Friday, January 18, 2013

Review: My Heart for Yours by Steph Campbell & Jolene Perry

My Heart for YoursTitle: My Heart for Yours
Author: Steph Campbell & Jolene Perry
Pages: 254
Rating: 4 out of 5
From Goodreads:
A bargain, a trade, a deal to be struck.

A kiss for a kiss.
Your shirt for mine.
Break my heart, I’ll break yours.

Their disastrous split was no different. Tobin’s spent the last year pretending Delia never existed, and Delia’s been in D.C., pretending to be anything but the country girl that she is.

When tragedy brings her back to town, Tobin and Delia realize that time apart hasn't healed either one of them. But staying away from each other is harder than they imagined, especially in small town Louisiana, and old feelings are quickly brought back to the surface.

In the mess they’ve created, is there anything to be salvaged of a love that they both thought would be forever?


“Always a trade. Always a compromise. Until there wasn't anything left to bargain with, because neither of us had any clue what to do.”

Tobin and Delia's relationship was always a trade. A shirt for a shirt, a kiss for a kiss, a heart for a heart. All that changed when Delia's family moved away a year ago. But when Tobin's brother dies, Delia's family comes back to town for the funeral. When Tobin and Delia's lives cross paths again the old feelings of anger, betrayal, and love that have smoldering since their separation burst back into flames.

This is one of those books that was slow to simmer, but when it did heat up I was hooked. I usually hate a lot of flashbacks in books, but these flashbacks read like memories of my own. I felt the hurt and pain both Tobin and Delia were feeling. I was really surprised in the direction the book went toward the end, there was a definite surprise for me. Tobin and Delia were easy to connect with and love. Tobin is the country boy most girls dream about, all fire and passion in a pair of nice fitting jeans. Delia is a prisoner in her own home, living out her father's dreams instead of her own. I felt so bad for her, but kind of irritated because I wanted to her to stand up for herself. When I finally realized what she had been through I felt nothing but pity and love for her.

Some of the things that bothered me weren't huge, but they're little things I look for in a story. Mainly, I felt the absence of secondary characters. There weren't really any friends that I got to know, and I love a lot of complex characters when I read a book. I think that a few issues felt a little unresolved for me. The book could have been a little longer and maybe some conclusions could have been better handled[this also could have helped develop some of the secondary characters]. I didn't feel that sense of completeness when I was done reading. The story just didn't feel over for me.

Overall this was a really good, quick read with great main characters and just enough emotional turmoil to quicken my pulse.


1 comment:

  1. My favorites are stories that pull you right in, but sometimes the slow simmer ones can be just as rewarding. I also like to get to know secondary characters. Thanks for review!