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    Love this series

    I absolutely LOVE the way that Dade handles Miles and his issues. There’s a lot of understanding there for what he is going thru, has gone thru, and will face in his future. She gave me a lot to think about and I think that is always a sign of a well-done book. I also think that she gave Mary and her problems a fair shake as well. Her’s may not have been as dramatic as Miles’s but they are just as impactful and she needs to address them before she can make a life she truly enjoys. The romance between the two is super sweet and relatively low key. There’s very little angst there, instead it is humorous and touching and expands slowly as they two get to know each other. My only complaint, and it is because I really enjoyed these two so much, is that the ending was a little abrupt. I would really have liked to have an epilogue or one more chapter just so I could have gotten a touch more of their HEA :) *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
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    Sexy and emotional, and a great read!

    Hidden Hearts by Olivia Dade is the 6th book in her Lovestruck Librarians series. The staff of a small town library system are the heroines and every story I’ve read to date has been a delightful tale with lots of laughs and sexy romance. This one has a more serious tone to it but is no less entertaining and I devoured it in one sitting. Mary Higgs once had dreams of leaving Nice County and exploring the wide world but a less than positive experience while at college in L.A. had her returning home a much more serious young woman. The part-time job she has at Battlefield Library is just her speed – quiet and with no risks. When a reclusive patron emails her to inquire about getting a library card, she strikes up a correspondence. But she soon discovers he’s not what she’d imagined. Miles O’Connor’s heady days of TV stardom as ‘The Naked Carpenter’, star of a travel and carpentry series on a home and garden network, are over. A rooftop fall resulted in a horrendous injury and an amputated arm. Holing up in a cabin in Nice County, Miles is working on healing his physical and emotional wounds, but without much success on the latter. When he and Mary start to write to each other, it’s a breakthrough in the shell he’s built around himself. Miles knows he has to come out of seclusion if he wants a chance to be with Mary, and makes his move. Mary is definitely interested but wary – she’s nothing like the women he dated before his accident. Both of them have issues to deal with, ones they share with each other as their relationship builds. But will they be willing to risk more to have a future together? I really loved this story! Both Miles and Mary had issues to deal with themselves in order to be able to commit to a real partnership and I enjoyed how these were presented, as well as how both characters showed such growth over the story. Miles’ problems are fairly predictable given his injury. He’s dealing with a loss of self-esteem, frustration over his new physical limitations, and he’s still in denial over the injury. He’s spent too much time wallowing in self-pity instead of finding concrete ways to move forward, and it’s only his relationship with Mary that causes him to think about the future instead of hiding from it. Mary’s issues are fairly complex too. As a young black woman, she’s relished the idea of leaving home for the diverse and cultural experience of L.A. But the constant expectations of physical perfection by the women around her led to an eating disorder and exercise obsession. Her health suffered to the point where she had to move back home and seek therapy. She’s okay now, but always on guard for a possible relapse. To his credit, Miles is the kind of guy who couldn’t care less about physical appearances, especially with his own limitations, and he makes sure to tell Mary this and make her feel desirable. Their first real sexual encounter is a heartfelt scene, both feeling a little awkward but able to share those feelings and get past them to an amazingly emotional and physical connection. After that, sex is definitely not a problem for these two! Mary has some wonderful co-workers and friends at the library and there are some fun scenes with the girls, as well as with her and Miles as a couple as he becomes friends with her friends. When the external conflict comes into play, I wondered how it could possibly work out to a happy ending for this couple. Fortunately, it does, and there is a very satisfying conclusion to their romance. Hidden Hearts is an emotional and sexy romance with characters who will steal your heart too.
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