Ambitious financial planner Emily Windsor is the golden child of an elite New York family. Proud of her family roots, she disdains those who are different from her and embraces her entitled wealthy lifestyle. Emily feels her life is perfect until her congenital heart condition is pronounced terminal and she’s given just months to live.
Cameron Davis is an outspoken, mixed-race social activist. His greatest joy is his soulmate, Brooke Coleman, an up-and-coming New York City jazz singer who’s as talented as she is kind. But his life and heart are shattered when Brooke is killed. As her heart gives its last beat, it is quickly readied for transplant—her final act of selflessness.
As one life ends, another begins. After Emily receives Brooke’s heart, her worldview begins to change—almost as if Brooke has also given Emily a piece of her soul. As Emily struggles to understand her new thoughts and feelings, she turns to Cameron for guidance. Can love shine its light once more on two broken hearts?
Title: What The Heart Wants
Author: Tiana Laveen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 6, 2021
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
What The Heart Wants is a story that defies logic, asks the reader to come along on an adventure between two people who might have never, ever crossed paths in life… except for the heart of a kind and loving woman. I think this is a story that some will devour (as I did), and others will step away from because it doesn’t fit their comfort zone. To those that may read some and think about setting this one aside — please don’t, please continue even if you are not completely comfortable because this is an amazing story told in a way that speaks to us all in today’s world.
I’ll be frank, Emily is very difficult to like at the beginning of What The Heart Wants. Very. I won’t excuse her by saying that’s the way she was raised, or she comes from a wealthy family and knows no better… she knew better. She simply didn’t feel that she had to act differently. (In my opinion) But life as she knew it is about to change with a devastating diagnosis – and another chance to see life, her life, and those around her, differently. The author tells us upfront that this story is going to be politically incorrect – but then, so is our world right now, too. We needed to see just how entitled Emily is in order to understand, even accept the changes that are about to happen to her.
My heart broke for Cameron when Brooke was lost to him. And he isn’t really all that open to Emily showing up in his life at first. Watching how these two strangers, connected through Brooke, went from a strange beginning to friendship, understanding in many ways, and make the choice of facing a future together was a roller-coaster ride from start to finish. There are times when this story is not easy to read. Yet, it needs to be, especially at this time.
What The Heart Wants is simply an amazingly emotional experience with a story that needs to be heard, read, and understood. I’m glad I didn’t miss this one.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Tule Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
Available for your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle.