Title: Open Hearts (Heartland #3)
Author: Logan Meredith
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 25, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, grief, nurse, firefighter
Page Count: 278 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Firefighter Asim Bishara knows it’s time to start living again. For years he’s avoided dealing with his estrangement from his Muslim family and the loss of his first love in the 9/11 attack. Through therapy, Asim begins to heal and combat his own self-loathing. He’s ready to leave his loneliness and isolation behind and find love again.
Moving on is proving more difficult for Ángel Stanford. When Ángel’s husband Zach died, Ángel’s dreams of a home and family perished along with him. He always wanted to be a stay-at-home husband and father, but he never imagined he’d be raising Gracie alone. The closer he gets to the handsome firefighter—and the more Asim becomes a part of his and Gracie’s life—the more Ángel feels like he’s betraying Zach. Ángel has to give himself permission to be happy and realize that while nothing will ever replace the life he had before, the future for him and his daughter can be full of happiness… if he’s willing to reach out and take it.
This was a sad book if I am honest. My heart broke for both of the main characters for some of the same reasons and then for different reason. I will also be honest and say I had mixed emotions at different point and times about both of the main characters.
Both Angel and Asim know what the loss of the significant other feels like. For Angel it has been close to a year and for Asim it has been fourteen years. The thing is no matter the time frame both of their grief is still real and it still affects both of them. Asim’s grief has affected his job as a fire fighter so much so that he was suspended until he was able to deal with it.
Angel is the opposite on that aspect, because he lets his grief affect him in the way that he will not let anyone close to him. When Angel and Asim first met it was not a pretty meeting. They so did not hit it off at all but the more they spent time together the more they both realized that they was wrong to judge he other from their first meeting.
More time spent together and the closer they started to get, that is when the real problems started.
At first I was upset with Asim thinking he was pushing Angel to much, to fast for more but as he story went on I got upset with Angel because he just did not seem like he could make up his mind one way or other. To say these two had issues is putting it mildly.
When it was finally all said and done I got a better understanding of both men and my heart really just broke for each of them because it was just a hard situation any way you look at it.
This book is a true example of how hard grief can be on someone and I think it was written beautifully. It was a great read but like I said I found it to be a sad read.