Most people see Sawyer Cargill as a gorgeous but cocky guy who doesn’t take anything seriously including the trail of hearts he’s left behind.
But there’s so much more beyond the jokes and the sexual innuendos; behind the mask he so carefully wears. It’s in the way he takes care of others, including me. It’s in the glimpses of the pain he carries in his soul.
I see him for who he really is. I know his heart is capable of changing from thorns and ice to love and flame.
It’s more than a little hero worship. I’m in love with him.
But, I’m not the only point of this triangle. Someone else who is important to us loves him too. How can there be joy if he chooses me when I know the other person will be hurt?
Together he and I will have to figure that out because when I have him, I won’t let him go.
Changing Hearts is nothing like the first two “Chasing Butterflies” books. Ash is in love with Sawyer, but Sawyer’s manwhore bent on proving he’s straight after a hazy night left him confused. Oh, and Ash/Sawyer shares women. Sawyer picks up the girl and Ash shows up to help “finish the job” I guess you could say. Add Shelly to the mix and turns into an odd love triangle. My confusion wasn’t solved because Ash’s story is somewhat mysterious. I guess Ash’s story is next in the series. Let’s focus on Sawyer and Shelly.
You remember Shelly from “Chasing Butterflies,” right? She liked Kelly. Unfortunately, Kelly’s soulmate Lenny walked back into his life with a little surprise, and they rode off into the sunset when Kelly got drafted into the NFL. Anyway, Shelly’s had an off and on relationship with Sawyer for years, but Shelly sensed there was something going on with Ash. So, she backed off and let them figure it out. Sawyer and Shelly had a push and pull situation between them with crazy chemistry. Sawyer’s an ass, but in the same breath he’s protecting her from her jerky boyfriend. She also has some serious problems with her self-esteem and self-image. She always thought she was fat, I guess she could thank her “daddy issues” for that. Something she has in common with Sawyer.
Sawyer is a tortured rich kid. His father has him by balls. If he doesn’t do what his dad wants, he’ll get cut off and have to fend for himself. He knows he’s only months from graduation, so he goes along with it. Sawyer has to please his father, but also go after what he wants in life. He doesn’t wannabe like his father; a no good cheating ass with an ego the size of Mars. Sawyer knows Shelly’s the girl who got away. He wants her, but he knows he screwed up. He wants to prove he’s good enough for her, but instead he keeps pushing her away. Sawyer notices Shelly’s self-image problems, but he never pushes her. He wants to protect her from all the demons Shelly tries to hide, but he’s fighting his own demons. Midway through the book Sawyer finally figures out Shelly’s different. She’s special.
I was weirded out by Sawyer/Shelly/Ash’s dynamic. I know it’s a “normal” thing these days, but I’ve never read a book with Changing Hearts’ crazy plot twists. I was emotional. I went from happy to sad in about 3 seconds flat. I felt like I was in an emotional Nascar race. I loved the first 2 books in the series, however Changing Hearts was not my cup of tea. She really took me out of my comfort zone and into the twilight zone. I usually love college romance books. I just couldn’t get onboard with Changing Hearts.
Terri E. Laine, USA Today bestselling author, left a lucrative career as a CPA to pursue her love for writing. Outside of her roles as a wife and mother of three, she’s always been a dreamer and as such became an avid reader at a young age.
Many years later, she got a crazy idea to write a novel and set out to try to publish it. With over a dozen titles published under various pen names, the rest is history. Her journey has been a blessing, and a dream realized. She looks forward to many more memories to come.