Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: Andrew McFerrin
He’s nobody’s definition of Mr. Right—but that might make him perfect.
Matthew Hart is heir to the family fortune and owner of Hart & Home. When a near-death experience has him fretting over the future, he decides he needs a husband, and not just any husband—an appropriate man to protect the Hart legacy. The last thing Matthew expects is to cross paths with Jax Foster, his first love and the boy who crushed his heart when he disappeared.
Jax is unlikely to make Matthew’s list of suitable candidates. Bad boy, vagabond, deep in debt, with a father who can’t keep out of trouble, Jax has nothing to offer—except his heart and a second chance at the romance they never got to explore.
Anyone who follows my reviews knows that I love these Dreamspun Desires stories—they rarely disappoint, and this one is outstanding. I’m not sure if it was the vocalizations given by narrator Andrew McFerrin as I listened to the audio version, or if it was the character development sketched in by author Charlie Cochet, or if it was the theme of two young boys, separated as teens and now reunited but with huge obstacles still to overcome.
In any event, it’s definitely worth listening to (or reading for those who don’t have access to audiobooks.) Sweet little Matthew Hart has grown up to take over the family business of Hart & Home. He’s not only taken over, he’s expanded it and works with craftsmen from all over the world to bring custom pieces to his clients. It’s due to one of these orders that his father locates the perfect glassworks artist to satisfy a client’s needs. Surprise! The artist turns out to be the young man over whom Matthew cried himself to sleep when the boy and his dad disappeared years ago. In fact, in all this time, Matthew has never found another man to take his place.
Enter Jax Foster, who has the unfortunate luck of having Dale Foster as his dad. Dale is a gambler who can’t shake his addiction and it’s the reason they left town years ago. It’s also the reason Jax has never contacted Matthew. Too worried about the thugs that could show up at his door to collect from his father on any given day.
But Matthew’s father and his personal assistant, Adam, want to see Matthew happy and they don’t want the company going to Matthew’s Uncle Bryce. They want to see him happily married with a family of his own and the man of his dreams. Can the dream come true? Well, maybe, after the attempts on Matthew’s life and the thugs that come after Dale and Jax are dealt with. One must listen (or read) to find out.
This is really very well done—as I said—from the writing through the narration. It’s a pleasure to find a story that hits the spot to warm my heart on a dreary day. This one is it. Highly recommended.