Review: Heart Strain by Michele Notaro & Sammi Cee (Interlocking Fragments #1)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the authors via LesCourt ARC Team.

I'd only read one other book prior to this one from Michele Notaro and Sammi Cee, and it was great seeing this shift from one M/M romance sub-genre (fantasy) to another (contemporary). Heart Strain was a good start to this new series, with a fair amount of angst that also had quite a bit of lighthearted humor to it.

I liked the slow burn feel when it came to the romance aspect because it allowed Holden and Jameson to get to know each other better rather than just rely on what Jameson knew of Holden through Hendrix (Holden's twin brother and Jameson's best friend and partner) and what memories Holden had of a younger Jameson. I also happened to like seeing the relationship between Holden and Hendrix mend without needing to be overly sappy about it--although there were certainly some things about their family that needed to be discussed.

This also had a pretty good cast of supporting characters, particularly, Hendrix, Gavin (Holden's best friend), Aiden (a fellow police officer and Jameson's temporary partner), and Jovany (Jameson's brother), all of whom, save for Gavin (since the second book in the series already features him), have me curious as to who'll be getting books in the series. I may be already shipping a couple of them. Hehe.

Overall, Heart Strain was an entertaining read and has me hopeful for the rest of the Interlocking Fragments series. Four stars. ♥

Date Read: 24 July 2019

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