Reviewed by Amber
AUTHOR: Aimee Nicole Walker
The positives: AWESOME covers! Good writing. Interesting plots albeit very repetitive. Well developed characters with complex layers.
I’ll obviously get into more detail on each individual review. Unfortunately at this point I can’t recommend the series. These books were hard for me to get through. All 3 books were over the top dramatic, cheesy, and the instalove got to be too much.
I will say that each book got a little bit better as I went but I really loved the covers so much all 3 got a heart for that alone.
TITLE: Chasing Mr. Wright
LENGTH: 340 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 5th, 2015
Grayson Wright is a man who knows how to do many things. He knows how to follow his dream and create a company, Wright Creations, alongside his brother. He knows how to be a good son, brother, friend, and employer. Grayson doesn’t know how to fix his toxic relationship with his long-time boyfriend.
Grayson decides to throw his boyfriend a surprise birthday party as a last ditch effort to rekindle the old spark, but it’s Gray who gets the surprise of his life when he turns on the lights and learns the ugly truth about his life. Now at age 32, he re-evaluates who he is, what he wants out of life, and the kind of man he wants to give his heart to.
Chase Rivers has an MBA from Georgetown with a minor in marketing. His life starts looking up when he accepts an entry level position at an ad agency. It isn’t his dream job, but it’s a great start and it just feels right to him. He hopes this new beginning in his professional life will spill over into his personal life.
Chase is unlucky in love and draws every loser, liar and cheater like a magnet. He’s an expert at finding the perfect mate for his friends, but strikes out every time for himself. He gives up on finding Mr. Right and agrees to a date with Mr. Right Now out of loneliness and desperation. Chase didn’t expect Mr. Right Now to lead him to the doorstep of his very own Mr. Wright.
If their first meeting was a fluke, then what was the second and third? Twisted fate? Bad luck? Fated hearts? Buckle up for a bumpy ride as these two men travel down a broken road of heartache and discovery.
Well, this was disappointing. It was over the top cheesy and coming from someone who thoroughly enjoys drama and angst this was just overall, too much. A lot of characters were introduced very early on in this story. For the most part I was able to keep them straight but there were some mix ups here and there that through me off because there is just so much coming at the reader all at once.
Workaholic, kind hearted Chase finds himself on the bad side of a love triangle. Not know that the man who has pursued him for months was already in a committed relationship, Chase finds himself hurt and reliving bad memories.
Grayson Wright wasn’t all that hurt when he discovered his boyfriend of 10 years was cheating. Their loved fizzled out years ago. He’s perplexed however by the fact that he can’t get the man he saw his ex with out of his head.
Things get even more confusing when Chase and Gray continue to run into each other. These two have some hurdles ahead of them but the attraction they feel won’t be denied. It consumes them both and I will admit they were pretty hot together. Both men super comfortable with their sexuality embrace this new relationship, head on.
I did like the characters overall but like I mentioned the cheesy over the top love fest was almost unbelievable. The side characters were promising however. Very intrigued by Liam and JJ; looking forward to what their stories could entail.
Overall, this was just ok for me. It kept me interested enough to finish and I’m still interested in completing the whole series.
On to book 2…
TITLE: Rhythm of Us
LENGTH: 248 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 1st, 2015
Xavier Cruz has come home after touring with his band for eight years, a life his family and friends would never envy if they knew the truth. Haunted by past decisions, he’s lost himself and his music. Every day is a struggle to recapture them both and forgive the mistakes he’s made. Can Xavier push past his nightmares and hear the melodies all around him again?
Ben St. Claire has thought about the charismatic Xavier Cruz for the past year, but the man who has come home isn’t the same man who left. Watching two of his friends fall madly in love and fight to be together leaves Ben’s heart yearning for his own special someone. But can he fight another man’s battles so they can live in harmony?
Xavier feels things for Ben that he’s never felt before and it scares the hell out of him. How can he trust anyone else when he can’t trust himself?
Can Ben be the rock that he wants to be, or will he be the rock that causes Xavier to crumble
Book 2 of the Fated Heart series follows a similar story line as book 1. This one had more of friends to lover’s vibe as oppose to the enemies to lovers theme.
Xavier Cruz is trying to heal from an abusive lover that almost took his life and a drug addiction. Reconnecting with friends and family has Xavier out of sorts. Once an incredibly talented musician he’s having a hard time reestablishing a lot of things in the present that he excelled at in his past.
Ben St. Claire has held a torch for Xavier since he met him a year before. Now that he’s back for good Ben wants to see more of Xavier. Both men, however are scared of their feelings and don’t trust easily.
Things start out rather rocky for both men. They have severe trust issues and it seems their building everything they have together solely on sex. Hot sex, mind you, but sex nonetheless.
Unfortunately for me as a reader there was really nothing special here. Getting through this story was laborious and if I wouldn’t have committed myself to the entire 7 story series I probably wouldn’t have been able to finish it.
I want to stress that the writing isn’t bad. This isn’t a bad author by any means. I liked the characters, the sex was pretty hot….this just wasn’t special in my opinion. So many feelings and emotions were incredibly repetitive.
Moving on to book 3….
TITLE: Surrender Your Heart
LENGTH: 239 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 11th, 2015
Secrets and fears… Everyone has them; Jack Murphy and Liam Connelly are no exception.
A secret brings Liam Connelly to D.C., but what he discovers upon his arrival is so much more than he expected. Hired to tend bar at Bottoms Up, Liam finds himself drawn to his enigmatic boss like a moth to a flame.
Jack “Dragon” Murphy dedicated his life to serving his country, but PTSD forces him into early retirement. Jack sets out to build a new dream with the love and support of his family, friends, and his dog, Charlie. Bottoms Up becomes his new beginning and his solace from the inner turmoil caused by the secret he has been hiding for twenty years. A secret he is able to deny until he meets Liam.
Jack is rocked by the death of the man he respects above all others. His loss brings about a new discovery, making him realize that things aren’t always what they seem.
Fear of rejection keeps Liam from revealing the truth of why he came to town and guilt is eating him alive. He’s built a new life with wonderful friends and losing all of it seems like more than he can handle. He turns to the man who has come to mean so much to him and learns that he’s not the only one hiding a secret.
Jack wants Liam more than his next breath, but can he take the risk of losing everyone he holds dear; to take that leap that will either bring him happiness or cause him to lose the one person who makes him feel complete?
Jack and Liam join forces to find closure for Jack’s lost hero and learn a lot more about themselves and each other along the journey. Will these two men find a future together or will outside forces keep them apart? Are they brave enough to surrender their hearts to one another or will fear break their bond?
Surrender Your Heart is the third book in the Fated Hearts Series. It can be read as a standalone book, but has many characters that have been introduced in Chasing Mr. Wright and Rhythm of Us.
Not by much but this was the best of the 3 I’ve read so far. What got me wasn’t the main couple of the story. What stood out to me were the journal entries by Big Jack. The romanticism behind what Big Jack and Jeremiah felt and went through was incredibly sweet and unbelievably tragic. And I really liked Jack’s relationship with his grandpa. It was beautiful but I got off topic…
In book 3, Surrender Your Heart, Jack a closet case decides to live his life out in the open after losing his grandpa who was incredibly important to him. Learning of his grandpa’s missed opportunities has him leaping head first into a relationship with Liam his quiet, shy new bartender.
Liam has felt his feelings growing for Jack since he first started at Jack’s bar. Having some issues of his own that he needs to face has put his growing attraction on hold.
This very quickly turns into instalove between Jack and Liam. It was almost like they didn’t want to be together because they were scared then BOOM…in love. All the stories had a similar feel to this one but I really liked the addition of Big Jack’s journal and his forbidden love.
Overall, not terrible an ok read.