Psychiatrist Henley Elliott fled her quiet life in Cleveland for a gypsy lifestyle, trying to stay one step ahead of her painful memories. When she breaks down in quirky little Trappers’ Cove, Minnesota, she meets Sheriff Carter McAlister – a man healing from his own share of hidden heartbreaks.
At the request of a friend, Carter offers Henley a job to help her get back on her feet…but soon he can’t resist trying to sweep the intriguing woman off them. Breaking through her carefully built shell proves to be a near-impossible task, and to make matters worse, a dangerous new presence in the Cove seems to be targeting Henley. They must learn to trust in each other in order to keep her safe.
Can Henley and Carter leave their secrets and scars in the past to get a second chance at happily ever after?
Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors
by Becky Flade
September 21, 2015
Reg. Kindle Price $3.79
Until I really got into this story, I didn’t realize that it is a sequel of sorts to Fated Souls. It doesn’t feature the same couple, although that couple are peripheral characters in this book. I was initially glad that I got to see more of that couple, as well as the couple featured in this book. It’s ten years later so there’s lots of changes for the first couple, Maggie and Aiden. That being said, the main characters of this book are Henley and Carter, two people that are really in need of a happily ever after, after being broken by life.
Henley has been living the life of a nomad, never stopping for long, never putting down any roots, for two years now. When her car bites the dust outside the small town of Trapper’s Cove, by necessity she has to get a job and stick around to pay for the repairs. She meets Maggie almost immediately and she promptly takes her home for dinner and offers her small nearby cabin for Henley’s use. Aiden on the other hand, wants nothing to do with Henley. He is so overprotective of Maggie and his daughter, Tala. After the horrible events of the last book, you can hardly blame him. However, he drove me a bit nuts with his distrust of Henley, to the point I really didn’t like him in this book. But of course Maggie wins this fight. When Aiden sics Carter McAlister, the sheriff of the town, on Henley, she’s mad at Aiden, but not for long, as Carter hires her to work in the sheriff’s office.
Henley is a psychiatrist who is on the run for personal reasons-ones that I don’t want to mention. And that’s because even though there isn’t a werewolf this time around, there is a bit of magic at work here. Carter grew up with Maggie back in Philadelphia, and only moved to Trapper’s Cove two years before, after a bad episode when he was a police officer in Philly.
I found this story to be a good romance, as well as a story of two broken people finding a new place to call home. There’s also a mystery/thriller part to the story as well. And this aspect made more sense to me, than the one in the first book. Actually, although I love a good shifter story, I think I liked this book a bit better than the first book. And I did enjoy the first book. I was thinking that the author should skip ahead about ten or fifteen years and write Tala’s grown up story. And that’s because, even as a young child you know that there is something really special about her-especially when it comes to her affinity for all animals. Knowing her parents backstory makes the reader really wonder if there is a story there.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read, and I recommend it to paranormal romance readers ages 16+.
The review copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
About Becky Flade
When I was little I thought everyone had stories in their head. I didn’t find out that wasn’t the case until kindergarten. I remember thinking that was sad; and that I should share the ones I had. I asked my teacher for help. I had her cut, fold and staple the paper into a suspiciously book-like shape. Then I drew the cover art and illustrated the interior pages. Finally, and most importantly, I dictated the text. And violà … a writer was born.
It took thirty years for me to get from that first attempt to being a published author. I think the road thus far has added some depth and experience to my writing. At the very least I learned I shouldn’t ever do my own illustrations.
A city girl, born and bred, I tend to place my stories in and around southeast Pennsylvania, or at least have a character or two from the area. Home is where the heart is and I make mine with my very own knight in slightly tarnished armor, three beautiful daughters ranging in ages from college through pre-school, and a grandson who arrived on my birthday last year. When I’m not busy living my own happily ever after, I’m writing about someone else’s.
I’d love to have you visit with me on my blog, Facebook, and Twitter, or write to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
I liked the sound of the first book but I think, after reading your review, this one sounds even better. I love a journey story – characters finding the way, figuring out their place in life, and it sounds as though Henley and Aiden are experiencing that in Fated Hearts. I’m happy the mystery/suspense element made more sense this time around and that this installment was a pleasure for you to read, Lorna. I’ll be sure to put Fated Hearts and Fated Souls on my wishlist. 😀
A good romance with a good mystery/thriller aspect… sounds like quite the addictive read! You know I want to know why Henley is on the run, since you won’t tell us!! 😀