Echoes of the Heart by Alyssa J. Montgomery

Posted March 17, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Echoes of the Heart by Alyssa J. MontgomeryEchoes of the Heart by Alyssa J. Montgomery
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Australian media tycoon Jake Formosa does not believe in forgiving…or forgetting. So when he discovers that Amanda — the woman who once broke his heart — is newly widowed, he immediately enacts his revenge.  Jake is intent on making Amanda remember him, and making her suffer for what she did. He will leave her broken and alone, and finally have his closure.

But Amanda is not the sweet girl that Jake remembers, and her life is far from perfect. As the web of lies surrounding her begins to unravel, Jake finds himself once again ensnared. Can he learn to overlook the past and risk his heart again?

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I was a little worried when I picked up this book, mainly because the book kind of starts off with a funeral, the funeral of Amanda’s husband. The whole thing sounded so callous, Amanda’s ex showing up at the funeral of her husband, out for revenge? Thankfully, everything was not as it seems. As it turns out, Amanda’s marriage, well not really what one would consider a real marriage in any sense of the word. So it wasn’t like Jake sounds up to rub salt into Amanda’s broken heart over her dead husband, if anything her husband being dead must have been more of a relief than anything else.

I felt bad for Amanda, I really did. It turned out her husband was a bit on the abusive side, and she married him to make sure that someone she loved would be taken care. Basically she gave up her life in order to make sure someone else had a good life, it was definitely an honorable thing to do. I don’t think she ever anticipated it turning out the way it did though. More than that, the guy Amanda did love, Jake, well their whole relationship basically blew up due to misunderstandings and some mingling by outside forces.

Jake, well I didn’t really bond to him all that much, especially in the beginning of the book, Jake came off as such an ass. I mean he approaches his ex at a funeral, completely inappropriate and then propositions her. Later on, he goes on to basically put a price on her in bed, offering her money that she desperately needed if she agrees to sleep with him for a month. She’s clearly in tear, completely fallen apart, beyond unhealthy, and he just can’t help but to bring her down to feeling like nothing. It was kinda hard to read. Thankfully things kind of turn around as the book progresses.

I think the biggest issue I had with the book though was that Amanda and Jake could have solved all of their problems if they had just had a simple conversation with one another. Amanda believed that Jake was seeing someone else when he was with her, and so she thinks he was using her. Jake believes she married her husband because she was a gold-digger who was only interested in money. I almost wish they had had some other kind of issue that needed to be worked out, and not just a case of really big miscommunication.

That being said, it was an easy read, plenty of romance in it, and the two of them definitely turn their lives as the story continues. I think if you like romance stories with exes or ones that have a revenge element to them, then this book might be just what you are looking for.
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About Alyssa J. Montgomery

As a child, Alyssa was always writing or co-writing stories in her spare time. Having loved being caught up in characters and their conflicts in romance stories since her late teens, the delivery of happy-ever-after endings means that Romance is still her favourite genre to read.
Alyssa still has a busy private practice where she works as a Speech-Language Pathologist – mainly with children with developmental disorders, literacy difficulties and autism. She has also been a professional pianist and worked for Qantas Airways as an International Flight Attendant.
Alyssa lives with her husband and three children, south of Sydney, Australia on a five acre property in the Illawarra escarpment. They have a menagerie of animals and also enjoy occasional visits from deer, wallabies, echidna and the daily morning singing of numerous varieties of native birds.

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