Jesse is the third book in the Glass City Hearts series by Desiree Lafawn. This is a contemporary romance with some drama, suspense, emotion, and a lot of heart and soul. I have read all Ms. Lafawn’s books now and am really impressed at how easily she can slip from one genre, and into another. From Paranormal romance to romantic comedy, she can do it all, producing wonderful stories that will keep you hooked right till the end. Because of this, and the fact that the other two books in this series are so good, I had pretty high expectations for this book, and I am happy to say that Ms. Lafawn didn’t let me down, she definitely upped the ante with this production, writing what I consider to be one of her best books to date!
You could read this book as a standalone, but as the series has recurring characters who make appearances too, so I highly recommend reading the other two books before starting on this one- just to get a better perspective of the characters- not to mention that they’re all superb stories in their own rights.
Jesse hasn’t had an easy life growing up. His father is a hard man who is emotionally distant and now caught in a cycle of alcoholism. Jesse has had it drummed into him all his life that ‘blood is thicker than water’, so he’s put aside his dreams of having his own bakery, to help his father by taking over the running of his bar. Jesse hoped that by helping out, his dad would get back on his feet again, and Jesse would be free to follow his dreams once more. But as the story progresses, this becomes an increasingly slim hope, as his father seems to spiral downwards. Will Jesse have to choose between keeping the bar open, or moving on for his own sake. Then throw a beautiful, single mother into the mix, and Jesse’s world will never be the same again.
Harlow Jones is a hard-working, and determined, single mother. Her gorgeous four year old son is her whole life. But after losing her job, she’s determined to get back on her feet. She has an interview lined up, that she hopes will be the answers to her prayers. But life with a four year old is completely unpredictable- and an encounter with Jesse changes everything.
The story has a great pace and a smooth flow. It is told from alternating POV’s- Jesse and Harlow’s- which gives us a really great balance of perspectives, thoughts and feelings. As always, this story is really well written, and so very easy to read. Ms. Lafawn has a warm, sexy, and engaging style- full of wonderful descriptions and intricate details that added an extra layer of interest to the storyline.
Now, I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next!
Thank you, Ms. Lafawn!
Reviewed by @angelahayes