Monday, March 16, 2015

Cement Heart by Beth Ehemann

Beth Ehemann has done it again. Written another all-consuming story that made me wish I was a part of the Wild family. It was heartbreakingly sad and emotional, but finished with such a sweet ending.  It was truly a journey of self discovery.

Viper is the type of guy that doesn't do relationships . . . ever. His ultimate goal is to get laid.  He's not ashamed to admit he has a cement heart. Hidden in a kitchen drawer are phone numbers from his meaningless hook-ups. Women he will never even think about again.  The only things that really matter are hockey, looking after his Gam and hanging with his best friends and teammates, Brody and Big Mike.

"I'm just stunned to hear someone call you sweet. I don't think that's ever happened before."

An accident leaves him devastated and full of guilt.  It's a shocking blow. One that left me in tears.  But I have to say, that's one of my favorite things about Beth's writing, her ability to make me FEEL right along with her characters.

Do not cry.

The threat of being kicked off the Wild, gets him into the team therapist's office.  She helps him discover the man he wants to be and I couldn't help but to fall for that guy.  Making good on his promises leads to cracks and fault lines in his cement heart.  It opens his eyes to what's right in front of him. Something he never thought he wanted.

"I have thought about it, and it kills me every single time, because while I can't imagine my past without him, I don't want to imagine my future without you."

This story was sort of unexpected.  Unexpected in that I knew from the prologue something major was going to happen, but not something that would gut me.  Tears are not something that scare me away from a story though. They actually, which might sound crazy, make me love the story even more.  It just means that the author has truly captured my heart.  That is why Beth Ehemann has become one of my favorite authors, because she has managed to do that with each of her books.

I loved all of the secondary characters in this story too, especially Viper's Gam.  She was feisty and their banter was so funny.  And of course, I was excited to see Brody and Kacie again.  Did I mention, I'm DYING for Andy's story!

4.5/5 Fangs

*ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

This was a tear jerker!

Nothing prepared me for Viper’s book. My preconceptions were all wrong to a certain extent.
From the moment the book starts, I couldn’t help but love Viper a little bit more. His relationship with Gam was so sweet. She was hilarious, strong and a sweetheart all in one package.

Viper’s relationship with Mike was amazing. True buddies. Same with Brody.

I was ecstatic with Brody and Kacie’s love still very much alive. They both deserved happiness. What I wasn’t expecting is to feel such sorrow over the events in this book. I felt so bad for Viper and company. In one word ….devastated.

When Viper least expected it, his cement heart was broken piece by piece by the one person he never saw it coming from. I won’t reveal any spoilers because the mystery is worth it. 
It was a great ride, from emotional to uplifting.

I wish we could get more info on the therapist in books to come. Even maybe her own story.
And Andy, how long until you are happy??

“Because I belong here. Because I belong with you. Because as much as you try to fight it, you know you belong with me too … I fell in love with you.” 

4.5/5 Fangs

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