Review: Trust with Hearts by Kelli A. Wilkins

Trust with Hearts by Kelli A. Wilkins
Release Date:  July 19, 2017
Publisher:  self-published?
Pages:  330
Source: book provided by author for review



After a bitter breakup, Sherrie Parker seeks refuge at her cousin Dave’s house in rural West Virginia. Early one morning, she runs into Dave’s other houseguest, a singer named Curtis Taylor. The last thing Sherrie wants is to share living quarters with a country music crooner – even if he is sexy, in a cowboy sort of way.

Thrown together by circumstances, Sherrie and Curtis get off to a rocky start, but soon discover they have more in common than they ever imagined. Unable to fight their growing attraction, they give in to their desires and start a sizzling summer romance.

Everything is perfect between them until Sherrie discovers that Curtis is keeping secrets from her – and his biggest secret of all will change everything. Can their newfound love survive, or will destiny keep them apart forever?


Review:   Country music plays a big role in Trust with Hearts and Sherrie, Dave’s cousin, isn’t a fan.  She’s her cousin’s house guest after running away from her abusive fiance and upcoming wedding and Curtis, the songwriting cowboy who’s a wannabe singer – at least in her eyes – that she doesn’t like much, is staying with Dave too, but in his cottage.  They each have their reasons for being there but Sherrie is more open than Curtis is.  He has a lot of secrets and it’s getting him in a lot of hot water with Sherrie the more they’re attracted to each other.  Their chemistry is electric and the book is a steamier read than I expected. Watching them take two steps forward and then jump back was interesting especially the deeper they got involved with one another.

We get to know Sherrie and Curtis a little at a time.  They both have a depth to them and we get to know them as they open up to each other but also through their conversations with Dave. Curtis isn’t all that he seems but what will happen when Sherrie learns who he really is?  I loved that Sherrie jumped right in to the pet adoption idea that she and Curtis came up with since she had to do something with her days and I enjoyed her interactions with Mrs. Bainbridge and all she did for her and her Kitty Corner.  Cats played a major role in the story.

There are family and friends, sorrow, loss, sadness, fear, anger, hurt, angst, tears, laughter, happiness, lots of loving and ultimately love.  There is a nice flow to the story and I loved Curtis’ memories of growing up with his grandmother and what an important role she played in his life even now.  I liked his nickname for Sherrie, Yankee Girl, since she comes from Philly.  There was nice closure especially with the epilogue.  There is a happily-ever-after but I’d love to go back to West Virginia and see where Dave’s life takes him.  He was in the background in the story line even when he was front and center and integrally involved in both Sherrie and Curtis’ lives as well as the town he lived in.  His love life definitely needs a boost!

Wilkins is a new to me author and I look forward to reading more of her books in the contemporary and historical romance genres – two that I especially love.

Favorite Quote:  “It’s all twangy banjos and tortured violins.  It’s music to cry by.  Who wants to hear miserable depressed fools pining over someone who never really loved them?”  She fell silent as she realized she had just described her life in one sentence.  “I’d rather listen to dueling chainsaws than sad songs in spurs.”


2 thoughts on “Review: Trust with Hearts by Kelli A. Wilkins

  1. Thanks for the great review. I’m glad you like the book and hope readers fall in love with Curtis & Sherrie too.
    I was always thinking of doing a follow-up story about Dave and how he finds his true love. (Of course we’ll get more info on Curtis & Sherrie & where they are too!)
    If this is something readers would like to read, please contact me & let me know.

    • JoAnne_W says:

      Would love if you did a follow up story. I thought Dave deserves his own story as I stated in my review. Glad you liked the review!

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