Plot: Dakota Nakos was always the resilient, strong-willed achiever. But when her father dies and she’s entrusted with the family’s casino, she feels vulnerable, scared, and more than a little emotional —not exactly the best time to see an old lover she’s never really gotten over.
Dakota once meant the world to Shane Garrity. Then suddenly he left town to train as a U.S. Marshal, and their love for each other crashed into a memory. Now he’s come home for her father’s funeral, and one look at the girl he left behind stirs up both memories and regrets, and reignites a fire he feared he’d lost forever.
Dakota may be the same driven girl she always was, but she’s also changed in ways neither could have anticipated. She’s not just a young woman searching for own identity in the Native American community in which she was raised, but one questioning her new life outside her father’s shadow. Above all she wonders if Shane can push past her weakened defenses to rekindle what they once had, or whether the intense blaze between them will ultimately reduce her heart to ashes.
My thoughts: The feels man, the feels.
Okay so at first I was seriously doubting if Christina could ever write something that would make me feel like “There You Stand” did. But boy did she ever! This book gets all the stars (all the love)! It has got everything. Family relationships, friendships, a sense of belonging, romance and of course steamy goodness. Because oh lord is Shane steamy. Steamy is an understatement. Shane is HOT DAMN. Okay, I’ll try to contain myself ‘cause there is actually more to this book that just Shane and his bossy hotness. Even though I forgot that at times.
So the story begins at a funeral, which you may have gathered from the first sentence, yeah? Dakota’s father has just died and she along with her mother is left in charge of the family casino. Trouble starts. The Indian community in which Dakota has grown up in is all of a sudden reluctant towards her mother who isn’t a Native American herself. As if that weren’t enough Dakota has to deal with Shane, her ex-boyfriend who shows up after being away for five years. He decides to help with the stuff going on with the casino and her father’s death. He’s a U.S Marshal so he’s more than qualified right? But him wanting to become a U.S Marshal was the reason for the break-up. Dakota doesn’t want to let Shane back into her life because she’s afraid he’ll just leave again. The story goes on as the investigation into Dakota’s dads death continues.
It’s a really good story. I love the fact that most of the characters are Native American and that we get to know things about that culture. I have yet to read more than two books which deals with this (Twilight being one). Other than the fact that Christina is the author of this book, the Native American part is what drew me towards it. We also get to deal with some family issues, and I think that’s an important part as well. You don’t want a family that’s too perfect. I loved Dakota’s mom Johanna (who by the way is Dutch) and her relationship with her daughter and the fact that she won’t just back down even though it would be the easiest option. Then there’s Shane. Oh Shane. I mean I think I died a couple of times during those steamy scenes. He’s bossy. I like bossy. In books at least. He’s also so loving and caring and all of those other qualities you’d want in the love of your life. All he wants to do is keep Dakota safe. I think he does a terrific job! Dakota. Well Dakota reminds me of me a lot. The part where she’s stubborn and won’t admit her feelings anyway. She’s a strong minded person. I’d like to meet her. I think we’d make great friends. But then again maybe not since I’d probably swoon over her man all the time, haha. An honorable mention goes out to Rachel who’s Dakota’s best friend and also sister in law. Rachel won’t put up with Dakota’s shit and tells her to tell Shane how she feels and not be such a chicken shit. All this while she deals with her own personal struggles. Go Rachel!
So yes, amazing book. Read it for crying out loud. “Two Of Hearts” releases on May 5th.