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Published by Kensington on February 16th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
In the lush heart of Kentucky, horse racing is king, and the Hamilton family is royalty, born to produce champions. Maybe that’s because they understand wildness better than most… Charming, reckless, and restless, youngest brother Alex Hamilton has a reputation for sweet talking his way into any woman’s arms—and failing at anything to do with the family business. So when he commits to managing their new breeding operation, it’s under one condition: he’ll focus on work and nothing else—no distractions, no fun…no women. But just when Alex has promised to keep his hands to himself, sweet, sexy Kate Littleton gallops away with his heart… Kate knows Alex isn’t the long-term type—he proved that in a lot of delicious ways when they first met more than a year ago. But seeing him blazing with new dedication to Hamilton Stables, she can’t deny that he’s miles ahead of any other man who interests her. The attraction between them is electric right out of the gate, but it will take an unexpected loss to put them back in the race and headed for a passionate future together… Praise for Melissa West’s Racing Hearts “An emotional story filled with heart, humor, and second chances, Racing Hearts is a love letter to small towns, southern pride, and the heartbeat of all tight communities—its strong families. I laughed, I cried, and I never wanted to leave. An incredible story!”-- Rachel Harris, New York Times bestselling author
By now you should know of my love of Melissa West’s stories. When I saw the ARC go up for Wild Hearts, the second book of the Hamilton Stables series I immediately requested it. I loved the glimpses of Alex we had from Emery and Trip’s story so I was super excited to get into his story.
Alex Hamilton is the youngest brother and seen as the reckless one. He also has a reputation with the ladies and has done his best to stay away from Kate but he can’t help it. He is drawn to her and loves everything about her. Unfortunately he isn’t in a place where he feels he can give her what she deserves in a relationship.
Kate Littleton is Emery’s best friend. They have the kind of friendship where they tell each other everything and the fact that she can’t tell her about her feelings for Alex is making things very difficult. Kate knows that Alex isn’t a “relationship” guy but she can’t help it – she is completely drawn to him. As they start to build onto their friendship and eventually become more, they both realize they are taking a risk but they don’t care.
I loved these two characters together. One of the best things was the fact that Kate saw more in Alex than he and his brothers did. He is determined to make his role with the breeding function of the stables work. Showing Trip that he can do it and do it well, Alex won’t let his focus be pulled away from his work. But it is important to say he isn’t only about work. The times when he would come to help Kate build out the set for the school kids were the best. A number of things happen in this book that both push these characters together but also pull them apart. In the end, they both have to figure out what is most important to them and then also, how they can balance it all to have everything they want.
I truly love this series and you don’t have to read them all in order but it definitely helps a bit because you know about all the other things going on in the lives of the Hamilton’s. If you are looking for a story that has plenty of romance, swoons, and family, definitely check this series out. Melissa West tells fantastic stories and everyone should be reading them.
Thanks you to the publisher and NetGalley for the review copy!