Heart In Wire by R.L. Griffin Review & Giveaway

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This book has spoilers in it if you haven’t read the By A Thread series yet, you may not want to read the synopsis. This is a companion book to that series and I highly suggest reading it first.

Have you ever been involved in an epic love story where you wound up alone? Have you devoted yourself so completely to someone that you lost yourself in their abyss?

Patrick Greer spent the past five years revolving around El. He fought like hell to not feel the emotions for her that were hidden deep in his gut, until he couldn’t anymore. He was so sure of them, of her, of what they were to each other, until he wasn’t.

Patrick couldn’t even imagine the things he’d done for her, with her and to her. El broke him.

He was a liar, a friend, a lover, a fixer, a runner and a killer.

Now he had to figure out who he was without her.

*There are adult situations, tons of cussing and you may enjoy this book with an adult beverage.

Difficult memories filled his sleep. He willed them to stop. These were memories he’d worked to forget, to place somewhere in a box next to the memories of his brother being shot and his dad leaving. Images and thoughts that made him so desperate and full of despair that he refused to acknowledge he had them. He’d been able to keep the emotions and need for El from bubbling to the surface when she lived with him and she was seeing George. Millie filled the void in his bed, but couldn’t stop the ache in his heart. He’d denied that ache, ignored it and wished it would go away, but it remained, lingering. When she was shot, hating him, everything changed. The wall he’d carefully constructed around his heart fell from the blast that was the realization she may never be coming home. He remembered feeling utterly helpless and shattered by that simple fact. He remembered thinking she might be dead because he stopped feeling her that day.
He realized he couldn’t breathe without her.

“A girl broke my fucking heart, but to me it doesn’t feel broken, just wrapped in fucking wire, because no matter what I do…what direction I go…it fucking hurts.”

If we change the pronoun, can’t we all relate to the quote above??? Ohhhhhh, my heart just broke for Patrick while reading Heart In Wire. And, it really pains me to say that because my favorite character from this series aka Stella, is the reason why his heart is wrapped in wire. I loved his character in the previous books, but in this book I totally got him and my feelings for him shifted from pity to truly rooting for his happiness.

Slowly but surely, I am becoming a HUGE fan of books written from the male’s POV. R.L. has seemed to capture the true essence of what happens when two people who obviously love one another attempt to move forward because they just can’t seem to get it right at the same time. Patrick’s story is exemplifies what can happen when we finally let go of chasing the idea of love and actually allowing love to come to us. By A Thread is one of my favorite book series, and Heart In Wire is a perfect addition!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Heart In Wire in exchange for an honest review.

Set the mood for us…when you’re writing, you have to…
My ideal would be sitting on my couch with my laptop and a glass of red wine, listening to my playlist. However, that is typically not how I write. I record thoughts while I’m driving. I write out scenarios while watching my kid play at indoor inflatable places. I stay up all night and write when I can’t sleep.

What has been the most surprising and upsetting part of your literary journey?
I am so grateful. I’m blessed that one person wants to read my stories. Sure, there are things that are uncomfortable like putting your thoughts on display and asking for peoples judgments and opinions, but all in all I have no complaints about my journey. I think part of being a writer is you have to do it. When I get it all out, I feel lighter and it’s a good feeling. I think the worst part of the journey is release week. Seriously, I’m so nervous I don’t know what to do with myself.

When you’re not writing, what authors do you enjoy reading? What are you currently reading?
I really love several authors and whatever they write, I read. I just finished Love in English by Karina Halle; she’s amazing. K. Larsen just put out Objective and I literally could not put that book down. Oh and I read The Swan and the Jackal by J. A. Redmerski. As you can tell, I don’t like typical love stories.

If you had to write your life story, what would the title be? How does that title portray your story?
Aw shit…really? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm Unexpected. I went to law school to be an FBI agent, but after 9/11 they had a hiring freeze so I had to decide what sort of lawyer I wanted to be…I’ve practiced litigation, I’ve done other things. I liked litigation because you get to weave a story. Your client’s story.
I never expected to have five books out.
I never wanted to get married or have kids. I fell in love with a guy who wouldn’t take no for an answer and I went all in. Then a few years ago my mind kept telling me I wanted a kid. I didn’t want kids, so I was shocked. Now I have this kid who is the light of my life and a husband who is so supportive and it was nothing that I planned or expected. It’s sort of a perfect title.

What are three things readers might be surprised to learn about you?
That’s hard because I put most of my crap out there…
1. I was hired by the CIA, but turned it down.
2. I was driving by the Pentagon when the plane hit on 9/11.
3. I’m a concert whore, last year I finally got to take in a concert at the Red Rocks outside of Denver. It was on my bucket list. I saw Old Crow Medicine Show and Avett Brothers. I’ve seen Pearl Jam seven times.

Why do you think your writing matters?
Damn, you ask hard questions. My hope is people find an escape from their worries, troubles and everyday life. My dream would be that people find acceptance in the pages of my novels because I believe all of my characters have a little bit of good and bad. With Stella, I had so many people tell me no one reacts to a death that way. My statement to them is you don’t know what you would do, if you could. If you could suspend your life and just mourn and drink and cuss, you might do that. Plenty of people lose their shit, I think it’s okay to lose your shit for a little bit, then pull yourself together and keep going.
So I’m not sure why my writing in particular is important, but I know what I can only hope people get from it.

What can your fans look forward to next?
I’m writing a book called Razorblade Kisses right now. It’s messing with my brain. I’m almost done with the first draft. It’s heartbreaking.

Thank you again for allowing me to interview you on Tiffany Talks Books. Are there any last words for those who are reading this interview?

I want everyone to know how unbelievable it is when people give my books a chance. I appreciate each and every review, rating and message from readers. Thank you so much for taking a leap with me because I know there are so many amazing authors out there to choose from.

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  1. Carol Savoy says:

    Wow! This book sound AWESOME! It’s on my the list. Crossing fingers, hoping to win this series!

  2. Great interview. Looking forward to reading Heart in Wire.

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