Friday, May 1, 2015

Book Review: Two Of Hearts by: Christina Lee

Release Date: May 5, 2015 from NAL
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"A gripping standalone adult contemporary romance about finding yourself while taking a second chance at your first love…

Dakota Nakos was always the resilient, strong-willed achiever. But when her father dies and she’s entrusted with the family’s casino, she feels vulnerable, scared, and more than a little emotional —not exactly the best time to see an old lover she’s never really gotten over.

Dakota once meant the world to Shane Garrity. Then suddenly he left town to train as a U.S. Marshal, and their love for each other crashed into a memory. Now he’s come home for her father’s funeral, and one look at the girl he left behind stirs up both memories and regrets, and reignites a fire he feared he’d lost forever.

Dakota may be the same driven girl she always was, but she’s also changed in ways neither could have anticipated. She’s not just a young woman searching for own identity in the Native American community in which she was raised, but one questioning her new life outside her father’s shadow. Above all she wonders if Shane can push past her weakened defenses to rekindle what they once had, or whether the intense blaze between them will ultimately reduce her heart to ashes."


My Thoughts:

I had high hopes going into this book. I’ve loved every book I’ve read from Christina Lee to date and then I saw she was writing an adult second chance romance and I was just over the moon. I love second chance romances and this book was a total win for me. She writes such great romances and Two Of Hearts was no exception.

I really loved Dakota, but damn did that girl frustrate me. It actually took me some time to really love her because she is such a tough nut to crack, but once she cracked I was done. I have so much respect for her too. She is such an incredibly strong character. She is determined and smart and when faced with adversity, she fights back. She may need to learn to communicate better, but at the same time I understand why she was so guarded.

Shane though, oh man, I was completely gone for Shane pretty much from the beginning. He made some mistakes with Dakota in the past, but once he sees her again he pretty much knows that he needs to make up for those. After five years he is finally starting to realize what he wants in life. I really loved watching these two come together again. What I liked even more was that it really felt like this was their time. Five years ago, neither one of them was really ready for this, but now it’s finally time for them to make it work and they’ve both finally realized that maybe they can work it out.

I also really loved the suspense angle that was incorporated into this book. It was a great addition to the story and I was invested in that aspect just as much as I was in the romance. I had my suspicions about a certain character, but then there was a piece towards the end that really blindsided me and that was really awesome. I love a book that takes me by surprise.

As a side note, I really liked seeing Kai and Rachel again. This book completely stands on its own, but these characters from Christina’s new adult series make some appearances and I loved that. Kai is probably my favorite of all of Christina’s guys so I really liked seeing him and Rachel happy and together.

Two Of Hearts was yet another great read from Christina Lee. I know I can always count on her to deliver an addictive and swoony read and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.


7 comments:

  1. Woo! I'm reading this one in the next couple of days so now I'm super excited! I'm glad Dakota got better, even though she frustrated you in the beginning. I can't wait to meet Shane. And yay for Kai and Rachel!

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  2. I so agree. Dakota frustrated me too but once I loved her I was done. She is so strong. AND Shane had me from the beginning too. Love that boy. Great review.

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  3. Adult, standalone, strong heroine, second chance at romance... SOLD!!

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  4. Yay, need to get my hands on this one, I liked her previous as well and second chance romances to top

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  5. This one is new to me. While it does seem interesting it really is not for me. Still I'm glad you enjoyed it! I love the sound of the main character here. Great review :)

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  6. I do love a book that does the suspense element well. :) And I think I want to meet this Shane character. Sounds like I would really enjoy him!!

    Lovely review!

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  7. I'm so behind on her books. I need to catch up, haha. I love second chance love stories, too. I'm happy to hear that this is another winner from Christina.

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