It was only meant to be a short trip—up to Chicago for two days and then back to Texas. At least, that was the plan until a massive snowstorm leaves me trapped in Chicago at a local hotel with no definite time frame of when I can go back home. If that wasn’t a crazy-enough turn of events—I wake up to a beautiful princess standing in my hotel room.
She was definitely a sight to behold, but she’s not the least bit thrilled to see me—think Momma Bear finding Goldilocks lying in her bed type of annoyance.
You see, my princess turned out to be a tired and angry traveler who had been double-booked…in my hotel room. With no rooms left anywhere in the city, we are forced to bunk together to ride out the storm. Now, all that’s left to determine is will we survive each other.
After a rocky start and some much-needed rest, Analise and I soon forge a friendship that turns into a no-strings-attached fling.
When the fairytale we got lost in melts away, we have an even bigger storm to weather that we never saw coming. The one where I’m faced with the uncertainty of having to walk away from the one woman who has opened a part of my heart I had thought was as frozen over as the city we found each other in.
Fated Hearts is a stand-alone novel and the last book in the Southern Bride series.
NICUnurse’s Review of Fated Hearts by Kelly Elliott
I read my first Kelly Elliot book, Wanted, years ago and fell in love with her writing, characters, and stories in that series long before I was a book reviewer or blogger. At some point, I kind of lost track of her new books but found my way back to her with the Meet Me in Montana series. Fated Hearts is the 8th and final book in her Southern Bride series. It is a complete stand-alone novel. All of them can be read as stand-alone titles. This is only the fourth book in that series that I’ve read, and I didn’t read any of them in the order they were published. And I was never lost with the characters or the plots.
Fated Hearts is the story of two people destined to meet and fall in love, despite one of them (*cough* Roger) being incredibly pig-headed and resistant to changing his thought patterns. The same cannot be said of Annalise as she’s just jumped full steam ahead into a much-wanted life change. I loved how ready for adventure she was from the beginning and that she wasn’t looking for any man to save her. Compliment her, yes. Save her, no. Roger was simply painfully stubborn, fighting his feelings and his heart every step of the way. I’ve never wanted to smack some sense into a character so badly. Despite his obstinance being the biggest stumbling block, eventually, these two do get their HEA.
Fated Hearts is chocked full of elements of fairy tales, yet has some very angsty moments, all topped off with just a hint of paranormal in a sweet sense. While not my favorite of the series, it was still gripping and entertaining enough to keep me turning pages long after I should have been sleeping. Kelly Elliot consistently delivers romance with heart, characters you can’t help but love, and plenty of moments that will make you swoon and smile, even while breaking your heart at times.
NICUnurse’s Rating: 4 out of 5 propellers!
Meet Kelly Elliott
Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today, bestselling contemporary romance author. Her bestselling works include Wanted, Broken, Lost Love, and Never Enough, to name a few.
Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, Gus, her chocolate lab, four cats, and endless wildlife creatures. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
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