Release Day Review ~ Stained Hearts (Links in the Chain: Book Three) by Parker Williams (Giveaway)

Title: Stained Hearts
Series: Links in the Chain: Book Three
Author: Parker Williams
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Category: Contemporary Romance

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Can two hearts stained by past pain find healing together?

Tom Kotke held his husband of twenty-five years on the day he died and spent nearly a year adrift. Determined to force Tom back into the world, his family takes him to the Park View Diner, where he meets young stained-glass artist Aiden Dawson. For a brief moment, Tom doesn’t think about his deceased husband—a terrifying prospect.

Slowly, Aiden draws Tom out of his shell and helps him feel alive once more. But Tom isn’t the only one who has suffered. Aiden fears no one sees beyond his wheelchair. Even if Tom can convince him he’s different, they’ll still have to overcome their age difference and a secret that could destroy their future together.

4.5 Stars!

I knew going into this one I was probably going to need some tissues, and I was correct. Tom lost Brian, his husband of 25 years, after a long battle with cancer. After his year of hiding away from everyone and everything, his family makes a concerted effort to get him back out in the world. One day at his friend’s diner, Tom meets Aiden, a stained glass artist who lives with his sister. Aiden intrigues Tom, and they have a wonderful conversation. When Tom decides to commission a stained glass window from Aiden, he slowly gets to know Aiden and his heart begins to open up again.

I felt Tom’s pain. He lost his husband and the grief was overwhelming. I loved the letters that Brian left for Tom even as they made me cry each time. Those two had an amazing relationship, and so I could understand how hard it was for Tom to move on and even entertain the idea of meeting new people. I loved that Tom had so much support around him and that he was given the advice he needed when he asked.

I wanted to wrap Aiden up in a hug. He was a whirlwind of energy and a beacon of light for Tom. While Aiden had his own issues to work through, I was happy to see him take the steps he needed to feel and be more independent. I loved his sister as well, and I was happy to see her become part of Tom’s family. Both Aiden and his sister really needed that connection, support, and love.

All in all, I loved seeing Tom finally slowly work through his grief and find a way to live and love again. While I had mixed feelings about Brian’s last letter for Tom, I could understand why Brian did what he had. I was so happy to see everything work out so well for them.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***    

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5 thoughts on “Release Day Review ~ Stained Hearts (Links in the Chain: Book Three) by Parker Williams (Giveaway)

  1. Most recent was Stand in Place by Mary Calmes, Rend by Roan Parrish and Broken by Nikola Haken

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  2. I cry a lot, so many books have made me cry. The last one was Wilde Love by Lucy Lennox.

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  3. There’s been a few over the years. Not much of a cryer but love when a book can make me do it. Valdemar: The Last Herald-Mage series by Mercedes Lackey, Half by Eli Lang, After Ben by Con Riley, and Yes by Lou Sylvre.

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  4. I’ve cried with plenty of books… Specially if they depict abussive situations, they always make me cry

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