Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Restore My Heart (Daddy's Girls #1) by Chelsea Camaron

Synopsis from goodreads:

Bad Boy, Ryder Davenport comes into Dina Fowler's life in the middle of her own personal hell. Still coming to terms with the death of her parents, she pushes everyone away. When she trusts the wrong man, putting her in a bad relationship she felt she couldn’t escape, Ryder comes along. Enjoying his playboy ways, fast cars, motorcycles and a new woman in his bed nightly, Ryder had no thoughts of settling down. That is, until he sees the damage a man can do when he meets a very broken Dina. He changes in hopes of one day being enough for her. But, can she ever feel safe with a man again? Ryder has restored hundreds of classic cars, can he restore Dina’s heart?

Ariana's Review:

3.5-4 Stars

Restore My Heart was a cute and enjoyable quick read. Maybe even a little too quick, as it left me wishing there was more. Not to mention the HUGE cliffhanger at the end! Thank god I had book 2 waiting and ready to begin as soon as I had finished this book otherwise I may have gone clinically insane waiting to find out what happened! I absolutely loved the story line, but there was one major thing that kept me from giving it a 4-4.5 star rating. This being that the book switched back and forth between Dina and Ryder's POV pretty much every chapter. Now, I wouldn't have minded this so much if it hadn't been re-telling the exact same thing I had just read, but rather continued the story forward. This is just a personal preference as there were parts where it was a bit too repetitive for me. BUT, with that being said, I did still enjoy reading this story, and I really look forward to reading the remaining books in the series.

Dina's character sounds like such a sweet girl. She has been through so much in her life, but she just keeps pushing forward. Not only had her parents been killed in a car crash by a drunk driver, but she was also in a very abusive relationship for quite awhile. This guy completely broke her down and stripped away all of her self confidence. He beat her up mentally, and physically. The relationship finally came to a close after she ended up in the hospital from the injuries he caused to her, and Ryder (who witnessed Mike, her boyfriend, beating her) made sure Mike would never come around and hurt her again. Now, 3 years later, Dina may just be ready to begin dating again.

Ryder.... sweet, sexy tattooed Ryder was quite the playboy for many years, but once he meets Dina for the first time, he begins to clean up his act. From that first glimpse, he knew that she was the one he had to be with. 

" She is like a magnet drawing me over to her. Never have I felt an instant pull to someone like this."

After Ryder sees Dina being brutally beaten by Mike, and just how damaged she is from that relationship, he decided that no matter how long it takes, he will wait for her. The story continues on and 3 years later he sees a possible opportunity to finally make her his. But he has a past, and that past keeps coming back to interfere with what he knows his future is. Will Dina finally be able to open up her heart and let Ryder in? Will she allow those intense sparks between them to ignite into a full blown fire of passion, or will she allow both her past, and his, to ruin their chance of a happy future? 

"For me, there is nothing before tonight, she is my beginning and my end, and this is all that matters."

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