About The Author
Brenda Gayle has been a writer all her life but returned to her love of writing fiction after more than 20 years in the world of corporate communication—although some might argue there was plenty of opportunity for fiction-writing there, too. A fan of many genres, she is drawn to contemporary romance and enjoys writing deeply emotional stories with elements of mystery and suspense. Her first book, Soldier for Love, was a recommended read by a number of reviewers. Her new book, The Hungry Heart, is the first in her Heart's Desire series, which chronicles the difficult road to finding love and family acceptance for the three Graham cousins. Brenda lives in eastern Ontario with her wonderful husband, two fabulous children, two Siberian Huskies, a rescued cat, and assorted aquatic wildlife.
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The Hungry Heart by Brenda Gayle
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: September 7, 2012
Format: Paperback - 324 pages / Kindle - 443 KB / Nook - 766 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Novel Publicity Tours.
After a stellar debut in New York City, Hunter’s back in Santa Fe to open a new restaurant. He lives a charmed life and he knows it. He isn’t interested in a workaholic who’s glued to her smart phone. So why is he trying to convince Nora to relax and enjoy life—with him?
When Nora’s apartment and office are ransacked, Hunter comes to her rescue, surprised to find himself playing knight-in-shining-armor to the uptight executive. But when it becomes clear Nora is no random target, Hunter realizes he’ll do anything to keep her safe.
My Book Review:
Two very different people ... a child advocate and a chef/restaurant owner ... a private cooking lesson ... a growing attraction for each other ... family drama ... and a past that has danger written all over it ...
Nora Cross is a successful child advocate executive with CAN (Children's Action Network), who is too wrapped up in her career to have or want a social life.
Hunter Graham is a renowned chef who has a reputation for being a playboy.
When Nora's younger sister Karen wins a private cooking lesson at a charity auction, she pressures Nora into taking the private cooking lesson with the hot young chef, Hunter Graham. After a successful debut in NY, Hunter is back in Santa Fe to open a new restaurant. Opposites attract and sparks fly when Nora and Hunter meet, but she tries to resist his advances, while he finds her annoying yet intriguing and wants to get to know her better.
When Nora's apartment and office were broken into and it wasn't a random occurrence, Hunter rushes in to be her protector ... but can Nora's troubled past and their family dramas smother the flames of attraction, or can they fulfill the desire of their hungry hearts?
The Hungry Heart is a fast-paced contemporary romance story that has a suspenseful twist added into the mix. Written in the third person narrative, author Brenda Gayle weaves an intriguing tale of how two people who are opposites become attracted to each other, only to have a troubled past and family issues rear its ugly head and threaten their budding relationship. This story has something for everyone: romance, mystery, suspense and family drama. This is not an ordinary or typical romance story, it has many layers with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing what will happen next.
The author creates an intriguing, realistic and complex cast of characters who draw the reader into their lives. I really liked Nora's strong and tough personality, her vulnerability simmers below the surface, she has a depth about her that I find intriguing. Hunter may have been portrayed as a player, but I found him to be a charming guy that has an endearing sweet side that won me over. I really liked the opposites attract dynamic of their relationship, there is the sizzle of attraction between them that I always like to read in romance stories, but I really liked how their different personalities provided a balance in their relationship. With a great supporting cast of characters who add to the mystique and intrigue of the subplots, engaging dialogue and interactions, palpable romance and cooking scenes, and an engrossing mixture of romance and suspense within a multi-layered storyline, The Hungry Heart is an entertaining story that will keep the reader engaged from beginning to end.
The Hungry Heart is not your typical contemporary romance story! This story has enough romance with a twist of mystery and suspense that will be a pleasant surprise for diehard romance fans!
RATING: 4 STARS ****