Wednesday, February 15, 2017

4.5 stars-- Healing a Heart (Cattle Creek #2) by Amy Lillard

Wow. Just. Wow. I expected to like Healing the Heart. But I didn't expect it to have such an emotional impact on me as a reader.

So real quick. Jake and Bryn? Well. They had a one night stand. And chickie got her self well and truly knocked up. And she's finally hunted down her future baby daddy to tell him what's going on and, erm, it does not go well.

Okay, so, from the get go I was a bit angry with the hero. He said something that was so off limits for me I was like homeboy best get to groveling and get there real fucking fast! lol But I was loving the heroine--who was trying her best-- and his family and really the book as well so I gave him a chance.

And as the book went I fell a little more in love with everyone. Even the jackass hero who, okay, had his reasons, maybe.

This was one hell of a rocky romance. A hard situation and trying to figure out how the hell to deal with it all and being an instant family. There were screw ups and the hero tested my nerves a few times but by the end he won me over and I was on board. There were some pretty funny moments, too, even in all the serious. So a rock solid four star read. I swear it wasn't all doom and gloom. lol

And then the wow. For about 15 hours I was just in a mood. Nothing overly bad was happening in my life but I was just feeling distraught, out of sorts and like having a frustration-cry. What the everliving hell, right? And then it hit me. The heroine. She was feeling trapped and unsettled and just having a hard time. And that was a serious whoa moment for me. While I usually empathize with characters and what they're going through it's rare for such a clear transfer of emotion to actually pass over to me and impact my daily life. I was so impressed by that. Goodness.

Jake and Bryn may not be perfect, their romance may not be easy, but overall these are characters you can root for and hope that they'll figure it all out and make a good life for themselves. I'm looking forward to the next brothers story for sure and seeing what Lillard can deliver.

Okay and a quote. This is a smidge spoilery but it was too funny not to share. lol

The doctor moved the wand about on her belly. Pressing here and running over a spot more than once. "Just trying to get a clear picture and... there it is."

Bryn turned to look at the screen. "The baby?"

Dr. Gary smiled. "The other baby."

"I don't understand." The screen looked like a lava lamp with bad antennae reception.

"Twins," he said. "That's why you've gained so much weight. You're having twins."

"I don't understand."

Bryn's words came to him like he was underwater. They floated at him, waving on the current of thoughts.

"It's pretty simple. There are two babies."

Bryn shook her head while Jake stood there. Stupidly.

Rancher Jake Langston prides himself on being the sensible type. But five years after the loss of his wife left him to raise their daughter alone, he indulges in a one-night stand with a sexy stranger. He thought he’d never see the woman again. Four months later, though, she’s standing in his drive with a big surprise.

Bryn Talbot wants nothing from the hunky cowboy who got her pregnant, but her Southern nature demands she at least tell him about it. When Jake’s family persuades her to stay for a while, she’s soon won over by their charms—and by Jake. But with the losses the two of them have suffered in the past, neither is sure if they’re ready to take the leap to forever...

Amazon | Goodreads | Lillard on HCBS
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