Sunday, July 7, 2019

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: CHANGE OF HEART by K.M. Neuhold

Change of Heart
by K.M. Neuhold
M/M Romance
Release Date: 06.17.19

Does my husband's heart still miss me now that it beats in the chest of another man?

A heartbeat more familiar than Easton’s own

He vowed to love his husband until death do they part. And then the worst happened.

His heart kept another man alive. River. A stranger in the world with Easton's husband's heart pumping the blood that warms his skin. Does his heart ever miss Easton without knowing why?

Sweet, kind, beautiful, River. Easton never meant to meet him...never meant to know him...never meant to fall for him.

Easton loved River's heart long before he ever met him, but is it possible he’s falling in love with his mind and soul too?

***Change of Heart is a stand alone story with strong hurt/comfort themes, mild bisexual awakening themes, and a HEA

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The cool night air wraps around me, the din of the bar fading as soon as the door closes behind me, leaving only the scattered sound of cars passing and the occasional drunken laugh escaping into the night. An overwhelming emotional exhaustion hits me, and the task of walking the half-block to my car seems insurmountable. I lean against the rough brick outside of the bar and tilt my head back, looking up at the expansive night sky. The light illuminating the bar entrance flickers, and I close my eyes as an inescapable feeling of loneliness hits me square in the chest and nearly brings me to my knees. I drag in a harsh breath, putting a hand over my heart, and wonder for the millionth time about my heart donor. Did he love someone so much he could hardly breathe? Is there someone out there still who loved him the same?

I drag my fingers to the center of my chest, tracing the raised edges of my scar through the soft fabric of my shirt. I can feel the beat, steady and even against my palm, and I think about the man who saved my life. I don’t know a damn thing about him, but that doesn’t stop me from wondering who he was, what kind of a life he lived, who loved him but selflessly made the sacrifice to save the life of a complete stranger?

Carra's Review

Oh my goodness, EVERYTHING about this story just reached out and grabbed me.  It’s one of those “dammit, I’m already crying” books, and even after the initial bawl-fest those tears kept popping up here and there along the way.  But it was SO good.  Yes, it was emotional.  And yes, at times there was some frustration with Easton for how he handled things.  But I so very much wanted Easton to find his happiness again because I felt so much for him.

If you’ve ever seen the movie Return to Me (Duchovny, Driver), the initial setup is similar.  But here the author gives the story its own originality, and gives readers two main characters with whom it is easy to become emotionally attached.  I certainly did, even when Easton was being frustrating by keeping a secret—a BIG secret—from River. 

With Easton, my heart broke for him from the very start.  Unless someone has been in his same situation, I don’t think anyone can truly comprehend what he had to go through, and how deeply it affected him.  With River, he was just a beautiful person all around, and with the way he always wonders what it would be like to find that one true love, I really wanted him to be able to find that person.

The development of their relationship felt natural (or as natural as it could with Easton’s secret hanging over things), nothing felt rushed.  I kept rooting for the two of them while at the same time wanting to give Easton a shake and say “tell him, tell him!”, but understanding why he was afraid to do it.    

Both Easton and River had good friends to support them, and I loved both of those characters.  Fox was Easton’s husband’s best friend, and now is pretty much Easton’s best friend and voice of reason (even if Easton doesn’t want to listen).  Brandon is River’s best friend, and the understanding and support he shows while River is trying to work things out regarding his attraction to Easton is wonderful.  I’m hoping we’ll get to see more of both of these guys in another book.

Even with as frustrating as Easton could be with his secret, Change of Heart was still a 5-star read for me, and is a story I highly recommend for any M/M romance fan.  Go into it prepared for the emotions because you’re going to get all the feels.  The adult language and sexual content so make this book one for readers 18+.

About the Author

Author K.M.Neuhold is a complete romance junkie, a total sap in every way. She started her journey as an author in new adult, MF romance, but after a chance reading of an MM book she was completely hooked on everything about lovely- and sometimes damaged- men finding their Happily Ever After together. She has a strong passion for writing characters with a lot of heart and soul, and a bit of humor as well. And she fully admits that her OCD tendencies of making sure every side character has a full backstory will likely always lead to every book having a spin-off or series. When she's not writing she's a lion tamer, an astronaut, and a superhero...just kidding, she's likely watching Netflix and snuggling with her husky while her amazing husband brings her coffee.


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