Publisher: Independently Published
Release Date: September 1, 2022
Haven’t read the previous novel? Check out my review of Little Lies HERE!
From the outside looking in, I live a charmed life: hockey legend for a father, my own promising future in the league, a great family, awesome friends. It’s not untrue, but it’s not quite that simple either.
My dad’s advice has always been to make hockey my number-one priority—at least until I make it to the pros. So, going into my senior year of college, I have a plan. I’ll put in the effort required to pass my classes, play hockey like my life depends on it, and avoid relationships. All I have to do is stay focused on the end game, and I’ll walk away with a degree and into a career in the NHL.
It should be easy.
But when a woman literally floats into my dock, just before summer ends and my senior year begins, I can’t resist one last hookup. What harm could a one-night stand do? It’s not like we even exchanged numbers.
Everything is fine until I run into her on campus.
It’s a big school. I should be able to avoid her.
Except she happens to be in my class.
And she’s not a student.
She’s my professor.
Like its predecessor, Bitter Sweet Heart focuses a lot on the characters’ mental health. Past traumas clearly affect the characters’ present day motivations and actions.
I was hesitant about reading Bitter Sweet Heart because I’m usually not a big fan of age gap romances, but I had faith Hunting wouldn’t let me down. Spoiler alert: she didn’t! Hunting’s characters and treatment of mental health are truly something special and what set this series apart from her others.
Maverick is an old soul and acts differently compared to his peers. As mentioned previously, the trauma he and his family suffered in the past permeates almost every aspect of his present life as seen through his anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. I especially liked the subtlety of Maverick’s anxiety and PTSD. Mental health issues are not always obvious, so seeing a more subtle portrayal was refreshing.
While Bitter Sweet Heart is a romance, Clover takes a backseat to Maverick as he processes his trauma, wants, and needs. Their relationship is fire hot, but also stable affording him the stability he needs to work through the biggest decisions of his life.
Overall, Bitter Sweet Heart is a fire hot age gap romance that offers more than just a forbidden tryst. Instead, Bitter Sweet Heart focuses on Maverick’s mental health through his past trauma and future decisions.
*** I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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About H. Hunting
NYT and USA Today bestselling author, Helena Hunting, writing as H. Hunting, lives on
the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant
cats. She started her writing career with new adult angsty romance and branched out in
sports romance and romantic comedies that will make you laugh and swoon. But
sometimes she likes to serve up a little heartache on the way to the happily ever after.
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