Thursday, February 13, 2014


Title: Ironhearted
Author:  Cate Ashwood
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62798-290-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Haydn Prescott likes being alone. At least that’s what he tells himself each time one of his friends falls in love. He says a one night hook-up with a hot new guy without any complications the next morning is perfect for him. Then he meets Trevor Ryan, who rocks Haydn’s world with a connection he’s never felt before.

As expected, the next morning Trevor’s gone and Haydn doesn’t expect to see him again. Months later Haydn gets a big surprise when he finds Trevor standing in his bakery in Hope Cove. The shock is the little girl and attractive woman standing with him making Haydn furious—until he learns the truth. As their relationship deepens, Haydn’s confused and uncertain at what to do. Does he give in to his feelings for Trevor or stick with his plan—be alone forever?

Ironhearted is the latest release in Cate Ashwood’s Hope Cove series. The characters are linked, so the three books should be read in order. I’ve heard it’s only a trilogy but I’m uncertain if this is accurate.

I’ve enjoyed Haydn from the beginning. He’s sassy and fun and I’m so glad he got his story before this series came to an end. What I thought was so different about Haydn in this book was seeing the changes in him—how getting into a relationship with Trevor not only scared him but made him grow. Some readers might complain that he wasn’t as flamboyant as in previous books and I agree, but I always felt that some of it was like a shield he used to keep people from getting too close. With Trevor he didn’t need that. I might be reading more into what the author intended with his personality growth but I thought it was a pretty creative way to handle it if I’m right.

Trevor’s a pretty interesting guy with a nicely constructed background. He’s the ideal counterpart to Haydn. Adding in an adorable, scene-stealing child made him perfect for the skittish baker. There’s not much in the way of angst outside their relationship—just Haydn trying to freak out and then attempting to figure out what he wants out of life. It’s really realistic—I mean Haydn’s fear and Trevor’s understanding—both are nicely done. The story has nice descriptions, a good flow and I enjoyed the returning characters. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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