The shadow of a congenital heart defect has hung over Jesse like a dark cloud all his life. Nathan’s death saves Jesse’s life by providing the heart Jesse needs to survive, and a chance encounter between their best friends plants Jesse in Sean’s orbit. But how well can a love triangle between a dead man, his grieving lover, and the one with his heart beating in his chest possibly turn out? Real feelings and pure intentions might not be enough.
A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.
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Tams gives this one 3.5 stars...
Nathan and Sean have been inseparable since they were children and they shared their double scoops at the ice cream shop. As they grew into teenagers and then young men, even their mothers knew they were going to be in-laws. (To sidetrack briefly, this was my favorite aspect of this story. The way both mothers were not only there for them, but encouraged them and stood by them. I loved it, if only all young men as beautiful and shining and Nate and Jesse had such love, the world would be a happier place.)
As they say, with the sweets comes the sours. Jesse has been in and out of hospitals his entire life, and now, his time has run out. When prayers are answered and Jesse gets a heart, his best friend inadvertently stumbles across Sean's best friend. These two total strangers comfort each other and eventually, introduce Sean and Jesse. I can't tell you how badly I wanted a corney, cheesy, bubble gum wrapped ending here. No such luck
The story was really well written and I liked the way Edwards described Sean's struggles. Losing the only lover he's ever had, trying to find happiness with Sean. It was gut wrenching. I felt like at the very end, the Sean I was reading was someone else. His attitude and demeanor changed. Let me be clear, I'm not giving this book 3.5 stars because of the bittersweet ending. It's due to some kinks in the story I didn't like, Sean's change and a couple of gaps in the story. It really is a good book. Fans of Nicholas Sparks will definitely love this book.