Matheson //

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