Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
A love built to last.
When Derek Jackson is hired to renovate the LGBT bookstore that’s also Owen Hensley’s home, opposites attract. Derek is a big burly blue-collar guy, about ten years older than slight, sweet, and bookish Owen. As they spend time together, it becomes clear that each handsome outside leads to a beautiful interior. Far from the shy twink he appears, Owen has a rock-solid foundation that helped him put himself through college and start his own business. Behind Derek’s strong façade waits a tender heart that’s been battered by a rough family past—something Owen understands.
After Owen’s runaway nephew lands on his doorstep, it throws a wrench in their plans. Derek can’t ask Owen to choose, but he doesn’t think he can take second place with his lover the way he always has with his family. Can they find a way to keep their romance standing?
As much as I have enjoyed each story separately, I find that the more the author releases new novels and builds a community that all the couples reside in, relate to and repeatedly connect to one another, that my fondness for and delight in this series has grown with each installment. That has happened again with Rebuild My Heart, a book that offered up some wonderful new characters, showed some old ones in new light, and had the readers watch as this small corner of Lexington grew a bit larger in population and heart once more.
I love that cover because that is Owen Hensley to perfection. Ariel Tachna will stretch out the reveal of Owen’s actual name and history to give the developing romance and his character depth and new elements not often seen in romance. Authentic to the south, harsh and dark in the reality, I almost wish Tachna had spent more time on this aspect of the story instead of that bit of frippery with Owen’s ex which really came to nothing. Owen’s background has the feeling of bedrock, the bit with the ex that of cotton candy. And it took away from the story. Unless of course, it will figure on down the line.
Derek Jackson’s background is, not lopsided, but maybe less filled in for the reader. His family comes from the wonderful third story , Stage Two. All those characters are in attendance here to my complete gratification and happiness. They are in many ways his family, although it will take the entire book for Derek to figure that out, much to my frustration with him. The other part of his “real family” is one we hear about but never see. It makes them less than realistic, it also makes the demons in his head due to the pressures they lay on him , perhaps less believable because we don’t see it in action. I don’t know, this portion of the story and Derek’s doesn’t come across as it should for me.
What I do love is their romance, the boys Kit and Phillip, their dynamics with Derek,and then Owen, and finally Ephah. That was so amazing and pulled me in. Those boys were boys! The dialog often hilarious or poignant or whatever the boys were into. And the slow evolution of one man’s thinking, actually two was beautiful to read.
So yes, some things that bothered me but on the whole, many other elements that offered depth and additional pleasures. I love seeing the same characters continue to appear in book after book, as I said they continue to form a community I look forward to visiting in. Now to see who is coming next. Especially since there is an opening into Owen’s past .
I recommend this series and definitely Rebuild My Heart (Lexington Lovers #4) by Ariel Tachna. At some point Kit will need his story too. But not yet. Too soon. So who is next?
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza, yes, that’s Owen alright, down to the pink hair. Love it.
ebook, 240 pages
Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Languagev English
Series: Lexington Lovers #4
Lexington Lovers Series