Gabbi Reviews: Love’s Tethered Heart by C.L. Etta

Title: Love’s Tethered Heart
Author: CL Etta
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 222
Characters: Danny DeMarco, Miguel Pacheco
POV: 1st *Multiple*
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.25


Two years ago Mico and his partner suffered a savage gay bashing that left Mico a quadriplegic—and ended his dreams of traveling the world as an archaeologist. Abandoned by the man he loved, he lives in isolation, tethered to his bed by the machines keeping him alive, with only his caretakers and immediate family as companions.

Assigned to interview Mico and uncover the story behind his assault and his refusal to identify his attackers, journalist Danny is unprepared for his reaction to the fragile enigmatic man. Mico is afraid to let Danny into his life, and Danny is unsure how to change his mind. Mico is also keeping secrets, and he isn’t the only one. Danny is determined to protect Mico, and he’s determined to show Mico that their feelings for each other can thrive amidst the mechanics of Mico’s existence.

If you enjoy romantic tales of heartbreak turned to hope, the life-affirming story of Danny and Mico will make you believe in the possibility of love for everyone—no matter what obstacles they face.


Love’s Tethered Heart is a romantic and bittersweet tale of two well-written heroes who find love under challenging circumstances.

When Danny is commissioned to interview, Mico, he is unaware that his life is about to change. As a reporter, Danny is known to write unbiased but well-thought out pieces that have earned him a good reputation. When he meets Mico, Danny has deliberately kept himself in the dark about most of his circumstances from his life-changing event. Danny knows that Mico is a victim of a hate crime and has become quadriplegic because of it.

Danny is no way prepared for Mico. Mico’s sweet and flirty disposition immediately charms Danny and soon he finds himself under Mico’s spell. Though Mico is attached to some life-saving tubes and wires and there are many challenges to keeping Mico healthy and well on a daily basis, Danny doesn’t see the Mico’s disability …instead he sees the sexy man who is Mico himself.

One of the strongest points of the story is Danny’s feelings toward Mico. I was utterly in awe of Danny’s determination to have Mico in his life. Danny sees Mico for the sexy, funny and capitvating man he is and his dedication and doggedness to share a life with Mico is a beautiful thing to watch. Like Danny, I too was under Mico’s spell and understood why Danny fell so hard for him. I loved these two men together and thought their love and affection they had toward each other was truly the heart of the story.

This was not a five kiss read for me because as Danny is telling the story, he interviews people. As he does this, the POV switches to the person he is talking/interviewing. This may not bother some people, but it did bring me out of the story a few times. Also, though I loved Danny’s love and determination he has to be with Mico, he makes some MAJOR life decisions within days of meeting him. Now, if you read my reviews you know I love and appreciate the insta-love storyline, but I honestly thought that their relationship and the major life changes they make was more rushed than I felt comfortable with.

All in all, I loved this book. Danny and Mico’s story will live within your heart long after you finish reading this book. Between the bittersweet and the sweetness of story and the happy ending, Love’s Tethered Heart is a book that is easy to recommend.


Reviewed By: Gabbi

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