Heart and Soul by Shae Connor: Release Day Review



Love can sneak up on you in the last place you’d expect.

Kellen Grady has known he’s gay since he was a teenager, but he’s never been that interested in dating. A professional pianist, he’s happy spending his days teaching students of all ages and his nights working and playing at an Atlanta bar and concert venue. When former pro football player Terrence Harvey and his brother buy the bar, Kellen’s thrown by the change to his routine, but he develops a quick friendship with Terrence, drawn to his sunny nature and sharp mind. Then their relationship takes a turn when Terrence surprises Kellen with a kiss. The unexpected action, though not unwelcome, leaves Kellen faced with reevaluating everything he thought he knew—about Terrence, and about himself.

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Kellan works as a piano teacher and jazz piano player at a local club for the last decade; he doesn’t really like change and is just content with how things are and they’re quite boring if I’m honest. Unfortunately, he gets a little uneasy because the little bar that he gigs at is getting new owners and he doesn’t quite know how things are going to go. Fortunately, they’re not looking to shake things up a bit but retired football pro and his lawyer brother just want to revamp a little bit but would like the house band to stay on, much to their relief.

Terrence is the retired football player and has a little jazz bar with his brother. They’re both incredibly good people, very nice and even though the story is told through Kellan’s POV, we get to see a lot of Terrance and his brother. Some of the dialogue was a little off but overall the pace at which Terrance and Kellan got to know each other and the way their relationship progressed was very smooth and little to not angst at all, which I appreciated.

I also really liked the family aspect of it. I think kids make everything better! Terrance was very close to his niece and nephews and Kellan’s sisters recent separation had them sharing their childhood home together, so that was fun. Also, both sides, Terrance and Kellan’s family were both really supportive and accepted them and loved them and that was a nice surprise. I was happy to see that.

Overall the story was a nice little light read, kind of short but I only mention that cuz I could have read more about these two, I wasn’t ready for it to end
4 pieces of eye candy for me!


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