ARC Review & Giveaway – Save My Heart (Sticks & Hearts, #3) by Rhonda James

A break-up, make-up story with quite a grand gesture and a happily ever after most anyone would enjoy, Save My Heart was a sweet addition to the Fire and Ice series. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

I’ve spent my entire life protecting something.

The net
My teammates
My sister

I’ve played hockey my entire life. Had many girlfriends. Slept with more women than I care to mention. Been in love twice.

While one woman tried to control me by changing me into someone I no longer recognized, the other loved me not for who I could be, but for who I already was. She was my high school sweetheart but, like a fool, I walked away and let someone else take my place.

Now she’s back and even more beautiful than I remembered. But one glance tells me she’s guarded. At seventeen, I asked for something she wasn’t ready to give away. Today… I’d settle for holding her hand.

At one time she trusted me with her heart and I broke it. Now, I’ll do whatever it takes to convince her to let down her guard and give me a chance to prove I’m worthy of being trusted with it again.

I was the first boy she ever kissed. And after all these years, I want to be the man she kisses for the rest of her life.

Review copy provided for a voluntary review 

I have really mixed emotions about this second chance at love book; on one hand I loved that these two found their way to one another again, but on the other hand the reason they broke up to begin with made me really angry at the hero and then there is the whole they were 18 at the time they originally broke up and people that age say and do really stupid stuff. The thing is for those people who believe in soul mates, this is a couple that makes you see that it is possible. Fresh out of college and at the beginning of what promises to be big careers, high school sweethearts are thrust together and forced to deal with the past and figure out if a future is possible between them. Poignant but hopeful and sweet yet sexy Save My Heart was a delightful read.

High school pressures break the seemingly perfect relationship between Hockey star and outgoing Scott Rivers and the quiet, bookworm Skylar Dennison. Add that to Skylar’s horrible home life, she flees Chicago and moves to live with her grandparents in Atlanta. Now a photographer and journalist for an online sports magazine she is being sent to Detroit to follow to high profile recent college hockey players as they begin their pro hockey careers.

It was so hard to look at this book objectively because honestly Scott pulled an a$$hole move with Skylar and while he realized it, he never did anything to truly make amends for it. Sky had ever right to hate Scott, but in her heart she never got over him and was never successful in another relationship. I did feel like Scott was a safe place for Skylar given her home life which made their breakup that much worse for her and for that reason and because I do believe Scott was remorseful I accepted that these two were meant for one another, it took me some time to get there but I eventually did.

Overall, I enjoyed this story but it had quite a bit more angst than the first two in this series and I felt like something was missing. While they made amends for the past, I think I needed more time with them in the here and now and learning each other as the people they’d become to really feel that new bond between them. I did enjoy seeing the couples from the first two books and getting glimpse into what is going on in their lives as well.

A break-up, make-up story with quite a grand gesture and a happily ever after most anyone would enjoy, Save My Heart was a sweet addition to the Fire and Ice series.


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Rhonda James is an International Amazon best-selling author who loves a good HEA, believes nice guys don’t finish last, and strives to create a book boyfriend for all her readers. Rhonda is married and lives in Michigan with her family. When not writing, some of her guilty pleasures include kissing, diving into a good book, and wasting time on Facebook, though she may do one more than the others.






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