Friday, March 5, 2021

Review: What the Heart Wants by Audrey Carlan

What the Heart Wants
by Audrey Carlan

Publisher: HQN
Pages: 318
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  “Fly free.”

For ten years those words, written on pink parchment paper in her mother’s beautiful handwriting, have been Suda Kaye Ross’s guiding star. Every year on her birthday, Suda Kaye opens another of the letters her mother penned before she passed, heeding the advice inside as she fills her life with experiences. From Italy to Australia, from Rio to Russia, she’s slaked her wanderlust. And then, on her twenty-eighth birthday, she opens the letter that sends her home.

Returning to Colorado means confronting everything—and everyone—she left behind, including her cherished sister, Evie, and her first love, Camden Bryant. Suda Kaye and Cam spent four years and one unforgettable night together. Given the way she ran out on him, it’s no surprise that he’s wary, resentful…and engaged to someone else. Evie, hardworking and überresponsible, just wants her sister to put down roots at last.

For Evie’s sake, and her own, Suda Kaye is trying to build a new life, all the while wondering whether it’s too late to come back home—or if the most important part of her never really left.

Kritters Thoughts:  Suda Kaye has returned home to Colorado after spending 10 years traveling and following the lead of her deceased mother's letters she left her.  She left town abruptly 10 years ago and another letter has sent her home to plant roots and make a home for the first time.  

When I saw this book on netgalley awhile ago, I was intrigued by the synopsis, but from the first few pages this book just didn't live up to the hype that I created.  From the first chapter to the end, there were lots of sexy times and for me when I read romance I like the plot to take precedence with a few sexy hints throughout the book - this book was just jam packed with sexy times, but I did enjoy the plot of Suda Kay returning home and deciding to planting roots and how that impacted those around her.  

I can say if this is how you like your romance books, then I would recommend this read.  I did enjoy the characters and the plot was ok, but wish there was less lusting.  

Rating: not such a good read

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 16 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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