Can two hearts entwined by hardship move on to form a healthy bond? From the author of His to Love and His to Protect, this tender, bittersweet romance brings together a man who loses everything—and a woman with everything to give.
Chelsea Dwyer arrives home from her job at the middle-school library in Latham Hills, Michigan, expecting another quiet evening—until she hears the screams for help through her living room window. As the first witness to a terrible accident involving two local students, Chelsea doesn’t anticipate how her own life will be irrevocably changed by the father of one of the boys. In the wake of tragedy, she’s the only one who seems to understand his grief. Chelsea’s a survivor, too—and she knows that there are brighter days ahead.
As a single father, Aidan Deveraux worked his entire life to provide a stable home for his son, Derrick. Without him, Aidan feels the deepest despair imaginable. The one thing that keeps him going is his connection with the woman who tried to save his son. Hard as he tries, Aidan just can’t stay away. Chelsea’s warm embrace is the comforting solace he desperately craves—and it doesn’t hurt that Aidan had noticed the beautiful librarian and wanted to ask her out for years. Now that she’s in his life, he doesn’t ever want to let go.
Stacey Lynn likes her coffee with a dash of sugar, her heroes with a side of bossy, and her wine a deep shade of red.
The author of over thirty romance novels, many of which have been best-selling titles on Amazon, AppleBooks, and Barnes & Noble.
Born in Texas and raised in the Midwest, she now makes her home in North Carolina and loves all things Southern. Together with her ultimate tall, dark, and handsome hero, she has four children. Her life is a chaotic mess that fights with her Type-A, list-making, neurotically organized preferences and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
'His to Cherish' was my first book in this series and also my first book by this author and let me tell you - it definitely won’t be my last because this woman can really write, not only well developed stories, but also endearing, relatable characters. Stacey Lynn delivered an emotional tale that really held me at the edge of my seat. Equally heartbreaking and heartwarming, this third installment in the series moved me to tears and held my attention from start to finish. Chelsea and Aidan’s story is a story about grief and loss, finding love and learning to live again, it’s a story that will make you feel so much and experience everything these characters experience, it’s a story that will show you how unpredictable and unfair live is, but also a story that will show you that time and love have the power to heal.
Chelsea and Aidan met each other two years ago when Chelsea was working as a school librarian and Aidan was registering his son, Derrick for sixth grade. They’re not really friends, more acquaintances, having a couple of friends in common, but they have been attracted to each other since then, neither of them try for something more for different reasons, ignoring their strong feelings. Their lives change irrevocably when tragedy strikes. Aidan feels that he lost everything, Chelsea being the only one who seems to understand him, to understand his grief. He feels a deep connection with this woman who apparently knows what loss is and what starts as a tentative friendship slowly blossom into more. But in order to have something beautiful and meaningful together, Aidan must accept his new reality.
'His to Cherish' was really emotional at times, truly wonderfully written and like I mentioned above, it also brought me to tears one time or two. Needless to say, Chelsea and Aidan’s story was hard to read at times, haunting, but also beautiful, heart-warming and full of hope. Their story will make you cry, but it also will make you smile.
The two main characters were fantastically portrayed, were relatable and every single one of their emotions felt real to me. They felt real, their grief felt real, but also their connection and love for each other as the story unfolded. Aidan was a character I felt deeply about. My heart broke for this man, who in one single moment lost everything he loved and cared about. I felt his pain, his despair, his fears, but also his love for his son. He was a great hero (even if there were times he acted like a douche), a genuinely good person, a sweet, thoughtful, charming man who I connected with from the very beginning.
Chelsea was such an endearing heroine. What I loved the most about her was how compassionate she was. Compassion is a quality I really admire on characters I’m reading about and Chelsea was the epitome of that. She was so sweet, caring and loving and the way she treated Aidan when his grief became too much warmed my heart. She was everything he needed...in every way and I loved her for that.
Chelsea and Aidan’s relationship was complicated at times, they having some ups and downs as the story unfolded, but I have to say that I really liked them together. They were good for each other in every way and their connection felt more and more palpable with each and every chapter. I truly felt how much both of them wanted their relationship to work, the respect and care they had for each other and also their love and devotion. There were many sweet, hopeful moments that warmed my heart, but I have to say the ending didn’t really satisfy me. I really wanted something more, the ending to be a little...different I guess and everything to feel like a real HEA.
That being said, this third installment in Stacey Lynn’s 'Fireside' series was really great, emotional with two endearing characters that will make you feel and a lovely romance that will bring a smile on your face.
My God this book wrecked me. I was a hot mess starting with page one. His to Cherish, book 3 in the Fireside Series, picks up right where book 2 His to Protect left off. This story deals with loss and grief and made me cry so many times I had Rudolph nose. I don't want to give too much away but I do want to put a trigger warning in my review for those that want to know! I loved the hero Aidan. He was so raw. His pain felt so real that I truly did cry many times in this book! Aidan was charming even through his grief and my heart ached for him. I felt a deep connection to him and Chelsea the heroine. Chelsea was a great heroine. She was giving, loving, and had a big heart. She was there for Aidan giving everything she had to him. She was also hurting and she has felt loss deeply before so she was relatable to Aidan.
They made a cute couple but their love was rooted in deep pain. They had a rocky and volatile start with sorrow so deep it filled the pages. It had my feels all over the place. Don't get me wrong though, there was tons of sweet moments too and lots of passion not all pain and tears! I would have liked to catch up more with Declan and Trina from book two but instead I only got a glimpse. I did like the budding romance between Dave and Camden and I'm looking forward to seeing were things go with that! This book was a great read that really got me emotional. The only reason it's a 4 star instead of 5 is I wanted more of an epilogue. The book had more of a hfn feel than a hea.
You know what's so wonderful about this book? It's the way I felt the raw emotions of the characters. The way the story weaved not just romance but also an element of family drama which I became emotionally involved with.
His to Cherish started when Chelsea Dwyer witnessed the death of Aidan Deveraux's son Derrick from a skateboarding accident. Since Aidan's loss, she has been there for him, comforting him and giving him her company with no expectations. Despite the fact that she's attracted to him and she's completely single after her divorce with her ex-husband, she didn't entertain the idea of them falling in love with each other. But what if Aidan is also secretly into her but is just not ready to commit to a relationship because of his grief and depression?
It's my first time to read a book by Stacey Lynn and I must say she writes beautifully. Her characters are well fleshed-out and the narration was tightly constructed. I became invested in the story mostly because of the feels I've had while reading the book. Aidan and Chelsea's chemistry was spot-on and the sexual tension was there all the time.
I especially loved the characters' romantic development. It wasn't hurried. And I loved the fact that they didn't immediately jump to the sex after a series of conversations and encounters. Their mutual respect for each other amazed me to no end.
Can I also say I loved Aidan and Chelsea's group of friends? I swear they're all very supportive when it comes to their love affair. Friendship goals!
So, why 4 stars? I wished there weren't unnecessary scenes. They kind of ruined the overall beauty of this book. I have nothing against slow burn romance but at times I felt the book's pace was overstretched because of those fillers. Nevertheless, I did love this book. It was a bittersweet, emotionally-driven story but certainly with a HEA that made me smile. And oh, did I mention that Aidan Deveraux is such a perfect male lead? Gaaaah!
(An ARC was provided by Loveswept and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
I was not prepared for the emotions that this book brought out of me. From the very first page the story was pulling at my heartstrings and I found myself tearing up on more than one occasion. It wasn't just what I was reading about, it was how powerful and raw the author portrayed these emotions through the characters.
For such a haunting story this was actually also very beautiful. I loved seeing Aidan and Chelsea together and leaning on one another. I wanted to just hug Aidan, hold him tight, and somehow make what he was going through better. But since I couldn't jump into the book and do that, I'm glad I got to see Chelsea with him. They supported each other and they truly were an amazing couple.
I don't want to say too much about this story because I feel it's better for readers to go in blind and experience all the emotions I did. But I will say that I loved these characters and their story wasn't a pretty one, but it was the perfect one for them. Highly recommended by me.
ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
Grief is a powerful thing. This story is stocked full of emotion as two people try to wade through that thick emotional weight left behind by loss. Chelsea and Aidan have had a spark that they ignored, for the most part, as they went about their daily lives. United in tragedy, they allow the spark and the comfort of that warmth to support them and grow. Unfortunately, while in your own bubble, it's easy to ignore the things that need to be addressed. When a reality check waltzes into the picture, the characters have a chance to prove some things to themselves and eachother. The plot dealt with a very serious topic in a very tactful manner. The writing was excellent, really capturing the deeply emotional scenes played out. There was a third person lost in grief and the addition of that element was a compelling asset to the story. All in all a solid, but emotional, read. Safety: No others while they are together though plenty of single ladies are hot for Aidan. No rape or abuse.
“If I could take away that pain for you, I would.”
I think that this series is getting better and better with each book and i freakin' love it!!! Both previous couples had many difficulties to overcome in order to be together and this one, in here, wasn't the exception...
After the ending of the second book, i was dying to read Aidan's story and to see how the things will ended up, but damn!!! I wasn't expecting the things to be soooo hard!!! Deep inside of me, i was having the hope that a miracle will happen, but it didn't and it broke my heart in a million pieces for Aidan's sake and mostly, for Derrick!!!
"Broken. I was so damn broken."
Well, we had already met both Aidan and Chelsea from the previous books and we had seen that there was something lingering between them, but none of them acted upon it!!!! Unfortunately...
And the main reason was that Chelsea was working at the same school that Derrick was attending!!! But everything changed after that horrible accident that took place outside of Chelsea's house... Aidan and Chelsea bound together by a tragedy, but the road for them to come closer wasn't easy at all...
"Nothing could happen with Chelsea. Not now. I didn’t have shit to give her, and anything I could try to give was fucking empty, like my heart had become. I’d always been attracted to her, but could never bring myself to act on it. Doing it now would make everything worse. It would be best if I stayed the fuck away. She deserved someone better. Someone whole. Someone who had the ability to fucking feel something. And that man wasn’t me. Would never be me again."
Aidan from a very early age, he was struggling to raise his son alone and Derrick was the whole world for him... Until the moment, his world shattered and the grief got a hold on him...
His only consolation was Chelsea... A woman that he was desiring for two years now but never showed it to her... He felt more calmer around her even though many times, he couldn't handle the closeness with her...
“I could fall in love with you, Chelsea Dwyer, if it was a different time and I wasn’t such a mess.”
Chelsea from the other hand, had also a crush on Aidan since the first moment she saw him... but she knew that she didn't stand a chance with him... She had her own problems in the past and her self confidence wasn't in very high levels...
She was also enjoying to work in her garden as a therapeutic way... When tragedy striked Aidan, she stood by him and he offered him the comfort that he was needing.... until everything changed between them!!!
"This man had the power to destroy me, and he looked ready for battle."
"I was a distraction. One he clearly needed.."
There is a chance for those two to overcome the grief and be whole again together??? Will Aidan feel more about Chelsea or his judgement is clouded by the pain that he is feeling inside??? Is Chelsea something more for him than a distraction that he is desperately needing???
Will Chelsea let Aidan inside her heart even though she might be a consolation prize??? Will she take the chance???
"It linked us. It could also be the thing that broke us."
This book had so much pain inside and i was feeling so sad about our heroes's behalf... They were both suffering for the same and different reasons... They were doing good in each other, but many times they were hurting each other in purpose and it has harsh to witness it...
But nobody can disagree that they were perfect for each other... Yep, they were bound by tragedy, but together they manage to get out of the darkness and see the light again...
“I love you, Aidan. I’ll take whatever you give me.” “Silly woman.... I’m going to give you the world.”
My heart also was bleeding about Shane!!! Poor guy, he was feeling so lost and guilty!!!
I just wanted to hug him and make all this pain inside of him to go away...
And now, it's David's turn and i can't wait!!! I'm so curious about what happened to Chicago that made him run away and how he will persuade Camden to be with him after all!!!
***ARC kindly provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review***
I have to say, when I started His to Cherish I thought I was broken. Because unlike many, I didn’t reach for the tissues, which I put down to two reasons:
1. I actually think I was numbed by the tragedy these characters faced and the pain they were suffering. It was almost like being in shock. 2. I have the worst eye infection in the world right now and my tear ducts are clearly defective.
At about 25% though, I realised the latter wasn't strictly true. Nor am I broken, because my one functional eye began to water…quite heavily, during my lunchtime read at my desk, which could have been rather embarrassing if it weren’t for the fact that my eye infection acted as my cover.
This story will sock an emotional punch to your gut. It’s raw and honest, yet beautiful. From the opening chapter you will travel Aiden and Chelsea’s journey with them, feel every ounce of pain, joy and everything in between. But amongst all the heartache is a blossoming romance between two people who are hurting badly, but together, can begin to heal one another.
What I particularly loved about this story was the pace and flow of the romance and just how fitting it was to Aiden and Chelsea’s situation. And whilst both have their moments of vulnerability and insecurity, and understandably so, each possesses a quiet strength and determination to them; as their feelings for one another become stronger, the darkness begins to lift, and the heat levels begin to rise.
"Every minute of every damn day I want to be inside of you. What are you doing to me?"
His to Cherish is the first book I’ve read from Stacey Lynn, and I can categorically say it won’t be my last. Her writing style pulls you in and holds you tight whilst making you feel and when an author can do that, then I’ll be back for more. Without hesitation, one I recommend.
Copy received courtesy of Loveswept via Netgalley for an honest and unbiased opinion.
I loved the first two books, but this one was not as great. It was more survivor's grief than romance. There was some romance and hot sex. It just was really sad and I teared up multiple times (not a good thing on a field trip with a bunch of middle school girls). Loved seeing all the Fireside gang.
Now curious minds want to know what the very hot bartender (but is that his real job) David did to piss Camden off. Guess we have to wait for the next book.
SHE COULD HEAR THE BOY SCREAMING through the opened window of her bedroom. In the street are two boys, one is crying out for help and the other is lying twisted in a pull of blood along side his skateboard. She works at the middle school and knows both these boys. She also has a secret crush on the father of the boy who is in desperate need of medical attention. Hours later as she sits in a blood soaked sweatshirt and the doctor emerges from the swinging doors inside the emergency room, she senses deep down in her heart she will need to someway, somehow provide comfort to a man she barely knows, as he is told the devastating news his son lost his battle with life.
What a beautiful story of healing and the slow burn of mutual attraction which is allowed to ignite into scorching flames!
This is the third book in the "Fireside" series, but definitely a stand alone. I plan on reading books one and two as this author had the ability to suck me right in and hold me till the very end.
Aidan Devereaux's grief is unspeakable! His pain is unbearable! He is inconsolable! Derrick was his world, his everything. Aidan's ex, Mandy, and mother of their boy, left them when he was only two years old, declaring "I am too young to have a kid." Mandy and Aidan were only teenagers themselves.
Twenty-seven and single, Chelsea Dwyer has deep feelings for Aidan, but only from afar. They are acquaintances through mutual friends who meet from time to time at the Fireside Grill. She also has an ex-husband who cheated on her and walks out of their marriage because she is unable to give him children. He tells her she is useless and their marriage pointless, which leaves her feeling like damaged goods. He also left her an emotional wreck.
Days after the funeral, unannounced and out of the blue, Aidan finds himself showing up at Chelsea's home to help her do yard work, watch tv, have a beer with or charbroil a steak on the grill. They spend hours together not speaking a word. She has become his safe place to go and provide him with company when the silence of his own home, without Derrick, becomes overwhelming.
Aidan needs someone to be near, and if he feels the need to talk, to just listen. Chelsea is determined to be that someone who is always available, even if all they ever become is friends.
"I'm sorry" ...... "I was just trying to help" as Chelsea tries to wipe away the tears from her cheek.
"You are" ...... "You are helping" as Aidan's thumb tenderly brushes a tear from under her eye.
*I received this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*
OMG! Heartbreaking, Healing, Hopeful, and a sweet Happily Ever After...
I am starting this review with a fair warning. This book is extremely emotional starting at page one. I don't know how many times I cried through this story. Deep and touching, it is genuine and so real.
The good news is, the further you get into the book you could see the healing begin. You could watch the potential feelings start to grow. And then you could see there was hope for the future.
This is the first book I have read by this author but most definitely not the last. I was impressed by the depth of emotion and the gift of writing an amazing story that she brings to the readers.
I started this review with the words heartbreaking, healing, hopeful, and a sweet happily ever after and that is exactly what the story offers. But be prepared to be on emotional roller coaster. It is worth it however and this is one book you can't put down.
This author delivers the goods a story that is raw and fresh but oh, so worth it!
I really enjoyed His to Cherish, it was beautifully written and the storyline touched my heart. From the first page I was hooked, I just couldn't stop reading. It certainly brought out all the feels.
I loved Chelsea and Aidan, they were likable and relatable characters that tugged at your heartstrings with their story. Watching them connect and deal with Aidan's pain was both heartbreaking and heartwarming. I loved how with time, comfort and understanding they were able to slowly move forward, one day at a time and allow themselves to be loved. These two made a beautiful couple and after everything they'd been through they truly deserved their HEA.
His to Cherish is a wonderful addition to the Fireside series, each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them all.
*Thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for the advance copy*
I must warn you – the prologue in this book had me gasping and hoping it wasn't what I thought it was. When I realized that it was, indeed what I thought it was, it had me bawling!
I could not imagine the pain Derrick was going through after experiencing such tremendous loss. His days are spent in a daze barely remembering what he's done because he's basically isolated himself. In his trying time, Chelsea, who is not only his neighbor but also his child's former teacher is there for him because she knows he needs someone and not in a sexual way.
I fell in love with Chelsea because unlike the other town women, her motives were true and real. At first Derrick is very apprehensive because he just wants to be left alone but Chelsea's insistence finally pays off. As she tries her best to help him grieve and be there for him she realizes that her feelings for Derrick are growing stronger.
I gave Derrick a pass at first because of everything that he was going through, but there were a couple of times that I wanted to give him a piece of my mind for the way he treated Chelsea. Though she was patient and understanding, I knew there was a limit to her patience.
There is a lot to this emotional story that had me appreciating those I love and making sure I let them know that. Be aware that this story deals with tough subject matter that, whether you have or have not experienced something this traumatic, it can affect you as well. ~ Kara, 5 “Heart Tugging” Stars
Grief and despair but ultimately acceptance and love…
Gutted. There are not enough tissues in this house, gutted. It took only pages for my tears to start. The scenes of loss and grief were so heartfelt and profound I couldn’t help but be caught up in it. And that was only the beginning.
Aidan suffered a loss that devastated him. He pulled back from everyone in his life, unwilling and unable to let go of the wall that his grief allowed him to build. He had met Chelsea before, even though they were not friends as such. Now they were bound by something else as they each dealt with their loss first alone, and then, gradually, together.
“That day, I felt nothing except sympathy for a man who had lost so much—a man who was more than an acquaintance, less than a friend.”
To say this story was emotional is like saying the Eiffel Tower is just another statue. You feel the emptiness, the quiet as Aidan’s life changes in an instant. As Chelsea draws closer and closer to Aidan, their shared sorrow and road to recovery help each other, and even others, come to terms with their new reality.
“Why did I always have to be the strong one?”
The writing is quiet in its realism with cupcakes and calm tempering the anger and harshness of inconsolable grief. It is real and sad and sometimes hard to read as you feel their profound loss. From despair to hope is a harsh journey but this one is dealt with a deft hand and an ending that was all about hope and life. ~ Diane, 4.5 Stars
ARC kindly provided by Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.
This is the story of Chelsea and Aidan, two persons who have suffered loss.
The book started with an amazing prologue that brought tears to my eyes. The story was said by Chelsea’s POV, with exception of a couple of chapters that was said by Aidan’s POV in order to understand the story better, and Chelsea has a very strong voice. The plot was quite straight-forward without any twists or surprises but full of emotion and honestly. Ms. Lynn writes from her heart and she always touches my heart! The subject of this book is the loss of a child and it’s a very difficult subject in my eyes being a mother myself. Ms. Lynn treated with respect and understanding without sacrificing its importance for the sake of the love story in the book.
Chelsea is a very shy woman with lack of self-esteem due to her ex-husband’s behavior. I really like Chelsea. She knows how to respect the needs of someone else, how to give space when it’s needed or to interfere when it’s called for. She is shy but she doesn’t avoid responsibility. I also admire her for her courage!
Aidan is a great man. He is in pain and he doesn’t know how to deal with it. I like that he recognizes his errors and apologizes when he should. I believe that only a real man has the strength to apologize and face the consequences when he makes an error and Aidan is a real man.
Their interactions were really emotional and passionate. I liked Chelsea and Aidan together. Their connection was really strong.
However I have two complaints from this book. I know that Declan, Aidan, David and Tyson are handsome with great bodies and good heart but after a point it got a bit too much how the girls were staring their butts and sighing. My second complaint is that I felt the book was a bit stretched out. After Chelsea and Aidan were together and everything was good, there were few chapters with no new information or any important point.
The end of the book was nice. There was an epilogue that had a couple of hints for the next couple, David and Camden.
This is the story of Aidan and Chelsea friends of the mcs from book 1. This absolutely did NOT work for ME!
1) From the previous book we know Chelsea had had a crush on the H for two years but she refused to go there because she was a librarian at his son's school(huh? Not even his teacher? A bit of a stretch but ok) The H too seemed to be attracted to her and in this book he admitted to "dating" OW to forget about the h. Now there wasn't an indication that he'd been having sex with OW to forget about it her and I didn't get as far as their sexy times to see if it's mentioned BUT in book 1 the mcs babysat his son I believe for the night for him to go on a date. Idk if dates last 24 hrs but my suspicious antenna went up
2) So both H and h admit they won't go there because of her role at his son's school and this one begins with the DEATH of his 12 year old child! What in God's name is this shit? I'm sorry maybe it wasn't the author's intention,maybe she intended them to go close through tragedy but it actually felt like she removed the obstacle to them getting together! This was fricking heartbreaking!
3) The H starts visiting the h weeks after his son's death with the romance slowly developing. I'm sorry but seriously?? Whyyyyyy isn't this book at least a year later? Imean everyone grieves differently but one would think with his child dead mere weeks before a woman would be the last thing on his mind ESPECIALLY one he'd resisted for 2 years!
4) The H lashed out at the h and treated her badly a few times, but I couldn't even be mad at him because I know he's grieving but honestly the h was just so pathetically eager to please him I was angry with no outlet for that anger!
Had this book occurred a period of time after the child's death I'd have probably enjoyed it but at this stage it leaves a really bad taste in my mouth. I won't say I skimmed to the end but more like I leaped through half the damn story thus missing the set up for the mcs of the next book but I really couldn't do it anymore!
ARC received from Netgalley and Publisher Loveswept in exchange for an honest review
His to Cherish is my first book in the Fireside series and my first book by Stacey Lynn. I loved it so much that I have gone and bought the other 2 previous books in the series.
As stated in the synopsis Aidan looses his son Derrick in a freak accident, and Chelsea (who is the school librarian) witnesses the accident. She runs to Derrick aid and together with his best friend try to do all they can to save his life.
As to be expected with this being the opening scene of the book, the tone is quite sad. I love books that are high on angst and emotion and this book really hit the spot for me.
Whilst they knew each other through mutual friends and school, Aidan and Chelsea were never more acquaintances who admired each other from afar. After Derrick's death, Aidan found comfort in spending time with Chelsea in silence and sometimes helping her in her garden. They didn't really talk initially and Chelsea was happy to accommodate Aidan and be whatever he needed her to be.
The story flowed beautifully for me and their relationship developed slowly and when they share their first kiss, I was melting. I loved both Chelsea and Aidan and finding out more about each of them and their circle of friends.
I loved the message in this book about not waiting because life it precious and we never know how long we have on this earth.
Looking forward to the 4th book in this series and in the meantime I'm off to read the first two.
I thought this book was an interesting take on a romance novel, the idea that Chelsea and Aidan were brought together by the death of Aidan's son and that they both had to get past that, and other things in their lives that alter how they perceive the world, and move to an actual relationship. It worked because they were able to bond over the idea of the loss and so they were able to relate. But, this doesn't translate to a healthty relationship long term.
I thought Stacey Lynn handled this incredibly well. Jumping right into a fully functional relationship was not going to be believable, but neither was the idea that they all of a sudden developed one. So, instead of glossing this over, it was dealt with in a very upfront manner that I appreciated and I think gave it a different feel than a lot of other books.
The characters were enjoyable and I was able to relate to both Aidan and Chelsea. The pacing was strong, which is important in a book with this subject. It has to be well banlanced with the sad and poignant while also holding onto the romance of the story, which was a delicate balance that I think the author handled well.
This bittersweet romance was beautifully written. I thought Stacey Lynn did an amazing job writing Aiden's story. A story about a single dad, struggling with the loss of his son, and finding love along the way. The author was able to convey so many emotions through her words, made his loss feel real.
I loved that she created such strong, relatable characters. Aiden couldn't have been more perfect. Everything about him was manly. A total mans, man. He was utterly handsome. But he was also rugged and guarded, which I loved about him. And Chelsea, I adored her. She was sweet, beautiful, and a great friend to Aiden, when he needed her most. What I really admired most about her character, was that she also knew her worth. While wanting to help Aiden through the loss of his son, falling for him the in process, she stayed true to what she deserved. Basically she fell in love and took her brain with her.
I was mostly happy that the author didn't drag out Aiden & Chelsea's story. The heartache, the struggle, the love making, everything felt developed between the two.
His To Cherish was my book by Stacey Lynn and I can 't wait to read more by her.
Wow! Talk about getting sucker punched right in the beginning! I had not read the book blurb before reading. I just remember reading and loving book 2 and knew this one started out with Derrick, Aiden's son, having an accident so I had no idea what was about to happen. Talk about being gutted. Man, the feels this book brought on. Aiden and Chelsea's story was sad, emotional and beautiful. What a great job Stacey Lynn did writing about a love blooming out such a sad tragedy. This book earned 5 emotional stars! ARC provided by NetGalley
The title should have been His to Take For Granted
Summary: Aidan, the H in this story suffers the loss of his 14 year old son in the prologue of the book. Aidan, understandably, takes the death of his boy really hard. He looses himself in his grief, and not even his well meaning friends can get through to him. He sinks into a deep depression and begins to rely on drinking and avoidance to dull his pain.
Chelsea, the school librarian and the one who witnesses the accident that took Derek's life, has always been a distraction for Aidan. Since meeting her two years ago, he'd toyed with the idea of asking her out, of seeing if their attraction could lead to something more between them. He always thought there would be more time. The hard cold fact that life is really too short to wait until tomorrow hits Aidan hard. In his darkest hour, Aidan tries to move past his grief and Chelsea becomes his only safe place. Their timing never seemed right but will their shared loss bring them closer together or tear them apart?
My Thoughs: My overwhelming impression on it is that the Aidan was too emotionally traumatized to even be contemplating a relationship. I get that he is in a dark place, but maybe that's why a romance wouldn't be such a great idea??? He just was not in the right place emotionally to start anything with anyone. He needed to piece himself back together, not rely on someone else (like Chelsea) to do it for him. As for Chelsea, smh - she bowed down to him way too much. I get it, he is going through a lot right now, but that doesn't mean she needs to be his "everything" when ever he deems he needs her. And by everything I mean, she is his platonic friend, his therapist, his verbal punching bag and his sex partner when he needs that kind of relief. He has no calms about using her to make himself feel better but he never demonstrated that Chelsea was important to him because of who she was. It was more like her importance was based solely on the what she could do for him.
I was left feeling like Chelsea suffered from doormat syndrome for the majority of the book and although I liked her, I wanted to shout "Cut your losses!" She was a great friend (even if she did put up with more than her quota of BS from him) but I felt that she deserved more than to tie herself to a man who was emotional stunted. She takes too many hits from Aidan and there was no where near enough groveling to make up for it. Maybe the author should have given them both time to heal from the death of H's son. Instead their rocky romance starts within weeks of the boy's death and I was never 100% convinced that their "happy together" moments would last.
When the h sees the signs and still shrugs off the warnings in the name of love? Nope, it came off as weak and a bit desperate IMO.
Aidan just never redeemed himself in my eyes. It's one thing to be hurting but to intentionally use, manipulate and then carelessly play with someone's emotions like Aidan did to Chelsea didn't show me a man I would like, let alone love. When he wasn't being a jerk, he was drowning in a pool of guilt, pain and anger. It was a cocktail of disaster and none of it showed he was ready for a committed relationship. To be completely honest, I felt that Chelsea and Aidan were both in a really unhealthy relationship and both deserved to let this toxic thing brewing between them fizzle out so they could move on. The author did a really good job of convincing me that Aidan's grief was real, but I felt that the romance was too sudden and too fast. For someone with Aidan's issues, getting involved with someone right now wasn't a sound idea. And whether intentional or not, even toward the end, Aidan always though of himself first. It was always me, my and I with him. Even when he proposes to Chelsea and thinks of giving her kids (something the h has always wanted) it's when and if he is ready for that. Where was the we and us that should have included?
I love selfless Hs who go above and beyond for the love of their lives and Aidan never showed me he was willing to put his h before himself.
Man, this series just keeps getting better and better. First of all, this can 100% be read as a standalone. With that being said, the Fireside novels have all been really good so I encourage you to read them all.
Aidan has been a single father since he was eighteen years old and there was nothing more important in his life than his son, Derrick. When a tragic accident happens and Derrick loses his life, Aidan is left alone and devastated. People are there for him, so to speak, but they don't seem to get him and understand what he is going through. Except for his son's school Librarian. There is something about her that just speaks to him. Something that makes him think that she just might have an idea of what he is going through and what he needs.
Chelsea's heart is bleeding as well. Derrick's accident happened right outside her house and she did everything she could to get him help as soon as possible. Over the past two years, she's formed a special connection with Derrick and his best friend Shane and the loss of him is just as devastating to her. Wanting to help Aidan grieve but not really knowing how to do it, Chelsea separates herself and throws herself into projects. When Aidan shows up looking to help in order to clear his mind, she silently allows him the peace that he needs. Will she be able to help Aidan heal or will the loss of his son be too much for him to overcome?
This book was by far the most emotional book for me in the Fireside series. Immediately my heart bled for Aidan and I felt like I was grieving along with him. It's a situation that many people have had to endure, unfortunately and I think that readers will really relate to his struggle. While there are certainly a lot of downs, which is expected with a loss like that, it's good to see the stolen happy moments and the small healing process that he goes through when Chelsea becomes more prominent in his life.
Chelsea was the perfect balance for Aidan. She is loving and caring but my importantly, she is patient. That goes a very long way with someone who is heartbroken and grieving. She seems to know exactly what Aidan needs and she doesn't push him. She allows him to process things as they come along and let him figure it out on his own. Although she's always there for him, no matter what.
"I'm so fucked up, Chelsea. So broken, damaged in a way I'll never be the same man I once was. I have no fucking clue what I'm doing most days anymore and I'm not lying here, making promises to you. I'm saying that I've wanted you, Derrick wanted you for me, and I'm tired of sitting back, not living in the way I preached to my son."
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It's heartbreaking. It's devastating. But most importantly, it's healing and hopeful. The story is real and raw and relatable to anyone that it easily grips your heart and doesn't let go. It will hurt but it will heal. Honestly, you don't want to miss this.
*ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review*
When I read His to Protect the events at the end of the story set up this book so I knew, I knew that this would be a book I needed to read when my husband and kids weren't home. I cried from page one through just about the entire book. I had to take a few breaks because I couldn't see the words on the page through my tears. Being a parent of four kids I worry about them everyday and hope and pray that no harm will come to them, well in this story Aiden is dealt every parents worst nightmare. Parents are not meant to bury their children, we are suppose to watch them grow, fall in love, and start families of their own. Unfortunately page one of the prologue starts with Derrick having a fatal skateboarding accident; talk about ripping your heart out. Man! Devastating!
Aidan and Chelsea have admired one another from a far, each of them feeling the attraction but not doing anything about it until that fateful day changes everything. I liked the slow progression of their friendship/relationship, nothing felt rushed and the story progressed over a seven month period that left us with a HFN and the knowledge that a HEA would be happening. The chemistry between the two was phenomenal even through the pain and grief they were both dealing with you could feel the want and need from both of them.
I have been enjoying this series immensely but I have to say that this story right here is the one that will slay you. It's a must read with a box of tissues and some chocolates nearby....and maybe a very large glass of wine.
***I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I requested from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept through Netgalley*** https://www.netgalley.com/
Chelsea Dwyer is the first to arrive at the scene of an accident involving students she works with at the local middle school. As time continues, Chelsea seems to be the only one who understands the grief of the boy’s father and the only one he turns to for support.
Aiden Deveraux devoted his entire life to caring for and raising his son. Now that he is going, Aiden doesn’t know how to move past the grief. Having Chelsea around seems to help, even though they weren’t incredibly close before, but her presence grounds him. He wanted to ask her out before, but always held back. Now he can’t seem to let her go.
This was such a heartbreaking story from the very start. Just as I thought I had my own emotions under control, another bump would send me (and the characters) reeling once again.
But even as my emotions were all over the place, it was heartwarming to watch Aiden turn to Chelsea again and again as he dealt with his grief. I wasn’t ready for the level of grief Aiden would be dealing with, though in hindsight it wasn’t surprising that the story took that turn.
Knowing the attraction had been simmering between them from watching them in the background of the previous books in the series. While the catalyst that brought them together was gut wrenching, I loved watching them finally let their walls down. I also couldn’t help but think Derrick had something to do with these two finally coming together, even if Aiden used Derrick as an excuse to stay away from the pretty librarian.
The ending was perfect for these two. Between the healing that needed to happen and the future they can finally see, these two had to fight for their happy. The other perfect piece of this ending is the teaser of His to Seduce that readers get as the situation for the next book is alluded to and characters are introduced. As usual, I wrapped up this book wishing I could jump straight into the next couple in the Fireside world.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
I have enjoyed the Fireside series, but this story, though among my favorite so far, hit hard. Having experienced the loss of a child, my son who was just a few years older than Derrick, Aiden's son, this story brought to the surface many neatly buried feeling that any parent, who has lost a child, tries to keep at bay. I found times when I needed to take a break from the heaviness of Aiden's grief; Ms Lynn's writing superbly brought to light the depth of his pain over his loss. As well, Shawn's devastation at what he felt he was to be blamed for, broke my heart over and over again...his pain literally jumped off the page and pierced my heart.
The loss portion of the story could easily be summed up with, "...there was more to life than loss. There was more to life than pain. There could be joy even in the mourning." Thinking back over my loss, I would have to agree. Ms Lynn perfectly captured the raw emotions that rage following the death of a child, and the slow gut wrenching process of mourning and recovery.
Amongst all of the pain and sadness was a wonderfully emerging love story that simply took my breath away. Aidan and Chelsea's story was strong, sexy as all get out and joy all wrapped together. I'm so happy that I was able to experience their story within the words of the book. This author has a way of eliciting a visceral reaction through her characters and their emotions. I anxiously await the next installment of the Fireside series.
This book was provided by the Publisher and Netgalley, I am voluntarily providing my honest review.
Another broken, lonely man. And yep I loved him. Reeling from the loss of his son, Aiden withdraws from his friends, but feels a special connection to Chelsea, the school librarian.
Aiden needed someone to show him that life was worth living and Chelsea was that person. But Chelsea had her own insecurities to work through and Aiden eventually showed her that he was the one to help her through all her doubts.
Lots of ups and downs for this couple, but they came out stronger through it all.
Definitely want to go back and read the first 2 books of this series to get the stories of the other characters mentioned in this book!
This book hit really close to home as I have a friend who just lost her son over the holidays. It's amazing what a person can get through with the right support group of friends and the strength they find to keep living. (RIP Stevie)
I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
I'm not sure I should have read this book. It was a lot. A lot of grief, loss, and just overall heavy emotion. This was hard for me to read, but even thought this isn't my normal cuppa, it was still great writing with a gripping plot. I deal with death on almost a daily basis (hospice social worker... hello!) and death normally doesn't bother me. But that's my job, and this is my free time escape. I think that was my problem with it. It was heavy and I try not to read heavy. Is that my fault? Yes, yes it is. I like this author though so I wanted to take a chance.
If you are wanting a tearjerker that is well written with a gripping plot, this book is for you! Definitely check it out. Just keep kleenex right next to you.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
We finally get Aiden's story whom we met in the previous books in this stories. Book #2 leaves you begging for Aiden's story after the tragic loss of his son. This book will pull at your heart strings as a parent tries to overcome the death of his only child and how those around him deal with their loss while trying to figure out how to be there for their friend.
Chelsea bugged me at times. It's clear she has very low self worth and I just kept waiting for her to realize what she deserves. At the same time I don't think Aiden ever helped her realize what she deserved. I wanted a huge grand effort, and the final one got close but it just wasn't enough for me.
Still I loved this story. It truly made you look at life differently and appreciate what you have. Keep your tissues handy because with Aiden you will cry.
Favorite Quote: “If I could take away that pain for you, I would.”
Chelsea Dwyer has always been attracted to Aidan Devereaux but circumstances kept her firmly in the friend zone. When he suffers a tragedy, Chelsea is the one who provides him with a shoulder to cry on, an ear to rail at, and a body to take comfort from. As their relationship grows, so does Chelsea’s feelings for Aidan, but is he ready to try to start living again? Or will he let his grief and anger chase away his only hope at happiness.
Cherish Her is the third installment in Stacey Lynn’s compelling and hope filled Fireside series. Though part of a series, each story revolves around one couple and their journey through pain and loss towards love, hope, and forgiveness. This particular installment is an emotional roller coaster as Lynn addresses some difficult subject matters that will pinch your heart and flood your eyes you watch this couple struggle to understand and deal through some dark times. Though this is a romance, the main conflict is a heavy topic that blankets the storyline. Lynn focuses a large amount of energy on identifying the issues at hand and helping this couple move past the tragedies in their lives and finding the will to not only move on but move forward.
The story opens on a tragedy and brings our protagonists together during the worst possible circumstances. Lynn grabs you by the heart and doesn’t let go as she opens the floodgates and drenches us in all the emotions of the people involved. Lynn does an excellent job of bringing out and legitimizing the grief, anger, horror, guilt, pain, and hatred that these characters experience. No one is immune from the tidal wave that engulfs them.
Readers have watched Chelsea and Aidan dance around one another since the beginning; their circle of friends overlapping but each keeping their distance. Having met two years ago at a school function, the attraction was instant but the timing wasn’t quite right as a turbulent divorce all but shattered Chelsea’s self-confidence and all Aidan’s energy and time was focused on raising his son, Derrick. Fast forward to the present and Chelsea finds herself a horrified witness to a tragedy and seems to be the only one Alex allows to intrude upon his grief. This creates a bond of sorts that undergoes various definitions as Chelsea tries to understand exactly what her role in his life is now. This becomes extremely hard for her as Alex’s grief and anger causes him to take for granted what she’s offering while he offers nothing in return.
Chelsea is heroine we can all relate to. She comes off shy, sweet, and somewhat fragile though we soon learn that her compassionate nature and innate need to comfort isn’t a sign of weakness. She is a pillar of steel and has no issues speaking her mind or demanding respect. She is very firm in her value as a woman and a human being. Having been cheated on and divorced by a man who decided her infertility issues and their marriage weren’t worth the trouble, Chelsea slowly and painfully rebuilt her life and self-esteem, accepting that children may never be in her future. She vowed to never let anyone make her feel that inferior ever again.
Aidan. Poor poor Aidan. He experiences something that every parent fears and my heart broke for him. A strong, stoic, quiet man, his need to be in control stems from having a child at a young age and raising him single-handedly when the boy’s mother disappeared, unable to handle the responsibility. Now that something has happened that he couldn’t control, he struggles to find his footing in a sea of grief and anger. He clings to Chelsea, using her as his life preserver, unable to fathom surviving without her yet also feels unable to give her what she needs, wants…and deserves.
This couple’s story is more than a romance, it is the story of two damaged people who come together at the worst possible time only to emerge triumphant through the pain. The slow building romance takes on new meanings as it both helps and hinders Chelsea and Aidan in their struggle to find their way. Both are forced to look deep inside themselves and decide what is the best path to take towards healing; even if it means walking away from each other. At times I did feel that Chelsea’s attraction to Aidan and desire to be more than just a friend interfered and caused her to be a bit less sensitive to the situation.
Spoiler »The man is grieving the loss of his child and Chelsea acted put out at times that he wasn’t acting like a man in love. Luckily, she has some good friends who point out that it’s not all about her.
The descriptive narrative and emotional dialogue help to bring this story into clear focus, allowing readers to intimately share in the journey from beginning to end. A personable, well-defined cast of secondary characters introduces us to some new friends and brings back some old ones for us to spend time with. Their concern and unwavering support is a bright beacon of hope even as they are powerless to nothing more than watch someone they love self destruct. One character in particular plays a strong role as his own guilt and pain helps to bring Aidan from the edge of the abyss as he finds his own salvation in helping to save another child’s life.
Cherish Her is an emotional story of love, loss, and acceptance that will leave you laughing, crying, and hugging your loved ones. Keep your tissues handy.
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