Book Review: Heartstring by Ana Ashley


Author: Ana Ashley
Series: Dads of Stillwater, book 4
Publisher: Publisher (March 14, 2023)
Kindle edition, 336 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary M/M Romance


If I had a dollar for every mistake I made… But there’s only one mistake I regret.
Breaking my promise to the only person who ever understood my need to get away from a future I didn’t want…Tyler.
I’ve reached many hearts through my music, but the only one I’ve ever wanted might be lost to me forever.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…
Mik broke a promise a long time ago.
What he doesn’t know is that he also broke my heart.
I won’t be fooled or charmed again because his promises aren’t worth the sheet music they’re written on.
His all too-resourceful teenage daughter’s skills at matchmaking may be charming, but I’m not ready to forgive or forget.

Heartstring is book 3 in Ana Ashley’s series, Dads of Stillwater. This story contains two older guys who were always destined for each other, a know-it-all teenager on a (romantic) mission, and a labrador with short-term memory loss. Plus the usual hearts and all the small town romance you’d expect from Ana Ashley.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

I feel like this was the most angsty of the series so far. I really love how the story flows between Now and what happened Then, so Mik and Tyler’s story is unfolded both in the present and the past in tandem. And both the friends-to-lovers, mutual pining romance when they’re teens and the childhood sweethearts, second chance romance as adults are just SO GREAT. It’s really like getting two romances in one!

I fell in love with Tyler in book 3 of the series (Breakthrough) when Ellis’ sister tries to set him up with her brother. Ellis and Tyler didn’t have sparks, and now we know why! Ty’s used up all of his sparks, obviously, haha. I wanted to just hug and give both Ty and Mik noogies, and tell them it will all be okay. I am VERY MUCH hoping for a spin-off series, because I need to see what happens with Bastian and his sexy farmer neighbor, plus the other guys in the band.

Sweet and steamy single-dad, small town romance where you can’t help but fall in love with the couples and also the side characters (well, the ones who don’t suck, anyway!)

This is the fourth book in the Dads of Stillwater series, and can be read as a standalone.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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