The next standalone novel from Nicole Jacquelyn about love, friendship, and forgiveness.
Henry Harris was living his dream as a staff sergeant in the Marines. When he’s killed in action, his devastated family is in for one more shock: he had a daughter they never knew about.
Morgan Riley has been raising Etta on her own, and that’s always been fine by her – until Henry’s brother Trevor arrives on her doorstep, willing to do anything to help and make up for his brother’s mistakes. Their attraction feels wrong, but Morgan can’t seem to turn him away.
Trevor is suddenly in too deep. He has always wanted a family, but Etta and Morgan come with complications. Yet as Etta brings them closer together, Trevor begins to imagine giving Morgan and Etta the life his brother never could. But he wonders if Morgan will ever learn to trust another man with her heart, especially a man whose last name is Harris.
Heart of Glass is the third book in The Fostering Love Series and follows the story of Morgan and Trevor. While this book is the third in its series, it can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. When I first picked up this book, I was floored by the prologue. I wanted to know more about Henry and the reason he stayed away from his daughter. To then find out he was killed in action….well, lets just say I was shocked. Then we meet Morgan, and we see that she’s struggling. She’s trying to do the best that she can with the cards life has dealt her, but it’s not easy. And when Trevor shows up, he is a complication that Morgan just doesn’t need. Trevor wants to right all the wrongs his brother committed, but truthfully, I think Morgan would be happy if he stayed away. As time goes on, Morgan and Trevor start develop feelings for one another. Feelings that seem so wrong, but just can’t be ignored….
Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. It was definitely a quick one and I was able to finish it in just a few short hours. When I first started reading this book, I was hooked right off the bat. I was intrigued by the story-line and wanted to know more. Morgan wasn’t the easiest character to love or connect with for me. But, I did appreciate her determination, strength and independence, even if she was stubborn most of the time. And Trevor…well, he was impossible to not fall in love with. He is a total family man–nothing is more important to him. He’s devoted, sweet, understanding and just totally perfect. Together, I thought these two made an interesting pair, especially with their history.
I also really enjoyed the family drama and dynamics. You could tell that Morgan loved Etta more than anything in the world and that there is nothing she wouldn’t do for her. You could also tell that she was very protective of her other family members and would try to help them out of any situation. And Trevor’s family, while they weren’t perfect, they meant well and you could tell just how much family meant to them.
I did have some issues with this series. As much as I enjoyed Trevor and Morgan together, I was left wanting more from them. Their situation was definitely one of insta-love and for me, it just didn’t work. For their type of story, I needed more emotion. I need more build up. I wanted to really see them fall and fight for each other. Don’t get me wrong, there was some romance and sexy good times, but for the most part, it was light on the romance. This story was definitely more family centered, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just wasn’t what I was expecting to be the focus. My only other issue was the angst, or the lack there of. I really, really missed the angst. It was pretty much nonexistent and that is one of the things that I have come to know and love from this author.
Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I liked the overall theme of family and how important it is to have them around/in your life. Heart of Glass is sweet story, but just left me wanting more. And while it’s not my favorite in this series, I’m still glad I checked it out.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*