REVIEW: Change of Heart/Hart to Heart (Hart, #1 and #2) by M.E. Carter

Synopsis:

My name is Jason Hart.

As the best defensive lineman in the country, I eat, sleep and breathe football. And I like it that way. I’ve only got a few more years before I’ll have to retire, so expending energy on anything other than football seems like a waste of time.

That is, until I have a random meeting with a little boy who just lost his father. We have more in common than you might think and it creates an unlikely bond. As our friendship grows, so do my feelings for his mother.

I know Addison, as a recent widow, isn’t ready to date again. But I want to get to know her better, in spite of all her rejections.

Is it possible that I, a self-proclaimed bachelor, could be having a Change of Hart?

My Review:

I have recently become a huge M.E. Carter fan, which might also have to do with he fact that I met her at Holidays with the Belles a couple of weeks ago. I bought and had her sign Change of Heart because it was her debut novel and we all know how much of a sucker I am for sports romance. I knew this book was going to be right down my alley. What I was not expecting was the sucker punch to the feels that I would experience while reading her books. I am writing this review after I have already read book 2, but don’t worry there won’t be any spoilers for book 2, Hart to Heart.

The Story. Carter has a way of writing that just makes the story and the characters feel so real to me. She is not here to write some cookie cutter romance with six pack abs and skinny mini’s. Don’t get me wrong, I love lickable six pack abs as much as the next girl, but Carter brings a realness to the characters and their bodies that we don’t normally see, which is refreshing. These were fairly quick reads that held a lot of depth within the pages. The storyline flowed really well and it was well written. I could tell the author did her research when writing her books. I also loved the spice the author threw into the story with the side characters because they were so entertaining. My most favorite thing about these books is that the author doesn’t shy away from plots that can be heart shattering, yet heartwarming. Carter definitely broke my heart multiple times throughout Jason, Addison, and Jaxon’s, story, but she always managed to put me back together.

Jason. Both of the books are told in Jason’s POV, which normally annoys me, but I really loved it. Jason is going through life playing professional football when he makes an unexpected connection with Jaxon, a little boy who recently lost his father. Jason himself lost his dad at a young age, and can’t seem to get Jaxon out of his head. To remedy this, he invites Jaxon and his mom down for a tour of the stadium with tickets to the next game. What he doesn’t expect is for Addison to take his breath away…literally. Jason finds himself wanting to befriend this boy and become much closer to his mom, but it will be an uphill battle. A battle that Jason is not prepared to lose. The more he learns about Addison and her past, the more he falls more in love with her and her son. I loved Jason’s character. He was so strong and wanted nothing more than to help and provide for Addison and Jaxon. The way he was with Jaxon was beautiful and it made me love him all the more. His willingness to put Addison and Jaxon first really shows his true character.

I recommend this book to those who love: second chance romance, single moms, adorable kids, quick reads, books that make you ugly cry, and beautiful, magnificent stories.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

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