Sunday, January 5, 2014

My Review - Heartbeat trilogy by Faith Sullivan

About the Books:
Heartbeat (#1)
Katie and Adam are afraid of love.  

She carries the scars of a first kiss gone terribly wrong.

He uproots his life to flee the stinging betrayal of an ex.

When trust is no longer an option, all romance is suspect.

As a young paramedic, Adam rescues people for a living but cannot save himself. Katie, just out of high school, struggles with a tortured home life she cannot escape. 

Everything changes when Katie hops into the front seat of Adam's ambulance. Overwhelmed by what they are feeling, neither possess the confidence to make the first move. They walk away from each other, full of regret. 

To find her, Adam risks his future. To be with him, Katie sacrifices her security. 

Little do they know, what little time they do have, is being measured by a heartbeat that is slowly dying out.

Come What May (#2)
Adam is through with love.

He unravels blaming himself for what happened with Katie.

His final moments with her echo through his nightmares.

She owns him body and soul.

To dull the pain, Adam invites a string of women into his bed. Fueled by alcohol and desperation, his meaningless hook-ups provide little comfort. When he closes his eyes, it's Katie he sees.

The only one who helps to ease his guilt somewhat is Jada. But as his new ambulance partner, Adam considers her off limits. He doesn't want to get seriously involved with anyone, much less her. Yet he can't stop fantasizing about the feel of her caramel skin against his.

Despite his intentions, Adam's bond with Jada deepens as they respond to a series of emotional calls. Their mutual attraction becomes undeniable. But how can he give his heart to Jada when it still belongs to Katie?

I Am Yours (#3)
Adam is at a crossroads.

He has Katie on his mind and Jada in his bed.

Now with the ultimate choice before him, he must decide between fantasy and reality. 

Katie's his dream girl, but Jada's his best friend, his partner. As a paramedic, he's supposed to save lives, not wreck them. Yet his failure to commit leaves a trail of heartache in his wake.

Things come to a head at his brother's wedding when a surprise announcement leaves Adam scrambling to pick up the pieces. Sure, women find his shaggy blond hair and aquamarine eyes irresistible. But to him, sex is nothing more than a means of escape ... until it turns into a psychological trap.

His mind is telling him one thing, while his heart is beating another. He's not sure what he wants when it comes to a serious relationship. Sorting out his feelings, he finally comes to a startling realization. He is capable of love. 

But what if it's too late?

My Rating and Review

This is a hard series for me to rate but I've decided to go with a 3 star for the books as a complete series.   In Heartbeat, I fell absolutely in love with Adam and with Katie.  But then something happened as the book ended in a cliffhanger.   Luckily, I had book 2 on tap so I was ready to keep going and try to wrap my head around the major plot twist.   Meanwhile, in Come What May, we meet Adam's new paramedic partner.   I was still in shock over what had happened and also still wanting Adam and Katie to work out somehow so it was hard for me to get to like Jada.   Then the end of that book arrives and guess what, another twist and a cliffhanger. 

It was a few weeks before I got ahold of the 3rd book, but the writing pulled me right in again and I once again was waiting to find out what was going to happen with Adam, and Katie and Jada.  

Each plot twist came out of the blue and had me questioning my own sanity, much less Adam's sanity while I tried to figure out just what went down.   Faith Sullivan did a good job in tying up the pieces at the end of the book and had a clear picture of where each character was going to wind up, but there was still some confusion for me, particularly with the timeline of the events in book 1.   I'm hopeful that by me reading Heartbeat again, this time with the series ending in my head, I'll be better able to understand all of the events and when it all happened. 

If I were to base my review completely on the writing and how smoothly the story flowed, I would give it a 4 star reading, but simply because I felt so much confusion (a feeling I'm unused to feeling at the end of a book) I'm going to rate the series as a 3 star.  

I received a complimentary copy of the books in the Heartbeat trilogy in return for an honest review. 

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