Saving Our Hearts ~ a review

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            His little chest rises and falls with each breath he struggles to take. The wires and tubes attached to his body are things I see every day, but somehow, the sight of them attached to this little body… my son’s body… well, it takes on a completely new meaning and tears at my heart in a way I never imagined.

            Laying in the incubator, even with all the medical supplies on him, he’s perfect. The mass of dark hair just like mine was surprising; I honestly thought our baby would have auburn hair like his gorgeous mother… my Gracie. His button nose and precious lips ensure he’s without doubt the cutest baby in existence. Although, that may just be the biased opinion of a father who is completely smitten and undeniably head over heels in love with his first born child. I wish Gracie were here to see how beautiful he is.

            With a heavy sigh, I take my seat beside his crib and continue my vigil over my son. Everyone’s growing frustrated with me because they want to know his name. They’re sick of calling the baby him, or baby Tierney, and I understand their annoyance. I really do, but there’s no way I’m going to make that decision on my own. I guess three days without a name isn’t normal, but then the way he arrived into the world wasn’t normal. It certainly wasn’t the way Gracie and I envisioned things would go.

Saving our Hearts is the MUCH anticipated follow up to Rhythm of My Heart and I was SO pleased with how the series continued.  The book picks up where the first left off (these are NOT standalone books!  If you’ve not read “Rhythm” stop reading this review right now!!  Then go download it and read it!) and had me tearing through the first chapter to find the fate of Gracie and the baby.  Don’t worry, you’ll get answers very quickly…thankfully!!

Saving our Hearts is not just another romance novel.  It incorporates many story lines to continue the journey of Cole and Gracie including those who are trying desperately to thwart their relationship and those doing everything in their power to support them.  The couple must overcome many obstacles throughout their story including a sadistic ex-boyfriend, a hostage situation, and a meddling bitch of an ex-fiancee.  Cole and Gracie manage it all through love, the support of their family and friends and lots and lots of sex!!

My favorite parts of both books is the unfailing love Cole has for Gracie, and visa versa.  Not only is Cole amazingly hot, he’s amazingly romantic and cares for Gracie in a way that every woman wants to be cared for.  It’s also wonderful to read their story from a few characters’ perspectives.  While other authors struggle to make this type of reading easy to follow, Reed does it perfectly, and by doing so she builds a wonderful world of characters that will make you laugh, cry and yes…blush!!

Not only does each chapter bring about a challenge for the couple, it also tells the story of other relationships brewing within the group.  I love that Reed is introducing us to new couples as she plans out the next books in her series including:

Book 3 – A Home for my Heart – Ashley and Sam

Book 4 – Fighting for my Heart – Charlie

Book 5 – Surrendering my Heart – April

Reed also plans on possibly publishing two other books…let’s all cross our fingers for this to happen!!


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Release Launch ~ Saving Our Hearts by Velvet Reed

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The much anticipated follow up to “The Rhythm Of My Heart” is finally here!!!


** This series must be read in order from book 1. They are not stand alones. **
** This book is recommended for people over 18 years due to strong language and sexual content.**

When your whole world shatters and time stands still, recovery is never easy. Plans and dreams, ripped apart now seem impossible and finding a steady rhythm for your beating heart seems unattainable.

Cole Tierney and Grace Rivers had a bright, uncomplicated future ahead of them, but the accident changed that. In the aftermath, there are wide reaching consequences, not only for Cole and Grace, but their loved ones too.

Only together can they battle to survive the impact. Is it enough for them to heal and fight for their future?

With just one glimmer of hope before them, will a small miracle have the strength to save their hearts?





Velvet Reed is the pen name of an avid book lover, reviewer and blogger who has turned writer.

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia; she is a city girl at heart but loves the laid back lifestyle of living in country New South Wales. Married to her first and only love, she is a devoted mother of three who juggles her very active children and their many extracurricular activities, working in the middle of the night, running a blog, and writing.

Velvet’s love of reading was realized after the death of her amazing father. She used the escape into the fictional world to help her through her grief and post natal depression, not releasing the great impact so many talented authors would have on her life.








The Truest of Words by Georgina Guthrie


Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken…
(Sonnet 116)

~Chapter 33 “The Truest of Words”

In the lovely conclusion to the romance that has captured hearts everywhere, we follow Daniel and Aubrey on what may be their most difficult journey to date – real life.

The Truest of Words picks up where Better Deeds than Words left us – the semester is finally over and as Aubrey’s graduation nears, the love sick couple finds themselves navigating the stress of bringing their relationship out into the open and the repercussions it could have for not only them, but those associated with them.

In this book we get to see much more of Daniel and the wonderfully handsome, romantic, OCD perfectionist he is. Daniel begins to focus on himself hoping that with Aubrey’s help he can become more of the man he used to be before accusations of misconduct were flung his way during his time at Oxford. Aubrey, on the other hand, is busy juggling the demands of her new boss, examining what life will be like after university and contemplating her future with Daniel and his ever growing (and dare I say meddling?) family.

The overriding theme in this book is certainly “love above all”. It seems that no matter what is tossed their way Aubrey and Daniel have a way of using their love and mutual respect for one another as a safe place they can always come back to. Demons certainly rise up in their lives and the way they tackle them together brings their characters full circle in many ways.

While this book has a slightly different “tone” than the other two, it’s still an enjoyable read and you’ll certainly want to see how the story of true love wraps up.


**Read my reviews of “The Weight of Words” (Book 1) and “Better Deeds Than Words” (Book 2)

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Need some help this week…

**TAKEN CARE OF!!** Thank you!!!

Hey gang!!

This post is specifically to ask for HELP.  As I type this my amazing husband is outside shoveling some of our driveway…please keep in mind we got over a foot of snow yesterday.  I’m unable to help due to my chemo port.  The snow removal companies we have called are all “booked up” and our neighbor is gone.  Is anyone available to come blow/plow our driveway today or tomorrow?  I’m willing to pay ~ just need the help as soon as we can get it.

Thanks a ton!


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Final chemo day ~ November 26

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We have SO much to be thankful for this year…mostly that chemotherapy will be COMPLETE the day before Thanksgiving!!! {Happy Dance}

As has become tradition after the final chemo treatment, I will be ringing a bell to honor my accomplishment.  I’d love for you to be there with me!! 

Chemo that day starts at 11:20 and should wrap up just about 1:30/1:45.  If you’d like to come see me “Ring the Bell, then Run Like Hell” please come to the Cancer Center lobby (River Entrance) where I will Ring and Run right around 1:30 or so there in the hall.  For those of you on Facebook, please watch for timing updates that day as they can run ahead/behind, I will also post here.

If you cannot attend, don’t worry your pretty little brain.  I’ll be sure there are TONS of photos taken and even a video that I’ll be sure to share.