on July 12, 2016
From New York Times bestselling author Kelly Elliott comes the gut-wrenching story of a love that transcends all odds—and transforms the deepest pain into the brightest hope.
Firefighter and first responder Preston Ward thought he had grown immune to the job’s emotional burns. But when he goes out on a particularly tragic call, he realizes that some scenes are too devastating to forget. And yet, if it weren’t for that terrible night, he never would have met the woman who makes him want to risk his heart. More than once, Harmony Banks has watched her perfectly ordered world torn apart by fate. Now she’s finding out that what she lost wasn’t as perfect as she thought—and it’s tearing her apart. The only thing that keeps her going is the kindness of a stranger: the firefighter who saved her life the night everything changed. Preston isn’t like the men who have come before. For one thing, he’s far more genuine. And the love Harmony feels growing between them is almost too intense for her wounded soul. But if she and Preston can push past heartbreak, they’ll find that something incredible awaits in each other’s arms. Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
This was overall a sweet book and a fast read. I have to admit that after reading the blurb I had way higher expectations about the book than what I eventually got. Even though the blurb points to a super angsty read, this is anything but. Like I said, is overall very sweet and romantic.
The book starts on a super tragic note. Harmony and Preston meet on what is definitely the worst day of her life. Harmony suffers a great loss and Preston feel connected to her in a strange way. While Harmony is trying to pick up the pieces of her life, she finds a great friend in Preston and their romance develops from there. They both try to keep their relationship on the friend-zone until they can’t kid themselves anymore and have to accept that they have lots of feelings for each other.
Harmony and Preston are both great characters albeit underdeveloped in my opinion. Preston is a sweetheart and a true gentleman. And poor Harmony is trying to do her best to live with the aftermath of losing everything. I totally understood her feeling guilty about rebuilding her life but I wasn’t thrilled about some of the decisions she made.
Overall, this was an ok read, it didn’t evoke the feelings I thought it would but it is super sweet nonetheless. I didn’t like some parts of it, especially the “big conflict” and also there are some random things that seemed misplaced. I just overall had a hard time connecting with this characters, especially Harmony. This is my first book by this author but I will definitely try some of her other books, as her writing style is nice and relatable. If you are looking for something sweet and not too long, then give this book a try.
**An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review**