Erryn reviews ‘Perilous Hearts (Deviant Hearts Book 3)’ by A.E. Ryecart. This book was released on March 4, 2019, and is 269 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Dan Calley. It was released on May 14, 2020 and is 8 hrs and 48 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I love this series.
You can lock your door, but can you lock your heart?
Finding the courage to end his relationship with his manipulative and vicious boyfriend, Jamie Wheeler turns to his close friend Ed Corrigan to help him get his life back on track.
Jamie and Ed have been inseparable for years, and all it would take is a small step to cross the divide from friends to lovers.
It would be the biggest mistake they could make.
Jamie seeks the security of a settled long-term relationship, but Ed vows never to put his heart on the line again after a devastating betrayal. Anything beyond friendship is a risk, and could break them forever.
As Jamie’s vindictive ex causes trouble from the side-lines, a face from the past makes an unwelcome return. Jamie’s life isn’t getting back on track, it’s coming off the rails, as a series of seemingly random events lead to only one of two conclusions: Either somebody’s playing a dark and sinister game, or Jamie’s losing his mind.
Tensions rise and danger approaches, drawing Jamie and Ed closer than ever. But time is running out as they race to discover not only what is happening, and why, but also what they truly mean to each other.
The third book in the Deviant Hearts series, Perilous Hearts is a slow burn friends to lovers romance intertwined with dark psychological suspense. Can be enjoyed as a stand-alone work.
Jamie has had a string of bad luck. From the guy who professed his love after a mere handful of dates (Jamie didn’t walk away, he ran), to his wanker ex who has turned vindictive and nasty. The revenge scene turned my stomach.
So what’s Jamie to do? He’s been walked over for so long that I wondered if he could find the strength to make it on his own. Step in Ed, Jamie’s best friend since Uni, and the one guy Jamie’s always been able to count on. Ed is a steady presence in Jamie’s life but, for the first time, there’s something more. Something tangible. Something almost romantic. With all the turmoil in Jamie’s life, the last thing he needs is the complication of a relationship. Yet, maybe now is the perfect time. New start and all that.
But when strange things keep happening around Jamie, he begins to question his sanity. And when things take a turn for the worse, they sure go downhill fast. The question became, would Jamie survive long enough to enjoy his new-found love with Ed?
Now, I’ve loved every book in this series and I enjoyed this one as well. My only issue was that it felt very slow at the beginning and since I knew action was coming, I was becoming a little impatient. But when the pace picked up, I was all-in for the ride. So, another great book.
I need to take a moment to mention Dan Calley. I really enjoy his narrations and this one will become a fave. He just gets it and gives me a strong performance every time. Hoping for more from Ms. Ryecart and Mr. Calley.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
A born and bred Londoner, she may have moved to someplace more leafy but the city is still very much part of her DNA, which is why her books are set in and around present-day London, providing a thrilling, metropolitan backdrop to the main action.