Friday, January 13, 2017

AotM ~ Surrender Your Heart by Aimee Nicole Walker (Review + Giveaway)

Book: Surrender Your Heart 
Series: (Fated Hearts #3)
Release date: November 11, 2015
Page count: 239


Secrets and fears… Everyone has them; Jack Murphy and Liam Connelly are no exception.

A secret brings Liam Connelly to D.C., but what he discovers upon his arrival is so much more than he expected. Hired to tend bar at Bottoms Up, Liam finds himself drawn to his enigmatic boss like a moth to a flame. 

Jack “Dragon” Murphy dedicated his life to serving his country, but PTSD forces him into early retirement. Jack sets out to build a new dream with the love and support of his family, friends, and his dog, Charlie. Bottoms Up becomes his new beginning and his solace from the inner turmoil caused by the secret he has been hiding for twenty years. A secret he is able to deny until he meets Liam. 

Jack is rocked by the death of the man he respects above all others. His loss brings about a new discovery, making him realize that things aren’t always what they seem. 

Fear of rejection keeps Liam from revealing the truth of why he came to town and guilt is eating him alive. He’s built a new life with wonderful friends and losing all of it seems like more than he can handle. He turns to the man who has come to mean so much to him and learns that he’s not the only one hiding a secret.

Jack wants Liam more than his next breath, but can he take the risk of losing everyone he holds dear; to take that leap that will either bring him happiness or cause him to lose the one person who makes him feel complete?

Jack and Liam join forces to find closure for Jack’s lost hero and learn a lot more about themselves and each other along the journey. Will these two men find a future together or will outside forces keep them apart? Are they brave enough to surrender their hearts to one another or will fear break their bond?

Surrender Your Heart is the third book in the Fated Hearts Series. It can be read as a standalone book, but has many characters that have been introduced in Chasing Mr. Wright and Rhythm of Us. 

*This book contains sexually explicit material and is intended for adults only. 

4.5 Stars!!!

Jack Murphy has been interested in Liam Connelly ever since he interviewed the younger man to work at his bar and the attraction is reciprocated, however, Jack isn't out and Liam has been burned before by a closeted man, so Jack will have to make a decision soon or risk losing the best thing that ever happened to him.

I loved this story! There were so many plotlines running along with Jack and Liam's romance, but rather than detract attention from it, they just showcased the depth of their feelings. I particularly adored Big Jack's (Jack's grandfather) story and reading how he fell in love with a fellow soldier while they were both serving during WWII and have it come full circle with Jack and Liam finding Jeremiah, who the love of Big Jack's life. (Spoiler Alert: Please mark the blank space with your mouse or copy/paste on your phone if you want to read it. Proceed at your own risk!) While I found it odd that Big Jack didn't tell Jack anything until he died and only through a letter and the journals he left him, I loved that it was those that gave Jack the courage to finally do something about his attraction to Liam. Another storyline I enjoyed was the PTSD Jack suffered and how he coped with it, it was done in a very informative and sensitive manner.

I loved Jack and Liam together, even if they both had doubts with some of the things they perceived could hurt their relationship, they talked it through and emerged even stronger after every issue they faced. They had chemistry and fit in each other's lives amazingly.

While Surrender Your Heart could be read as a standalone, I suggest reading the two previous books first. There's an ongoing secondary storyline with the rest of the Fated Heart Series family that I promise you won't want to miss! I loved catching up with Gram and Lenny and the rest of the gang and I'm eager to start with JJ and Miller's story, since Aimee Nicole Walker has been teasing us enough with the little tidbits of them that we've read in these first three books in the series.

Very recommendable!

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  1. I enjoy reading a series where both the secondary characters as well as the primary couple are involved with the story I think it makes the story more interesting.

  2. When reading a series I like to read about the main couple how their relationship is progressing. And I want to really get to know the secondary characters and have their own lovestory.

  3. Both options work for me (series focus on main couple and secondary characters share the focus with the main characters); this would depend on the story as a whole, both could be very interested.

  4. I enjoy either option, as long as any secondary characters are not just plot devices. Whether or not they share the spotlight, they need to be believable characters.

    Thanks for the great review!

  5. i enjoy series where we learn about the whole group of people involved

  6. Both works for me -- it always depends on the arc, I guess.

  7. Either is fine with me although sometimes I find myself more invested in the secondary character instead of the main one for the book in question.

  8. I enjoy series where the secondary characters are just as interesting as the main characters.

  9. My favorite song is by Pink ,so what . And I perfer series. But I really enjoy both ! Thank you

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