Review: Exchange of Hearts by N.R. Walker

Eighteen-year-old Harrison Haddon has grown up alone. Surrounded by wealth, nannies, and material things, all he craves is the approval of his father. Sent away to the boarding school his father and grandfather attended, it’s assumed he will follow in their footsteps from Sydney’s prestigious Ivy League school straight into medical school.

But Harrison doesn’t want to be a doctor.

He dreams of music and classical piano. His only true happiness, his escape from the world expected of him, is dismissed by his intolerant and emotionally detached parents.

Levi Aston arrives from London for a three-month student exchange program. Free-spirited and confident in who he is and what he wants to do with his life, Levi convinces Harrison not give up on his dreams.

But convincing Harrison not to give up on his family might not be so easy.

N.R. Walker is one of my go-to authors for a light, sweet, comfort read. She creates such endearing characters that I can't help but love. Harrison and Levi perfectly fit the bill!

Harrison's a student at a private boarding school where he was detached from the other students and teased. According to him, things were only getting worse when he found out that the foreign exchange student was going to be his new roommate.

That student ended up being Levi. Then Harrison and Levi proceeded to have the cutest meet-cutes of all time. Eeeee! N.R. Walker, I'm telling you, knows how to make me squee with delight. These guys were everything I love about YA. Tentative touches, secret kisses, fumbling first times... just cuteness all around!

They met, they hit it off, they were pretend boyfriends for a bit to make Harrison's ex jealous... then moved towards the real deal. They were adorable and sweet and supportive of each other. I especially loved Levi and how much he encouraged Harrison so do what makes him happy.

Harrison was under a lot of pressure from his father to follow in his footsteps and be a doctor. But Harrison was a talented pianist and his dream was to go to school for music. He had a hard time with this, since he didn't want to disappoint his father, who never seemed to give Harrison his approval. But Levi really pushed him to do what made him happy. He was a bit relentless and I liked that about him.

There was very little angst in the relationship. They really got along wonderfully and had all the chemistry. They were just great together.

The problems with Harrison's father were solved a little too easily, but I think sometimes parents are misguided and think they're doing what's best. When they find out they're not? Well, they try and fix it. Even if it was an easy fix, it felt genuine to me and I was happy with how things ended.

Sweet, light, loving, cuteness overload... all topped with a mushy-gushy epilogue. *dreamy eyes* Perfection.

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.