Love can sneak up on you in the last place you’d expect.
Kellen Grady has known he’s gay since he was a teenager, but he’s never been that interested in dating. A professional pianist, he’s happy spending his days teaching students of all ages and his nights working and playing at an Atlanta bar and concert venue. When former pro football player Terrence Harvey and his brother buy the bar, Kellen’s thrown by the change to his routine, but he develops a quick friendship with Terrence, drawn to his sunny nature and sharp mind. Then their relationship takes a turn when Terrence surprises Kellen with a kiss. The unexpected action, though not unwelcome, leaves Kellen faced with reevaluating everything he thought he knew—about Terrence, and about himself.
*I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
This was a really cute, feel-good story. Perfect to curl up with on a sucky day, when you want to escape a bit from reality. There’s no major angst or drama in this story (and the other books in the series). Just warm, fluffy goodness – exactly what I’ve come to expect from this author.
I really enjoyed the previous novellas in this series, but I think Heart & Soul might be my new favourite.
What I enjoyed the most about Heart & Soul was how this one really focused on the family relationships. The families of both MC’s are really important to each of them. And you can really see that feeling of security you have when being with loved ones and how either of them can’t be without their families. I particularly loved Kellen’s clever nephews. Those two were adorable!
Seeing Kellen and Terrence getting to know each other was fantastic. They slowly go from friends to more than friends, no rush but a slow exploration of their attraction. And liked how Shae Connor wove the love for music into the story.
It’s not mentioned in the story but Kellen is demisexual. He hasn’t figured that part of himself out yet, so that’s why it’s not named on-page. But I found that with a small hint here and there it was easy to spot.
Only critique I have is that the conflict was predictable and nothing bigger than a misunderstanding, but I feel like this was just in there to have Kellen and Terrence get their HEA. Overall this story left me with a warm feeling and a smile on my face. I’d recommend it if you’re in the mood for a feel-good, drama-free, story.