#ARC #Review: Silent Hearts by Melissa West
Publisher: Kensington, Lyrical Shine Release Date: May 10, 2016
Series: Hamilton Stables #3
The Hamilton brothers have horse racing in their blood, and their sprawling Kentucky farm is the family's pride and joy. But they've got plenty of passion to spare…
Nick Hamilton has always known he'd take the reins of the family business when his father died, but that doesn't make it any easier when the time comes. Especially with his two siblings tempted by a shrewd offer from a huge corporation to buy Hamilton Industries. Needing advice, Nick turns to his sensible childhood friend, Becca Stark—and finds her suddenly grown-up beauty ignites brand-new confusion, and crystal clear desire…
Becca has loved Nick for as far back as she can remember, but she decided long ago that telling him would be a mistake. Stubborn, strong Nick doesn't see her as anything but the tomboy she used to be—or does he? As she helps him untangle his feelings about the ranch's future, the familiar bond between them heats into an explosive attraction—and the kind of love that just might take the lead…
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Silent Hearts was my first introduction to the Hamilton brothers, and they certainly appear to be a lively lot. All hail the Hamilton brothers! It's worth it to note that I had no trouble following along with the story even though I missed out on the first two books. Silent Hearts definitely reads as a standalone, but it also spiked my curiosity. I really want to go back and read the first two books because I want to see how Trip and Alex came to be so happy and in love.
I think it would have also helped to see the dynamic between the brothers in the first two books. I'm curious if it was as strained as it was in Silent Hearts, or if they were chummy chums. Not that we didn't get to see the brothers happy and together in Silent Hearts, it just took a bit of time for us to get there because Nick had his head up his butt for a good portion of the book. I mean, I get it. He lost his grandfather, his parents, and his fiancé. That would be rough on anyone. But I couldn't help but be annoyed by Nick's waffling. One moment, it would appear that he was ready to reconcile with his brothers, but the next moment, something small would set him off and he'd go back to being a close-minded jerk to his brothers. He also played with Becca's emotions too much, which caused me to "like" the book as opposed to "loving" it.
Becca and Nick have been best friends for more than twenty years, and they have both loved each other for as long as they can remember--only, neither of them ever admitted their feelings to the other one. They let the fear of rejection and the fear of ruining their friendship stop them from truly being happy. Admittedly, Becca and Nick are really cute together. The fact that they have known each other since they were eight-years-old or so was totally endearing. They understand each other down to the core. Put simply, they're perfect together. Which is why Nick's assery was generally disappointing at times. Becca is just so sweet, smart, and sassy. Luckily, Nick learns to let go of the grief and with a little prodding, pulls off the grandest of grand gestures.
I hope the Littleton brothers will get their own stories! They were just so charming, and Zac and his little girl made my not-really-ready-to-have-a-baby ovaries squee. Overall, Silent Hearts was a pleasant enough read, but I probably would not re-read it. However, I'm definitely going back to read Trip and Alex's (his story excites me most) stories!