Also by this author: His to Love (Fireside, #1)
His to Cherish (Fireside, #3) by Stacey Lynn
Published by Loveswept on November 15, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Can two hearts entwined by hardship move on to form a healthy bond? From the author of His to Love and His to Protect, this tender, bittersweet romance brings together a man who loses everything—and a woman with everything to give.
Chelsea Dwyer arrives home from her job at the middle-school library in Latham Hills, Michigan, expecting another quiet evening—until she hears the screams for help through her living room window. As the first witness to a terrible accident involving two local students, Chelsea doesn’t anticipate how her own life will be irrevocably changed by the father of one of the boys. In the wake of tragedy, she’s the only one who seems to understand his grief. Chelsea’s a survivor, too—and she knows that there are brighter days ahead.
As a single father, Aidan Deveraux worked his entire life to provide a stable home for his son, Derrick. Without him, Aidan feels the deepest despair imaginable. The one thing that keeps him going is his connection with the woman who tried to save his son. Hard as he tries, Aidan just can’t stay away. Chelsea’s warm embrace is the comforting solace he desperately craves—and it doesn’t hurt that Aidan had noticed the beautiful librarian and wanted to ask her out for years. Now that she’s in his life, he doesn’t ever want to let go.
Man, this series just keeps getting better and better. First of all, this can 100% be read as a standalone. With that being said, the Fireside novels have all been really good so I encourage you to read them all.
Aidan has been a single father since he was eighteen years old and there was nothing more important in his life than his son, Derrick. When a tragic accident happens and Derrick loses his life, Aidan is left alone and devastated. People are there for him, so to speak, but they don’t seem to get him and understand what he is going through. Except for his son’s school Librarian. There is something about her that just speaks to him. Something that makes him think that she just might have an idea of what he is going through and what he needs.
Chelsea’s heart is bleeding as well. Derrick’s accident happened right outside her house and she did everything she could to get him help as soon as possible. Over the past two years, she’s formed a special connection with Derrick and his best friend Shane and the loss of him is just as devastating to her. Wanting to help Aidan grieve but not really knowing how to do it, Chelsea separates herself and throws herself into projects. When Aidan shows up looking to help in order to clear his mind, she silently allows him the peace that he needs. Will she be able to help Aidan heal or will the loss of his son be too much for him to overcome?
This book was by far the most emotional book for me in the Fireside series. Immediately my heart bled for Aidan and I felt like I was grieving along with him. It’s a situation that many people have had to endure, unfortunately and I think that readers will really relate to his struggle. While there are certainly a lot of downs, which is expected with a loss like that, it’s good to see the stolen happy moments and the small healing process that he goes through when Chelsea becomes more prominent in his life.
Chelsea was the perfect balance for Aidan. She is loving and caring but my importantly, she is patient. That goes a very long way with someone who is heartbroken and grieving. She seems to know exactly what Aidan needs and she doesn’t push him. She allows him to process things as they come along and let him figure it out on his own. Although she’s always there for him, no matter what.
“I’m so fucked up, Chelsea. So broken, damaged in a way I’ll never be the same man I once was. I have no fucking clue what I’m doing most days anymore and I’m not lying here, making promises to you. I’m saying that I’ve wanted you, Derrick wanted you for me, and I’m tired of sitting back, not living in the way I preached to my son.”
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s heartbreaking. It’s devastating. But most importantly, it’s healing and hopeful. The story is real and raw and relatable to anyone that it easily grips your heart and doesn’t let go. It will hurt but it will heal. Honestly, you don’t want to miss this.