Searching for Harmony
Book 1, Boston Love - A Boston Love Novel
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From New York Times bestselling author Kelly Elliott comes the gut-wrenching story of a love that transcends all odds—and transforms the deepest pain into the brightest hope.
Firefighter and first responder Preston Ward thought he had grown immune to the job’s emotional burns. But when he goes out on a particularly tragic call, he realizes that some scenes are too devastating to forget. And yet, if it weren’t for that terrible night, he never would have met the woman who makes him want to risk his heart.
More than once, Harmony Banks has watched her perfectly ordered world torn apart by fate. Now she’s finding out that what she lost wasn’t as perfect as she thought—and it’s tearing her apart. The only thing that keeps her going is the kindness of a stranger: the firefighter who saved her life the night everything changed.
Preston isn’t like the men who have come before. For one thing, he’s far more genuine. And the love Harmony feels growing between them is almost too intense for her wounded soul. But if she and Preston can push past heartbreak, they’ll find that something incredible awaits in each other’s arms.
Praise for Searching for Harmony
“Elliott has filled this novel with great depth of emotion and characters with many dimensions, and readers will be drawn into Harmony’s life as she struggles toward true happiness.”—Publishers Weekly
“Searching for Harmony pulls at your heartstrings, makes you laugh and cry! Kelly Elliott has crafted Preston Ward to be tough, yet sensitive and genuine! You’ll fall completely in love with him!”—USA Today bestselling author, Kahlen Aymes
“Searching for Harmony is a heartwarming story of a woman who suffers an unthinkable tragedy—and finds an unimaginable love. It’s a real charmer!”—USA Today bestselling author Tina Wainscott
“The romance that Preston and Harmony had was sweet and I loved that Preston was able to bring Harmony back to life. . . . I think that this is just one of those books that will be a hit.”—Once Upon a Book Blog
“Expertly balancing the dark and light of this story to leave readers feeling content, Kelly Elliott delivers bold heartache and quiet hope with this Boston Love novel.”—Prisoners of Print
“I loved the chemistry in this book. . . . This story feels real and I absolutely loved it because of that. Kelly Elliot has created a handful of characters that are so interesting, endearing and real.”—Kelly’s Book Blog
“Five hearts . . . Searching for Harmony is a story that will have you experiencing a wide range of emotions. It’s sad and emotional as you see Harmony suffer, but it’s also beautiful when you see her fall in love with Preston.”—Romance Between The Sheets
“Searching for Harmony is a sweet read!”—Once Upon A Page
“Five stars . . . If you’re looking for that emotional love story about loss and healing, this is the book to read. . . . I couldn’t put the book down and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”—Book Bitches
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
From Publishers Weekly
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Has potential. Needs Polishing.
⭐ ⭐ Provided by NetGalley in Exchange for an Honest Review ⭐ ⭐
Judging a Book by it's Cover:
Cover has a small-town, sweet contemporary look to it. A couple sitting in front of a sunset with noses and foreheads touching. Synopsis sounds full of emotions.
Alternating first-person POVs, clearly defined and easy to follow.
Preston is one of the first responders to arrive at a traffic accident with fatalities, but it's the female patient being cared for by a fellow firefighter that haunts him; the pleading looks and screams for her son that devastate him. Harmony is a young mom in a lack of loving marriage to TJ's daddy. High School love waned as they grew up and just when they planned on graduating and moving on, off in their separate ways, they learn of her pregnancy. Trying to do right, they marry and are raising the child, TJ, together although both feel trapped.
I cannot begin to think I know how I would feel or react if my husband and/or child(ren) died suddenly, so I cannot criticize the portrayal of Harmony too much, but can say I am not a fan of the whiny, simpering, clingy female types, therefore was not a big fan of the heroine here. Preston, I think, has a good heart... but the fact that he hung on to his girlfriend because she's a good f**k is contrary to the rest of his personality. Guilt, concern and the genuine big heart leads him to befriend Harmony's brother. Which, in turn, keeps him close to Harmony. But the way he continues to drop everything to help Harmony just infuriates me. He needs a stronger backbone lest his kindness be taken advantage of. The chemistry is slow and sweet. The secondary characters range from very likeable to not-at-all likeable. Cast interaction is rather good, dialogue: not bad. The plot drags a bit and I found it a little difficult to read through. The sex scenes were (sorry), in turn, comical and irritating. They felt like I was reading the script for a low budget porno with it's stiff play-by-play and over-zealous running dialogue... the only thing missing was the cheesy background music (although there was some "fitting, appropriate" music playing the first time). I just was not buying into the whole love and intimacy thing and the fact that Harmony would continually think "Trey never this, Trey never that" while in bed with Preston made me seriously want to quit reading the book altogether.
Regardless, read on I did. The internal conflicts were resolved by the end with a solid and satisfying conclusion. There were several points of predictability throughout the book and no real surprises. Overall, it's an okay book, but (in my opinion) needs maturing and polishing, especially in the more intimate scenes. In it's current state, It would be difficult for me to recommend it. Sorry.
Rating: [R] ~ Score: 3.7 ~ Stars: 4
A Touching Love Story
Searching for Harmony is a well-written, poignant romantic story.
Harmony was devastated when she discovered that she was the only survivor of a car crash. Her husband and baby son were both gone. Jake, her brother, the only family that she had left, cried by her bedside in the hospital. Harmony’s parents weren’t coming to support her; they had disowned her when she had refused to get an abortion. And, even though, she knew that her brother hurt for her, she felt alone in her pain. Harmony would find, though, that in her darkest hour, slivers of hope would seep through the cracks of her heart.
Consumed with guilt and haunted by his failure, firefighter, Preston Ward set out to befriend Harmony, the woman of his nightmares. He only meant to ease her pain, but in doing so, ended up turning both of their lives upside down.
Searching For Harmony is a touching story about love, loss, and the courage that it takes for a person who has been hurt in the past, to open their heart and risk being vulnerable again.
I found this book, easy to read, enjoyable, and emotionally charged.
I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review
This one was just OK for me.
I have to start this review by saying that I will read almost any kind of romance – from sweet to smut (and I do love a good smutty book). I’m starting with that because there was something about the sex scenes and some of the language in this book that bothered me. I’m trying to find a way to describe how I feel about it and the best thing that I can come up with is the language during the sex scenes seemed forced. For me it just didn’t fit with the tone of the rest of the book which leaned towards the sweet side.
I’ve run across this before and it seems like some authors try to sex up or spice up their stories by almost randomly adding “dirty” words during the sex scenes. Hot and dirty sex scenes are wonderful if they fit with the tone of the rest of the book and for me it didn’t work with this one. At times I got distracted by the language and got pulled out of the story.
Other than what I mention above I liked the story and felt that the writing was very good. The story is horribly sad in places (read the book blurb) yet optimistic in others. Preston and Harmony have a real connection and I felt that connection strongly except during the sex scenes. These two characters go through a lot before they get to their HEA but they do get there and the epilogue was a much appreciated part of the book. I really do enjoy books with a good epilogue!
I didn’t hate this book but I didn’t love it. It’s the first in a new series called Boston Love and I would be willing to read another story in this series to see if there’s any improvement in the writing.
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my review. Review will be posted to Xtreme-Delusions dot com on or after release date.