Title: In Your Heart
Series: Willow Creek #3
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Release Date: June 16, 2015
I thought I had found love.
I thought I had found my forever.
I’d never been more wrong in all my life.
Sadie Westbrook’s seemingly perfect life comes to a screeching halt when she catches her fiancé in bed with another woman. Suddenly, everything she believed in is tested and there’s only one person she can turn to—the guy who has been by her side ever since their best friend’s fell in love and became inseparable.
Ezra Collins—the bassist for the band Willow Creek—has only ever had one weakness, and her name is Sadie. When he receives a frantic call he rushes to her aid, helping to pick up the pieces of her crumbling life—even if that means letting Sadie live with him.
The close proximity tests the limits of their friendship and as the lines between friends and lovers blur they’ll have to decide if falling in love with your best friend is worth the risk of losing them.
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I looked up at the sky and the birds flying above us. “I feel like I don’t know who I am anymore. I spent two years with a guy that stripped me of my identity. I feel like all I have of myself is my store and the rest I’m left questioning. I tried so hard to please him, to make him happy, and in the end I made myself miserable. I was just so desperate for it to work out that I overlooked how toxic our relationship was. How stupid is that?”
“You’re human,” he replied. “We have this inane desire to belong to something that is greater than we are on our own. That desire is so strong that we can fool ourselves into believing things that aren’t true.”
“So, I’m not crazy?” I cracked a smile.
“Definitely not crazy.”
His smile was comforting and I reminded myself for the hundredth time that everything would be okay.
I rested my head on his shoulder and a moment later his head rested on top of mine.
A smile touched my lips.
I’d missed this—having someone that understood me completely, even when I didn’t know myself.
First introduced in Last To Know, both Sadie and Ezra have both appeared in the previous two books and now have got their own story to tell.
When their best friends, Maddox and Emma, began dating these two were the spare wheels in that relationship. As they spent time with one another, they became close until eventually the two were best friends. When Sadie begins dating Braden and eventually becomes engaged to him, she chooses him over Ezra, only to be left running to Ezra when Braden doesn't turn out to be who she expected him to be.
As Sadie moves on from her relationship with Braden, her and Ezra pick up right where they left off and decided to make their friendship a bit more and added the benefits to it. What can go wrong? A lot! And when it all comes to the boiling point, Ezra and Sadie have to decide if their friendship can be salvaged and where they go from here.
As with Last To Know and Never Too Late, Micalea Smeltzer crafts a wonderful story of friendship, some angst, and love. What would the Willow Creek relationships be like without a little angst thrown in to the mix? These boys have to work for their girls! I've loved all the Willow Creek boys so far, Ezra included. I really like the relationship between Sadie and Ezra and think Smeltzer best described it with the line "Our relationship was intense, passionate, and full of fun." I love that they can laugh and have fun with one another and it's not all serious, all the time.
Maddox and Mathias along with their girls Emma and Remy return for the fun. Maddox still holds a special place in my heart and I love this kid with his diet Pepsi obsession and his love for knitting, Emma, and his pet hedgehog. In the one scene where Hayes is demanding someone go get Maddox his knitting bag to settle him down and then as Maddox started knitting booties, I couldn't help but laugh. I loved the little moments between Mathias and Remy also and how Mathias is such a protective daddy to be. Previously introduced to Hayes, another member of the band, we get a closer look at him in order to prepare for the next book which is his story and includes a character we were just introduced to in In Your Heart - Arden. Arden is a single mom who works for Sadie. It sounds like she has a story just begging to be told. By the way, I loved Hayes' interaction with Arden's daughter Mia.Back to the couple at hand though - Sadie and Ezra had a connection that readers can tell from the start is going to lead to some good times between these two. They have a sweet but passionate relationship and I loved seeing all the fun times between them along with the sweet ones. I especially loved what Ezra does for Sadie towards the end - no spoilers though ;)
I truly love this series and cannot wait for the next book. Thankfully it's not too long of a wait. I love the Willow Creek family!
Micalea Smeltzer is a bestselling Young and New Adult author from Winchester, Virginia. She’s always working on her next book, and when she has spare time she loves to read and spend time with her family.