Swan Hearts (Plum Valley Cowboys #4) by Emmy Sanders

"..... I want everything.  But we don't always get what we want.  And wishes so rarely come true." Swan Hearts.

From the blurb:

Longtime friends. Blurred lines. And the secret that threatens it all.

There are three things my best friend Nash Dupree and I are good at. Fishing. Fighting. And another F-word that sure isn’t friendship.

Nash has been by my side for the last thirty years, but despite our long, complicated history, there are some things the town bartender still keeps close to his chest. And now those secrets are threatening to tear us apart.

That friend of mine may be running from his feelings and tackling ghosts only he can see, but I refuse to let him run away from me just because he’s scared.

I love that stubborn fool, and after everything we’ve been through, I’m not giving him up without a fight.

Since the moment I set eyes on Jake Hanson, he’s had his hook in me. No matter how hard I tried to keep the lines of our friendship from being muddled, I was powerless to resist his pull.

But the big-hearted veterinarian deserves more than I can give. And if he found out the truths I’ve been hiding, he’d see me as another pet project to doctor and mend.

I never meant for us to get so tangled together, and if we could go back to those simple days spent fishing out on my dock, oblivious to what the future had in store, maybe I could do things differently. Maybe then, I wouldn’t keep hurting Jake.

But I can’t erase my past mistakes. All I can do now is make things right. And hopefully, when I’m long gone from Plum Valley, Texas, Jake will finally understand the truth.

That he’s better off without me and always has been.

Swan Hearts is a friends-to-lovers romance spanning three decades and told in dual, alternating timelines of present and past. There’s mutual pining, an on-again/off-again dynamic, a good dose of angst, and one hard-fought HEA. It’s book 4 in the Plum Valley Cowboys series but can be read as a standalone.

Miki.J's Review:

OMG – this story just broke my heart…. High angst, romantic in a small town setting with a couple of stubborn guys.  

The opening chapter starts in present day but as the story unfolds, we have flashback chapters (told from a POV’s each) of certain dates in their friendship…. And the timeline counts down to bring us back into present day.  

So well written – we see them from when they first meet and how the friendship blooms and stalls and blooms and…well, you get the idea. The depth of feeling throughout the story… totally slayed me. 

Awesome, awesome story !! This can be read as a standalone as past characters just pop up, but do yourself a favour… get the whole series !! 

Rating: 5 Stars

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