His to Cherish (Fireside #3)

Author: Stacey Lynn

Publisher: Loveswept

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Amazon 

Type: Novel in Series 

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Blurb:  Can two hearts entwined by hardship move on to form a healthy bond? From the author of His to Love and His to Protect, this tender, bittersweet romance brings together a man who loses everything—and a woman with everything to give.

Chelsea Dwyer arrives home from her job at the middle-school library in Latham Hills, Michigan, expecting another quiet evening—until she hears the screams for help through her living room window. As the first witness to a terrible accident involving two local students, Chelsea doesn’t anticipate how her own life will be irrevocably changed by the father of one of the boys. In the wake of tragedy, she’s the only one who seems to understand his grief. Chelsea’s a survivor, too—and she knows that there are brighter days ahead.

 As a single father, Aidan Deveraux worked his entire life to provide a stable home for his son, Derrick. Without him, Aidan feels the deepest despair imaginable. The one thing that keeps him going is his connection with the woman who tried to save his son. Hard as he tries, Aidan just can’t stay away. Chelsea’s warm embrace is the comforting solace he desperately craves—and it doesn’t hurt that Aidan had noticed the beautiful librarian and wanted to ask her out for years. Now that she’s in his life, he doesn’t ever want to let go.

 

Review: I was stunned and saddened by the opening of the book. I’d read earlier books in the series that included scenes with the male character’s son, and he really seemed like a great addition. However, this book not only covered the depths that people plummet to after devastating, life changing events; it also shows the slow climb out.

Chelsea had been attracted to Aidan from the moment she met him two years earlier. He’d been at the middle school registering his son Derrick for school; Chelsea had just started as the school librarian. He was flirty but she’d been recovering from her heartbreaking divorce and inability to have a baby. She hadn’t been ready; he’d held off because she taught at his son’s school.

Aidan was really attracted to Chelsea from the moment he saw her, but he was waiting until his son got to another school before he asked her out. He didn’t want there to be any issues with her job and Derrick bring a student there. His behavior towards her was usually friendly but he couldn’t always control the way he looked at her… Which made all their mutual friends pretty sure he was interested in her.

Then the accident happened.

Even though this could have been a depressing book, it wasn’t. There was a sweet and endearing link between the two of them that brought Aidan peace in what was a horrific nightmare of what ifs and outright despair. This is a different kind of story and I really admire how Stacey Lynn pulled it off. Well done!

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