Love’s Tethered Heart by C.L. Etta ~ Book Review by Queue

Title: Love’s Tethered Heart

Author: C.L. Etta

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht

Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/02/2017

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary


Two years ago Mico and his partner suffered a savage gay bashing that left Mico a quadriplegic—and ended his dreams of traveling the world as an archeologist. Abandoned by the man he loved, he lives in isolation, tethered to his bed by the machines keeping him alive, with only his caretakers and immediate family as companions.

Assigned to interview Mico and uncover the story behind his assault and his refusal to identify his attackers, journalist Danny is unprepared for his reaction to the fragile, yet enigmatic man. Mico is afraid to let Danny into his life, and Danny is unsure how to change his mind. Mico is also keeping secrets, and he isn’t the only one. Danny is determined to protect Mico, and he’s determined to show Mico that their feelings for each other can thrive amidst the mechanics of Mico’s existence.

If you enjoy romantic tales of heartbreak turned to hope, the life-affirming story of Danny and Mico will make you believe in the possibility of love for everyone—no matter what obstacles they face.

My View:

Have you ever read a book and truly loved it despite several flaws? That’s this book for me.

Although there were several things I disliked about the story overall it was a beautifully written, heart-warming tale.

I’ve never read anything by this author before so her writing style was a pleasant surprise. She has a masterful grip on the English language and crafted an amazing tale here.

Danny is a reporter assigned to do a story on Mico, a quadriplegic as a result of a bashing two years before. Danny is quickly intrigued by the man but also drawn to him. Danny pieces the entire story together with the help of Mico’s family and friends and is amazed by the man.

There were times Mico seemed a little too perfect but then the author wisely personalized him with situations arising from his condition.

Now for the issues I saw. The story is written in first person POV, normally my preferred choice, but I think third may have worked better here. There was a little confusion about whose head I was in when we jumped into the person Danny was interviewing. My other issue with this is that all the characters spoke pretty much the same even though they came from vastly different backgrounds.

Another problem I had was that there were several info dumps that didn’t seem relevant to the story. Namely, some religion discussion.

I would still recommend this book without a doubt. Beautifully written and great characters.


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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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2 thoughts on “Love’s Tethered Heart by C.L. Etta ~ Book Review by Queue

  1. This sounds like such a tear jerker… of the best kind. I pray for the day when ‘bashing’ is a distant memory and the horror of it has faded from our consciousness.

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