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Review ❤️ What the Heart Wants by Audrey Carlan

July 30, 2020

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“Fly free.”

For ten years those words, written on pink parchment paper in her mother’s beautiful handwriting, have been Suda Kaye Ross’s guiding star. Every year on her birthday, Suda Kaye opens another of the letters her mother penned before she passed, heeding the advice inside as she fills her life with experiences. From Italy to Australia, from Rio to Russia, she’s slaked her wanderlust. And then, on her twenty-eighth birthday, she opens the letter that sends her home.

Returning to Colorado means confronting everything—and everyone—she left behind, including her cherished sister, Evie, and her first love, Camden Bryant. Suda Kaye and Cam spent four years and one unforgettable night together. Given the way she ran out on him, it’s no surprise that he’s wary, resentful…and engaged to someone else. Evie, hardworking and überresponsible, just wants her sister to put down roots at last.

For Evie’s sake, and her own, Suda Kaye is trying to build a new life, all the while wondering whether it’s too late to come back home—or if the most important part of her never really left.


Release Date: Jul 28, 2020
Heat Level: Hot
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: HQN
Price: $9.99


 

Suda Kaye has been following the advice she receives from letters that her deceased mother left behind. They have always encouraged her to live out her dreams and experience life as much as possible. Her last letter is just the opposite. She needs to return home but when you have been gone for so long things are just not the same.

Suda Kaye returns back to her sister Evie and there is tension between the two. Evie is the more level headed sister and she is extremely guarded. She doesn’t trust that Suda will stay put. There is also their grandfather which I loved. Suda is trying to get back into the fold of her family. To make matters even worse, she has to confront her former lover, Camden.

Whew! There is so much to unpack in this story.  This is just much more than a second chance romance. There is love for self and sisterly love. I got so much from this cute story. It started off slow but it hits with such an emotional punch. Learning how the two sisters would find their footing with one another is such an emotional rollercoaster.

The relationship with Camden is more of a slow burn for me. Camden is very angry that Suda just up and left him years ago. He thought what they had was so much more and the shock of having her back in town makes him cold. It takes some warming up but he eventually can’t deny the chemistry between him and Suda. Sometimes distance and time doesn’t dim the love between two people.

Suda Kaye definitely learns that flying free is not necessarily meaning leaving home. She puts in the work to show she is ready to give into what the heart truly wants.

I definitely recommend this to fans that need a warmer story with an emotional punch. I hope Evie gets a story next.

~ Samantha

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