Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: August 19, 2020
Life and a dismal last name are the only two things Beyah Grim’s parents ever gave her. After carving her path all on her own, Beyah is well on her way to bigger and better things, thanks to no one but herself.
With only two short months separating her from the future she’s built and the past she desperately wants to leave behind, an unexpected death leaves Beyah with no place to go during the interim. Forced to reach out to her last resort, Beyah has to spend the remainder of her summer on a peninsula in Texas with a father she barely knows. Beyah’s plan is to keep her head down and let the summer slip by seamlessly, but her new neighbor Samson throws a wrench in that plan.
Samson and Beyah have nothing in common on the surface.
She comes from a life of poverty and neglect; he comes from a family of wealth and privilege. But one thing they do have in common is that they’re both drawn to sad things. Which means they’re drawn to each other. With an almost immediate connection too intense for them to continue denying, Beyah and Samson agree to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling. What Beyah doesn’t realize is that a rip current is coming, and it’s about to drag her heart out to sea.
Heart Bones is a great summer read. The beach setting coupled with an intense romance and justice system themes is sure to appeal to everyone.
Heart Bones follows Beyah as she’s forced to live with her estranged father in Texas. Once there, she’s met with a new sister, stepmother, and a mysterious boy next door who seems just as broken as she feels.
Beyah and Samson’s relationship is intense. They’re immediately drawn to each other and their attraction is more than just physical. They see each other reflected back, so Beyah’s actions later in the novel are not surprising.
Beyah is a strong and independent character because she had to be, thought that’s not to say she wouldn’t have been had her circumstances been different. She’s headstrong, vocal, and stands by her convictions.
Samson is mysterious. From Beyah and Samson’s first few interactions, readers could tell Samson is not all as he appears. The signs are there, though I missed most of them. What makes Samson work as a character is that though Hoover keeps a lot of information about Samson hidden, she does so in a way that is transparent. She also continues to develop him through Beyah, so readers feel as if they’re getting to know Samson even though so little information about him is being divulged.
Though Beyah and Samson’s romance is intense and almost perfectly written, the romance still feels on the light since there are so few scenes. I wish there would have been more of them because they were so good.
Overall, Heart Bones is another incredible Hoover novel. Her characters feel authentic and visceral and her dialogue reads as real. Even though Heart Bones is on the lighter side of romance, it still delivers a powerful message about finding your person, forgiveness, and family.
Have you read Heart Bones? What did you think?