A Stella Review: Stained Hearts (Links In the Chain #3) by Parker Williams

RATING 4,5 out of 5 stars

Can two hearts stained by past pain find healing together?

Tom Kotke held his husband of twenty-five years on the day he died and spent nearly a year adrift. Determined to force Tom back into the world, his family takes him to the Park View Diner, where he meets young stained-glass artist Aiden Dawson. For a brief moment, Tom doesn’t think about his deceased husband—a terrifying prospect.

Slowly, Aiden draws Tom out of his shell and helps him feel alive once more. But Tom isn’t the only one who has suffered. Aiden fears no one sees beyond his wheelchair. Even if Tom can convince him he’s different, they’ll still have to overcome their age difference and a secret that could destroy their future together.

When I had this new release by Parker Williams on my hands, it was probably the first time I was at the same time enthusiastic and scared, I dread Tom’s story, I knew it was going to break me down and it did it till the last chapter. The author is a fave of mine and I am familiar with how good he is at writing lovely book, but I want to say I truly appreciated how real and dedicated he was at the beginning in writing about Brian and his last weeks. And then he did it again later with Aiden and his illness. Although I can’t really choose, Stained Hearts was the best in the series; yes I cried a lot, but these characters were all, each one for a different reason, so very close to my heart and real life, it was inevitable to me to fall for them and cherish their happiness. Plus it was a novel full of surprises and twists, till the end, so unexpected. I think what I like more in this new installment was how so not perfect both characters were, on the contrary it almost seemed to me the author put a focus on their faults and turned them into their strength. It was clear how much Tom and Aiden grew through the book, especially Aiden who was too many time treat as a baby.  The link between these two men became stronger with every new page I read and the love they shared so deep.

Stained Hearts was not an easy story to me, but it was surely a beautiful journey with some amazing characters I hope to meet again if the author will write more in the Links in the Chain series.

The cover art by Reese Dante  is well done and fitting with all that glass in the background, but I can’t see Tom on the model.

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon


Expected publication: September 10th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesLinks In the Chain #3

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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