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  • Good Follow-up for Damien's HEA

    I would rate this 3.5 stars. This is the second book in the Search And Rescue series. Damien was a key character in that book, so although this could be read alone, it would have more emotional impact read in order. Damien is in love with Preston, a dog wrangler who trains service dogs and search and rescue dogs used in law enforcement. Damien's business partner Glen is his best friend and Preston's brother. While Damien is still dealing with the aftereffects of the crash in book one, he has yet to move forward with acting on his feelings for Preston. When Glen disappears in Mexico trying to extract a "punk kid" named Cash during an earthquake, Damien and Preston mount a rescue with their friend Buddy. Damien met Preston on leave from the military when he came home with Glen. Preston was 13 so Damien has watched him grow up, their friendship a close one. It's the main reason he has hesitated, afraid he will lose his chosen family if things don't work out. His injuries and mental health are other reasons he has given himself for holding Preston at arm's length. Preston is in your face honest, gruff, and hard to figure out (although the word isn't used, he seems autistic to me.) But Preston can make decisions too, and he is tired of waiting for his happily ever after so he makes his move. I think it needs to be this way so that the reader is never confused that Preston is being taken advantage of. Glen seems like he would be supportive, but he may have inadvertently kept Damien and Preston apart because of bad advice at a critical time. Their story is told through their ongoing fight about changing their relationship to a romantic one as well as being seen in memories and flashbacks so the POV switches around. This was a little difficult for me to get into; it starts slow and there were moments I couldn't keep thoughts and dialogue straight. There is a little repetition about how Preston organizes his thoughts and what he needs to focus. It's difficult not to compare this with the first book: I was invested in Damien's health because I was right there with him when he was sick and injured. Because this is focused on Damien's and Preston's journey to find Glen, the reader isn't with Glen when he is injured and since the author doesn't spend a lot of time with Glen in either book, I was less emotionally attached to his character. This uses forced proximity to get Damien and Preston together, and uses Glen's situation to set-up the next book for him and Cash. Being with Preston's POV also creates distance as his difficulty handling strangers and changes to his routine slow the pacing. Overall, I'm glad these guys got their HEA, I just wanted to feel more excited about them getting out of their own way.

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  • Great fun read

    I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Silent Heart by Amy Lane picks up a few years after Warm Heart. Previously fearless pilot Damien has been silently pining for his best friend’s brother. This shouldn’t be a problem, because Preston, Damien’s best friend’s brother has been harboring feelings for Damien since they first met. Currently Damien is still recovering from a plane crash that left him with an impaired leg and a fear of flying, which makes his job as a pilot quite stressful. He isn’t prepared to take on an affair with Preston, but Preston has known since day one that they were supposed to be together, and he’s stubborn enough to force the issue. Meanwhile, Preston’s brother Glen is MIA, so Preston and Damien head out on a search and rescue for Glen. Traversing some dangerous territory in Mexico to find Glen forces Damien to appreciate all that Preston is offering, but can they find Glen, find civilization and find a happy ending? Silent Heart was a sweet sequel that I thoroughly enjoyed. I would recommend this book for a light romance to read in front of the fire. The characters are well developed, the plot is engaging, and the writing is as lovely as you would expect in an Amy Lane book. Silent Heart could be a stand alone story, but I highly suggest reading Warm Heart as well.

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  • A feel good read with a HEA!

    This is book 2 in the Search and Rescue series. It can be read alone, however, it will make more sense if read in the series. I really enjoyed this book. Since the end of Warm Heart, I have been looking forward to understanding Preston. The beginning of the story brings to light Preston's background which helps the reader really connect with his eccentricities. I love that Preston is the one to lead the relationship and convince Damien that he can be loved, scars and all!

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  • Loved it!

    I wasn’t sure how Amy Lane would successfully follow last year’s Search and Rescue #1: Warm Heart, which featured a couple finally coming to terms with their mutual attraction as they worked against all odds to survive a helicopter crash – and get their critically injured friend/pilot down off the mountain alive as well. She did it. The next installment in the Search and Rescue series is the just published Silent Heart, and I read it in one long, indulgent gulp. In Silent Heart, we catch up with Damien, the injured pilot from the previous book, who’s concerned about his best friend and business partner, Glenn. As part of their search and rescue business, Glenn’s gone off to Mexico on a mission and disappeared in an earthquake. So. Damien and Glenn’s younger brother, Preston, go to find Glenn – and the person Glenn was rescuing. Of course, there are complicating factors. Damien’s previous injuries required several surgeries to repair, and his body isn’t as capable as before. Preston is neuro-atypical, more comfortable with dogs than people, though he is quite capable as long as he has his favorite dog and his tablet with games and puzzles to help center him. Preston has also been in love with Damien for a decade or so. While Damien also has feelings for Preston, he feels he’s too old and too broken for Preston. Preston, though, is no longer the adolescent Damien previously counseled on appropriate behavior with friends. Preston is a man, and wants the man he loves to recognize their mutual passion for one another. Because I dislike reviews which give away lots of the plot, I’ll just offer a few suggestions: (1) Give Preston a chance. Lane has chosen to just dive into the character without a lot of explanation, which gives Preston the opportunity to reveal himself on his terms. (2) Understand that the “slow burn” has been happening for all the years these two characters have known one another. (3) Enjoy the action, the fun, the many animals and the characters’ interactions with them. I can’t wait to read the next book!

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  • 3.5 stars- Great action story with good characters

    Silent Heart is the second book in the Search and Rescue series and, much like with the first, the action and adventure surrounding the couple is more of the star attraction than Damien and Preston’s romance. While it can standalone, a lot of Damien’s hurts and concerns stem from what happened in Warm Heart, so I think they read much better in order. Additionally, much of the foundation for the romance between Damien and Preston occurred in the previous book and I could see lacking that background may make their relationship feel off kilter. Overall, I liked Silent Heart, but it didn’t quite capture me the way the first book did. Damien and Preston have liked each other for years, but between Preston being the little brother of Damien’s best friend and business partner and a recent traumatic injury which was detailed in Warm Heart, they have yet to try being a couple. I loved this concept and was excited for this couple, but so many of the significant experiences and buildup between these two had already occurred and- despite a recap- the emotion, longing and chemistry was lost. Then there as Damien. As I saw things play out in Warm Heart, I understood his reservations and thought it made for a nice balance considering Preston’s uncertainty regarding laying out his own feelings, but there were a lot of inner monologues and Damien waffling about being hurt, scared, and self-conscious, and it eventually wore on my patience. So yes, I definitely struggled a bit with Silent Heart. What I did enjoy was the adventure and rescue mission. I also liked the banter between characters and the way secondary characters fit into the story. Best of all, I appreciated having a main character on the autism spectrum who was well represented. The author did a great job at capturing Preston’s way of seeing and thriving in the world. I’m also intrigued by Cash and Glen, plus the new pilot introduced toward the end. So despite Silent Heart not being as big of a hit, I’d recommend it and the series, particularly if you like action with a side of romance and I will absolutely be picking up the third book in Search and Rescue. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*

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