ARC Review – Othello Station by Rachael Wade

If you love romance with a bit of edge and heartache with hope, Othello Station will not disappoint. Rachael Wade writes from the heart and beautifully illustrates that although it may be difficult to heal a broken heart, we can overcome and even grow stronger from those experiences to one day love again. ~ Alyn, Guilty Pleasures 

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Every woman in my life is supposed to be like Othello Station – a last stop. Unless they know how to keep their distance. I’ve managed to maintain a routine, one that works for me and one I have no intention of ever changing. But this dove came along. Soft and delicate, tainting my thoughts. I can think of twenty different ways to get rid of her. I need this dove to take flight.

But she won’t fly away.

She won’t release me from her cage.

Her wings ensnare me.

And now I want to get off this train. I wish I never boarded this ride. Because I’m about to crash and take this dove with me. But sometimes you can’t stop the crash. Sometimes you just have to hang on and let the flames ignite. Let the fire burn.

Sometimes, the fire is what saves you.

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We all have our favorite authors and they are our favorites for reasons that are personal to each atruegemawardindividual. For me Rachael Wade is one of those authors. Every time I pick up one of her books, I feel as though I am seeing the world through her eyes. She infuses emotions throughout each story and shows the beauty that can be found deep beneath the pain many of our hearts suffer as we deal with love and heartache. Her latest book, Othello Station, does just that.

The story begins by introducing Grant Michaelson. He is sitting at Othello station with his father who has obviously taken ill. This of course is a cherished memory but one that sets the tone. Fast forward a bit and we see the present Grant; a wealthy bachelor who like his women easy and easily forgettable. He has his routines, and knows what he wants. Right now what he wants is to get the hell away from his apartment and away from that damned train station. It is for that reason that he finds himself at a hotel in Seattle, waiting impatiently for his check in. Of course things do not go as smoothly as hoped and he finds himself both annoyed and intrigued by the plain but pretty young woman who is doing everything she can to keep a smile while dealing with his impatience.

Mira is just doing what she can to get by. Happy with her job, and taking things one day at a time, she does not mind the amount of work she does for her simple wage. It pays the bills and allows her to live a simple but happy life. After all of the pain she has dealt with, she is just happy to have a fresh start. Juggling her many responsibilities at the hotel, she finds herself in a precarious position when one of the hotel patrons is not showing up in the system. After fixing the problem and sending him on his way, Mira finds that it will not be the last time she sees Mr. Michaelson. She certainly wasn’t expecting to see him at a 24 hour thrift shop in the wee hours of the morning.

Both of these characters are wounded deeply. They each hide their pain and both are doing their best to escape from it. What they don’t realize is that together, they can work through the pain to see the light at the end of the tunnel together. Unfortunately Mira is afraid to open her heart again and feels she is not worthy of being loved. That she is simply another girl to be tossed aside. Grant refuses to let anyone into his life and chooses quick flings over relationships to spare himself from having to deal with his past. He just wasn’t expecting to feel the calm that Mira provided or the jealousy that accompanies the relationship growing between them. The chemistry is strong and their interactions are both sweet and steamy as their connection builds without being rushed.

What I truly love is that each one of these characters are dealing with issues that are relatable to many. They are real, and their experiences are told in such a way that you know these stories are personal. The streets and landmarks are true to Seattle and Rachael captures the Seattle native spirit with each page. Music, food, fun, gloomy but beautiful weather, all help to place the reader into the story so they can see things through the eyes of Grant and Mira. I can almost picture myself sitting at Othello Station watching the trains come in while listening to the rain and its calming effect.

If you love romance with a bit of edge and heartache with hope, Othello Station will not disappoint. Rachael Wade writes from the heart and beautifully illustrates that although it may be difficult to heal a broken heart, we can overcome and even grow stronger from those experiences to one day love again. “Live, love, and let the past stay where it belongs. In the ground, with the dirt. Don’t let anything harden you.” (Rachael Wade)

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