Thursday, May 2, 2013

Restore My Heart (Daddy's Girl Series #1) Review

Bad Boy, Ryder Davenport comes into Dina Fowlers life in the middle of her own personal hell. Still coming to terms with the death of her parents, she pushes everyone away. When she trusts the wrong man, putting her in a bad relationship she felt she couldn't escape, Ryder comes along. Enjoying his play boy ways, fast cars, motorcycles and a new woman in his bed nightly, Ryder had no thoughts of settling down. That is, until he sees the damage a man can do when he meets a very broken Dina. He changes in hopes of one day being enough for her. But, can she ever feel safe with a man again? Ryder has restored hundreds of classic cars, can he restore Dina’s heart?

Just a side note, Chelsea Camaron contacted me through email and asked me to read her novels and review them, she has a third book coming out soon for the Daddy's Girl Series and I was honored she asked!  So I promised her I would give her a honest review and here it is.

This book is so sweet and tender I actually cried in certain scenes.  Not where you would expect me to, but during the love confessions between Dina and Ryder....

Dina Fowler is a woman with a really not so great track record with men.  Her past boyfriend, Michael, was an abusive asshole.  There really is no other way to describe him.  So Dina puts herself into isolation after Ryder has to step in and save her from a horrible beating.  Dina is fragile and vulnerable, and because of her horrible relationship with Michael, she is also now shy.  So shy that she can hardly form words much less sentences around Ryder Davenport.  It's actually quite cute to read.  But her attraction to him is very clear, and rightfully so.  Ryder is tatted, reformed bad boy dreamy!

Ryder Davenport has decided, since meeting Dina, that he wants only her.  And has sacrificed all the other women in his past to be with her.  He has the biggest heart and the sweetest disposition.  In all honesty, this is a guy, even knowing he's a player, I would totally still sleep with.  He is THAT charming!  But sometimes I think his big heart causes more problems than good.  Let me explain.

Ryder's past comes with a woman named Valerie who is essentially a loon.  She gave her virginity to a man she knew wouldn't want her for more than one night and then she becomes so obsessed that she actually tries to kill herself.  It is a rather disturbing section of the book.  Ryder, feeling guilty as hell, tries to do right by her.  And nearly loses Dina in the process by not being so honest about it.  Ryder's heart could lead to his ultimate downfall, but damn do I love him.

Dina has a great best friend, Maggie who's story we will see in Salvaged, who helps her through the tough times in her life.  But Maggie is going through some intense stuff with Braydon, who happens to be besties with Ryder.  Dina has so many roles in this novel, but throughout it all she is calm and collected.  I admired the hell out of her character for being as strong and as sure as she was.  I would definitely have lost it if I were in her position!

The love scenes between Ryder and Dina are so beautifully written.  Not just the sexual parts of them, but the way they profess their love for one another.  The story just flows.  No horrible drama where the heroine and hero clash over every little thing.  It is so touching to see.  We see the story from both points of view, which I am a HUGE fan of!  Every few chapters we see Dina's POV and then Ryder's POV.  Always fun to see how two people experiencing the same things, see it completely differently.  I loved that!

I recommend this book and I am off to read Salvaged now!  I give it 4.5 lipsticks!

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