Take Heart by Willa Okati is a sweet, sexy and lighthearted romance between three very likeable guys. Just enough angst to keep the story going! I received one copy of this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
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Take Heart by Willa Okati
Title: Take Heart
Series: St. Hawk’s Medical #1
Author: Willa Okati
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (January 29, 2015)
Format/Length: 2638 KB/119 pages
Genre: M/M/M, Contemporary, Menage
Heat Rating: 3
Star Rating: 3
You can learn more about the author by checking out the authors website.
A gentle hippie with a new heart, a hellion making good, and a rebel doctor discover together how healing takes more than just medicine.
Dr. Brendan West, a dreamer and a doctor, knows there’s more to life than the job, and he wants to experience it for himself. His first step after finding a temporary job at St. Hawk’s is falling for kind-hearted gardener Evan—only to discover that Evan’s already taken by boisterous Griff.
For his part, Griff sees this as more of an opportunity than a threat. He likes the good doc’s kind heart and clear eyes, and the way he sees it, their lonely doc needs them just as much, or more. With Evan on board, he sets to work bringing Brendan into a ménage relationship.
Brendan knows he could fall hard for the odd couple, but the thing is—he’s not in St. Hawk’s for the long haul. He can’t bear to surrender his heart if he’s only going to leave it behind.
Can the doctor, the gardener and the hellion find a way to make it work, or will they find themselves losing out on love?
In Take Heart, you have an established couple (Evan and Griff) who have been known to take in a third every once in a while for the thrill of things. Evan is a peace, love and happiness kind of guy who takes everything in stride. A very relaxed persona who lives life to it’s fullest. Griff is the bad boy, rough and tumble type but he is totally devoted to Evan and happy to explore the passion involved with adding a third to their relationship occasionally.
Brendan is in St. Hawk’s temporarily as he works to cover a shift at the local hospital. He is initially attracted to Evan but wants to back off when he discovers that Evan is already taken. Evan and Griff’s proposal of joining them as a third is a surprise but he decides to jump in for a vacation fling. Feelings start complicating things between the three and they try to figure out how to make things work between them.
I really liked all three of these characters. They were realistic and their interactions seemed to be genuine. I was very confused at the beginning because the first invitation to Brendan to join Evan and Griff for dinner seemed to be an invitation to join them in the bedroom but I wasn’t quite sure. I think Brendan was equally confused as to whether this was a date, a friendship, or just a preamble to getting into bed.
In Take Heart, the author gives us some inner monologue for each of the characters. It helps you get a better picture of what each person is thinking and feeling but sometimes it messed a bit with the story progression. The author’s writing style is also a bit difficult to follow sometimes…I tend to prefer direct, to the point writing rather than anything poetic and overly wordy.
Overall, Take Heart was a nice read. It didn’t really grab me with excitement but it was an enjoyable story.