Heart in Hand by Mary Calmes ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

11150205Title: Heart in Hand

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator: Andrew Shwartz

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 01/20/2012

Length: 02 hours 36 minutes

Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance, Paranormal

Summary:

Simon Kim is very much in love with Leith Haas, but Leith is a Warder. His job-hunting demons-is dangerous and important, and Simon doesn’t want to distract the man he loves more than life with the small stuff. But he doesn’t quite get that when a Warder takes a Hearth, the Warder gives his heart without reservation. When Leith claimed Simon, Leith bared his soul, leaving himself vulnerable before the only man he’s certain he’ll ever love.When Simon is sucked further into Leith’s perilous world-and into an alternate dimension-Simon realizes that the only strength he can give his Warder is the strength of his love. Can Simon sacrifice the control he has come to treasure for the man who already owns his soul?

Story Review:

Each new book in this series builds on the world and the relationships of the previous books. Although each story is about a different couple, a warder and his hearth, it’s also about their self-made family and group as a whole.

Simon and Leith’s story has a much darker feel to it with more paranormal and fantasy elements. Both men know in theory what they are and mean to each other but neither of them are truly settled within their relationship.

When a work trip takes Simon away from home their bond as a couple is well and truly tested when they are both propelled into a different dimension. Leith is not easily recognisable in a different form and Simon has to trust his heart and instincts to save both himself and his partner.

I think this was the first book in the series where the couples flaws were a danger to their relationship and it brought home the fact that even when two people are meant to be together, are in fact soul mates that they still have to put the effort in to make it work. Warders may be powerful beings but they can still make mistakes and have insecurities.

Narration Review:

Andrew Shwartz – what can I say that I haven’t already said in my reviews for the previous book in the series – really not a lot. 3 Stars is probably quite a generous rating but I still can’t fault him for his enthusiasm as he races towards the final sentence!

Links

Heart in Hand on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook 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.

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