Monday, September 7, 2015

Heart's Chord by Charity Parkerson

Heart's Chord Heart's Chord by Charity Parkerson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

While this is the first book that I have read from the Ugly Eternity series (and did so with no problem), it is not the first of Ms. Parkerson’s books that I’ve read. I enjoy the author’s writing style immensely and Heart’s Chord is no exception as she manages to pack a feel-good romance with some steamy sex scenes, the right amount of conflict and angst, perfectly broken characters who see the man inside rather than the mask they present the world, a bit of heartbreak, and an ending that insured that I will go back and read the rest of this series. Thankfully the story wasn’t as ominous as the blurb’s “he’s ready to walk away from everything for good” statement had me fearing it would be. (Sated was the last book of Ms. Parkerson’s I’ve had a chance to read, and if you read it you know what I mean).

I loved the way that Austen and Finn “met” especially when later in the book we find out why Austen finally initiated contact. The unrequited attraction of both of their parts and the outright openness of Finn makes the way their relationship progresses feel right rather than rushed. Because Heart’s Chord is a novella, the author did not play out every scene of their interactions. Yet via texts between the two and their inner musings, I was able to follow their developing relationship even as parts of it happened “off page.” The conflict and angst come into play when each man’s insecurities keeps him from talking to the other. While it could easily be chalked up to stereotypical male behavior to not talk about their feelings, their issues prove to be rather sensitive subjects and I could easily see why neither man would want to talk about it. Who wants to expose their string of failures to the man he’s falling in love with? Can’t blame Finn for keeping his fears to himself. Who wants to tell his could be lover that his injury has affected his sexual functioning? Yeah, I’m not sure that would be an easy conversation for anyone, let alone Austen when he regularly questions why Finn is attracted to him in the first place. I got it and I found myself empathizing with each man rather than getting frustrated with them. But my heart absolutely broke for both men when Austen’s insecurities pushed Finn away one time too many. Fortunately the author crafted the perfect ending for these two as Austen put his fierce determination to the task of getting back his man and making Finn’s world right again. Heart’s Chord was a great novella and I cannot wait to go back and read the other books in the series.

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