Review: With This Heart by R.S. Grey

Posted March 25, 2020 by Lorna in Reviews / 18 Comments

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Review: With This Heart by R.S. Grey
With This Heart
Narrated by Jessica Almasy

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on March 25, 2014
Pages: 318
Length: 7 hours, 54 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Escape
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The Delight

You know those books that you finish with a smile on your face and you saying out loud, “I Loved It.” This is one of those books for me. The story of a young woman just beginning to really live her life meeting a young man that just really needed her in his life was simple in concept, but with a difference. It ended up not being simple at all. Keep in mind that this is not a young adult book and in fact is recommended to ages 17 plus.


Review

Abby is nineteen and has spent most of her life in and out of the hospital with heart problems and a bad prognosis. Two months out from her heart transplant she is ready to make a life, starting with a road trip. She meets Beckham when he starts talking to her at a funeral home while she is shopping for an urn. They immediately feel comfortable with each other and he even says he will go on the road trip with her. Of course, she says no. But prior to leaving, after nights texting with him, she asks him to go with her. She’s been very ill, her parents are super overprotective and are constantly wanting to spend their time with her, but she still takes off with him, not telling her parents anything. Could it all go right for a change in Abby’s life? Or could it all go wrong?

Abby was an amazing character. She was full of snark, but was pretty charming too, and ready to take on every new thing that had been denied her over the years. She’s never had a boyfriend or even a first kiss. Her best friend is Caroline, whom she had met on one of her hospital stays. United because they were both terminally ill at the time, they have kept the friendship strong even though Carolyn is again hospitalized and not doing great. She encourages Abby to go on the road trip so she can live vicariously through her. Beckham or Beck was a wonderful hero. He doesn’t even flinch when he sees her scar and accepts her for who she is striving to be. He’s twenty one and in college is Boston, far away from Dallas where they live. And he is very easy on the eyes.

What followed was a road trip with stops along the way at various places. Falling in love was a given for the two. Having the time of their lives was as well. The story was romantic and fun at times, even humorous at others. But it also has some sadness and scary times to balance that out. The chemistry was off the charts with the two, but Beck is very patient with Abby. The sex scenes were definitely on the page and not with a shut door. There are several of them and actually are pretty explicit. For a change that didn’t really bother me. The whole end part of the book was pretty epic, worthy of a movie ending, and actually I think it would make for a pretty great movie.

I listened and really enjoyed the narrator, Jessica Almasy, who is new to me. She had a great male voice for Beck that really added to the story. Actually she was a bit reminiscent of Amanda Ronconi and that’s a big compliment. I gave her 4.5 stars.

R.S. Grey has done it again for me. I didn’t even know this book existed even though I have read a lot of hers. I was happy to find it on Audible Escape and snatched it up. It might have been out for six years, but that didn’t bother me at all. Highly recommended to adult romance readers.

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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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Melliane
7 months ago

Oh yes I enjoyed this one as well. She has some great books.

Lorna
Lorna
7 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

It was great wasn’t it? I remember you have been reading her quite a bit as well. I really like her stories.

Sam@wlabb
7 months ago

Oh, Nelly. My mind is writing the ending for this one, and obviously, I am going the disaster route. I have enjoyed many books by Grey, and definitely need to give this one a look. Sounds like a gut punch.

Lorna
Lorna
7 months ago
Reply to  Sam@wlabb

Well no spoilers but I was smiling at the end as I said at the beginning. That’s not to say sad stuff didn’t happen. Well worth the read.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Wow, if the narrator reminded you of Amanda Ronconi that is a big compliment!!

Lorna
Lorna
7 months ago

Reminiscent of her yes but not exactly. The same tone and accent? I don’t know but I kept thinking of her.

Mary Kirkland
7 months ago

That sounds really good. I can understand why you liked it.

Lorna
Lorna
7 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I really did. R.S. Grey is becoming a favorite author for me as far as contemporary romances are concerned.

Sophia Rose
7 months ago

This looks really emotional, but I love that she got out on that road trip.

Lorna
Lorna
7 months ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

It was emotional at times yes. But it was such a good romance as well. I just love this author.

Carole Rae
6 months ago

He sounds like such a good guy!

Lorna
Lorna
6 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

He was an awesome hero!

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

Books that leave you with a smile are great! This sounds cute and fun, and I love when books have a good balance of emotion. Glad you liked it! Hope you’re staying safe <3

Lorna
Lorna
6 months ago

I love this author anyway, but some of hers are just extra special. And thanks, I hope you are staying safe as well.

Naomi Hop
6 months ago

I’ve recently discovered R.S. Grey… I just went and grabbed this with my KU subscription!

Lorna
Lorna
6 months ago
Reply to  Naomi Hop

I think you will love it Naomi. At least I hope you do! Have you read A Place in the Sun yet? It’s really good and was my first by her-a long time ago.

Lover of Romance
6 months ago

What a lovely review Lorna. And it sounds like this book was packed with so much goodness here. I love so many elements of emotion and plot points entered into a story.

Lorna
Lorna
6 months ago

Thank you! It was a lovely book!