Decent story: Mangled Hearts by Felicia Tatum

 

Francesca and Cade
Can two loves find their way back to each other despite an addiction and a hardened heart? Will their love overcome it all?
Francesca Taymon is young, successful, and broken. A tragic accident years ago haunts her to this day, and she blames only one person–the one that holds her heart. When she finally gets her first case, will she be able to handle seeing him again? Can she do her job and keep her heart intact?
Cade Kelling doesn’t take life seriously. He’s reckless and irresponsible, drinking all his problems away. When his parents bail him out for the last time, will he be able to handle seeing Francesca after all of these years? Will he be able to tell her what really happened that night 5 years ago or will he lose her forever?
And the most important question….
Can these mangled hearts be mended?

Rating:

4 stars

Review:

A decent story about an alcoholic and a lawyer. It doesn’t romanticize things. An alcoholic is an alcoholic — the denials, the empty promises are all common. It also doesn’t preach or give a sermon to the readers. The author just lay out the facts and let you observe and decide for yourself. I like that.

The story needs to tighten up a bit. It also needs another pass of editing and more romantic development of the main characters in the present day. For me, this is a three-star read, but I added another star for the serious subject matter, which is tackled here matter-of-factly.