Title: Diamond Heart (Cherrywood Grove #2)
Author: M.A. Hinkle
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: February 4, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Page Count: 198 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Gareth has a problem. He got expelled. Now he and his twin brother, Morgan, have to start over at an artsy new private school, and it’s all Gareth’s fault. Not to mention Morgan’s crippling social anxiety and Gareth’s resting jerk face aren’t making them any friends, and their father is furious with him. Gareth could live with this, but Morgan’s mad at him too, and Morgan is the only person alive who can make Gareth feel guilty.
Good thing Gareth has a plan. Cute, bubbly Felix, a student at their new school, has a crush on Morgan, and they both want to act in their school’s production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. Gareth figures it’s the perfect way to help Morgan come out of his shell and set him up with Felix. Then, maybe Morgan will forgive him, and Gareth can go back to not caring about anything or anyone.
But Gareth has another problem. He’s been cast as Oberon, and Felix is Titania. Oh, and Morgan doesn’t like Felix back. And maybe Gareth is enjoying the play and making new friends and having a good time at his new school. And maybe—just maybe—he’s got a crush on Felix. Can Gareth keep up his tough-guy act long enough to repair his relationship with Morgan, or will Felix get caught in the fallout of Gareth’s dumb schemes?
What an amazing, incredible read. I was completely taken away by not only Morgan and Gareth, but also Felix. The story is primarily based around these three. Morgan and Gareth are twins but the two could not be more different if they tried to be. Gareth has taken on more of the caregiver role where Morgan is concerned since their mother’s death. Morgan is extremely smart and talented but he also has social anxiety that makes it hard for him to talk to others without having a panic attack or worse. So Gareth is his protector. So much so Gareth has turned himself into an abrasive individual to take the spotlight off of Morgan.
All this has done is get Gareth into trouble and now it has gotten him kicked out of school. So now it looks as if Gareth will be having to start a new school. But he will not be doing it alone because Morgan has decided the two of them will do it together and because of this, Gareth is letting Morgan choose the school.
So after finding out Morgan really wants them to attend an artsy school, Gareth has decided to try and be nicer and not add any complications to Morgan and him starting over again. But this is not as easy as you would think. When a student named Felix shows an interest in Morgan, Gareth decides to help both Felix and Morgan out since they both seem to have their own hang ups about them.
What Gareth does not expect is to eventually find out Morgan is not interested in anything other than friendship with Felix. But worse is the fact Gareth, himself, has developed a crush on Felix. This is not good since Gareth is not good enough for Felix and the fact Felix likes his twin brother complicates things further.
But as Morgan seems to blossom in front of Gareth, Gareth feels truly out of depth. He is doing things he enjoys like staring in a play and even helping with it and he is not sure what to do with the feelings he is having.
Can Gareth figure out his crap without someone getting hurt or setting his brother back any? Is there even a chance at Gareth having any kind of happy ending in his future or is he doomed to always be miserable?
This was a great read about young emotions. It is not easy in school but when you bring in death and family, even friends, it complicates things. This book is more of what I could picture actually happening versus straight fiction. I really enjoyed this read and will definitely be reading more in this series in the future. Hopefully it will have these characters in it as well. And maybe we will find out more about the missing triplet that was vaguely talked about several times in this read. I look forward to the next book!!!