My heart isn’t my own.
And I don’t mean romantically.
Six months ago, I had a heart transplant. Now I’m learning to live again with someone else’s heart beating in my chest. My scars both inside and out haunt my every waking moment.
Then I meet Rhys, the tattooed Yank that finds himself transplanted to my Southern hometown. Even though he’s haunted by his own scars, he’s determined to show me how to embrace my second chance at life.
I’m not sure if I can give someone my heart when it wasn’t mine to begin with.
And neither of our hearts will survive rejection.
A standalone NA contemporary romance coming February 2016.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Open Hearts by Erin Hayes is an original, poignant tale centered around two individuals with broken hearts–one a transplant recipient and the other a victim of an abusive childhood.
Open Hearts is an enlightening read. I learned some things about transplant recipients that I didn’t know. It also made me think about the lack of donors available.
Hayes’ story is well-written and engaging. I quickly read this book in a day. I simply couldn’t put it down.
I loved the local references mentioned throughout Open Hearts. The next time I go through Birmingham, Alabama I’ll be looking for a Saw’s BBQ.
My favorite characters are Rhys, Becks, and Gramps. Rhys is a strong, determined young man. He is like the phoenix rising up out of the ashes of his childhood. Becks is a fighter and a survivor. After her ordeal, she imagines herself much weaker than she truly is. Once she admits her fears, she is able to embrace her strengths. Gramps is a wise and determined man like his grandson. It made me smile when he put aside his conventions and followed his own heart.
Open Hearts is the first book I’ve read by Erin Hayes. It will not be my last.
(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)
Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery novel Death is but a Dream, the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average, and the Her Wolf paranormal series.
She works as an advertising copywriter during the day, and she moonlights as an author. She has lived in New Zealand, Texas, and now in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.
You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.