One Heart Remains Series: Wallflowers #3
Also in this series: Wallflowers: Three of a Kind, Wallflowers: Double Trouble
Published by Self-published on October 21st 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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"Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain" ~ Charlie Chaplin
Two Wallflowers fell in love, now One Heart Remains. Will love score a trifecta for the nutty band of friends?
Poppy Gentry is broken. A ghost of who she should be. She hides behind her wit; avoiding stress by living inside her head. However, one man won't let her hide. With the unconditional support of her friends, Sienna Miller and Cali Armstrong, can Poppy find the courage to let love in and allow it to heal her fractured soul?
Nate Jacobs learned a hard truth when he was a child: sometimes the monsters in the dark are the very people who should protect you with their life. Battling his own demons, Nate vows to slay Poppy's dragons first, but who will slay his?
Will Poppy succumb to the muscled-bound Neanderthal or stand her ground? Will Nate give her a happily ever after like any proper Southern gentleman should?
Book #3 in the Wallflower Series. Not a Standalone. Must be read in order.
Rated mature for sexual content and language.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Being a fan of Ms. Smith’s writing and having read the previous Wallflowers stories, I was eager to jump into One Heart Remains – Poppy and Nate’s story. And while I struggled a bit in the beginning, I’m very happy I powered through as I ended up enjoying their courtship just as much as I expected.
Let me get this out of the way first: I’m a firm believer that reading and enjoyment of said reading depends a great deal on the reader’s mood. As sometimes happens when you read an ARC copy, you don’t really have the luxury of waiting to be in the mood for certain topics or tropes, you need to finish the book ASAP. And herein laid my struggle when I first started this one, as I was not in the mood at all for a heroine to be in denial and run away from the hero at every turn.
I have loved Poppy’s quirkiness, sarcasticness and all over the place thought process since we first met her. And getting to be in her head, I loved all of this even more. So even though the first 30% of the book was a pain in my patootie and had me skimming over her self-doubt and self-worth issue monologues, once she opened herself up to Nate’s pursuit and healing, I had no more complaints.
Nate was the main reason I powered through the slow beginning, as he pulls his head out of his patootie from moment one and sets to win Poppy over and help her overcome all her childhood issues. He was alpha, bossy, protective and possessive… everything I was hoping him to be and more. He was p-e-r-f-e-c-t perfect.
“You’re mine, and you fuckin’ know it. If you try to fighting this, I’ll just wear you down until I’m exactly where I’m meant to be.”
Nate had some issues of his own, as well as encouraging Poppy to fight hers. Their chemistry was off the charts scorching and their time together was not only hot, but emotionally satisfying as hell.
“I’m gonna fuck you hard. Make you scream with release; then I’ll do it all over again until the only thing you feel is wanted. Fuckin’ beautiful.”
“There’s no goin’ back. If I claim this body, I won’t give it back. You’re fuckin’ mine.”
While this can be read as a standalone, it kicks off exactly where the last book finished: in the middle of a scene where the poop has hit an industrial size fan and it’s spattered everywhere…so if you don’t want to be completely lost for the first bit, I recommend reading at least Double Trouble before jumping into this one.
With an absolute perfect broody, sexy alpha and a quirky and sassy damsel in distress, action, some mystery and really hot shenanigans, One Heart Remains charmed me in spite of the rough start. It left me with a goofy smile at all the Wallflowers antics and I can’t freaking wait to get to read Aunt Bernice’s story!!!!!!
Rating: 4 “Nate made everything worth it” Stars
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