Review: Written on My Heart by Tracey Jane Jackson

Review: Written on My Heart by Tracey Jane JacksonWritten on My Heart by Tracey Jane Jackson

Series: #1 The Oracles
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on February 28, 2017
Pages: 179
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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A second chance is there if she can put her tattered heart on the line just one more time. And for him, it only takes the right woman.  This heartwarming, passionate paranormal romance was the first in an exciting spin-off to the Cauld Ane series that pulls in some great crossover connections and follow-ups with known and loved characters.

Andi Rivers has not had an easy life living as the adopted daughter of a power and rich, but emotionally cold couple who raised and nurtured an evil in their midst.  Andi got away as soon as she could, but her past clung to her and she nearly let it break her.  She set aside what her heart was calling for and took the safe road only to find that marrying for safety left her picking up the pieces once again.  It is then that her high school crush and the man who makes her crave what she is afraid to take walks back into her life just in time to protect her from danger.

Dalton Moore is at a crossroads in his life.  His sister and her friend happily settled in the secret Cauld Ane world and he has stepped away from the FBI to run his businesses and work security jobs for the Cauld Ane, but still something is missing.  It’s only when arriving at the hospital when his dad has a heart attack that he realizes just what that something- rather who it is.  The girl who got away and left him with no answers for her disappearance, Andi Rivers, is now his dad’s nurse and a gorgeous woman.  But she is skittish and bruised by her past.  Dalton isn’t about to let her walk away from him again and he certainly isn’t leaving her alone to face a stalker-like danger no matter how many times she tries to shut him down and push him away.

After the Cauld Ane series (which I still need to go back and get some of those stories), many folks including myself had a craving for more.  This one moved along quickly, but had depth of plot and character development.  It felt comfortable and easy to settle into and enjoy.

It’s so nice to discover that with a little twist, there is more to the Cauld Ane world than previously thought and now the emergence of the Oracles has come.  Fun to see how this fits in and paired with a heartwarming reunion romance story and a dash of danger on the side.  Dalton and Andi were a great pairing and their banter was fun.  Loved seeing him stick with her and help her heal.

I will point out that this one isn’t really a good spot to start because it is so closely tied to the earlier series.  I’d strongly recommend starting at the beginning of the Cauld Ane series to get up to speed with the world building, characters, and the mention of earlier events.  Also, there is a tie to a standalone mystery story, A Nun Walks Into a Bar.  I haven’t read that one yet, but there is a slight connection that other fans might recognize and enjoy.

Her bestie was a great add in and I do hope she gets her story eventually with that hard headed biker who wasn’t going to let a little thing like a brush-off get to him.  And let’s not forget the check in with several former characters to make this a great crossover first of series story.

All in all, it was great getting back to a favorite world and characters and exciting to anticipate what comes next.  I would recommend this book/Cauld Ane series for paranormal romance fans who want a bit of something different in the paranormal world building with a flirty passionate romance.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #65 PNR
Literary Pickers #61 Scandinavian
New Release #33

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Debbie Haupt

    Oh this looks really good Sophia Rose, a second chance and a paranormal two of my faves. Thanks for the great review!

    • Yes, that is a powerful combo for me, too, Debbie. I’ve enjoyed so many of her stories.

  • Well if your high school crush is going to fall back into your life again, it might as well be to save you. LOL I do love a second chance romance, and her taking care of his dad is a perfect jumping off point.

    Nice review!

    • Haha! Yes, exactly. She just needs to catch onto that idea. 🙂

  • I like these types of books with stalkers. I’m weird, I know but it makes for interesting stories when the hero is trying to protect the heroine from a weirdo.

    • Nope, not weird! I love them too. I get the creepy vibes from the stalker and get to see the hero in action. Totally normal to me, Mary. 🙂

  • oh yaya….DANTE!!! I had no idea about this book. I just love her Caulde Ane books…although I do need to read the last few of them.

    • Yep! Surprise, Renee! 🙂

      Like you, I skipped around with the older series and need to get busy and finish them all.

  • How have I never heard of these books? I am heading over to Amazon to see. Thanks Sophia!

    • There are so many that I only notice when I read everyone’s reviews. Perfectly understandable that you missed them. Take a peek at the Cauld Ane series first. 🙂

      • I did, I got the first one! Thanks!

        • Oh good! Hope you like it. It’s a little different for the PNR element.

  • This is new to me but it sounds like a good read. Glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia!

    • I have a good time with her stories. Hope you get the chance to try one some time, Carole!

  • I need to see how many books are in the other series since you recommend it! I am slowly reading my back-list but adding more will only hurt my current list. Real Reader Problems..lol

  • Yay on getting a little more of a world you enjoy. Good to know about not starting here. Thanks for the heads up!

    • It was a pleasant surprise to see she decided to change direction, but keep going with the world of the earlier series.

  • Sounds like a lovely read! Glad you got to go back to a favourite world, that’s always nice (: Lovely review, Sophie Rose!

    • It really is like a gift, Cyn. Thanks! 🙂