Half Hearts

Sherri Desbois
Half Hearts
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Publisher
Liquid Silver Books
Release Date
January 2011
ISBN
9781595787668
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Ménage or more, Western Romance

SUMMARY
A promise broken
Losing her family at a young age, and then broken promises from the man she'd loved all her life, Charlie McCarty rarely allows anyone to get close to her. Resolved to live her life without love and determined to become a top-notch Veterinarian, she begins her residency in Redfield. Fate, however, has a way of stepping in to change even the most obstinate set plans and forces Charlie to face her past, push the boundaries of her control and her heart to the brink of destruction.

A passion fueled desire
It started out as a celebration, a chance for Charlie to let her hair down and just let go of her firm control for just one evening, but meeting a sexy as hell cowboy�and his familiar best friend�ambush everything. With relentless determination, both cowboys set out to show her that she is everything they want to complete their lives. Charlie begins to dream, once again, for the future she thought lost to her years ago.

A Journey of the Heart
When a terrifying figure from the past steps into their fragile romance, is their love enough to overcome the horror about to be unleashed or will it leave them with hearts broken in half?

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Jan 17, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
244 people found the following review helpful
This debut novel by Sherri Desbois absolutely knocked my socks off!!

There are things that I love in my novels. I love romance, I love alpha males who are ga-ga over their women, I love erotic loves scenes, and I love plots and characters that grab hold of you and won't leave you even after you finish reading the book. It's rare, but when I have all of those things together, I feel like I've died and gone to heaven. And that's how I would describe the experience I had reading HALF HEARTS by Sherri Desbois...heavenly.

Charlie McCarty has had many disappointments in her life--she lost her parents at a young age, the grandmother who took her in after her parents' death died after a long battle with cancer. But the thing that has stayed with her the most is losing the love of her life.

Kegan walked out of her life with the promise that he'd be back when she was 18. After waiting for years, she realized he was never coming and that destroyed her. Now, she's 23, about start her residency as a veterinarian in a small town in South Dakota, and she's ready to let loose and have fun.

So, when she meets the sexy cowboy, Trevor, at a honky tonk, she's ready to accept the pleasure that he seems to be wanting to give. After getting cozy on the dance floor, Trevor asks Charlie if she'd like to hook up with him AND his friend who he was supposed to be meeting at the bar. She can't believe it because she's not acting like herself, but she accepts his offer. However, when she realizes who Trevor's friend is, her world is turned upside down.

The other cowboy is none other than Kegan, and he doesn't look pleased to see her. She runs away with the hopes of never seeing them again. However, fate has other plans. And, as they are thrown together, Trevor and Kegan decide that they are not letting Charlie go.

But Charlie isn't sure that she can lose her heart to Kegan again after he took most of it with him when he left. There is a lot of pain between them, and they are going to have to decide if they are willing to take a chance to have the half hearts become whole.

I'm not sure where to begin with all the wonderful things about this novel. It's excellent. The characters in this story, Charlie, Kegan and Trevor were so human and real that I felt like I was going through this journey with them. I felt their hurts, I reveled in their triumphs, and I hoped for their successes. Charlie has a lot of abandonment issues, many of which come from Kegan's departure from her life. Watching her work through that to give her heart again was so amazing. The way the author handled it was so realistic. She didn't just forget about it, it kept rearing its ugly head, just the way it would in real life, and sometimes at inopportune moments.

Kegan and Trevor weren't without their faults either. Sexy as sin and alpha with a capital "A", they were like dogs with a bone when it came to Charlie, but the love was there, that much was evident. They also had deep-seated issues with their families and upbringing. But what I loved the most was they way they all complemented each other. They just seemed to fit as the unit they became. It was natural.

The relationship between Kegan and Trevor was an interesting one. They loved each other, and not just as friends in my opinion, but there was nothing overtly sexual with them. I wondered how long it would be before they took their relationship to the next level after the book ended. It appeared that once they found Charlie, they were more comfortable with the feelings they have for each other as well.

Speaking of sex, this book had plenty. It was erotic, loving and sensual. They also didn't rush into the sexual aspect of the relationship, although I think they all wanted to. Life got in the way, and that made it more realistic. The three of them together were so extremely hot that I had to check to make sure my eyebrows hadn't been singed off!

The plot was gripping, with funny moments, sad ones, intense ones, scary ones and some infuriating ones. But I had a blast reading through all of them. The secondary characters, like Charlie's best friend Rae, and ranch foreman, Cade, added rounded out the story as well. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that HALF HEARTS is a five star read!

I can't believe this is the first novel by Sherri Desbois. This novel is so wonderfully written that I know this author is going to do great things. She's definitely on my short list of new authors to watch.
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