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- small town
- nanny x single dad
- forbidden love
- grumpy x sunshine
- age gap
“You see me?” “Everywhere I look.”
I ADORED Forbidden Hearts. There’s something about the nanny x single dad trope that does something to me. And set in a small town, the story was even better here. Forbidden Hearts was swoony, emotional, and heartfelt.
Phoebe was a great FMC, and I connected with her a ton. She reminded me that we aren’t defined by our “mistakes” and that life, especially our 20s, is one big learning experience. It was tough watching her be so hard on herself throughout the book. But I could understand where she was coming from. I was happy to see her get her happy ending. She had the biggest heart, and her interactions with Asher’s daughter warmed my heart.
And Asher was a yummy, grumpy single dad. The following quote set the stage for how I pictured him in my mind:
He’s one of those cops you see on social media whose posts are full of comments like:
He can arrest me any day.
Excuse me, officer, I’ve broken the law. Come find me.
Are handcuffs included in every package?
Yeah, he’s that guy.
Aside from making me laugh super hard, this quote gave me a vivid picture of what Asher looked like, and I am not complaining… 😅 Okay, thirstiness aside, I loved Asher despite his grumpiness. He was protective and caring and would do anything for those he loved. Oh, and don’t even get me started on that mouth. 😏
And Asher and Phoebe together were perfection. Reading about their chemistry and seeing them battle their feelings for each other was *chef’s kiss*, 10/10 content. Even though I wanted them to “admit it already,” I loved the tension.
I also loved the representation in this book. Livvy, Asher’s daughter, is deaf. It was great to learn more about ASL and what Livvy’s experience looked like generally. I always like when I learn something new from a book. It was also amazing to see Phoebe enter mama bear mode to protect her from rude, ignorant people.
Overall, Forbidden Hearts is a beautiful read. It’s full of heart, sexiness, and laughter. It’s a small-town romance you won’t want to put down.
Thanks to the author, Corinne Michaels, for letting me read it early!