- Hearts Reclaimed
- Ayla Asher
- December 22, 2020
- Kai Kennicott
- Wen Ross
- Ardor Creek # 1
There are a few aspects of this story that I appreciated. I thought the story was going to be predictable, based on how it started out. I was pleasantly surprised by several twists in the direction along the way. While I was somewhat distracted, transcribing text while wiki editing and listening, I noticed mention of how months had passed. Usually, in romance stories, characters fall in love overnight, I always appreciate it when an author adds a believable pace to it.
The characters had obvious chemistry and I liked how the cast of side characters and townspeople played into the plot. I enjoyed the teasing about how they’d end up together, while they continually denied it. The narrators played off of each other well and really brought everybody to life.
I don’t know which one is which, as their names sound made up. They both did an amazing job of bringing characters to life, though the female narrator’s narration sounded lifeless at times. I’ve noticed a lot of narrators either narrate characters well, or narrate the plot well, but rarely both.
I enjoy the nod at the end, where they point out that the relationships in Ardor Creek have only just begun. It reminds me of a series of cozy mystery romance stories I listened to that functioned much the same way.
I enjoyed my time with these characters and I can’t wait to see how they play into the sequels; as well as how their friends play into the sequels.
NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.