The Fearful Heart by Cherry Christensen

The Fearful Heart by Cherry Christensen
Publisher: esKape Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (178 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

The heart must be protected at all costs… but will Cassidy be able to afford the price?

Cassidy has distanced herself from childhood friend, Tristan. She’s moved on from their days of best friend-hood and is attending college. And dating one of the most eligible males on campus. Life couldn’t be better. Really.

Tristan has devoted himself to Cassidy since they were children together. But no matter what he did, she’s never treated him like more than her best friend. He knows they can have something deeper. If only he can find the key to unlocking her fearful heart.

Cassidy is finally ready to risk her heart, but is she too late?

Cassidy is a sweet young woman with a beautiful Christian faith that she demonstrates simply by the way she lives. Cassidy is smart, but seems to have poor judgment where men are concerned. Her past boyfriends have been a string of losers. Tristan has always been there to pick up the pieces of her heart. While Cassidy privately acknowledges Tristan’s importance to her, she refuses to take the step toward a romantic relationship with him. However, what Cassidy doesn’t see is that her reticence is pushing him away and she just might end up losing him anyway. In the midst of Cassidy’s turmoil, Keefe blows into her life and immediately begins pursuing her heart. No matter who Cassidy chooses, someone’s heart is bound to be broken.

The love triangle between Cassidy, Tristan, and Keefe is very well done. I really had no idea who Cassidy would choose. Both men are smart, attractive and completely devoted to Cassidy. Keefe is sweet and romantic. Tristan has known Cassidy most of her life and they share a deep bond of friendship that has always hovered on the edge of romance. It is clearly a tough decision, and I was really looking forward to reading how she would choose between men who seemed evenly matched. Unfortunately, something happens towards the end that makes Cassidy’s choice incredibly easy. In fact, I’d say that the actions of one of the characters took the decision out of her hands entirely. I found this a little disappointing. However, I will say that I think she ended up with the right guy, and the ending was very romantic.

The Fearful Heart has several entertaining secondary characters. I particularly enjoyed Cassidy’s roommate Billie and her odd romance with Ethan, a very large football player. I do wish that Ava, Cassidy’s nemesis, had been a bit more rounded. Most of her exchanges with Cassidy didn’t feel natural, and I thought the dialog between them was a little stilted. I will say that the end of the story hinted at more depth to Ava’s character, but it was almost too little too late.

Overall, I enjoyed reading The Fearful Heart. Cassidy is a lovely young woman I’d be proud to call my friend, and I truly enjoyed watching her try to sort out her relationships with two interesting men. Fans of contemporary romance might want to check it out.

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