Hearts And Health Series
Nursing student Xavier James is shocked to run into the first man to ever break his heart while at a gay club. His ex is sexier than ever, but Xavier is not going down that road again … only, when they end up working together at an urgent-care clinic, his willpower will be tested.
Trent Cavendish made a huge mistake at age 18 when he walked away from his first love. Twelve years later, Trent is rattled when his friend suddenly dies. He takes a hard look at his life, realizing how empty it has become. Determined to re-evaluate his priorities and make amends, he returns to his hometown to win Xavier’s forgiveness and maybe even his heart.
Times have changed. Instead of the sweet but tame boyfriend he left behind, he finds a smoking hot man dressed in bits of lace and silk. Trent’s good intentions turn to lust, and love isn’t far behind. But Xavier is wary. The villain of his memories is proving to be a decent guy, but has he really changed or is Xavier just a new goal to chase?
I have definitely enjoyed this series and was really looking forward to Xavier’s book and I wasn’t disappointed! I’m a big fan of second chance stories and this book hit all the marks for me when it came to that story line. I was totally rooting for these two and their much deserved HEA!
Xavier and Trent dated in high school and had plans to go to college together, but when Xavier made the choice to put his family before going off to college, Trent ends things and walks away. Over a decade later neither man has really moved and when reality hits Trent with a wake up call, he knows he needs to try to fix things with Xav.
I really felt for these guys, they had a wonderful love at a young age, but that same young age had them making quick decisions where both men ended up hurt and angry. When Trent returns to Ashe to try to make things Xavier really makes him earn it. Xavier doesn’t want to get hurt like that again and has to decide if he can let Trent back into his heart. I loved how these two come back together though, realizing that their love for each really never disappeared. These two have struggles to face though, it’s not all easy, even when they think they have a second chance. They have to learn to trust each other and work together, and it’s definitely tested.
I really enjoyed their journey, it was a great mix of sweet, loving, hot and challenging. These two definitely have HOT chemistry together and a connection that runs deep. I loved the appearances of Zane and Paul, that was a fun addition to the story. I do have to admit that I struggled a bit with Helen and her role in their story, for some reason it was hard for me to fully get on board with it, but in the end I was okay. I did love the way it all came together and seeing Xavier and Trent get their happiness and love was satisfying!
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DJ Jamison worked in newsrooms for more than 10 years, which helped tremendously when she began her series centered on The Ashe Sentinel, a fictional small-town newspaper in Kansas. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two sons and three glow-in-the-dark fish.