Fire Heart: Broken Bottle #2 by Pamela Taeuffer

Fire Heart: Broken Bottle #2 by Pamela Taeuffer

Book Review:

After a strong start, Nicky stumbles a bit in this installment: the emotions she IS feeling are at war with the ones she WANTS to feel, or thinks that she should be feeling.  Ryan is far more demanding and controlling in this story, pushing for a commitment from Nicky but there are several roadblocks happening.

Pamela Taeuffer gives us an honest yet scattered portrayal of Nicky – all over the place as her own emotional connection with Ryan is scaring her. Her emotions and memories are all over the place: remembering past traumas, worrying about taking a chance that may end up with her being abandoned again, and her still questionable connection with Jerry, who, although he is closer in age and knows some of her history, isn’t necessarily mature enough to help her walk through her issues.

What I found is though emotionally the story rings very true, there is some peculiar and oddly styled writing that is both distracting and confusing.  Well it may be that the author is trying to insert some of Nicky’s own thought processes into the story, and she is, most decidedly, all over the place; there was a disparity between who was speaking, dialog was often stilted, and there were several places where I just had to read back to see ‘who best’ fit the previous sentences.

Unfortunately, that just didn’t work for me – and while I see Nicky as quite unfocused and unsure, having major issues with her self-esteem and not trusting in herself enough to make a true decision, I wanted SOME decision made that she stuck to.  Whether or not she believed wholeheartedly in the choice, I desperately needed her to make one. I wasn’t enamored with this installment, but I am hooked and need to know if Nicky finds some sort of resolution.

Fire Heart: Broken Bottle #2 by Pamela Taeuffer

Title: Fire Heart
Author: Pamela Taeuffer
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Dark-theme
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 287
Rated: three-stars
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There are times in our lives when we encounter love so profound, so powerful, that the life you've always planned for gets interrupted by the love you've desperately longed for. Such is the case for 18 year old Nicky Young. High school is officially over, and she has been planning to attend Stanford, but the very hot and very desirable Goliath baseball star, Ryan Tilton, has other ideas.

As their relationship begins to heat up, Ryan wants her to commit to him. Nicky is wanting him, too, but suspicious of his intentions. Especially when ex-lovers keep showing up! How can she commit herself to Ryan when she is so close to the independence she has longed for ever since she was a young girl?

As they become more and more intimate, childhood memories of being abused by her father and her sister's rape at age 14, feelings of deep shame come pouring through Nicky's mind. She desperately wants to open her heart but cannot live through the pain of being abandoned again.

What lengths will she go to, to stay strong when what she really craves at the deepest levels of her being, is standing right in from of her?

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to drug and alcohol use / violence and/or sexual content in a genre not specified as Erotic.

About Pamela Taeuffer

I am an introvert. Yes, fear runs through me in dozens of ways when I have to be in a room of people I don't know.
I was raised in a family battling alcoholism. I layered myself with armor thick, high, and wrapped it so tightly around my heart that intimacy wouldn't find me for years.I also added the layers of weight for protection. I was never happy with myself no matter what size I was. The thinner I was, the more attention I received, the more I was afraid. I have a son who was in an auto accident at nineteen and has struggled in recovering from his traumatic brain injury.

Why do I lead with these things?

Because they all tell a story about opening up a heart . . . my heart, but it could be anyone's heart. I'm passionate about writing how intimacy and trust opened everything for me, and can't wait to show the journey in my books.
What do I hope to do with this experience? I will strive to bring readers a deep and intimate understanding of what growing up that way does to one's choices, the fears it brings deep into our hearts, and the deficiencies we're left without when it comes to building relationships of every kind.

The values and results I hope to bring with the Broken Bottles Series are:
1. Deep fears can reside in all of us and the reasons for them are numerous. I remained closed for years because of being abandoned and disappointed from my father's alcoholism. It took years for me to understand without risk, nothing will change.
2. If I can show readers the reasons why, perhaps they will understand these fears in their friends, family or loved ones and encourage rather than criticize, even as they seem unreachable.
3. My truest wish is for women to lose their fear over sex. Real intimacy happens when communication and love is open and giving to your partner, asking for what you want, and allowing your partner to feel safe as he/she asks for what they want.
4. Fears disappear only when each person feels completely safe. There is no safety without trust.
I am a new author who promises to give my readers an honest and fresh perspective of the challenges we face trying to love family, friends, and partners and in creating engagement with readers, will be diligent about responding from my heart.
For the reader, these stories detail the fears of being alone, of exploring deep intimacy and how to get to the level of love and communication in all aspects of our lives. Many of my stories come from the journals I kept from the time I was ten. They helped me to analyze and step back from the dysfunction of my childhood, and also enabled me to recall the vivid details and memories of many of the events about which I've written and will continue to write through fresh eyes and fresh stories.
I loved living in San Francisco, where I was born and raised. From the time I was six years old my father took us to baseball games, and thus my love for sports grew, especially of baseball. The few close friends I grew up with I still have today, and I've been married more than thirty years with one son, who at nineteen suffered a traumatic brain injury in an auto accident. I also have three wonderful step children from my husband's first marriage.
I currently run a vacation rental business in wine country for the last twenty plus years, and enjoy working it with my husband and son, and enjoy meeting people from all over the world.

• I have a deep desire to give you an enjoyable love story
• I want to help women understand how to ask for what they want sexually and in every other way, and to keep their partner's hearts open, honest communications are essential when it comes to sex

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