Title: Love is Heartless (Love Can’t #2)
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 13, 2016
Page Length: 254
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Small but mighty—that could be Detective Nevin Ng’s motto. Now a dedicated member of the Portland Police Bureau, he didn’t let a tough start in life stop him from protecting those in need. He doesn’t take crap from anyone, and he doesn’t do relationships. Until he responds to the severe beating of a senior citizen and meets the victim’s bow-tied, wealthy landlord.
Property manager and developer Colin Westwood grew up with all the things Nevin never had, like plenty of money and a supportive, loving family. Too supportive, perhaps, since his childhood illness has left his parents unwilling to admit he’s a strong, grown man. Colin does do relationships, but they never work out. Now he’s thinking maybe he won’t just go with the flow. Maybe it’s time to try something more exciting. But being a witness to a terrible crime—or two—was more than he bargained for.
Despite their differences, Colin and Nevin discover that sparks fly when they’re together. But sparks are short-lived, dampened by the advent of brutal crimes, and Colin and Nevin have seemingly little in common. The question is whether they have the heart to build something lasting.
Love is Heartless is the second book in the Love Can’t series. This book features a new couple, but runs concurrently with book one. We see quite a bit of Jeremy but not Qay. (We only hear of Qay, not see him.) I don’t see anyone having a problem reading this as a standalone, but Love Can’t Conquer is SUCH a great book, I highly recommend reading it.
Love is Heartless was in the difficult position of being the second book in a series where the first book, Love Can’t Conquer, was one of my top 10 books for 2016. Tough act to follow, am I right? And if that weren’t hard enough, it also had to follow my #1 favorite book of 2015 also written by Kim Fielding, Rattlesnake.
Big, big shoes to fill.
The aspects of Love Can’t Conquer and Rattlesnake that I loved most were the selfless, kind, inspiring characters. Jeremy in Love Can’t Conquer and Shane in Rattlesnake. The lead hero, Nevin, in Love is Heartless is a great character and does selfless things every day, loves his small number of friends but is as prickly as a porcupine. Sarcastic, foul-mouthed, hard-headed and kind of an asshole. He’s meant to be! There is no sugar-coating the horrible childhood he had growing up in the foster care system. He’s been through hell and back and doesn’t give a rat’s ass about casual, common courtesy. He friends love and accept him, warts and all, which does show a lot about his character, be I had a really hard time warming up to him. It wasn’t until the last few chapters that I started to even like him.
Then we have Colin. Sweet, slightly naive, unlucky in love, Colin. The two men could NOT be more different. Opposites attract here and the two start a hot and heavy sexual relationship that will make you blush. (Wall sex people, WALL SEX!)
Because of Nevin’s lack of trust and desire to run away screaming from anything that resembles a relationship, we have to witness Colin being treated as a casual fuck (which fortunately doesn’t last very long) and seeing Nevin only on Nevin’s terms. That was difficult, but again, it didn’t last long.
If this was a standalone and I didn’t know about Jeremy or Shane, this would be a 4.5 star book for me. But since I DO know Jeremy and Shane and was hoping to see another character similar to them, this is a 3.5 star read for me. That’s probably not fair to the author, but it’s my honest opinion. This is a good book, but nowhere near Rattlesnake/Love Can’t Conquer level.
I did give this one an extra half start because WALL SEX! I love wall sex. And versatile in the bedroom. My crack.