I was really really looking forward to reading Searching for Harmony. The description hinted at a sweet, yet heartbreaking type of romance and I’m always looking to meet a new to me author, but unfortunately this one just didn’t hit the mark for me.
While the book started off on a decent enough foot and my heart broke over the tragedy that brought Preston and Harmony into each other’s lives, I never really got past simply liking either of them. They were both good people that fate threw a cruel curveball at. Their relationship had it’s sweet moments and I actually didn’t mind the fact that they spent much of the book trying extremely hard, and failing, to keep each other friend zoned. It made sense to me why they kept dancing around their feelings for each other. What had me shaking my head was all the excess drama.
I know that sounds odd considering what the book is about because of course there is going to be angsty drama and probably more than what most books would have and I was prepared for it all, but there were just some things that just didn’t work for me. Without getting too specific the two that had me shaking my head were the Chuck situation, talk about coming all the way out of left field, and Trey’s parents “confession” and the ensuing clusterf*ck it caused. While the confession situation had relevance to the storyline it just didn’t play out well for me and the Chuck situation just seemed like an afterthought and wasn’t relevant to the storyline.
I really wish that Searching for Harmony had been more of a hit for me because there were some really sweet moments in the book, but it didn’t and so we’ll just have to let it stand as a miss.
~ ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Firefighter and first responder Preston Ward thought he had grown immune to the job’s emotional burns. But when he goes out on a particularly tragic call, he realizes that some scenes are too devastating to forget. And yet, if it weren’t for that terrible night, he never would have met the woman who makes him want to risk his heart.
More than once, Harmony Banks has watched her perfectly ordered world torn apart by fate. Now she’s finding out that what she lost wasn’t as perfect as she thought—and it’s tearing her apart. The only thing that keeps her going is the kindness of a stranger: the firefighter who saved her life the night everything changed.
Preston isn’t like the men who have come before. For one thing, he’s far more genuine. And the love Harmony feels growing between them is almost too intense for her wounded soul. But if she and Preston can push past heartbreak, they’ll find that something incredible awaits in each other’s arms.
Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.
Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.
Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.
Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.
To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.