Hometown Heartbreaker Maisey Yates Release Date: February 1, 2016 Publisher: HQN Books Contemporary Romance M/F Book #3.5 of the Copper Ridge series Number of Pages: 94 Kindle Edition Source: borrowed from MCL Rating: NC-17 Read 2/23/17
Maisey Yates has a knack of telling the saddest stories with so much hope. I have mentioned before that I’m not always impressed with .5 books. The little novellas and short stories authors sometimes insert into their series. They often fall flat or seem too rushed. Or, even worse, tell a side story of a beloved character and change that character’s personality. But sometimes they are perfect. Sometimes these little stories are beautiful and lovely. This story is one of the good ones. This story is amazing.
At fewer than 100 pages, the narrative of Casey and Aiden had to move fast. Yet even with the fast pace nothing felt rushed to me. In the beginning you know there is something broken inside of Casey. As the story goes along you see that Aiden is not intact either. Somehow, these two broken souls start to mend each other. They teach each other so much about themselves and life in a short amount of time. It’s a good thing it’s a short story since I couldn’t put it down.
Fair warning, low page count does NOT mean light read. The issues Aiden and Casey deal with and getting to the root of the way they view themselves is not a pretty road. It will tear your heart out. But rest assured, the story will also give you back your heart and then some by the end.