Book Reviews

Ironhearted (Hope Cove 3) by Cate Ashwood

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 27-March-2020

Book Blurb

I am anti-love.

Too much drama, thankyouverymuch. 

All I want is a hot guy to roll around with every once in a while. No muss, no fuss. It’s precisely what I’m looking for when I’m out for a night of dancing and run into the most delectable Trevor Ryan. We’re explosive together. Molten. It’s one of the best nights of my life, and when I wake up the next morning alone, I can’t help the slight twinge of regret that I didn’t at least ask for his number.

But two months later, none other than god-between-the-sheets-Trevor walks into my bakery. And he’s not alone. With entanglements and complications galore, I should forget I ever met him. 

But I can’t. 

I thought all I wanted was to be free and single, but apparently, my heart has other plans.

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, January 2014.

Book Review

I have really enjoyed Cate Ashwood's 'Hope Cove' series, and I knew that Haydn's story would be my favorite. I've adored Haydn from the moment he stepped onto the page, and I couldn't wait to see his world turned completely upside down. I suspected the author was going to give him a run for his money, and I was right.

“The woman you saw me with before, that is my sister, Sam. Not my wife. I am not married. I never have been. Because… and you may find this hard to believe… but I am gay. That was my daughter I was with. She is the wonderful product of a not-so-wonderful mistake on my part, but the mother hasn’t been in the picture since she was born. Sam and I have raised her since she was a baby.”

Haydn is the epitome of one-night, no muss, no fuss, and definitely no relationships. He's happy for his friends, but the hell they went through is exactly why he doesn't want to deal with anything more than getting his itch scratched. His and Trevor's one-night (or so he thinks) is explosive beyond belief, and even though Haydn never plans on seeing Trevor again, he has to admit that memories of that night haunt him. Until Trevor walks into his bakery, with his daughter, and never seeing him again turns into another night, and Oliver inviting Trevor to join the gang for poker night. Where Haydn discovers that Trevor is a retired NHL player. Oh, this is just too much.

“I like the newness, the passion, the excitement. I don’t want the predictability that comes with long-term. I don’t want to fall into some mundane routine, and I don’t want the hurtful words and overly dramatic situations that go along with the end. Can’t we just keep this light? Casual? We can have fun together without getting all serious, right?”

Haydn hasn't got a clue what he wants. He's so terrified of a commitment, of being stuck in a relationship like his parents and grandparents had, that he's constantly in turmoil between wanting to be with Trevor and needing to run far away. As time goes on with Haydn and Trevor just spending time together, not defining anything, Haydn discovers that family night with Trevor and his daughter is becoming his favorite kind of night.

A delightful ending to a series I've enjoyed. Haydn had to learn a tough lesson at the end, but he and Trevor both ended up with the perfect person that they both needed. Thank you, Cate, for a love story with realistic drama, and a lovely ending.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 200 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-March-2020
Price $0.99 ebook
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