Sunday, 15 June 2014
Book: Reaching Hearts by Sabrina Lacey
It has been 5 years since Annie ran away to Italy to escape the fact that her best friend had a one night stand with the man that she was in love with. But fate has brought Brendan through the door of her bar, and Annie can't help but feel the same thrill of attraction towards him that she has always felt, and even better, he seems to feel the same. Brendan doesn't like the pull he feels towards Annie though, and tries not to give in and go to see her, but when he breaks the pair of them share something totally new for Brendan.
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I recently read the first book in this series, Throbbing Hearts, and loved the realism that the author brought to the every day situation. And she has done it again in Reaching Hearts. Maybe not quite to the same extent, i.e. there was no kind of weird one night stand, but the situations still feel like real situations (e.g. getting a little over excited in the wrong place, falling into habits/beds without even fully realising, returning to old habits). And the emotions were all the same.
Annie is still in love with Brendan, and you know what, I believed it. But she hadn't let it control her life. Annie had still had a long term relationship and had still built her own life, which she wasn't actually going to put on hold or anything for him (a somewhat common mistake in romances).
Saying that though, the chemistry between the pair of them was amazingly well written. I could really believe that they were physically attracted to one another, and possibly mentally though they didn't have a lot of time to discover that before a certain event happens that stops it (not sex in this case). But they did also talk before they had sex, mostly about music, but it was refreshing to see a heroine and hero actually talk before ripping each other's clothes off.
There was no five year fast forward in this book, which allowed time for both Brendan and Annie to look back on what actually happened in the past 5 years. Which certainly solves some of the mysteries surrounding Christiano, who I have a feeling is going to be playing a pretty big role later on. The side characters, or at least the romantic side characters, Rebecca and Christiano, have been more fleshed out.
This story is engaging, sexy, kind of sweet (as in not sickly sweet), and realistic, and makes an excellent read!