Sunday, March 12, 2017

Open hearts by Logan Meredith

Title: Open Hearts
Series: Heartland, 3
Author: Logan Meredith
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre/ Pairing: M/M Contemporary,
Pages: 260
Reviewer Name: Redz

Publisher Blurb
Firefighter Asim Bishara knows it’s time to start living again. For years he’s avoided dealing with his estrangement from his Muslim family and the loss of his first love in the 9/11 attack. Through therapy, Asim begins to heal and combat his own self-loathing. He’s ready to leave his loneliness and isolation behind and find love again.

Moving on is proving more difficult for Ángel Stanford. When Ángel’s husband Zach died, Ángel’s dreams of a home and family perished along with him. He always wanted to be a stay-at-home husband and father, but he never imagined he’d be raising Gracie alone. The closer he gets to the handsome firefighter—and the more Asim becomes a part of his and Gracie’s life—the more Ángel feels like he’s betraying Zach. Ángel has to give himself permission to be happy and realize that while nothing will ever replace the life he had before, the future for him and his daughter can be full of happiness… if he’s willing to reach out and take it.

Open Hearts is the third book in the Heartland series by author Logan Meredith. I found this book to have its up and downs. I think there is a great story here, I just think it also fell a little short as well. The connection to the characters that draws me to a book really was just luke warm to me. I wanted it to be much more than it turned out to be.
Asim has night terrors and memories that haunt him. He cannot really come out yet as gay. He is a firefighter. He is a very hard on himself character. Very angsty in his own right.
Angel is very friendly. He too has had a partner die. He has always wanted to be a stay at home father and husband. Raising Gracie alone was never in the plans but he has no choice now. He is flamboyantly gay.
These two have a strength the other needs. I liked watching them interact and bond. I do feel this story is not yet done. There is a happy for now ending. I would like to visit these two again and see how happiness is treating them.
This is the third book in a series. I have not read the previous two, I do think they should be read in order to fully comprehend relationships in this story.

                                               Four Twinkling Stars

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