Five years ago, Kendall Hart’s life changed forever. A tragedy forced her to grow up fast and become a responsible adult overnight while her friends were still enjoying high school. She lives and breathes work leaving no time for a social life and her circle of friends is small. She has no room for complications in her life…then Tristan walks in.
Tristan O’Neal is forced to return home when his father becomes terminally ill. Taking care of his parents, dealing with an irresponsible brother, and starting a new job bring challenges to his life. Starting a relationship is the last thing on his mind but when sees Kendall, he finds himself drawn to her...she is so familiar.
Tristan is what Kendall has always wanted but life isn’t always fair. Sometimes you have to let go of the one person you’ve always loved in order to protect them. Will Tristan be able to break through the wall she’s built around her heart or will Kendall’s secrets consume her and destroy their chance at a life together?
Well.. I have simmered on this book for over a week now. I love Elizabeth James and in Secrets of A Hart, she did not disappoint.
I started this book around and could not stop. I finished it around lol.. I instantly fell in love with Kendall. She is broken and bruised. She just wants her happily ever after.
Tristan comes back to town to help with his ailing father. He had an instant attraction to Kendall.
"I was feeling a connection with her that I'd never felt before with anyone."~ Tristan
After enlisting the help of her best friend Averi, he was on a mission to make her see he was just a guy that deserved a chance. Kendall tried but she couldn't resist his charms after all, she had secretly loved him since the ninth grade. She always felt she was never good enough for the guy that had it all. But now she finds it hard to resist his charms.
"I was in awe of the skill with which he handled the bike and the way his biceps flexed every time he accelerated the bike." ~Kendall
Together they confront the ghosts in her closet and that ghost is named Sebastian.
I give this book 5 fan-freaking-tastic stars because it grabbed me at page one and I held me all the way through!! I want a real life Tristan!!
Elizabeth James is the author of the Design Series. She writes contemporary romance set in her native North Carolina. A life-long reader, she began writing a novel at age fifteen, put it away with no hopes of publication, but now has realized her dream as an adult. Inspired by several bestselling authors she began working as a beta reader and her passion for writing once again surfaced. She embarked on a journey to see if she could complete a novel and Love by Design was born. With warm reception to her first novel she is now making this crazy world a part of her life. Elizabeth believes you're never too late in life to realize your dreams and this has opened up a new world of adventures and meeting new people which she loves to do. Elizabeth lives in North Carolina with her husband and their dogs. She enjoys traveling, exploring North Carolina, and spending time with her friends.