Two of Hearts by Christina Lee
Dakota Nakos was always the resilient, strong-willed achiever. But when her father dies and she’s entrusted with the family’s casino, she feels vulnerable, scared, and more than a little emotional —not exactly the best time to see an old lover she’s never really gotten over.
Dakota once meant the world to Shane Garrity. Then suddenly he left town to train as a U.S. Marshal, and their love for each other crashed into a memory. Now he’s come home for her father’s funeral, and one look at the girl he left behind stirs up both memories and regrets, and reignites a fire he feared he’d lost forever.
Dakota may be the same driven girl she always was, but she’s also changed in ways neither could have anticipated. She’s not just a young woman searching for own identity in the Native American community in which she was raised, but one questioning her new life outside her father’s shadow. Above all she wonders if Shane can push past her weakened defenses to rekindle what they once had, or whether the intense blaze between them will ultimately reduce her heart to ashes.
I can't list a decent review for this book because I barely got a third of the way in before I couldn't continue any longer. Two of Hears wound up in my DNF pile.
I think I would have enjoyed the story if the characters were more developed, the culture more studied and the book had been shifted from YA/NA to Adult and the author fleshed out the h/h's relationship.
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Note: I received a print copy in exchange for an honest review from Berkley.