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Review: Silent Hearts (Hamilton Stables #3) by Melissa West

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The Hamilton brothers have horse racing in their blood, and their sprawling Kentucky farm is the family’s pride and joy. But they’ve got plenty of passion to spare…

Nick Hamilton has always known he’d take the reins of the family business when his father died, but that doesn’t make it any easier when the time comes. Especially with his two siblings tempted by a shrewd offer from a huge corporation to buy Hamilton Industries. Needing advice, Nick turns to his sensible childhood friend, Becca Stark—and finds her suddenly grown-up beauty ignites brand-new confusion, and crystal clear desire…

Becca has loved Nick for as far back as she can remember, but she decided long ago that telling him would be a mistake. Stubborn, strong Nick doesn’t see her as anything but the tomboy she used to be—or does he? As she helps him untangle his feelings about the ranch’s future, the familiar bond between them heats into an explosive attraction—and the kind of love that just might take the lead…

My Review

“For me, there’s only ever been you.”

“I don’t want to screw us up, but I don’t want anyone else. Only you, Bec. It’s always been you.”

“God,did she ever love him. He was difficult and he’d hurt her worse than anyone else had dared, but she still loved him.”

Melissa West has once again blown me away. She has left me speechless, with a smile on my face and a heart filled with love. Silent Hearts was just the read I needed and more. Ever since I finished Wild Hearts, I have been dying to get my hands on this book and learn more about the broody Hamilton brother, Nick. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed.

Now, I have to tell you, I have been in the worst book funk. I mean the worst. So, when I picked up this book, I was hoping, I was praying that this book would pull me out of the funk I was in and boy did it ever. This book totally exceeded my expectations.

Silent Hearts is told from dual points of view and pulls you in from the very first page. I was unable to put Silent Hearts down. I immediately got lost and consumed with Nick and Becca’s story. Nick is one of those characters that you can’t help but love. He’s complicated, broody, has alpha tendencies, but is afraid to fall in love. So many moments I either wanted to slap him or shake him. I wanted to yell at him to wake up and see Becca before he would lose her forever. And Becca….This girl…She was so sweet, and caring. The kind of girl you could always count on. She has loved Nick for as long as she remembered, but never thought she would stand a chance with a guy like Nick.

Nick and Becca together were a force to be reckoned with. Their connection was so real, so undeniable. I loved their push and pull. I was captivated by the will they, won’t they moments. They made me laugh-soooo many times. They frustrated me. They brought tears to my eyes. And most of all, they made me fall in love.

One of the best things for me, was how real the characters were. I can not say that enough. Melissa West made these characters feel so real to me. Like they were a part of me. She wrote them in a way that made them so easy to connect with and so easy to understand. I loved that Nick and Becca weren’t perfect. Nick had a lot of issues that he had to move past and he made a lot of mistakes along the way. You knew that he was just going to mess up. But, I gotta tell you, watching his character grow, experiencing the journey to his HEA, was just amazing. I loved every swoon-worthy, heart-breaking, angsty moment.

I honestly can not say enough about this book. Silent Hearts was well written. It was a beautiful friends to lovers/second chance romance. It had just the right balance of angst, romance, and drama. I just loved it. I was consumed from beginning to end. I was taken on such an incredible, emotional journey and I just loved it! I can not wait to see what journey Melissa West will take me on next.

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

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