Author: Logan Meredith
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/24/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Even men afraid of donuts deserve a happy ending.
Second-grade teacher Seth Ray has experienced more than his fair share of heartbreak. On his own since his mother’s death, Seth remains burdened by frequent anxiety, which he manages by steadfastly avoiding anything that might set it off—including men whose names start with the letter J and donuts. Unfortunately, after a night with Jude Murphy, he encounters both and flees into the street.
Jude’s not your typical twenty-something-year-old gay man. The youngest of six boys, he desperately wants to start a family of his own. The puzzling morning-after with Seth reminds him why he doesn’t sleep around.
When Seth discovers the man he brushed off is the uncle of one his students, he’s compelled to smooth things over to save face, but Jude lays it on the line—he wants Seth, but he doesn’t do casual. The allure of the sexy redhead compels Seth to face an entire family of J names for a chance at happiness.
I am having a hard time writing this review. Healed Hearts by Logan Meredith wasn’t a bad story. There is nothing I can point to to say, “If this were different I would give it a higher rating.” There is nothing I can point to to say this is why I didn’t like this book. However, in the end it didn’t work for me.
First of all, it was slow. I thought I was about 75% in, and then I realized I was barely 25% in. Granted once I did hit the 75% mark, the last quarter went pretty quickly. There is just a LOT of up-front “stuff”. There is a lot of getting to know the characters, specifically of getting to know Seth.
I have to admit, the way his PTSD and anxiety issues are handled left me less than thrilled. While I don’t think the author is intentionally making light of the issue, they essentially are by using such a flippant reaction to a serious problem. Seth has every right to be weary and suffer from PTSD from some of the events in his past. Hell, he might even have issues with donuts and J names. However, the way it was approached was just too light and trivial for me. It set the tone all wrong for the rest of the book.
I adore Jude’s family. They are the meddling but loving family I wish all my favorite main characters had. However, I almost wonder if Seth loves Jude or if he loves what Jude’s family brings to his life. I found myself questioning the overall health of the relationship several times.
Like I said, I am not sure that there is anything that really needs to be “fixed” in this story. I am sure there are plenty of people that will be charmed from page one through the end. I, however, have my reservations. I will certainly give this author another shot in the future.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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