|Release Date: June 15, 2015|
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"Love is what makes us. It’s also what breaks us.
If this is true, Rowen just became the proverbial wrecking ball to Jesse’s life.
Upon discovering Rowen is pregnant after taking every precaution to ensure otherwise due to a life-threatening heart condition, Jesse is forced to face too many harsh realities and they send him into a desperate, dark place. To consider the possibility that he might lose his wife and unborn child is too much for Jesse to bear.
The situation is out of his control, so he gloms on to the few things he can control. Like noting Rowen’s every move, or dialing the doctor whenever her face goes a shade pale, or even acknowledging the fact he’d be willing to make a deal with the devil in exchange for his wife’s and child’s lives. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do or give or sacrifice to keep them from harm.
But what happens when the devil takes that deal Jesse struck, and the tables turn? A life for a life. A soul for a soul. A heart for a heart. His life for theirs.
Love is what makes us. It’s also what breaks us.
Love’s made Jesse and Rowen. Love’s about to break them too."
My Thoughts:Rowen and Jesse are one of my all-time favorite couples, so you’re probably wondering why I didn’t pick this book up immediately. I put this book off for over a year because I was terrified of it. I mean that blurb made me so nervous and I knew I was in for a bumpy ride with this one. I am so glad I finally made myself read this one though because I truly adore Jesse and Rowen.
Jesse Walker is such a great guy and he hurt my heart in this one. Poor Jesse does not deal with the pregnancy news well because he worries for Rowen and the baby. Jesse has always been a worrier, but he went a bit crazy here. He loves Rowen so much and my heart hurt for him as he navigated this new terrain. He was constantly worried he would lose Rowen and the baby at any minute.
I also loved seeing how much Rowen has grown as a character. She has come so far from Lost & Found but is still the same in so many ways. She is still the tough girl we first met, but she has also learned to open up now. She and Jesse together are my favorite and their banter is fantastic.
The characters who stole the show though were Garth and Josie. Every time they busted up into a scene they took control of it. I love this Garth and he had me cracking up nonstop. One scene in particular with him yelling and a hospital was probably my favorite. And Josie is always her wonderful self, so she was just great.
Heart & Soul delivered the emotional punch I expected and I’m so glad I finally made time for this book. Rowen and Jesse still remain one of my all-time favorite couples and I loved this extra story we got for them.