Where the Heart Lies

I honestly felt a bit let down by this story because it just never took off from the beginning. I know that eventually Liam and Alicia had to make some tough decisions of whether or not they should have started a relationship together and because of this I thought the pacing was going to pick up from there. Sadly though, it just seemed that the story was too weighed down throughout. It just didn’t meet the high expectations I set for it based on the interesting blurb that drew me in originally. I grew tired quickly of everyone having something to say about how strongly they felt against Alicia thinking of starting a relationship with Liam.

On a positive note, I did like the storyline idea that the author came up with. I’m going to chalk this one up to just not being the perfect fit for me at this time. I wouldn’t hesitate to review any future stories by this author because I feel that each story sets different expectations for me. Her next book just might turn out to be one of my favorite stories that I’ve read for the year.

Alicia Galloway is trying to work through the grief and heartache of losing her husband once she is notified he has been killed while serving his country. After following through with a promise of returning to Ty’s hometown, should anything happen to him while he’s deployed, Alicia tries starting a new life with her two children while being surrounded by Ty’s family and friends. Never did she count on developing feelings for Ty’s best friend, Liam, but you can’t always control what the heart feels. Now, Alicia must make some cold, hard decisions if she should start a relationship with Liam and not base it on all the bad stories everyone has to say about him. Does Alicia decide to have Liam in her life romantically? Or does she take everyone’s advice instead?

Book Blurb for Where the Heart Lies

All widowed Alicia Galloway has left of her war-hero husband are the flag that draped his coffin and his final wishes: to move to his hometown, take over the family bookstore and enjoy a simple, quiet life with their two small children. When she arrives, her husband's best friend makes that new life anything but simple. How can she be so drawn to Liam Addison?

Liam only intended to help Alicia get settled. But one unexpected kiss awakens his long-held forbidden feelings. Soon, the town busybodies swoop in to warn Alicia away from him. Because no matter the man he's become, he'll never live down his reputation as town troublemaker and wolfish womanizer.

No one wants the war hero's sweet widow and the supposedly former bad boy together. But the more everyone tries to keep them apart, the closer he and Alicia get. And the more determined Liam is to prove he's a changed man. Will it be enough to convince Alicia to let a new love in her life?

87,000 words

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2012 3.00