Posted on July 24, 2015 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in 4 stars, Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, I Read Book Tours, James Eric Richey, Review / 2 Comments

Jaxon Tagget is a cattle-rancher’s son, born and raised on the Double T, just outside of Dillon, Montana. In love with his high-school sweetheart, Annie, Jaxon proposes on graduation night, presenting her with a wedding ring made from gold he mined himself. Annie accepts immediately, to the horror of her bitter, man-hating mother.

Jaxon’s a wonderful husband, but the warnings of Annie’s mother linger in the young bride’s ears. And it doesn’t help that women continue to fall all over the markedly handsome Jaxon.

Unaware of his wife’s persistent doubts, Jaxon is struggling with his own troubles when he finds out his dad is sorely in need of money to save the ranch. But hope glimmers gold when he rediscovers the old mine on the Double T.

While Jaxon travels to verify the mine’s productivity, Annie grows increasingly suspicious. Is Jaxon’s absence what it seems, or does he have another, less faithful reason for his travels? When Annie sees a picture of the beautiful laboratory owner whom Jaxon is visiting, she’s sure the only gold he’s interested in is long, blond hair. Is Annie right, or will it be her doubts that forever sever their Two Hearts?


Some things never die!
I was in the store check-out line and I heard the man behind me tell his friend how another friend of his just “kicked the bucket.”  I find it interesting how many things never die.  For example, my girls have come home several times from school and excitedly shared new jump rope chants they learned at recess.  Many of those are the same ones I heard at recess.

            Some expressions people use on a daily basis, such as, “kicked the bucket,” have been passed down and used as part of our English language from generation to generation. 
There are so many of them: bite the bullet, break the ice, the apple of my eye, butter someone up, cat got your tongue, caught red handed, eat humble pie, go cold turkey, give the cold shoulder, jay walker, let your hair down, sleep tight, and rule of thumb–they go on and on. 
Do we even know how those old expressions, which we all understand even though they don’t really make much sense, came about? 

            This piqued my interest.  Most of these sayings are really odd when you think about it.  Let’s take “kicked the bucket” for example.  This is slang meaning “to die.”  What does a bucket have to do with death?  I got out my smart phone and looked up its history.  Although its origin is not absolutely certain, most theories trace the phrase to 19th century and a method of hanging ones-self by standing on a bucket, tightening the noose, and then kicking the bucket away.

Sorry, but that’s pretty gruesome to think about, and yet that phrase is spoken practically every day.
            I learned that some things never kick the bucket.


“This represents all the money I have in the world, two dollars and sixty-three cents. I gladly and willingly give you all the money I have. I know it isn’t much.” He closed his fist around the money and raised his hand to his chest, just over his heart. “But, what I do offer you is every beat of my heart, today and every day, from now until forever. I’m yours, and I promise I will always be yours. I love you, Annie Bradley. Will you marry me?”

This is my second time reading a romance novel written from a man’s point of view and my first time reading this author’s work.  Based on the description I was expecting this to be an emotional read.  I was not sure if the author would be able to pull it off, but boy was I wrong. 
Two Hearts tells the story of Jaxon and Annie, high school sweethearts who got married while in college.  In the early stages of their marriage everything was going well. Dreams were being pursued and goals were being achieved.  However, distrust and jealousy would rear their ugly heads thereby causing disharmony in this once perfect marriage.
Jaxon is the type of man that most women dream about.  He is loyal, ambitious, appealing and handsome. He is from a well to do family, however, he was not interested in taking over the family business as such he carved a different path for himself.  However, unforeseen circumstances as forced him to get involved in the very thing he was trying to avoid. Jaxon is committed and totally dedicated to his wife.  He took his responsibilities and his job seriously. He was always trying to find ways to make their lives comfortable.
Annie on the other on hand was a pain. I tried to like her but I had difficulty doing so even after the story ended. She was very insecure when it came to Jaxon. She doubted his faithfulness and was quick to believe that he was a cheater.  She had some deep seated issues which spilled over from her childhood.  She was allowing her mother’s constant diatribe about all men being cheaters embed itself in her and Jaxon’s life. Will Annie and Jaxon’s marriage survive these insecurities or will they give up and call it a day?
In addition to the romance there was action. At first I was wondering how the issues with Zerren, Jaxon’s friend tied into the story, but as everything unfolded it became clearer.  Zerren is selfish and the kind of man that one should avoid at all costs.
I must admit that there are parts of the story that I felt could have been better developed.  There were some parts that were confusing which did not become clear until later in the story. Its these inconsistencies that prevented me from giving this book a higher rating.
Overall, this was a fun, light and enjoyable read which I would recommend to lovers of the romance genre. It should be noted that this was a very clean read which makes it suitable for adolescent and adult readers.

This book was provided in exchange
 for an honest review. 
NO monetary compensation was provided for this review. 

The opinions expressed in my reviews are my own.


James Eric Richey was born and raised in California. He attended Brigham Young University, studying English with an emphasis in Literature. After graduating from BYU he returned home to California to further his education by attending law school. After passing the bar, James practiced in California for several years, but he quickly learned that he did not have a passion for the law.

In 1998 James obtained his real estate appraiser license, which has given him a flexible work schedule and allowed him to pursue his true passion, writing books. Besides his writing, he also enjoys reading, running, and sailing. James currently lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with his wife, Heather, and their two daughters.

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2 responses to “TWO HEARTS Blog Tour

  1. Nadene, thank you for your honest review of Two Hearts. I appreciate your thoughts, comments, and opinions. Thank you for allowing me to make a guest post and for hosting Two Hearts on your blog.