Wholehearted by Cate Ashwood ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

22464783 Title: Wholehearted

Author: Cate Ashwood

Narrator: John Orr

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars


Officer Declan Grant responds to a call at the Hope Cove docks to find Lucas Hale barely alive after being beaten and tossed off his fishing boat. The violent crime rocks this tranquil community where everyone knows each other and doors are rarely locked. Despite Declan being new to Hope Cove, he wants to keep his new home and Lucas safe. He starts by volunteering to care for Lucas after he’s released from the hospital.

Lucas just wants to put the whole incident behind him and move on, but the more he gets to know Declan, the harder he finds it to push Declan and his do-right attitude away. The investigation into the assault continues, but Declan will soon face a moral dilemma, a choice that may topple his tidy life and force him to choose between Lucas and the law.

My View – Story:

We are back in Hope Cove and this time it is Officer Declan Grant that is in the spot light. Still carrying secrets from his pasts he keeps his small group of friends close to his heart and is wary of strangers.

When he is called to the docks late one night is discovers a very bloody, very beaten and barely alive Lucas Hale. Not really knowing the reason he feels a pull towards the man and makes it his mission to help with his recovery and find out who left the man so damaged. Memories from his own past drive him on.

This story is built on secrets which neither man is keen to spill initially, and there is a slow dance around each other while Lucas recovers. Declan takes Lucas home to finish his recovery and although there is obvious lust and attraction between the pair there is also pain and distrust. Declan in mother bear mode will make you smile!

Lucas wants to forget all about the attack and more importantly the reasons for it. He will talk about it to Declan as a friend but not on the record as a Police Officer. This puts Declan in an awkward position and when his written thoughts are read by someone else the situation gets out of control. Any trust Declan had built with Lucas may have just collapsed altogether.

This story has a little angst, a lot of lust and some hot sex when the boys finally get together. It’s not an easy ride but one that proves worth it in the end. Cate Ashwood has written a great second book in the Hope Cove Series and I look forward to reading Ironhearted next.

My View – Narration:

As in book 1 John Orr was perfect for the job and is still one of my favourite narrators. He brings the story to life with every word he speaks.

Buy Links

Amazon US
Amazon UK


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

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