Author: Logan Meredith
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page/Word Count: 200 Pages
At a Glance: There was something that was a little off for me in this book, and I can’t quite put my finger on it.
Reviewed By: Karen
Blurb: Even men afraid of donuts deserve a happy ending.
Second-grade teacher Seth Ray has experienced more than his fair share of heartbreak. On his own since his mother’s death, Seth remains burdened by frequent anxiety, which he manages by steadfastly avoiding anything that might set it off—including men whose names start with the letter J and donuts. Unfortunately, after a night with Jude Murphy, he encounters both and flees into the street.
Jude’s not your typical twenty-something-year-old gay man. The youngest of six boys, he desperately wants to start a family of his own. The puzzling morning-after with Seth reminds him why he doesn’t sleep around.
When Seth discovers the man he brushed off is the uncle of one his students, he’s compelled to smooth things over to save face, but Jude lays it on the line—he wants Seth, but he doesn’t do casual. The allure of the sexy redhead compels Seth to face an entire family of J names for a chance at happiness.
Review: I had a difficult time deciding how I felt about this book, and went back and forth before finally coming to the conclusion it was going to be hard to pinpoint exactly what it is that I struggled with, which I know isn’t very helpful.
I liked the story a lot, but there was something that held me back from being super excited about it. In the beginning it dragged a bit for me, though I didn’t have a hard time getting through it. It just felt long, even though it really isn’t. For the most part I liked the characters. Jude’s family was awesome, and I looked forward to the times they were around. In fact, I have to say I think I liked the secondary characters even more than the MCs, in some aspects, and, in all honesty, I almost liked Jude and Seth more as separate characters than together as a couple. Maybe. Because, on the other hand, they had some sweet and wonderful moments together that I loved.
There’s a lot of drama in Healed Hearts, one incident after another that kept me turning pages, but that drama was also just a bit too much. Out of all the books I’ve ever read, this one ranks up there at the top as one that left me confused over how I felt about it when I’d finished.
Would I recommend it? Yes, I would. I will probably even go back and reread it someday, if for no other reason than to see if I feel the same way about it the second time around, because I did enjoy some parts of the story.
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