New Adult books can be hit or miss and I generally avoid them, but the blurb for Written on My Heart sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot. Cole Gibsen is a new to me author and overall I enjoyed the story, but it was choppy in parts and at some points the internal dialogue went way over the top. After years of emotional and psychological abuse at the hands of her step-father, Ashlyn Daniels finally stands up for herself – the result is a broken rib and all of her belongings torched in a bonfire. She’s barely keeping it all together and then Lane Garrett storms into her life and throws her off balance.
A reckless decision at the age of 16 has changed Lane’s life forever. A one-night stand with a girl he didn’t know ended up with an unwanted pregnancy. Although the couple planned to give the child up for adoption, after he sees his child for the first time, Lane is unable to go through with it and convinces the mother to try to make a go of it. It becomes too much for her and she takes off leaving Lane and their daughter in the dust. Determined to focus only on his daughter, Lane is annoyed by his attraction to Ashlyn and is determined to not let her into his life or heart.
As is typical with a lot of New Adult books, there is a lot of angst in the story. There’s no question that Ashlyn’s upbringing has had an impact on her life, but I felt like there was a bit too much internal drama going on. Same thing with Lane – he’s convinced that he should be celibate in order to be a good dad and at times I was annoyed with it, but the scenes with his little girl were adorable.
Overall this was a quick, predictable read that I liked but didn’t love. If Gibsen decides to write Lane’s sister Emily’s story, I would look forward to reading that because she seemed like an interesting character.
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Written on My Heart
by Cole Gibsen
Release Date: July 29, 2015