Dak Preston is a deckhand on a Mississippi river towboat. That means four weeks on the river and two weeks onshore. It also means men willing to stick around for a relationship are hard to find. He's learned to keep his heart protected from the chaos of men drifting in and out of his bed. Lewis, his latest boyfriend, is on the way out, and Dak faces a new month on the boat with no one waiting for him at home.
Brody Sexton, his best friend since elementary school, is reeling from the sudden illness and death of his mother. He calls on Dak to help him move into the house she left behind. While storing items in the attic, Brody stumbles upon a set of photos that changes the way he sees his family. Secrets of love were hidden far away in the heart of a relative he barely knew.
Both men are vulnerable when they get together to celebrate Dak's last night in town before he joins the boat for another month on the river. The usual pizza, beer, and movies lead to an unexpected kiss, and their lives are changed. They have a glimpse into what could be, but Dak's ties to the river and the mystery of Brody's family threaten to intervene. Will they find the way to set their private hearts free?
Private Hearts is a 50,000 word friends-to-lovers romance. It has steamy scenes and no cliffhangers. It's the first novel in the River Town series, but it can easily be read as a standalone novel.
My Rating - 5 Stars!
Private Hearts is the premiere book in the River Town series by Grant Holland, and it is wonderful!
I love Friends to Lovers stories, and this one does not disappoint. Brody and Dax have been friends since they were young, but have never actually hooked up. As they start to realize they are attracted to each other, and act on this attraction, a beautiful romance follows. Their friendship is wonderful, and the author does a great job with alternating POVs.
Of course, it isn't always easy to make the transition from Friends to Lovers, and these two will face some obstacles. In the end though, they will find their HEA and it's a wonderful journey to get them there.
And, let's just take a moment to look at this cover! It is stunning and perfect for this book.
I highly recommend Private Hearts to anyone who loves a great small town book, as well as anyone who loves Friends to Lovers. Grant Holland has definitely sucked me into this series!