Name: A Matter of Heart (Fate #2)
Author: Heather Lyons
Ok, if I thought the first book was frustrating, I clearly didn’t know what I getting myself into when I started A Matter of Heart.
After reading Jonah’s POV in Beyond Fate, I was beyond sure of who my favorite of the twin was. Actually, I was pretty sure about it in the first book of the series, but the novella confirmed it. So this second book was kind of torture for me. I grunted and needed to vent a lot. A LOT.
This series is going to kill me, I just know it.
A Matter Of Heart takes us to where we left off in the first book. Jonah and Chloe are now engaged practically living together. They are now part of the Council and have been working a lot. They love each other, they’re happy. Except for one thing or some one. Kellan (ugh). It’s not easy having two Connections. Chloe’s struggle is clear and her suffering is palpable. And I understand that. I understand the pull she feels towards both of the Whitecomb twins but man is it hard to accept. I’ve never been more frustrated with a book in my entire life.
In this book, Chloe’s been working on different assignments. Some are with people she knows well, others are with new Magicals she knows absolutely nothing about. Some assignments are easy, some turn out to be more difficult, specially when their constant threat is ready to strike at any moment. So, when they finally decide to make an appearance, Chloe finds herself in a particular situation where she and Kellan are forced to spend some time trapped in a cave. Words are said, feelings get out, and everything gets more complicated. The cave ends up being a door to trouble. There’s something about Kellan that makes Chloe trust him with everything she can. Not that she doesn’t trust Jonah, but there’s something that makes her always go back to Kellan, something that makes him irresistible. And that pisses me off. I like Jonah. I love Jonah.
This book isn’t really about a life and death threat. I believe, this book is about what Connections really are, how they act and what they can do to the people involved. Chloe’s life isn’t an easy one, she has a lot of stress, a lot of crap coming her way. She has to face people’s accusations, her neglecting parents, the Elders’ attacks and the consuming worry about how she’s going to keep everyone she loves safe. She has a lot of growing up to do and she’ll do it (that’s what I’ve been told anyway), but for the moment, she’s too scared. She’s not being honest with herself or the ones she loves. I believe she loves both of the Whitecomb twins, I’m sure she does, but sometimes, she’s too selfish. She knows this and she still acts like a little spoiled brat. And goddamn it, it infuriates me. Not only because I’m 100% team Jonah, but because she keeps hurting them both. She needs to man-up and take responsibilities of her actions. And running away is not that.
Towards the end of the book I realized A Matter of Heart is mostly about how Chloe deals with having two Connections, specially with one of the twins. I think, this book is the key to figuring out what she really wants, at least is the first step toward that decision. It’s not an easy one, that much is clear.
Even though I spent most of the book screaming at it, I couldn’t stop reading. I needed to know, still need to know what’s going to happen. I liked how many feelings these books have made me feel. I’ve felt them all and that’s always a good sign.
This love triangle isn’t an easy one to read about. I hope it gets easier.