Series: , #3
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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When everything youÔÇÖve longed for is standing right in front of you, would you find the courage to chase it when youÔÇÖve given up on dreams?
Fox shifter Alison Smith gave up on happy endings when her ex-husband walked out, but that didnÔÇÖt mean she was allowed to give up on happy. With four growing kids, Allie is determined to look on the bright side and carry on, even when life seems to keep kicking the girl whoÔÇÖs fallen down.
Four kids, two jobs, and a pile of debt left over from her ex seem overwhelming most days. Luckily, Allie has the best friends a girl could ask for. Especially a certain quiet bear whoÔÇÖs always been her rock.
Patient. Oliver Campbell knows what it means to be patient. But twenty years of wanting one unavailable woman may have pushed him to the edge. With Allie working every night at his bar, their friendship has begun to fracture.
Then old ghosts offer one more kick to the little family thatÔÇÖs already down, and patience is a virtue Ollie can no longer afford. AllieÔÇÖs ex-husband may be gone, but his actions are haunting his family. With danger licking the borders of Cambio Springs, the bear and the fox will have to work together. And twenty years of unspoken truths may finally come to light.
WAKING HEARTS is the third paranormal romance novel in the Cambio Springs Mysteries series.
There are many talented authors and then there are a few super-talented ones who make you wonder if they sold their soul to the devil because everything they write is just that fantastic. They write paranormal stories that feel real and that make you miss the world and the characters that the pages brought to life.
Elizabeth Hunter proves with “Waking Hearts” yet again that she is one of those extraordinary authors.
I have read every single book that she has published and every single one of them was a 5+ star read. She’s that good.
And just like her other books, “Waking Hearts” made me want to live in the story, to be friends with the characters and to fall in love with the heroes.
It’s purely breath-taking how she manages to balance love, romance, steam, suspense in an enticing mix that is beautifully written.
“Waking Hearts” felt like home. It’s hard to explain, but it’s one of those books that just made me feel good. It brought a smile and it brought tears, stealing away a part of my heart with finesse.
It’s just the right amounts of everything. Not over the top, subtly mixing fantastical elements with everyday life. It’s freakin’ addictive.
And Ollie plays a big role in that too. One of my favorites in the “Cambio Springs” series, I was so excited to finally read the bear shifter’s story. And he’s surpassed my expectations.
Ollie is a kind, calm and reserved man, with a fiercely protective, loyal and loving side.
He’s sweet and caring, while still being all man. All beardy, muscled, burly, tattooed, hairy man. I might have drooled once. Or twice. Or a lot. He’s too hot for his own good.
Strong, self-confident and secure in who he is without being a controlling, possessive jerk, he’s what women’s dreams are made of.
His quiet demeanor isn’t just for show. He isn’t broody or grumpy, he’s just quiet and observant.
And he’s been observing Allie and her marriage for fifteen years, his feelings for her never wavering.
Now that her husband has left, it’s time for Ollie to stop watching and wishing and to finally act. It’s time to step up to the plate.
And damn, he sure does. He not only takes care of Allie, but also of her four children without any hesitation. He loves them unconditionally, not having any issues about the kids being another man’s. He treats them as his own and helps them and Allie through the hard times they are going through.
He’s a good guy and that makes him really sexy.
Allie is one lucky woman. And it’s about time this poor girl has some luck as fate likes to kick her even when she’s already down.
Despite her crappy marriage, a disappearing husband, debt, four kids, two jobs and danger looming around the corner, she still manages to be kind, sweet and optimistic. She always puts her kids first and is happily helping out others, no matter how tough her situation is. She’s a bit of a superwoman, despite her petite build.
Her animal might be just a tiny fox, but that doesn’t make her any less ferocious.
She doesn’t play games, speaks her mind and is learning to stand up for herself again now that her marriage has ended. And she’s learning to let others help. Especially bears that would move mountains for her.
After initial hesitancy, she slowly starts to believe that she can have good things in her life and that she deserves them.
Ollie and Allie’s love story starts out slow, sweet and tender. It was really heart-warming and there were many sighs on my part.
Then their relationship turned more heated and intense and I was a little jealous of Allie. Okay, I was very jealous.
There also were twists and turns, mysteries and suspense that kept me at the edge of the seat.
And when I finally got to the end, I wanted to cry because the story was finished and now I have to wait again for the next book.
One more things needs to be said besides the obvious that you should read this book, the whole series, anything Elizabeth Hunter wrote.
And this one thing is the fact that baffles me with every single book I read by this amazing author.
The sex scenes – they are scorching hot, yet so freakin’ classy. I’ve never read any other author who manages to write sex scenes that aren’t x-rated, but are sexier than anything else I’ve read. Elizabeth Hunter creates this kind of magic.
5+ can-Ollie-be-my-own-personal-teddy-bear stars.
~Review by Paula