What the Heart Wants by Rebecca Hunter Review + Giveaway

 

 

Title: What the Heart Wants

Series: Foreign Hearts Duet #1

Author: Rebecca Hunter
Genre: New Adult/Hockey Romance

 Release Date: March 14, 2019

Blurb

 

It was a
chance to follow my heart. 
With my camera and an around-the-world ticket, 
I arrived in Stockholm with a plan
to satisfy my wanderlust
to build my dream career.
Then I met
Niklas
my hot, moody neighbor 
with questionable manners and a fresh gash
over his eye.
I thought I
knew where I was going
when I left
my old life behind.
But what if
my heart wants
two different things?
***
A version of this book was originally published as Stockholm Diaries, Caroline.
What the Heart Wants is that story told in first person. If you like your stories
in third person, Stockholm Diaries, Caroline is still available, too!
What the Heart Wants is a full-length romance with a Happily For Now ending.
The second book in this duet, The Map of My Heart, is the continuation of
Niklas and Caroline’s (sexy!) journey.

 

My review:

Caroline has left her old life behind to finally follow her dream of traveling the world and taking photographs. She has a job with a travel magazine doing interviews of expats and is in Stockholm for a month, staying in a borrowed apartment and reconnecting with her college best friend. They are trying to find ways for Caroline to supplement her income and fund her trip, when sports photography is suggested. She doesn’t have a lot of experience with it, but it’s not the studio work she was stuck in for years.
She keeps having run-ins with her neighbor Niklas but can’t quite figure him out. Their interactions are limited, but she can’t get him out of her head. And the feeling is mutual. But she is only there for a month, and she’s been given a fantastic career opportunity. Does she give up her dream for a guy, again, or is this something more?
This was a pretty fast read. Caroline was a sympathetic heroine and I could understand her dilemma. Her head was telling her one thing, but her heart was leading somewhere else. Yet she didn’t know if she could trust her heart. Niklas was different than the typical professional athlete book hero. He’s quiet, more introspective, and nursing some deep emotional blows from past incidents. He is afraid to let Caroline get too close at first. They slowly let each other in, though. I really like how these two are together, and how Caroline’s dilemma is resolved.
Rating: ♥♥♥♥
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Excerpt
“What are you doing out here?” he asked
softly.
“Exactly what it looks like,” I said. I sounded a little more curt than
I had intended, so I softened my voice. “I’m photographing the trees in the
park. I just didn’t realize you were so…so near.”
My face heated up. His eyes bore into me as I said these last two words,
and for a moment, his guarded look faltered. “I meant what are you doing out
here, alone again at four in the morning?”
“It’s when the light is best,” I said with a twinge of irritation. Why
was I explaining myself to this man? I put a hand on my hip and, with a hint of
sass, added, “What are you doing out here?”
He ignored my question. “It’s not safe to be out here by yourself.”
I raised my eyebrows, bristling at his stark tone and the implication
that he, practically a stranger, was the authority on what was best for me. And
he was implying that I wasn’t safe out here when he himself was, in fact, out
here alone as well. After all the talk about pro-gender-equity men in Sweden,
how had I managed to find a neighbor who hadn’t gotten the message? I sighed.
“I have pepper spray,” I said, digging in my pocket until I pulled it
out.
“Not sure that stuff is legal here in Sweden,” he said, raising an
eyebrow. “Besides, you weren’t ready to use it.”
“I would have been if there was real danger.” I knew my answer sounded
childish before the words even left my mouth, but I said it anyway.
Much to my increasing irritation, he gave a dry
laugh.
“Fine,” he said. “Then spray me. Right now.”
I frowned. “You don’t want me to do that. It’ll burn
your eyes. Badly.”
“That reasoning is why the pepper spray won’t help
you,” he said, the amusement still on his face. “You have to be willing to use
it.”
He was goading me, I could feel it, but it was working.
My hand twitched around the canister. 
“Fine,” I said and reached to pull the cap off the
spray.
But before I even touched it, he grabbed both of my
hands together with one of his. He used the other to turn me around and hold me
against his solid chest. My pepper spray dropped to the ground. I gasped, my
mind trying to process the sensation of my back against the warmth of his hard
muscles. I stopped breathing. His large arm held me firmly against him, and my
heart frantically pounded inside my chest. I looked down at the scarred
knuckles of the hand that was easily holding both of mine.
Before my mind had fully registered all these
details, his grip softened. Gently, he turned me back around by my waist so I
was facing him, but he didn’t release me right away. I wasn’t sure where to
look. At the broad, solid chest only inches away? At the tense muscles of his
arms? I drew in my first, shaky breath in too long. I tilted my head up and
found Niklas’s eyes fixed on mine.
“It’s not safe to wander around alone at night,
even if it’s light out,” he said softly.

 

Author Bio
Rebecca Hunter is an award-winning author of sensual,
emotional adventures of the heart. She is a reader, traveler, former English
teacher, chocolate lover, and keeper of a very messy desk.
Over the years, Rebecca has called many places home, including Michigan, where
she grew up, New York City, San Francisco, and, of course, Stockholm, Sweden.
After their most recent move from Sweden back to the San Francisco Bay Area,
she and her husband assured each other they’ll never move again. Well, probably
not.

The first book in Rebecca’s indie series, Stockholm Diaries, Caroline, won the
2016 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award in the Contemporary Series
category, and she writes about hot, edgy bodyguards in Australia for the new,
super-sexy Harlequin DARE line. To sign up for news, sneak peeks and free
bonus stories, go to Rebecca’s website at https://www.rebeccahunterwriter.com

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Title: Saorsa
Authors: Kerry Heavens & Heather Shere
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 11, 2019
 
Blurb
Saorsa

[seer-sha]Noun – Scottish Gaelic

Freedom, salvation, redemption, liberty.

It’s not a concept Charlotte Rose has ever considered.

She’s busted her tail her entire life.

Worked at her doomed marriage

and slaved to build the company she loves.

Work is life.

Love?…yeah, that’s something she’s learned to live without.

Divorced and tired of the fight over her beloved business,

she’s jaded and she knows it.

Charlotte needs a fresh start.

So she packs up and moves across the ocean,

to be with the one solid thing left in her life: Her best friend.

With all her energy focused on what the future holds,

she dives right back into old habits,

throwing herself into work and neglecting life and love.

She has no idea life is choking her until him…

They meet by chance, and now he’s everywhere.

He’s so centered, so calm.

She needs someone to save her from herself.

Redeem her from her past mistakes.

Free her to discover who she really is.

It’s clear that the enigmatic Rhys has found his saorsa.

The question is: Can he help Charlotte find hers?

 

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Excerpt
“Can I get
your number?” he asks, catching my elbow to halt me and then letting it go just
as fast.
I still for
a moment then look back and shake my head. “I don’t think that’s a good idea.”
He faintly
tilts his head and studies me for a moment. The crystal blue of his eyes bore
into me, breaking his stare I look over at Louise and Cami.
“Charlotte,”
he implores in his rich whiskey voice. I move my gaze back to him, shaking my
head. “How long are you in town for?”
“I’m here
to stay,” I reply softly.
A hint of a
smile quirks on his lips. “Maybe we will run into each other again then.”
“Perhaps,”
I offer. “If we are meant to be friends, I’m sure the stars will align and we
will meet again.” I was channeling my inner Louise with that line of rubbish. I
have to bite the inside of my lower lip to keep myself from smiling.
“You are
very intriguing, Charlotte.”
My name on
his lips gives me pause, but I force myself to finish our goodbye. It’s for the
best. This is the first day of my exciting new life, the last thing I want or
need is to get tangled up in a messy break up. “I’ll catch you later,” I say
with finality. Turning to walk away, I try to make a smooth departure but trip
on air. One second I’m falling and the next I’m caught around my waist and
lifted back up to my feet. I don’t even have a second to process what happened
before he speaks.
“Careful,
kitten,” he murmurs close to my ear. “You’ll hurt yourself.”
I shiver,
goose bumps ripple down my arms. I turn around to look at him and our faces are
too close for comfort. I take a step back so that I can breathe. “Thank you,
I’m not usually so clumsy.”
“It was my
pleasure…What’s your last name?”
I wonder
for a moment if I want to give him that information, but then it comes unbidden
from my lips. “Rose.”
“Charlotte
Rose.” He takes my hand, bending down to kiss my knuckles. “Until we meet
again,” he says softly, and then he turns and walks away.
Kerry Heavens
London born indie author, iPhone addict & general ray of
sunshine! Kerry writes: sometimes sweet, sometimes not, often funny, always
hot, real romance, dirty romcoms and other such smut.
Heather Shere
Heather
Shere is a wife of twenty some odd years and wants you to know that you get
less for murder. She’s also the mother of two adult shaped kids, who she thinks
she messed up just enough to make them highly successful individuals, who are
also hilarious.
 
She has a masters degree in snark and nothing entertains her more than someone
who can word battle with her. She considers herself an awesome cook and an
expert baker but wants to eat out most days, however nothing is made ‘the right
way’ unless she makes it herself.
 
When she gets bored she likes to tinker with different hobbies like crocheting,
scrapbooking, stamping and card making. Her newest and most fulfilling passion
is writing and she welcomes you into the deep dark depths of her mind.
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Surprise, Baby! Giveaway

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Title: Surprise, Baby!

Standalone Companion Novel to All About the D

Authors: Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Adult Contemporary
Release Date: March 12, 2019

 

Blurb
There’s a fine line between lust and hate.
I don’t care that Drew Merritt spent the last year
transforming himself from grungy slob to sexy playboy. With messy, dirty blond
hair and gorgeous eyes, his looks aren’t the problem.
His mouth is.
And the stupid things that come out of it.
But after an emergency strands us together, and he does his
damnedest to take care of me… 
Let’s just say there’s one thing we don’t clash on.
And it doesn’t involve talking.
I’ve despised Drew since I met him years ago. One weekend
can’t change us that much, can it?
Spoiler alert: It doesn’t.
Except he left me a little keepsake.
And in nine months, I’ll have a surprise for Portland’s most
notorious player.
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Lex Martin
Lex writes contemporary romance, the sexy kind with lotsa
angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not
writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher.
She loves printing black and white photos, listening to
music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust,
she’s  lived all over the country but
currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.
 
Lex is represented by Kimberly Brower of Brower Literary
& Management.
Leslie McAdam
Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance, Little
Dude, and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small
orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two small
children. Leslie always encourages her kids to be themselves – even if it means
letting her daughter wear leopard print from head to toe. An avid reader from a
young age, she will always trade watching TV for reading a book, unless it’s
Top Gear. Or football. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing
about the men you fantasize about. She’s unapologetically sarcastic and
notoriously terrible at comma placement.
Always up for a laugh, Leslie tries to see humor in all
things. When she’s not in the writing cave you’ll find her fangirling over
Beck, camping with her family, or mixing up oil paints to depict her love of
outdoors on canvas.