“So exquisitely titillating, full of hope and second chances, and so honest, this is Rachel Blaufeld’s best and swooniest romance yet! I LOVED it!”
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Heart Stronger by Rachel Blaufeld
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
HEART STRONGER is a contemporary romance with a slight suspense theme underlying the story. It starts with an emotional bang that drags the reader into the story very quickly. I found this book to be easy to read and get into, but with some lulling in the later third of the book.
The heroine of this book, Claire is a college professor who is just existing and almost done with life, the details of which make for a rich back story that pulls on your heart strings. Claire is reluctantly befriended by her neighbour, Aiken. Both these characters were likeable and engaging. I liked
Aiken’s up-front manner, nothing was hidden with regards to his feelings but much was hidden as the story progressed.
“I have a crush on you, Claire Richards. A bona fide crush.”
“There was something heavy between us. Real, tangible, although I had no idea where the pull came from. It was a tug like I’d never felt before. A tethering.”
The story navigated a number of themes, some of which I loved, especially the Abby storyline but I did fall out of interest to a degree with the intrigue with the students, Aiken and his search. It was a little convoluted. Nevertheless, the culmination of the story was worthwhile. The writing was easy to slip into but I did get a little lost with engagement towards the last quarter.
The strengths of HEART STRONGER sit in the two main characters and their chemistry. Aiken after all, is the kind of man who will buy a women tampons....sold! The build of their connection was kind of great to watch. I wasn’t a fan of the last few lines of the book.
I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.
Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.
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Rachel Blaufeld is a bestselling author of Romantic Suspense, New Adult, Coming-of-Age Romance, and Sports Romance. A recent poll of her readers described her as insightful, generous, articulate, and spunky. Originally a social worker, Rachel creates broken yet redeeming characters. She’s been known to turn up the angst like cranking up the heat in the dead of winter. A devout coffee drinker and doughnut eater, Rachel spends way too many hours in local coffee shops, downing the aforementioned goodies while she plots her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end as lusciously as her treats. As a side note, Blaufeld, also a long-time blogger and an advocate of woman-run anything, is fearless about sharing her opinion. She captured the ears of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog, BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and running a business, often at the same time. To her, work/life/family balance is an urban legend, but she does her best. Rachel has also blogged for The Huffington Post and Modern Mom. Most recently, her insights can be found in USA TODAY, where she shares conversations at “In Bed with a Romance Author” and reading recommendations over at “Happy Ever After.” Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two beagles. Her obsessions include running, coffee, basketball, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues. When she isn’t writing, she can be found courtside, tweeting about hoops as her son plays, or walking around the house wearing earplugs while her other son, the drummer, bangs away.