Title: His To Cherish
Author: Stacey Lynn
Series: Fireside #3
Release Day: November 15th, 2016
Format: E-book received through NetGalley and Social Butterfly PR
Can two hearts entwined by hardship move on to form a healthy bond? From the author of His to Love and His to Protect, this tender, bittersweet romance brings together a man who loses everything—and a woman with everything to give.
Chelsea Dwyer arrives home from her job at the middle-school library in Latham Hills, Michigan, expecting another quiet evening—until she hears the screams for help through her living room window. As the first witness to a terrible accident involving two local students, Chelsea doesn’t anticipate how her own life will be irrevocably changed by the father of one of the boys. In the wake of tragedy, she’s the only one who seems to understand his grief. Chelsea’s a survivor, too—and she knows that there are brighter days ahead.
As a single father, Aidan Deveraux worked his entire life to provide a stable home for his son, Derrick. Without him, Aidan feels the deepest despair imaginable. The one thing that keeps him going is his connection with the woman who tried to save his son. Hard as he tries, Aidan just can’t stay away. Chelsea’s warm embrace is the comforting solace he desperately craves—and it doesn’t hurt that Aidan had noticed the beautiful librarian and wanted to ask her out for years. Now that she’s in his life, he doesn’t ever want to let go.
I received this book in return for an honest review, thank you to NetGalley and Social Butterfly PR for sending me a copy!
His To Cherish starts out with a horrible skateboard accident witnessed by Chelsea. This same accident leaves Aidan grieving for his only child. Chelsea is his shoulder to lean on, or the distraction to everything that he can’t face. His to Cherish is a truly moving and powerful love story between two characters that have lost so much. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, it is the first book by Stacey Lynn that I have picked up, and it really did catch my interest. Chelsea and Aidan were both relatable and heartwarming. This book truly is filled with a lot of heartache and grief and I think that Stacey handled it well. As I am used to reading romance novels a little more on the steamy side, I was happy to see that the emotional part of Chelsea and Aidan’s relationship took the lead in this story, and that Stacey took the time to develop Chelsea and Aidan’s relationship throughout the book.
There are two things about this book however, that left me a little disappointed. Most of the book is told in Chelsea’s POV, now I am totally okay with that, sometimes a dual POV can take away from the character development and the story I feel. However, we get about 3 chapters in His To Cherish that are told in the POV of Aidan. To me these just felt placed weird and sporadic. I wish that Stacey had either decided to give Aidan chapters along with Chelsea, or simply just leave them out of the story. For me they kind of took away from the story, and I don’t feel like they were needed at all. The second thing that disappointed me was the fact that somewhere in the middle I started to feel like it got a little repetitive. Maybe that is just me, but I felt like there was some filler that simply wasn’t needed to connect us to the story.
Overall, I did enjoy the journey of these two through some seriously difficult times in their life, and I am glad to see that they were able to find comfort and the happiness in each other that they so much deserved.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
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