His to Cherish by Stacey Lynn
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Can two hearts entwined by hardship move on to form a healthy bond? From the author of His to Love and His to Protect, this tender, bittersweet romance brings together a man who loses everything—and a woman with everything to give.
Chelsea Dwyer arrives home from her job at the middle-school library in Latham Hills, Michigan, expecting another quiet evening—until she hears the screams for help through her living room window. As the first witness to a terrible accident involving two local students, Chelsea doesn’t anticipate how her own life will be irrevocably changed by the father of one of the boys. In the wake of tragedy, she’s the only one who seems to understand his grief. Chelsea’s a survivor, too—and she knows that there are brighter days ahead.
As a single father, Aidan Deveraux worked his entire life to provide a stable home for his son, Derrick. Without him, Aidan feels the deepest despair imaginable. The one thing that keeps him going is his connection with the woman who tried to save his son. Hard as he tries, Aidan just can’t stay away. Chelsea’s warm embrace is the comforting solace he desperately craves—and it doesn’t hurt that Aidan had noticed the beautiful librarian and wanted to ask her out for years. Now that she’s in his life, he doesn’t ever want to let go.
“Talk to me.”
I opened my mouth to speak before snapping it closed. Anything I had to say would make me seem like an overemotional, crazy drunk woman. I wasn’t prepared for that kind of humiliation. Thankfully I hadn’t drunk enough to make my filter disappear.
“I’m just tired,” I said to satisfy him. By his scowl, he didn’t believe me.
His tongue slid along his bottom lip, and I inhaled a gasp of air. I needed it. Perhaps the alcohol caused my lungs to stop working correctly.
His eyes darted back and forth between mine. I frowned, wondering what he was looking for and what he saw.
Did he see the insecure girl who had to continually say goodbye to everyone she loved but tried like hell to hide the emptiness that brought?
“You’re always there for me.”
My nose twitched. “It’s not a problem.”
He nodded slowly, just once. I watched something happen in his eyes and then looked down as he fidgeted on his feet, shifting his weight. He seemed nervous, which made no sense.
His hand on my chin moved slowly to the back of my neck, cupping me and bringing me closer to him. He was a breath away from me, his face so close to mine, when he roughly whispered, “But I haven’t thanked you.”
“It’s not necessary—”
His lips hit mine. My eyes flew open and I gasped, opening my mouth. Instantly, his tongue pressed in, circling my tongue and tasting me. Oh . . . my . . . gosh. It was like heaven and hell wrapped up in the prettiest package I could ever receive. Better than a blue box with a silver ribbon from Tiffany.
He tasted better than I thought he would—clean and crisp—and I leaned in, wanting more.
No, I didn’t lean in. I melted.
My tongue tangled with his and a moan escaped my throat.
It was that sound that had both of us snapping back to reality.
He pulled away and my mouth was still open, my brain working too slowly to process what just happened, how absolutely incredible it felt . . . and the look of regret all over his face.
“Shit.” Aidan’s fingers dropped from my neck and I stood on my front porch completely dumbfounded as both of his hands flew to his neck, clasping at the back. He looked up at the sky and gritted out, “Fuck.”
“Aidan,” I said, reaching out for him. He dodged my touch and spun on his heels.
“I gotta go.”
Make sure you have a box of tissues handy for this one. You’re going to need them!
His to Cherish is a journey of loss, understanding, healing, and love. Stacey Lynn did a fantastic job conveying all of the emotions of Chelsea and Aidan. She ripped my heart out, stomped on it over and over again and then mended it, made it stronger, and put it right back where it belonged. The story flowed naturally, and the relationship between these characters unfolded organically and beautifully. I loved how the majority of the story was told through Chelsea’s voice. I don’t think I could have handled Aidan’s pain firsthand. However, Aidan’s point of view is voiced a few times, giving a palpability to his devastation and healing.
Chelsea surprised me. She is an incredibly strong woman. She’s had to deal with so much heartbreak and pain in her life only to be the rock that Aidan needs while he moves through his own grief. Chelsea also helped Shane deal with his guilt and devastation after Derrick’s accident. And even though she was helping others to heal, they were helping her, too.
This was my first book by Stacey Lynn. I’m honored to have been given an opportunity to read an advance copy of His to Cherish and to experience Chelsea and Aidan’s journey. I look forward to reading the other books in the Fireside series and hope that we see Chelsea and Aidan get the family they deserve.
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2ebU5mL
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2f88Ivz
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2eSLERd
Books A Million: http://bit.ly/2ey05Hl
Check out the other books in the series:
Each can be read as a standalone
His to Protect, Book 2:
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2fb8n9i
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2e0wSbD
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2f8epd2
Books A Million: http://bit.ly/2fcbk9L
His to Love, Book 1:
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2e0wSse
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2eSK4Pi
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2fbbRIH
Books A Million: http://bit.ly/2fc3f5g
About the Author
Stacey Lynn currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and four children. When she’s not conquering mountains of laundry and fighting a war against dust bunnies and cracker crumbs, you can find her playing with her children, curled up on the couch with a good book, or on the boat with her family enjoying Minnesota’s beautiful, yet too short, summer.
She lives off her daily pot of coffee, can only write with a bowlful of Skittles nearby, and has been in love with romance novels since before she could drive herself to the library.
If you would like to know more about Stacey Lynn, follow her here: