What The Heart Wants by Jeanell Bolton
Cover design: Christine Foltzer
Genre: Adult, Dark Contemporary, Drama, Romance
Pages: ebook, 275 pages
Published: 2 September 2014
Source: Copy provided in exchange for an honest review
Organized by: BPIC Promotions
The love he left behind . . .
Laurel Harlow was once the princess of Bosque Bend, Texas: every door was open to the only daughter of the beloved minister and his well-bred wife. Then scandal rocked their family-and those same doors slammed shut. Now preparing the family mansion for sale, Laurel wants nothing more than to put the past behind her and move on. But when Jase Redlander appears on her doorstep, sixteen years after he left her heartbroken, she can’t turn him away . . . especially when he needs her help.
. . . is the only thing worth coming home for
Jase never intended to come back to this one-horse town. But then his teenage daughter runs away, headed straight for Bosque Bend and the woman he once loved. The moment Jase sees Laurel again, he knows he never should have left all those years ago. There’s a secret she’s keeping from him, though-he’s certain of it. Over the course of sunny days and sultry nights, Jase aims to find out what it is. And this time he’ll show Laurel that this bad boy can be the man of her dreams . . . if she’ll let him.
He ran his hand absently down the groove of her spine, and she shifted against him.
It was amazing how quickly he’d gotten accustomed to sleeping in the same bed with her–all night, not just for an hour after sex. He liked sleeping with her. He liked waking up with her. He liked walking through the Shallows with her and having meals with her–even when they were as bad as that chicken tonight–and having her sit in the den with him while he worked out business details.
He wanted to put off returning to Dallas forever.
Jeanell Bolton is an active member of the Austin chapter of Romance Writers of America. She has three children, one husband, and one dog. She lives on five glorious wooded acres in the boondocks of Georgetown, Texas. In past lives, she has been a teacher, an activist, an artist, a journalist, and a chorus director, but she is now settled into writing about deep, dark romances which end up happily ever after, which is how it always should be.
First. That. Excerpt. Yup. That moment is just. Just.
What the Hearts Wants is the kind of book where you really can’t place a hand on the time setting.
I just needed to say that so we can all move on.
One, I had a little hard time connecting to Laurel. I made a much instant connection to Lolly than Laurel and really, that should say a lot.
Although short, I spent quite some time reading this. There were moments when the writing got repetitive with the usage of phrases or words – which made it more confusing what era this book is set in.
Plus it was like the story is moving but at the same, it isn’t. Generally, I’d say that the book had a great pace but it was like time just slipped through.
Through all those point-able things, this book is one of good drama and romance with a little dark twist.
I have always loved second chances kind of stories. Especially when there are a huge time gap ever since they met. And that part, this book did not disappoint. It sure happened unexpectedly. lightning-fast into the book but come on, when two people are connected by fate, you can’t help but support them. No matter how fast it all happened.
All in all, the characters somehow grows into you deeper in the story. They didn’t build really strong roots but they’re there.
The book had a little bit of mystery – what did actually turn Laurel’s life upside down?
So trust me when I say that the dark twist often slips through.
I love this book not only because of all of those, I love how this book is also about forgiveness and giving a second chance. I love how it reminds us that each one of us is different from another. Even if you’re connected by blood doesn’t mean you are the same. One has as own individuality and shouldn’t be judged because of another’s mistake. I love how this book tells a beautiful tale of acceptance. Every one of us are flawed, has our own demons, been through our own hells. Somewhere down the line, we are vaguely the same. If you judge someone that’s technically the same, that called hypocrisy.
Overall, this is a great story of love, individuality, acceptance, forgiveness. What the Heart Wants gives you a bumpy start and doesn’t turn all smooth even until the end but it’s worth the while. I therefore conclude that this book moves on its own pace, in its own due time. This is the kind of book where something happens when it just does. The writing is a little bit annoying due to the [sometimes] monotonous use of words. It is also the main reason why I can’t exactly place when the story took place. Nevertheless, this is a beautiful book with a touch of darkness. The romance is real, and the learnings are precious. I recommend this to everyone. It’s just that kind of book that read when you have nothing to do, when you’re procrastinating, when you’re bored, when you’re waiting for the commercials to end, when you’re waiting for the bus or train, or when you just want to read. This is the kind of book that everyone needs in their life, not for the sake of the romance but for the sake of the lessons. I highly think that everyone needs to get them in their heads, so yeah, What The Heart Wants is definitely a must-read.
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