Sacred Hart by A.M. Johnson
Published by Indie on June 13, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Sleep, it was luxury I didn’t have. I could hear it then, in the dark light of night, in the dusky morning…The click of the trigger, the smell of her blood, the sound of the rain. I never thought I would see her again. She was a ghost. She was dead. When Maggie Wright pushed her way into my life, she brought the phantom with her, and I was helpless to her pull. Everything I had, all of it, had been taken from me ten years ago. I had nothing but the shirt on my back, the memories that still burned through my veins, and the regret I drowned in every day.I am Ryan Hartford...and I have nothing left to lose.
This book completely took me by surprise. I was 100% not expecting to be as emotionally invested as I became. I have to admit that I have another book by this author but have yet to read it and I’m seriously kicking myself in the ass for that. If it drawls half of the emotion out of me that this book did, then I’ve seriously been depriving myself. With that being said, A.M. Johnson would technically be considered a new to me author. And wow, what a fabulous way to start.
I’m going to keep this as spoiler free as possible. I went into this blind and it was honestly the best decision I could have made. I think everyone should experience this with a clean slate. Without any preconceived notions.
Ryan Hartford had a horrific situation 10 years ago that left him with nothing. That time was full of hopelessness and loss that he could never overcome. When circumstances causes him to start over in a new place, he tries to stick to himself. He wants to be left alone and continues to be haunted by his past. His grief never allowing him to fully move forward. That is until one woman continues to push her way into his life. Will anything or anyone ever be able to help Ryan face his past and move forward?
“She was lighting fires that should stay extinguished.”
First of all, I absolutely loved the writing. It flowed effortlessly. Everything had a meaning and everything was tied in perfectly. There was the perfect balance of full circle and the detail was consistent during it.
Now let’s talk about my beloved Ryan. That’s right. He’s mine. He’s so different from the alpha males that I’m used to. Don’t get me wrong, I love my alphas. But there’s just something so different with Ryan. He’s rough yet soft. He’s a honest, hard-worker who has only ever wanted a family to love. Here’s where my emotional investment starts. I liked Ryan from the beginning. I just didn’t catch on to the slow build in my heart and my feelings towards him. Then out of no-where I’m so far gone I don’t even know what happened.
I truly loved every character in this book. Each one had their own place and they brought their own uniqueness to the story. I think that ultimate pushed me over with the emotions. I seriously was invested in each and every one of them. I felt everything they were going through. I was happy, scared, loved, loving, hurting, etc right along with them. It honestly took me by surprise.
“Maggie was like the needle of a compass. No matter how hard I tried to get lost inside myself, she pulled me north, up. toward the light…toward her.”
I really tried to keep this as clean as possible. I can’t say much more. Just jump in and go for it. I think you might just find an unexpected gem.
Signed paperback of Sacred Hart by A.M. Johnson & a $10 Amazon Gift Card