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  • Cassidy Reyne

A Silverlined Tragedy

A lovely romance, with a little steam and heat between the two main characters, dealing with huge issues, trauma, and silver linings.

After a horrible and tragic car accident, Jax’s anguish and grief over losing his girlfriend, Chloe, turns to anger toward the young woman who receives her heart in a life-saving transplant.

When Holly makes contact to express her gratitude at being given a second chance at life, and sympathy for his loss, Jax rejects her attempts. However, when they’re pushed together time and time again through a friend, his feelings begin to change, leaving him confused and bewildered.

This story was heart wrenching, sweet, and uplifting at the same time. It highlights the incredible gift a successful organ transplant is for the recipient and their families while also describing the ambivalent feelings when a part of a deceased loved one lives on in someone else — especially poignant when the donated organ is a heart.

The characters came alive on the pages, and the story flowed at a good pace with the conflicting emotions of the main characters creating a great balance and contrast.

I really enjoyed this story. It kept me turning the pages and for each chapter, I was eager to know more, and I felt for both Jax and Holly as they dealt with the impact the transplant had on both their lives.

The one thing I would have liked to see more of was an exploration of the feelings Jax had to deal with over the organ donation and the ambivalent roller coaster it can create.

It’s an incredible act of generosity for anyone to want to donate their organs in the event of their death. However, for those left behind, it can cause a huge amount of conflicting emotions that can be difficult to deal with, in particular if you’re having to make the decision whether or not to allow organ harvest from a loved one when you’re also trying to deal with your loss, or you’re unaware of the person’s wish to donate.

All in all, a great and easy read with plenty of tugging at the heart strings and a little bit of spice.

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