The complexity of the characters, their situation, the way they resolved their differences and the absolute love between them made Intertwined Hearts everything I look for in a romance. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
Three people who’ve given up on love…
After a brutal, late-night attack in his restaurant left Chef Hudson Richmond too traumatized to even enter his restaurant again, he escaped to Snowcroft. Now he’s trying to find a new normal when the reality of his world is a man’s touch makes him sick and his dream has become his nightmare.
Leigh Vaughn lives in a man’s world running Vaughn Construction with her brother, Jamie. She’s tried to be feminine and failed over and over again. Growing up with only her brother, father, and construction crews to guide her, Leigh has no idea what a feminine wile is, much less how to deploy them. But when Jamie and Trevor begin to research finding a surrogate to carry their baby, she knows this is something she can do. Hell, it’s not like those parts are getting used for anything else.
When this small town came looking for a new police chief, David Warner jumped at the chance. After a traumatic betrayal by his partner on the police force, he’s burnt out and jaded. And his love life has been even more depressing than his work life. He’s made one true connection in the last five years, but she disappeared without a trace the next morning.
Three people who have given up on love, may just find a new beginning where they least expect it…in Snowcroft. But love is only supposed to happen in twos. How can they make it work with three intertwined hearts?
Trigger warning: This book features story-lines that involve past assaults and betrayals, but has a guaranteed HEA for three people who couldn’t deserve it more. male/male/female.
I have loved author Christi Snow’s Men of Snowcroft series from the start and while I’ve come to expect some emotion in this series, I was a bit of a blubbering mess while reading Intertwined Hearts. Three people all fighting demons of their own find acceptance, comfort, and love in this emotionally charged, well written love story.
This is a story about a triad relationship between three very different individuals. First there is Leigh who along with her brother runs the family construction business. Leigh is most happy around her crews and men and has never considered herself overly feminine, but now as a surrogate for her brother and his husband, Leigh is more emotional than she’s ever been and feeling vulnerable as well. One thing is evident, Leigh lives to help and comfort others even when she doesn’t realize it and that comes in handy when her brother asks her to let his best friend Hudson Richmond move in with her to make sure she is eating right and taking care of herself and the child she is carrying for him. After a brutal attack and a stint in a facility following a suicide attempt, Hudson has sold his restaurant and condo and is in life limbo. While he knows Leigh, he’s never really gotten to know her but the minute he moves into her home he finds that she makes him feel calm and he can use another friend. When Hudson brings home David Warner, the new police chief after some heating and pipe issues at the condo Hudson is leasing out to the city for the new chief, it becomes evident David and Leigh have a bit of a past, but what is even more evident is the attraction that is zooming all around these three when they are together.
It is so rare that I fall completely in love with the main characters in a book, but I did so with these three despite their faults, hang-ups, and sometimes craziness. I’ll admit right off the bat that Leigh for a lot of people will be a somewhat difficult character to love, but for me I could see past her strong outer shell, to the vulnerable little girl underneath. Never able to please her mom, she spent more time with her dad and his construction crews and it became a point of contention between her parents and they divorced which she blames herself for. Deciding to help her brother and his husband have the child they want was something she felt compelled to do and while she seemed totally at peace with the decision she has some moments that threaten her sanity.
Hudson was broken and damaged and not sure how to move on with his life. I hated what he’d been through and watching him struggle daily was so hard, but he showed strength in his willingness to get better even when it scared him to do so. I loved that taking care of Leigh gave him a purpose and despite being gay his whole life, she made him feel something he wasn’t quite sure about. I’ve always loved gay for you stories, so the fact that this turns into a bi for you story made it that much better. David was this breath of fresh air for these two, open and sexually fluid he’d already had one night he couldn’t forget with Leigh and meeting Hudson stirred up all kinds of feelings in him including protective ones when he realizes that Hudson is recovering from some sort of physically violent attack. While he has his own demons to deal with, there was no denying that David was the glue that bonded these three together and often the voice of reason when things got out of whack.
It was quite beautiful to watch these three go from roommates, to friends, to lovers and more. With three partners there is always a learning curve, but I felt they communicated well and gave so much to one another emotionally and physically that they made each other stronger and better. A couple of times before they worked everything out completely, the green eyed monster reared its head, but these three were mature enough to handle those feelings and not let them get in their way to finding a happiness that worked for them all.
While there were a few times I got frustrated with the actions of one or more of these characters, I still felt this book deserved 5 stars. The complexity of the characters, their situation, the way they resolved their differences and the absolute love between them made Intertwined Hearts everything I look for in a romance.