Sunday, October 14, 2012

Novel Publicity Presents: "The Hungry Heart" by Brenda Gayle Review/Giveaway (Ends 10/21)

    Child advocate Nora Cross doesn’t have time for the private cooking lesson her sister won at a charity auction. Hunter Graham, the young chef, is the last person she needs telling her she’s forgotten how to have fun. So why can’t she get the very hot, very eligible man off her mind?

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 rating: 3 of 5 stars
Let me up front--this is your typical contemporary romance with a little suspense thrown in for good measure.  The suspense in the book was pretty well done, and if I could have rated this 3.5, I probably would have.  In fact, the suspense is what finally "woke me up" in the middle of the book, and I wanted to discover what the ending would be.

The romance in the book is mediocre--just my opinion here.  I am not a "sappy romance" fan, as I have said in the past, and this just reeked of that kind of romance.  But I know that what I don't necessarily like, many women read and truly enjoy.  I could have done without the detailed bedroom scenes.  The profanity was there, but thankfully it did not take away from the story.

My favorite character was Libby.  She was the very kind of older woman I hope to be one day.  Hunter was your typical rich jerk who makes conquest after conquest until Nora comes along.  And I won't tell you how Karen figures into the story, but it does make is somewhat intriguing.

For something a little different in this review, I am going to do a little acrostic on five of the characters in the book.  I plan to focus on their personalities/activities without "spoiling" the story for anyone.



Young at Heart


Over the Top

So now that you know something about a few of the characters, perhaps you know just enough to discover if you would like the book or not.  It is an easy read, and it will appeal to true romantics!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

Wanna win a $50 gift card or an autographed copy of The Hungry Heart? Well, there are two ways to enter...

  1. Leave a comment on my blog. One random commenter during this tour will win a $50 gift card. For the full list of participating blogs, visit the official Hungry Heart tour page.
  2. Enter the Rafflecopter contest! I've posted the contest form below, or you can enter on the tour page linked above.
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. Connect with Brenda on her website, Facebook, or Twitter.
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  1. Love the acrostics — great way to portray the characters :) Thanks for the review!

  2. Thank you for your thoughtful review of The Hungry Heart and the acrostics--very well done. I'm especially pleased that you liked Libby. She was one of my favorite characters and so much fun to write.

  3. Ruth, these acrostics are so cool! Well done! Thank you for the thoughtful review and for joining us on this tour. Please take a moment to cross-past your awesomely creative review to Amazon and GoodReads.

    Em :-D

  4. Your acrostics were so creative! Really insightful on the characters. Thanks for your honesty too. Think this is the lowest rating review I've read on this tour.

  5. I loved the acrostics too. Over the years my kids made acrostics in school, some with their names and some with mine. The idea of describing the characters in an acrostics is very clever. Thanks for the chance to win!


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