Warm Heart (Bob-O-Link’s Review)


Title: Warm Heart (Search and Rescue #1)
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 226
Reviewed by: Bob-O-Link
Heat Level: 1, then 4, flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Survive the adventure. Live to love.

Following a family emergency, snowboarder Tevyn Moore and financier Mallory Armstrong leave Donner Pass in a blizzard… and barely survive the helicopter crash that follows. Stranded with few supplies and no shelter, Tevyn and Mallory—and their injured pilot—are forced to rely on each other.

The mountain leaves no room for evasion, and Tevyn and Mal must confront the feelings that have been brewing between them for the past five years. Mallory has seen Tevyn through injury and victory. Can Tevyn see that Mallory’s love is real?

Mallory’s job is risk assessment. Tevyn’s job is full-on risk. But to stay alive, Mallory needs to take some gambles and Tevyn needs to have faith in someone besides himself. Can the bond they discover on the mountain see them to rescue and beyond?

REVIEW:

First a spoiler alert. I loved this book!

Next, a personal (but influencing) word about this reviewer and the rating I’ve given Warm Heart. Quite perspicacious, as an early adolescent I discovered “dirty” books. Blessedly, all they required of me was a colorful imagination (and some more particularity, if the author’s style was sketchy) and a commitment to privacy. Eventually, I “graduated” to erotic romance, better addressing my growing need to emotionally identify with the characters’ fictional reality. Now, in Warm Heart, I have found my ideal. This is a love story so intensely depicting the evolving relationship of the main figures and the practical challenges confronting them, that – unbelievably – their love story actually surpasses mere descriptions of physical sex. And we are still satisfied!

As a novel about opposites, on one hand we have Tevyn, whose mother left him with his grandmother when he was very young, who is now almost neurotically fearful of being abandoned. Only his grandmother has fulfilled a promised permanence. This has colored all Tevyn’s relationships, and he has intentionally limited them to brief physical encounters. In contrast is Mal, the business risk assessor, who’s long been observing Tevyn’s growing maturity, waiting for their right time to arrive. This affects their relationship when they are snow-stranded on a mountain. Mal eventually convinces Tevyn that “If there’s breath in my body, I’ll stay” and, whether or not they get back to civilization, they’re “gonna be together forever.”

Usually, descriptive stories of lost people [i.e., lost alone on an island with a soccer ball? adrift in a lifeboat with a few others? afoot with a relative, lost in Alaska ?] are best related in film, where the visual makes it easier than reading. Hurrah for Ms. Lane, who has totally conquered our imaginations with words alone.

Finally, after almost 2/3rd of the book and when the risky adventure is resolved, our heroes get to make beautiful love together. And in a brief time, very often. [Thus my split Heat rating.] Bless fiction and to hell with physiology and normal refractory periods!

By the way, Ms Lane well knows her purple in the prose. Example: “He kept thrusting, listening to the music of Mallory’s desire grow steadily louder . . .” Example: Mallory was . . . “opened . . . for Tevyn’s plunder.” And, one more Example, for the road: “He went pitching off the climax cliff with a turbo burst of desire . . .”

Let’s close with another spoiler alert. You, too, will love Warm Heart!


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Galley copy of Warm Heart provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

Author

I’m a retired professional. My husband and I, each with an ex-wife, between us have six married children and 10 grandchildren. We both read voraciously, with a strong leaning to gay romance and HEA. Stories with a little (okay, even loads of) sex, and a lot of tears, always pleases.

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