Title: Soaring Hearts
Author: A.L. Boyd
Publication Date: September 25, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Page count: 139
Format: eBook, Paperback
Rating: 3 Stars
Will hearts soar when pigs fly?
Alex’s job working for his family-owned radio station once took him all over the city reporting on major events—until the accident. His scars, both physical and emotional, cause him to withdraw into a self-imposed, semi-reclusive lifestyle. When his dad requests that he go to the world’s largest hot air balloon festival, he has to find the courage to break his isolation. Now he needs to find the courage to trust and love again.
Jeff had already been planning a move to Albuquerque when he lost his home, parents, and dog to a wildfire in California. To begin his new life, he agrees to help his sister and brother-in-law with their balloon at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Now he’s seen pigs fly and bees kissing, but will he find the love he’s been searching for?
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Soaring Hearts is a sweet love story of two lost and scarred souls. This is only my second A.L. Boyd story but I feel it’s safe to say I know what to expect from her writing now. It pretty much has vanilla flavour. Other than the mentions of past darkness – on both character’s side – the book offered only goodness on present day: coffee (that a must), a turned-to-klepto jealous dog, food (spicy food, too!), kids, music, and of course romance with a dash of sexy times.
What interest me here was the premises, a Balloon Fiesta. The author’s account on this event had me longing to visit one – cue in the festival food and attractions – or look for a movie with one.
That the characters are both likable contributed to the story, too. Their attraction was instantaneous and smooth sailing. Even the secondary ones who floated in and out of the pages – let’s discount the mention of evil ex – are all good and supportive.
So yeah, it’s sweet and quite a tame story with predictable ending. But if you’re of a mind of an uncomplicated reading with guaranteed happy ending, you might not need to look further than this. 🙂
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.