Change of Heart
Release Date: 06.17.19
Does my husband's heart still miss me now that it beats in the chest of another man?
A heartbeat more familiar than Easton’s own
He vowed to love his husband until death do they part. And then the worst happened.
His heart kept another man alive. River. A stranger in the world with Easton's husband's heart pumping the blood that warms his skin. Does his heart ever miss Easton without knowing why?
Sweet, kind, beautiful, River. Easton never meant to meet him...never meant to know him...never meant to fall for him.
Easton loved River's heart long before he ever met him, but is it possible he’s falling in love with his mind and soul too?
***Change of Heart is a stand alone story with strong hurt/comfort themes, mild bisexual awakening themes, and a HEA
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Easton’s life ended when he saw the still figure of the man he loved in the hospital and knew that machines were the only thing keeping his husband alive. Five long years have passed and the grief he felt then has diminished very little, leaving Easton living a colorless life, barely treading water and feeling so alone. When he meets the man who received his husband’s heart the last thing Easton wants is to fall for the guy but River is so appealing—so kind—so gentle. Easton begins to slowly come out of his shell and finds spending time with River brightens his life. But can he put the memory of his husband behind him and embrace a new love?
K. M. Neuhold writes a powerful story that speaks of rebirth, recovery from loss, and learning to live and love again. There was much to admire in this novel—the way in which River acted upon his bisexuality for the first time to the slow and tender romance that built between he and Easton. Both were very well done and made this novel stand out. It was very realistic that Easton still held on to the grief he experienced at the untimely death of his loving husband. They married young and were completely invested in each other. The half-life in which Easton now existed was heart-wrenching and for many I am positive his finding River and learning to love again will be the icing on this deliciously appealing romance.
For me, I struggled with the times when I felt Easton was not only selfish but skirted the edge of being completely unfair to River. From the moment Easton asked his friend, Fox, to discover who his husband’s heart was given to I felt that Easton began crossing some very serious lines with River. I also felt that after the big dramatic event near the end of the novel it should have been Easton who made the decision to reset the course that his and River’s relationship had veered off onto. However, I struggle with marking this novel down because I feel these are personal reservations that actually have little to do with the fact that Change of Heart was still a powerful story that will resonate with many.
I will admit that while I have mixed emotions about Change of Heart they cannot diminish that this novel was well-written with appealing characters and was undoubtedly a beautiful story of healing and learning to love again. Despite my concerns with the trajectory of the plot, the author creates a hurt/comfort story that shines brighter than most using this trope.
The cool night air wraps around me, the din of the bar fading as soon as the door closes behind me, leaving only the scattered sound of cars passing and the occasional drunken laugh escaping into the night. An overwhelming emotional exhaustion hits me, and the task of walking the half-block to my car seems insurmountable. I lean against the rough brick outside of the bar and tilt my head back, looking up at the expansive night sky. The light illuminating the bar entrance flickers, and I close my eyes as an inescapable feeling of loneliness hits me square in the chest and nearly brings me to my knees. I drag in a harsh breath, putting a hand over my heart, and wonder for the millionth time about my heart donor. Did he love someone so much he could hardly breathe? Is there someone out there still who loved him the same?
I drag my fingers to the center of my chest, tracing the raised edges of my scar through the soft fabric of my shirt. I can feel the beat, steady and even against my palm, and I think about the man who saved my life. I don’t know a damn thing about him, but that doesn’t stop me from wondering who he was, what kind of a life he lived, who loved him but selflessly made the sacrifice to save the life of a complete stranger?
Author K.M.Neuhold is a complete romance junkie, a total sap in every way. She started her journey as an author in new adult, MF romance, but after a chance reading of an MM book she was completely hooked on everything about lovely- and sometimes damaged- men finding their Happily Ever After together. She has a strong passion for writing characters with a lot of heart and soul, and a bit of humor as well. And she fully admits that her OCD tendencies of making sure every side character has a full backstory will likely always lead to every book having a spin-off or series. When she's not writing she's a lion tamer, an astronaut, and a superhero...just kidding, she's likely watching Netflix and snuggling with her husky while her amazing husband brings her coffee.
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