Gabbi Reviews: Dormant Heart by Lane Swift

Title: Dormant Heart
Author: Lane Swift
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 136
Characters: Josh Thornton, Callum Black
POV: Alternating 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 3


Amateur photographer Josh Thornton is out but not so proud. He’s estranged from his family, his boyfriend dumped him, and his job at an estate agency is in jeopardy—especially after he crashes his boss’s car in the middle of nowhere on his way to Hartley Manor.

Callum Black works at the English country estate and lives there in an isolated cottage. Left mute by a childhood accident, he’s more comfortable in the company of animals than people. But when Josh—literally—crashes into his life with his camera and his friendship, Callum realizes his peaceful solitude has been more than a little lonely.

Josh’s affection for Callum deepens even as he’s consumed by doubts over Callum’s sexuality and whether Callum could ever love him. And Callum is haunted by the secret that stole his voice—a secret that keeps him tethered to Hartley Manor. When the past comes hurtling painfully back into the present, Josh and Callum have to overcome their fears and breathe life back into their dormant hearts in order to have a chance at their own picture-perfect future.


Dormant Heart by Lane Swift is a sweet romance that left me with a smile on my face. I enjoyed watching Josh and Callum’s relationship grow and flourish as the story progressed.

Josh is going through the motions in life. He recently broke up with his boyfriend and isn’t the happiest at his job. Josh longs to have a successful career in photography and just wants to find a nice man and eventually settle down with him. When he meets the mysterious Callum, Josh is immediately intrigued by him. Even though Callum is mute, he and Josh find a way to communicate and soon they’re attraction for each other begins to develop into something stronger.

I liked this book. Both Josh and Callum are interesting heroes who go through some self-growth throughout the book. I liked how they seemed to really like and respect each other and the chemistry they had between them was a pretty strong one. I also liked how the author wrote a pretty descriptive English setting in which I did enjoy. There were times that I thought the story wasn’t a paced as fast as it could be and I found myself becoming more distracted than I normally like, but all in all I did like this book and the heroes in it.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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