Released: May 9, 2014
Publisher: Lacey Publications
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Fate seemed to be on Annie's side, bringing the man she's loved since college walking into her bar as though from out of a dream. But the dream became a nightmare that sent them both to San Francisco General in an ambulance before the night had even begun. To crush her more, Rebecca, a woman ten times more sophisticated and elegant than she, has staked her claim on Brendan and since she's got her name on his Emergency Contact list, Annie has no choice but to believe her. It's time to pick up the pieces of her life and let go of a love that's haunted her too long, especially when she's got a man in Italy calling her name. But he's not the only one...
HEARTS SERIES: Throbbing Hearts (part 1 , Reaching Hearts (part 2), Crushing Hearts (part 3)
This is part three of a serial erotic romance that unfolds over several exciting and suspenseful volumes. Recommended for 17+ due to mature language and adult situations
This is a fantastic third part. It picks up at the hospital with the aftermath of the shooting. There is a heavy focus on Brendan and Rebecca’s relationship and more specifically Rebecca’s point of view. For the first time since the initial part we see through her eyes how broken Brendan was between his college breakup and the present time. She has put in the work to try and help heal his wounds but still give him the space he desires. It’s clear to see she has fallen in love with him although he doesn’t return her feelings with the same intensity. Regardless, she demonstrates she won’t give up on what she thinks they have easily. In fact, she will be downright conniving to get her way or at least put the odds in her favor.
There is a scene from Christiano’s point of view after Annie has moved back to the U.S. He has a fling with the woman who Annie always said was in love with him. He then rejects her when he realizes Annie’s foresight had somewhat come true. I suspect we’ll get more of Christiano in the future simply because this was just a morsel of a subplot.
Finally, we get a bit from Annie’s perspective (but not as much as in previous installments). Once again she displays her tenacity. Even after being warned off by who she thought was Brendan’s girlfriend, she still finds a way to see him and is rewarded with the tidbit that he is single.
This serial book is unique amongst others because it brings in various perspectives. It also does not follow the rules of a traditional romance. Some of the situations aren’t pretty or idealistic but in many ways, it makes it more practical and hopefully the payoff in the end will be that much better.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.