Exchange of Hearts by NR Walker ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

Exchange-of-HeartsTitle: Exchange of Hearts

Author: NR Walker

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Sara York

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/11/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Menage/Poly, New Adult

Blurb:

Eighteen-year-old Harrison Haddon has grown up alone. Surrounded by wealth, nannies, and material things, all he craves is the approval of his father. Sent away to the boarding school his father and grandfather attended, it’s assumed he will follow in their footsteps from Sydney’s prestigious Ivy League school straight into medical school.

But Harrison doesn’t want to be a doctor.

He dreams of music and classical piano. His only true happiness, his escape from the world expected of him, is dismissed by his intolerant and emotionally detached parents.

Levi Aston arrives from London for a three-month student exchange program. Free-spirited and confident in who he is and what he wants to do with his life, Levi convinces Harrison not give up on his dreams.
But convincing Harrison not to give up on his family might not be so easy.

**39,000 words. New Adult, Gay Romance.

My View:

Sometimes having it all is just a facade. For Harrison money doesn’t buy happiness. It doesn’t buy love or acceptance either. What it does buy him is pressure to be something he doesn’t want to be, something he can’t be. Unfortunately, those around him are all cowed by his family’s money as well. It takes a push from his British roommate, however, for Harrison to finally stand up and be who he is and ask for what he wants. Of course, that roommate also takes Harrison’s heart as well.

This story is told in two parts, and on two continents. First we get to know Harrison and Levi as high school student figuring out what they want in life and love. We get to see Harrison, with Levi’s help, learn to stand up for what he wants and needs to the adults around him. We get to see him become his own man. Unfortunately becoming his own man comes at a cost — his family.

The second part is told from England. Levi and Harrison are openly together as a couple and are learning to be adults. Harrison can be his own man and is doing what he loves with the man he loves. With his family thousands of miles away, the strain in their relationship has less of an impact. We see him learning what sacrifices can make and which ones he can’t. We see him as a man. We see him and Harrison grow closer together.

They are good for each other. Levi shows Harrison what it is like to have a loving and close family. He shows Harrison that he isn’t alone in the world. Harrison give Levi the love and companionship he craves. They complement each other. From the moment they meet you know they are something special.

Another winner from NR Walker.

Links

Exchange of Hearts on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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