Thank you to M. O’Keefe, and the team at Dangerous Press for the advance reader copy of Broken Hearts, the second installment in the Hearts trilogy.
I love Dangerous Press!!! I have been screaming this for months and if you have not listened by now, I do not know what will make you listen. They have such phenomenal series including this one. Please read my review of Stolen Hearts, if you need any convincing to pick these up.
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Check out the Goodreads synopsis…
His name thrums through me like a heartbeat.
I climbed out of the smoldering crater of my life only to find myself back in the middle of a slow-motion trainwreck. I’m hunted, torn between my past and present, ripped apart by two warring families. My husband is dead, and his killer is the only man who’s ever felt the deep well of emotion I keep hidden from the world.
Vicious and scarred—his rough touch is seared into my skin, but his soft caresses are what break down my walls bit by bit. Until there’s only me left. My soul in his bloody hands, and my broken heart beating just for him. Only him.
My shadowy protector, my phantom lover—kiss me or kill me, I don’t care. As long as you’re the one who does it.”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Poppy and Ronan are the main characters of this trilogy. They both had some great character development over the course of this second installment in their story. Poppy has become a lot less timid, from a shy girl to a feisty fighter of a woman. I love when she just did what she wanted and it annoyed Ronan. He went through even more character development. Ronan was much more vulnerable. It truly allowed the reader to have a better understanding of his past and what motivates him. He may have been working as an enforcer but at his core, he is a bit broken inside. My heart breaks for him because he does not see himself as worthy for someone like Poppy, he cannot see his self-worth. Hopefully just not yet.
- Setting: The story is set in a small North Irish town, well on the outskirts of it anyways. In a cottage on the property of a church. The church where Ronan grew up, a setting that really allowed for the exploration and unpacking of his character. The cottage is secluded from the rest of the world, which allowed for their relationship to grow. I really enjoyed that they had the time together to really work on it.
- Pacing: The story almost takes place in a blip, there one minute and done the next. You cannot help but engulf these Dangerous Press reads. There are so many mysteries and secrets in this story from Ronan’s past to why the Morelli are hunting them and it all unravels at the perfect pace. The last 20% of the book or so was just a chef’s kiss when it comes to the payoff of waiting for mysteries to be revealed.
- Romance: This second instalment really allowed for some awesome relationship growth. I love how over time the lustful relationship between a timid girl and an alpha male enforcer is becoming the love of a strong woman and the man who only softens his heart for her and has since the moment he laid eyes on her. Poppy has had a horrible marriage and Ronan has been largely alone his whole life. These facts only make it more clear that these two are deserving of great love. As we await the final instalment I can only pray for a beautiful happily ever after and I sure cannot wait to see them live it.
Broken Hearts receives four out of five stars.
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Thank you again to Molly, and the team at Dangerous Press for the review opportunity. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog!