Stained Hearts (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Stained Hearts (Links in the Chain #3)
Author: Parker Williams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Physical Disability
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


Can two hearts stained by past pain find healing together?

Tom Kotke held his husband of twenty-five years on the day he died and spent nearly a year adrift. Determined to force Tom back into the world, his family takes him to the Park View Diner, where he meets young stained-glass artist Aiden Dawson. For a brief moment, Tom doesn’t think about his deceased husband—a terrifying prospect.

Slowly, Aiden draws Tom out of his shell and helps him feel alive once more. But Tom isn’t the only one who has suffered. Aiden fears no one sees beyond his wheelchair. Even if Tom can convince him he’s different, they’ll still have to overcome their age difference and a secret that could destroy their future together.

First thoughts…I loved this story. LOVED. The characters swept me off my feet.

Tom was the kind of man you want in your corner. He’s stable, strong, caring, genuine, and most of all nice. So when Brian, his husband of 25 years, dies of cancer, he’s left with a shell of himself.

But, it turns out Brian was prepared for Tom’s future.

When Aiden wanders into Tom’s life, Tom is sent into a tailspin of emotions, thoughts and worries. As usual, Tom’s family is there, right by his side. Not only to guide Tom, but embrace the new man in his life.

I was totally hooked on this story until almost the end. I loved the writing, the emotion, the dialogue. I loved Tom’s family and Olivia. It was perfect. Even the little letters that Tom found after Brian’s death that revealed how well Brian knew him and what he needed. But the last letter had a bit of an ew factor for me. I’m not going to give away spoilers, but I thought it was a bit too much. It was just one scene, so it didn’t eclipse the story, which was helpful.

Overall, this was beautifully written, had me gripping the tissue box and chuckling out loud. Tom was a lucky man indeed.

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Galley copy of Stained Hearts (Links in the Chain #3) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday