Today it is my day to host a stop for the Release Event Blast for
Reclaim My Heart by Donna Fasano. Read on to find out about the book, see my review, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!! There are 50 stops for this tour – to see them all (and perhaps find some new bloggers to read) check the tour stops page.
Title: Reclaim My Heart
Author: Donna Fasano
Format: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Hard Knocks Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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About the Book:
Sixteen years ago, Tyne Whitlock cut all ties to her past and left town under the shameful shadow of a teenage pregnancy. Now her fifteen-year-old son is in trouble with the law and she is desperate for help. But reaching out to high-powered attorney Lucas Silver Hawk will tear open the heart-wrenching past in ways Tyne never imagined.
Forced to return to the Delaware Indian community where Lucas was raised, Tyne and Lucas are tempted by the heated passion that consumed them as teens. Tyne rediscovers all the reasons she found this man irresistible, but there are scandalous secrets waiting to be revealed, disgraceful choices made in the past that cannot be denied. Love is a powerful force that could heal them both—if the truth doesn’t rip them apart.
I’ve become a major fan of Donna Fasano’s books, the romances always being ‘approachable’ with characters that not only arrive well defined, but manage to grow and change throughout the story, usually addressing issues that are common in feel to many. In this story, single mother Tyne is trying to manage her catering business while raising her teenaged son. While anyone with a teenager understands the trials that come: having a teen that is mixed race adds a whole other group of concerns and issues into the mix. When Zach is picked up by the police, after curfew, with evidence of guilt all over his person, the arrest leads Tyne to reach out to the only good lawyer she knows, Zach’s father Lucas.
Throughout this story, the points of view and the difficulties that arise from situations caused by decisions made as teenagers, Tyne and Lucas are forced to face one another and work together to prevent Zach making decisions that he will later come to regret or wish to hide. These three characters coming to face choices of personal responsibility, owning your decisions and even the power of letting go of judgments and old shames was particularly effective. As Zach came to learn the importance of honor and reputation for himself: both Tyne and Lucas were forced to revise their own views and take accountability.
I really enjoyed the quiet way that Uncle Jasper became such a fixture to all three characters: his quiet manner and approach without reaction TO events, but always having some bit of wisdom wrapped in a tale managed to allow the characters to find their own aha moments, with gentle nudges. Their growth and ability to incorporate, albeit slowly, the lessons and information, even when they all harbor guilt about their choices made with the best of intentions at the time gives the reader a taste of the struggles that true personal growth entails.
Particularly satisfying was the love connection that rekindled between Lucas and Tyne: even after all the years, their chemistry felt electric, and when they decided to allow impulse to override fear, their scenes were incredibly sensual and steamy. Even in memory, the sexual chemistry between the two was evident: which could have increased Tyne’s parent’s fears beyond their mistrust and misguided impression of Lucas and his Lenape ancestry. To be honest, Tyne the teenaged girl was as invested in ‘hiding’ the relationship with Lucas, fearing her friends’ reactions and her popularity – so everyone had a need to grow.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the characters were wonderful, Jasper’s parables and stories provided plenty of insight into the differences in cultures, as well as providing some truly unique parenting tips. Lucas and Tyne both managed to grow up from the teens they were, and truly incorporate those changes into the adults they are now. And Zach, as annoying as a teenager can be, truly found a place with friends and the acceptance that every teenager longs for. After devouring this book in one sitting, I can’t help but wish that we all had access to our own Uncle Jasper.
I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Giveaway: By using this Rafflecopter link – you can enter to win one of 3 spectacular prizes!
The Grand Prize winner will have their choice of 3 of Donna’s Backlist titles in format of choice – that means paper, audio or ebook!
Second place winner has their choice of 3 titles in eBook format from her backlist
Third place winner has a choice of 1 eBook title from backlist . How can you resist if you are a romance fan?
About the Author:
Donna Fasano is a three time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, and a Golden Heart finalist. Her books have sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide and have been published in nearly two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #17.
What others are saying about Donna’s books:
“…complex, funny, and realistic…” ~Wilmington News Journal
“Could not help myself from reading excerpts to my husband and friends. This book is well written, the characters are real, everyday folks. It is very easy to identify with them. Donna Fasano is a talented author.” ~Elizabeth M. Caldwell on Amazon
“…a fast paced riotous look at family life today. Donna Fasano is right on target!”
~Donna Zapf, SingleTitles.com