Also by this author: All of You, There You Stand, The Darkest Flame, Three Sacred Words, Touch the Sky, The Deepest Blue, The Hardest Fall, Twelve Truths and a Lie
Published by NAL Trade on May 5, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A gripping standalone adult contemporary romance about finding yourself while taking a second chance at your first love…
Dakota Nakos was always the resilient, strong-willed achiever. But when her father dies and she’s entrusted with the family’s casino, she feels vulnerable, scared, and more than a little emotional —not exactly the best time to see an old lover she’s never really gotten over.
Dakota once meant the world to Shane Garrity. Then suddenly he left town to train as a U.S. Marshal, and their love for each other crashed into a memory. Now he’s come home for her father’s funeral, and one look at the girl he left behind stirs up both memories and regrets, and reignites a fire he feared he’d lost forever.
Dakota may be the same driven girl she always was, but she’s also changed in ways neither could have anticipated. She’s not just a young woman searching for own identity in the Native American community in which she was raised, but one questioning her new life outside her father’s shadow. Above all she wonders if Shane can push past her weakened defenses to rekindle what they once had, or whether the intense blaze between them will ultimately reduce her heart to ashes.
Erin: If you are already a fan of Christina Lee and her fabulous Between Breaths series, (and why wouldn’t you be??) her newest release, Two of Hearts, will definitely satisfy. Fast paced with the strong characters Lee writes so well, this book was mostly everything to love about Christina Lee. A plus … seeing Kai Nakos and Rachel from her book, Whisper to Me. As a side note, you can read Two of Hearts without having read any book from the Between Breaths series, this one is absolutely a standalone novel.
Dakota Nakos finds herself in charge of her family’s casino after the sudden death of her father. Not only must she deal with the discord and pressure from the Native American community and her grief over losing her father, she must also deal with the sudden reappearance of US Marshall Shane Garrity, the boy she loved five years ago. Older, wiser, and definitely hotter, Shane’s presence is both comforting and jarring in the midst of chaos.
I love second chance love stories, and it was fun watching these two reconnect. As Kai’s best friend, Dakota has seen Shane sporadically since he broke her heart (or they broke each other’s as it turns out) but she’s never gotten over him or stopped loving him, no matter how hard she tries to convince herself otherwise. His feelings are just as strong, and as Shane begins to delve into the mysterious happenings at the casino and into the death of Dakota’s father, those feelings are rekindled.
There’s definitely some heat between these two.
“You’re still so goddamn gorgeous,” I said. Her eyes widened and held mine. “I always thought about those lips and eyes. How your body felt against mine.”—“So don’t tell me that it wasn’t something,” I said, tilting my head and looming over her. “At one time, it was everything.”
Unfortunately, sometimes it fell flat. I enjoyed Shane—he’s growly and alpha for sure, and it’s clear that he’s still harboring deep feelings for Dakota, but at the same time, outside of the sexy times, the relationship between Shane and Dakota lacked a bit of the punch that Lee’s other couples share. Dakota, for all her protestations of being a strong, independent woman, showed more than once she’s not as tough as she pretends to be. While not a problem per se, her back and forth was a bit on the frustrating side.
I did really love how Lee portrayed the Native American culture throughout the book. The attention to detail and the depth of research showed and lent a really nice element to the story. I love learning new things while I read and the exposure to something I knew very little about was refreshing.
If you’re looking for a book with some mystery and drama thrown in with your romance, Two of Hearts fits the bill. Give it a read, you won’t be sorry.