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REVIEW: “Take Heart” by Willa Okati



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?


I would really like to tell you what happened in this book, but I can’t, because I still can’t figure out what the hell was going on. There was simply too much going on to figure anything out and that isn’t a good thing.

We meet Brendan who is doing some temporary work at St. Hawk’s Medical Center. St. Hawk’s sounds like an awesome place to visit and live – this dirty hippie peace warrior totes thinks it would be the ideal place to visit for an non-disclosed period of time, if I knew where it was. Even the state it was in. Anyway, he meets Evan one night during a fireworks show and then Evan shows up at the center for a check up. During the check up, Griff (the hellion? really?) walks in who just happens to be Evan’s partner and Branden gets flustered and then somehow he is invited for a threesome or dinner? I still am unclear on which was offered first. Are you confused? Join the club.

We get all three POV’s in this story which is two more than I needed. Honestly? I could have had only Evan’s POV and been fine. He was the only one out of the three I had any connection with and it’s not just his hippie ways. Evan had a bit of substance but… the POV’s jumped all over the place and had me skimming to get back to Evan so he could let me know WTF was going on. Even during sex… I skimmed the sex because – the sex was repetitive and just, I don’t know it wasn’t sexy so I skimmed and that is never a good sign.  I am so confused. It’s a theme with this story.

I still don’t understand anything these three did or why. There was very little background on them and most of what they did was told to me, Evan had the most concise, if you can call it that history, and there were other side characters thrown in to set up the rest of the series, I imagine. There was simply too much going on in not enough pages to fully enjoy the book for me. I love a good menage but I need more of a connection to understand and feel while a long-term established couple would invite a third in, not just for the night but for forever. Also, I have no idea what is up with Brendan and why this is suddenly something he craves.

All I know is trying to figure this out has now given me a headache to match Griff’s.




23958958Title: Take Heart (St. Hawk’s Medical #1)
Author: Willa Okati
Publisher: Totally Bound
Pages: 101
Release Date: January 30, 2015
Purchase Links: Totally Bound, Amazon, ARe

About Sara

I'm a runner, a reader and a vegan food eater. I practice yoga and meditation. I live in a house full of boys and rescue dogs. I really need a vacation.

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