Title: Tangled Hearts
Author: Sarah O'Rourke
Published: February 10, 2016
Publisher: Sarah O'Rourke
Links: Amazon | Goodreads
Rating: Five out of Five Wine Glasses
The directive had been clear: Deeply embed himself in the fair town of Paradise, Tennessee, and keep one Melody Song Reardon from forgiving her fornicating ex-fiancé and keep her safe by any means necessary.
Fortunately, Retired First Sergeant Callum Valentine had always been a man that got the job done. Unfortunately, nobody told him that while his ‘job’ might be as pretty as a picture, she could be ornery as a wet cat and had a stubborn streak a mile long. Now, he was battling baristas and dodging would-be assassins in an effort to keep one sultry southern minx safe.
He’d thought the Taliban would be the most dangerous force he ever face. Imagine his surprise when he realized that the radical extremists had nothing on one curvy little woman with a wicked edge to her tongue…. a woman that had somehow tangled herself around his cold heart.
Where to begin...there is so much goodness going on in this book that it's difficult to find a place to start. The writing team of Sarah O'Rourke does it once again with their latest book, which parallels the continuing series in Paradise, TN.
The chemistry and heat between Melody and Callum nearly jumps off the page from the moment they meet. I don't believe anyone can write hunky book boyfriends like these ladies can, as evidenced in this and the other books in the Paradise series. The clever dialog and banter had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion (Melody decking her ex-fiancé for instance), with a tug on my heartstrings just a few pages later. I don't think I've ever read a male character that had a way with words quite like Callum...and it was refreshing that Melody was so receptive to his brand of falling in love. In other words, I liked that these two came together early on and didn't spend the entire book fighting their feelings for each other, as so many other authors have a tendency for their characters to do.
Having nearly all the characters from previous books in the Paradise series make appearances in this book was thoroughly enjoyable, especially since Melody was and still is so entwined with them all. With Melody and Callum becoming a permanent fixture in the town of Paradise, I look forward to reading more about them as other books in the Paradise series continues.