I'll admit I am a die-hard Showalter's fan. When she first wrote the first of The Original Heartbreakers, I gobbled it up voraciously even though it was not a paranormal read. At one time, I had multiple copies of heartbreakers series books (determined to make sure to read them) until I cleaned up my library.
Usually, I feel the first of any series is the best book. In this case, I am making an exception. Showalter meets a very touchy subject, PTSD head on and comes out safe and whole on the other side as does our hero Daniel. But she also deals with several other subjects. Self-esteem, weight, body shaming, bullying just to name a few. What Showalter does in the development of her characters is amazing.
Whether intentional or not, whether she interviewed psychologists or psychiatrists before writing this book is not important to me. What is important? The fact that within this compelling story is love, laughter, tears, happiness, growth and more truth than I can express. Dorothea lives through almost every teenage girl's nightmare. She escapes a loveless marriage; most woman endure becoming more and more depressed. Thea remembers the loss of her child and moves forward with her life, some let the loss define them. She forged ahead, succeeded and let the strength derived from her relationship with Daniel give her even more confidence to become even stronger.
Daniel found his demons quieted the more he was around Thea. The more he held her, loved her, spent time with and near her. However, it was those demons which almost caused him to lose her as is true for many relationships which breakup. Rather than fight ourselves and change what causes us to act a certain way, we tend to blame others. Daniel discovers he too was blaming everyone, or at least making excuses not to give himself entirely to Dorothea. When he does, a new, more worthy Daniel appears. One Dorothea loves beyond all reason.
Very well done. Worth the read and definitely one I will be getting the paperback to add to the library shelves and re-reading again!
I received a copy of this book from InkSlingerPR, the author and HarlequinHQN for an honest review.
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with an irresistible Original Heartbreakers story about a woman who’s never felt desired and the man who wants her more than air to breathe…
Bullied in high school, Dorothea Mathis’s past is full of memories she’d rather forget. But there’s one she can’t seem to shake—her longstanding crush on former Army Ranger Daniel Porter. Now that the sexy bad boy has started using her inn as his personal playground, she should kick him out...but his every heated glance makes her want to join him instead.
Daniel returned to Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma to care for his ailing father and burn off a little steam with no strings attached. Though he craves the curvy Dorothea night and day, he’s as marred by his past as she is by hers. The more he desires her, the more he fears losing her.
But every sizzling encounter leaves him desperate for more, and soon Daniel must make a choice: take a chance on love or walk away forever.
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series--Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles--and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader's Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she's appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black--if you ask her about it, she'll talk for hours…hours! Her books have been translated in multiple languages.
She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfans