Tuesday, June 16, 2015

In Your Heart by Micalea Smeltzer

In Your Heart by Micalea Smeltzer

I thought I had found love.
I thought I had found my forever.
I’d never been more wrong in all my life. 

Sadie Westbrook’s seemingly perfect life comes to a screeching halt when she catches her fiancé in bed with another woman. Suddenly, everything she believed in is tested and there’s only one person she can turn to—the guy who has been by her side ever since their best friend’s fell in love and became inseparable. 

Ezra Collins—the bassist for the band Willow Creek—has only ever had one weakness, and her name is Sadie. When he receives a frantic call he rushes to her aid, helping to pick up the pieces of her crumbling life—even if that means letting Sadie live with him. 

The close proximity tests the limits of their friendship and as the lines between friends and lovers blur they’ll have to decide if falling in love with your best friend is worth the risk of losing them. 


"Then fucking jump. I've got you. I've always had you,"
- Micalea Smeltzer

     The Willow Creek series has quickly grown to be one of my favorite series and just as I was for the last book, I was super excited for this one to come out, especially because of the little sneak peek in Never Too Late. And thanks to the incredible author behind this book, I was able to receive an ARC and read it early.  

     Sadie and Ezra are an interesting couple to say the least. They are both very different characters unlike Maddox and Emma, who were both cheerful or Mathias and Remy, who were more broken. Ezra was a very enigmatic male lead in the best way possible. Sadie was a little more quirky and complex, but as usually Micalea Smeltzer made it work. Since these two weren't meeting for the first time, it was a little awkward at first because they were already really close and it felt like there was a huge gap that was missing. And because of this, a few times during the book, I didn't really see their connection and attraction. But when I did, the sparks flew out of the page. I don't think a lot of authors could have pulled off putting characters like Sadie and Ezra together, but in this book, it worked. 

     The plot line, like the couple was also interesting. A lot of it was Sadie and Ezra going back and forth about their feelings for each other, which is very understandable and realistic. There were times though it felt a little bit repetitive and that made me slightly skim through the next few pages trying to get to something new. But since this is Micalea Smeltzer we're talking about, she found a way to add something to this book and the next one. And that something was Hayes. Hayes was such a awesome guy in the book and I'm glad that we got to know him a little. The little scenes with him, Arden and Mia were adorable, and it made me so excited for his story.

"Mathias left just as Hayes returned with the last bag. And by bag I meant cage. Maddox and Emma brought their pet hedgehogs. I wished I was joking,"

     Now aside from Sadie and Ezra, my favorite thing about this book was the humor. It literally made me laugh out loud and it brightened up my mood. From drunk Sadie to hedgehogs vacationing, I loved it all. Even if I had ended up hating the entire story, I would have given it the stars for the humor. 

     So overall, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others, but I still did like it and I do recommend reading it. And props to Micalea for giving us some Olivia and Trace. And of course Toby.

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


I looked up at the sky and the birds flying above us. “I feel like I don’t know who I am anymore. I spent two years with a guy that stripped me of my identity. I feel like all I have of myself is my store and the rest I’m left questioning. I tried so hard to please him, to make him happy, and in the end I made myself miserable. I was just so desperate for it to work out that I overlooked how toxic our relationship was. How stupid is that?”
“You’re human,” he replied. “We have this inane desire to belong to something that is greater than we are on our own. That desire is so strong that we can fool ourselves into believing things that aren’t true.”
“So, I’m not crazy?” I cracked a smile.
“Definitely not crazy.”
His smile was comforting and I reminded myself for the hundredth time that everything would be okay.
I rested my head on his shoulder and a moment later his head rested on top of mine.
A smile touched my lips.
I’d missed this—having someone that understood me completely, even when I didn’t know myself.

Micalea Smeltzer is a bestselling Young and New Adult author from Winchester, Virginia. She’s always working on her next book, and when she has spare time she loves to read and spend time with her family.

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