Thursday, August 7, 2014

Book Review: Heart & Soul by Lee Strauss

Heart & Soul, by Lee Strauss
2014, 300p, Romantic Suspense
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the author for an honest review

She's heartbroken. He's heartless.

Gabriele Baumann-Smith is deliriously in love with her young husband Lennon.

Except, it turns out that Lennon Smith isn't his real name. In fact, he's full of secrets: a cottage on the southern British coast, an old girlfriend and... an identical twin brother.

Callum Jones—not his real name—can't believe his brother's widow came to England. He'd warned Mick—Lennon—that an inheritance could put the girl's life in danger, and he was right.

“Mrs. Smith” is the last thing Callum needs to worry about right now. She's beautiful, sure, takes his breath away at times. But when she looks at him, who does she see?

Gabriele's heart is battered and bruised. Can one brother fix what the other left behind? And will they live long enough to find out?

We met Gabriele in the second book--she's Eva's "perfect" sister. She married Lennon Smith and we find out that he has recently died. He left her a cottage in England that she didn't know existed so she left her family in Germany to see what she could find out about it. She's surprised when she learns the secrets Lennon was keeping, the biggest one being that his name was actually Mick! She learned more about who he was before she met him and began to understand why he was adamant about not having his picture taken.

I loved the first two books in this series and loved this one as well! Again, it's so different from the other two. Along with secrets, there's danger and suspense and once I started reading, it was hard to put down!

We learned some background into how Gabriele and Lennon met and how quickly they fell in love. She met his brother soon after her arrival in England and was even more surprised to find out he was Lennon's twin! Lennon told his brother all about her and at first, Callum was anxious to get her back home as quickly as possible. She was stubborn, though, and once she started getting some answers, the action kicked into high gear and they were soon running for their lives.

I have enjoyed reading this series and am glad to know there will be a Christmas novella coming this fall! Each book reads as a stand alone. We're given glimpses of the couples in previous books but not enough that you feel like you're missing a lot of back story if you don't read them in order. I also love that they're clean!! 

Lee Strauss is the author of The Minstrel Series (contemporary romance), The Perception Series (young adult dystopian) and young adult historical fiction. She is the married mother of four grown children, three boys and a girl, and divides her time between British Columbia, Canada and Dresden, Germany. When she's not writing or reading she likes to cycle, hike and do yoga. She enjoys traveling (but not jet lag >:0), soy lattes, red wine and dark chocolate.


Unknown said...

I have them all on my TBR pile now..hehe! I have way too many waiting patiently for me to read them. I can hear them begging me to take a break and read them....hehehe

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