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Review: In Your Heart by Micaleah Smeltzer

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I thought I had found love.
I thought I had found my forever.
I’d never been more wrong in all my life.

Sadie Westbrook’s seemingly perfect life comes to a screeching halt when she catches her fiancé in bed with another woman. Suddenly, everything she believed in is tested and there’s only one person she can turn to—the guy who has been by her side ever since their best friend’s fell in love and became inseparable.

Ezra Collins—the bassist for the band Willow Creek—has only ever had one weakness, and her name is Sadie. When he receives a frantic call he rushes to her aid, helping to pick up the pieces of her crumbling life—even if that means letting Sadie live with him.

The close proximity tests the limits of their friendship and as the lines between friends and lovers blur they’ll have to decide if falling in love with your best friend is worth the risk of losing them.

My Review

“Life is a series of choices that we make, some of them are good, and some of them are not, but everything always works out in the end.”

In Your Heart follows the story of Ezra and Sadie. I don’t know about you guys, but I have been dying to get my hands on their story. And let me tell you, this was such an amazing story. Dare I say, one of my top reads of the year!

In Your Heart starts out with one heck of a bang. Sadie comes home from work early to surprise her fiancee, only to find him having sex in their bed, with someone else. Her reaction to the situation was priceless. I knew, just from those first few pages, that this was going to be a great read! So, Sadie’s “reaction” to her fiancee cheating lands her temporarily in jail. And who does she call on for help, none other than Ezra. Ezra and Sadie have been best friends for years. That is until Sadie’s fiancee entered the picture and she turned their back on their friendship. Even when Sadie did that, Ezra was still there for her. He would always catch her when she falls…. Ezra’s only weakness in life, has been Sadie. Still that won’t stop him from being there for Sadie when she needs him, even letting her stay with him while she picks up the pieces of her life. There has always been an underlying attraction between Sadie and Ezra. Both too terrified of wrecking their friendship. But, now their new living arrangements will test their limits. Lines will be blurred. What happens when you fall in love with your best friend? Will it be worth the risk in the end?

Sadie, may seem quiet and in her head sometimes, but she’s really stronger than she appears. She loves fiercely and with her whole heart. She has a great personality and I found her very easy connect with. Her only fault: she is so stubborn! Lucky for her, Ezra is the perfect match. Everything between the two of them just flows naturally. Ezra is the friend that anyone would want in their corner. He loves just as fiercely. He is protective over what’s his. You can always count on him. But, he too is stubborn and gets lost in his head. Maybe that’s why the two of them worked out so well, because they were so similar.

I love friends to lovers stories and this one is definitely one of my favorites. I loved that Sadie and Ezra both admitted their attraction to one another, but that they were just too afraid to ruin what they had. They both tried so hard to just be “friends”. You could really understand their struggle with taking things further. However, their attraction was so undeniable, so palpable, so real that you’d have to be blind to not see it. Their connection was just begging to be explored. Living together would prove to be the ultimate test for the two of them. Will they continue to fight what feels so right and what they both want? Or will they jump, take that risk and give into something that could be truly amazing??

I loved everything about In You Heart. From beginning to end, I was hooked. I was captivated by the characters and the story-line. I think I even fell more in the love with the characters from the first two books, if that were possible. I loved the feeling of family and the way that everyone interacted with each other. I just wanted to jump into the pages and be a part of their story. I was quickly reminded as to why this is one of my favorite series’. I honestly loved everything about this story. I laughed. I swooned. There were times I wanted to pull my hair in frustration. Moments where I held my breath waiting to see how things would turn out. I felt the angst and love as if it were my own.  And no great story would be complete without a few twists along the way!

In Your Heart is a fantastic addition to the Willow Creek Series and can be read as a stand-alone. However, as with any series that has characters that intertwine like this one, I do recommend reading the first two books first. Not only because they are great reads, but also so you can really get a feel for who Sadie and Ezra are. And to the fans of this series, you will not be disappointed with this installment!

* I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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