Review: Shae Connor – Heart & Soul

51dc175ptlAuthor: Shae Connor
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


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.


Kellen is a professional musician who is not a big fan of change, so learning the bar he has performed at for a decade is getting new owners then having his sister and nephew move in with him in a matter of days seems likes plenty of change. Then he seems to be attracted to one of his new bosses! Terrence is looking for a new start and a business partnership with his brother seems like a good place since he is ready to welcome change, although he did not expect to be attracted to one of the new staff!

The story is told from Kellen’s point of view.

The saying goes that life is what happens when you make other plans, which is exactly how Kellen’s week goes as this story begins! A professional musician who teaches classes at a local college and performing at an Atlanta bar in the evening, he enjoys his life, busy as it is and is not a big fan of change. So, learning the bar will have new owners and while trying to reconcile that, have his sister show up at his door to stay while she goes through a separation, is a lot of change to deal with!

I liked this story, the way Kellen was written, yeah, he’s not fond of change, but just needs some time to deal with it since he is an introvert. And the change at work does not look like it will be overly bad and will even allow the musicians to try some new music in their sets. Getting to know the brothers who bought the bar, Terrence and Calvin Harvey, helps the transition and even gives a connection to help his sister out.

The main and supporting characters were well written and it was a pretty smooth story, no major drama, although there is a bit of a twist with the brothers background that is simply a testament to how close they are. For how close Kellen is with his family, especially his sister Constance who is the one who comes to stay with him, he can relate!

If you like gentle romances that is more character driven than sex driven, I believe you will like this one. And usually, the best compliment you can give is to say I enjoyed this book so much, I’d love to read about these characters again, even though this was a very satisfying read.



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