Mae Turney is searching for the type of life and happiness she has never known but has only dreamed about. She’s fortunate enough to find a great opportunity to live in an exterior apartment of a beautiful lake house in a small town in Vermont. When she realizes the apartment and scenery are not the only gorgeous appeal but the home owner, Seth Finn, is as well, she puts it all on the line for the chance at love. When she becomes comfortable and confident in her own skin and sexuality, Mae realizes that this place and this man is exactly what she came looking for. Knowing Seth and his three children are as special as they come, Mae bets the house, and prays she and her gamble are enough.
Three of Hearts is a sweet, steamy romance and is the first book in a series about characters in the town of Hamden, Vermont. In this book, Mae has moved to the small town to start a new job as a nurse at the local hospital working with cancer patients. She moves into a beautiful apartment that is connected to a gorgeous lake house. However, that isn’t the only gorgeous aspect of her new home; her landlord, Seth, is a sexy single dad with three children. They don’t get off to a great start, but eventually romance begins to bloom between them. Will Seth be able to let go of his first wife who died and make room in his heart for Mae?
I know that there were comments by some reviewers that the book contained a lot of errors and that it was in need of a good editor. I, myself, only saw minor errors, and they didn’t take away from the story for me. I found it quite enjoyable. I thought the author did a great job in creating her characters. I felt like I knew them myself and that they were my friends. One of my favorite characters was the little red-headed spitfire, Megan, Seth’s daughter. She was just precious!!! Mae had a heart of gold, and the relationship she developed with Seth’s children was sweet. She also had the patience of a saint when dealing with Seth. Yes, Seth was incredibly sexy, but I swear I wanted to slap him because of his temper. At times, I felt like he bordered on being disrespectful to his sister and Mae. Honestly, there were times I really didn’t like him at all! I tried to remember he had a painful past and couldn’t let others into his heart easily, especially if they weren’t family. At the end, he redeemed himself in my eyes. As I always say, when a writer can elicit strong feelings and emotions, then she or he is definitely doing something right! An added bonus…the sex scenes were STEAMY and HOT!!!
Overall, I thought was the book was good. It was the right mix of sweet and steamy. Within the romance genre, sometimes the books are all steam and sex and very little sweetness to the romance. I thought this was a perfect blend of both. Even though I love the NA/College romance, sometimes it seems the romance genre is flooded with it. So, it was nice to see characters who were a little bit older. I am looking forward to reading the rest in the series. On a last note, I love the titles of the books within the series. Three of Spades (Book 2), Three of Diamonds (Book 3), and Breaking Spades (Book 4).
** ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review **
I live in New England with my young family. I’ve always loved to read and had a dream of writing, well one day I decided to just do it. And I couldn’t be happier. The amazing people I have met along the way makes this whole journey worth it.