Title: Fatal Hearts
Author: Norah Wilson
My Rating: A
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Main Characters: Boyd and Hayden
Release Date: August 2014
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Sexual Intensity: hot
When Boyd comes to medical resident Hayden Walsh’s ER looking for answers, she agrees to help with his investigation because Josh was a friend. As unnerved as she is by her attraction to the detective, she knows it will be impossible to avoid romantic entanglement…and the mess that comes with it.
The investigation uncovers dangerous secrets, and Boyd and Hayden’s passion ignites. Only they can keep each other safe from a threat that lurks inside a life-long mystery.
Sigh...this book was just so good. The premise of the story is that both the main characters are tied together by their love of one man, Josh, who died at the age of 35 of a sudden heart attack.
For Boyd, this hit especially close because they were identical twin brothers with all the closeness that entail. He's obviously devastated, but so is Hayden. Josh was her best friend and she thought of him as her big older brother, not realizing that Josh was in love with her. Boyd knew, although he'd never met Hayden until the funeral.
Boyd is a cop and he just doesn't feel as though everything is kosher with Josh's sudden death...mainly because he'd had a breakthrough that morning about finding their birth parents. Boyd had no idea what that breakthrough was though because by the time he returned the call, Josh was dead.
The heartbreak that circles the story is so emotional and so well done. I love a bit of angst with my romance and this story definitely has that. I had a pretty good idea way early in the story about the outcome and the suspense line, but that didn't affect my enjoyment of the revelations at all. In fact, I couldn't wait to get to the expose to find out whether I was guessing right or not...I was, but it was still amazingly done and crafted. I loved the ins and outs of the suspense weaving.
I also really loved both Boyd and Hayden. For Hayden, Boyd has Josh's face so it's a bit weird for her to be attracted to him. But the chemistry is definitely there between the two of them that she didn't have with Josh. For Boyd, he feels like he's betraying his twin by acting on his feelings for Hayden. Josh loved her and hoped for a future eventually with her. The conflict for both these characters felt very real and believable.
Boyd is a detective and Hayden is a doctor. I loved the way that their careers played into the story and the suspense story line. So many times when a cop is away from his home turf, there is some extra drama because he's stepping on the locals' toes by trying to do their jobs. I liked the way Morgan accepted Boyd and that it, pretty much, wasn't an issue. Again, it just had a more believable feel to it the way it was written. No easy drama just because it could be written in that way. I like that Norah Wilson doesn't go for the easy conflicts, but develops deeper ones...a sign of a great writer.
This was definitely an example of REALLY GREAT romantic suspense writing, but my favorite part of the story had to be the romance.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.