Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Letting Hearts Heal

Author: Luna Jensen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781632163165
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Western        
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

After Mason left Sweet Valley, he never planned on returning.  When tragedy strikes however he heads to the one person he knows will help him.  What Mason does not know is that his aunt has died, so Mason finds himself wondering what the hell he’s going to do next.  He never expected his first love to come back into the picture, or for the feelings the men had to still be there.

Letting Hearts Heal is a heart wrenching story that grabbed me from the first page, and had me staying up late in the night to see what would happen.  Both Mason and Dean are the type of characters that readers will fall for, and hope that they find their happily ever after.  Mason comes from a religious family that was ruled by an abusive father.  It’s not surprising that they would take Mason’s coming out badly.  Dean is older than Mason, but that did not keep the men from falling in love.  The age difference did keep them from becoming serious though, something that Dean had hoped to change in the future.  Both men’s lives are changed by the actions of their parents, and that is one of the aspects at the center of this story. 

From the time he leaves home, Mason’s life has been hard.  One of the things I liked though was the fact that the author did not focus on the negative and instead showed how the young man was able to rise above his circumstances and become a chef, even though he had no schooling.   While Dean’s father may not have been physically abusive, the man was cold and distant. Readers will not be surprised by the lengths Dean’s father went to, when controlling his son’s life.  Dean is left with the fear of becoming just like his father.  The author finds the perfect way to showcase the differences between the two men, when she had Dean re-vamp the ranch into something totally different than what his father had been doing.

Mason and Dean are brought back together in a unique way and while the attraction between the two still exists, both men are leery about starting anything new.   Another important key in whether or not these two get together, is the fact that Dean now has a son, one he did not know about until recently.  There is a lot going on in the men’s lives, from Mason’s fear of fire, to Dean’s worries over his son Wyatt, yet the author finds a way to bring these two together in a way that is believable.  I loved the way Mason and Dean overcome their various issues and work towards becoming a family.  I also loved the way the author handles the relationship between Mason and Wyatt, as well as the one between Wyatt and his father.  

This is my first book by this author, after reading Letting Hearts Heal, a book I will be re-reading in the future, I will be keeping my eyes out for more from Ms. Jensen.  

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