Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
After L.B. Dunbar’s revision of Speak From The Heart and my following adoration of intelligent heroine, Emily, and grumpy single dad, Jess, I knew that I wanted to read the rest of Dunbar’s Heart Collection. Did I know that her newest book, Read With Your Heart, would underscore that knowledge? If you read Dunbar’s Speak From the Heart and loved it, then you will ADORE her newest book, Read With Your Heart. Because I did.
Here are all the reasons WHY you should read Read With Your Heart today:
✔ Dunbar uses Latinx characters in the form of her hero and his sisters. Their particular situation is relevant and timely, and we, romance readers, need these diverse characters to learn more about our world through the literature we read. Even more, their depiction feels real. It’s difficult and illustrates a part of life that many of us have never encountered while there are some who have.
✔Dunbar eloquently tackles issues such as immigration, learning disabilities, teen pregnancy, abuse, and familial struggles. She does it easily moving between each of them without it undermining her romance.
✔Dunbar crafts a heroine who is equal parts vulnerable, insightful, empathic, and intelligent. Tricia is the heart of this book. She brings the idea of hearth and home to the life of a complicated hero such as Leon.
✔The coupling of Leon and Tricia isn’t easy, but it feels necessary. Both characters struggle with life choices and the belief that “too much” time has passed to achieve their dreams. However, in their journey towards each other, Dunbar illustrates that there is no such thing as “too late.” In the end, their relationship flowers and becomes perfection. Honestly, her epilogue is so sweet.
✔The ancillary characters are all here. We get glimpses of Jess and Emily, and we are treated to more of Tricia’s brother Tom’s tomfoolery. Even more, Dunbar introduces us to Levi whom we will see in a future book, and his depiction is another layer of understanding about familial connections. Lis and Lena add a dynamic to the story that shows the depth of Read With Your Heart.
From the very beginning, I was hooked into L.B. Dunbar’s second heart series book. It ultimately shows us that love can be found for anyone: broken people, people with easy lives, people with complicated pasts. Dunbar suggests that once you meet the “right one,” you shouldn’t allow your past or present circumstances keep you apart. In the end, all that matters is love.
In love and romance,