Book Reviews

Heart Unbroken (Hearts Entwined 4) by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Blue-Collar Workers / Disability / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 07-August-2019

Book Blurb

Car restorer Dean Milford knows how to make damaged things beautiful again. Only, after a bad breakup, he loses sight of who he is, playing the field and distracting himself with any man he comes across. But now there’s only one guy who really matters to him. And maybe with his latest restoration job—a vintage Cobra—he’ll get the chance to let him know.

 

Losing his sight wasn’t the worst thing to happen to Lee Studer—losing his independence was. It’s taken a while, but he’s finally found his place in the world—in a garage. Funny enough, his acute hearing allows him to pinpoint engine problems just by listening. And even better, he’s going to have a chance to help his long-time crush, Dean, rebuild his fantasy car.

 

As the restoration comes together, so do Lee and Dean, building a friendship that quickly turns into so much more. But before they can think about a future together, they have to deal with the past. Only that turns out to be more dangerous than either one ever dreamed….

 

Book Review

Another perfect addition to this series, ‘Heart Unbroken’ is about dealing with changes, facing challenges of the personal and professional kind, and finding love where and when you least expect it. The setting is Trevor’s garage, and many characters from earlier books play a role, so I would advise reading these stories in order. The focus is on Dean, a car restorer who is a little adrift after a failed relationship and now that he feels he is getting old, and Lee, a man who lost his sight in an accident but has found his life’s calling as a mechanic. Both men have dealt with loss, neither is super self-confident, and their romance is a slow-burn that takes both of them by surprise. The result is an emotional story with lots of heart, some wonderful romantic moments, and a touch of suspense.

Dean is a secondary character from previous books, he has turned into a bit of a player after his last breakup, and I have to admit that I never really warmed up to him – until now. Getting to know him better helped, but mostly it was the changes (and maturing!) he goes through once he gets closer to Lee. Dean has admired Lee from afar for a while, but didn’t think Lee would be interested due to their age difference. But ten years is not the world, and once Dean begins to change his life for the better and sees himself in a less negative light, he opens up to Lee in a heartwarming way.

Lee has not had it easy since he lost his eyesight in an accident five years earlier, and had it been up to his insufferably overbearing mother, he’d probably still be sitting at home being “careful”. Instead, he has been fighting for his independence and is using his superior hearing to diagnose what is wrong with car engines, which makes him a great addition to Trevor’s team. When Lee gets a chance to work on restoring a fantastic car with Dean, a man he has secretly admired for a while, he grabs it with both hands and doesn’t look back.

Working on restoring a Cobra allows Dean and Lee to get to know each other better, and they begin to see each other in a more honest light. Their friendship soon leads to more, though the pace is comparatively slow. But there are others who get in the way, and it takes all of Trevor’s team members to help figure out what is going on.

If you like sweet romances that start slowly before passion takes over, if you think an older car restorer and a younger mechanic might be a good match, and if you’re looking for a read that is almost drama free, yet has the ability to pull you in due to the strength of the characters and how they deal with life, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It’s as wonderful as the previous stories in this series.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/63438 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-August-2019
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/heart-unbroken-by-andrew-grey-10676-b