Title: Secondhand Heart
Author: Kristen Strassel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Daisy Mangold thought she had her life figured out until a roadside bomb in Afghanistan changed everything. Now a twenty-one-year-old military widow, Daisy moves back home to start over.
Cam Hunter won the reality show The Spotlight, and thought he was on his way to becoming the next big country star. But when whispers of how he won begin to surface, Nashville is less than welcoming. After he loses his record deal, Cam heads back home to open a country bar. When Daisy meets Cam, she isn’t sure she’s ready to let go of the ghosts from her past. Cam’s ex-wife isn’t ready to move on either, and the tragedy she causes will expose Cam’s secrets and shatter Daisy’s family.
Will Daisy be able to follow her heart into a future with Cam, or will her grief keep her trapped in a past that no longer exists?
Before I get into the actual review, I’d like to say, the model and actual cover of this book is amazing! The female model is so beautiful and she fits just perfectly for this book. Heck, the title is perfectly suited as well! So bravo whoever designed the art and such to grab our attention. it definitely worked! The cover was the entire reason I joined the review tour of this book!
As for the characters, I want to first lay claim to Cam. Seriously. He’s mine. No one else get him. He’s my current book boyfriend. I don’t even LIKE country music, but even I have to admit some male country artists are seriously hot. Ahem, I’m a little off topic here. It’s not just that he’s a country artist. It’s the way he was written in Secondhand Heart. I absolutely fell in love with him in this novel and I nearly cried when it was over because that meant, no more Cam! OMG!
As for Daisy, I did like her but I wasn’t as emotional invested in her as I was in Cam. However, the fact she meshed so well with Cam and the chemistry between them that you could actually feel made up for that, I think. The romance and heat between the main characters was very well done and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about their growing relationship.
The overall story was also nicely done. It kept me entertained and hooked as any good story does. There were a few parts that were a tad awkward, but overall, also nicely done. NA isn’t my normal genre (and if I do read it, it’s usually paranormal romance based) but I do enjoy it and I can happily say this novel is worth the read. Seriously. (Yes, seriously is my word today). Pick it up, NA readers! You won’t regret it.
Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house.