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HEART is about uplifting authors and their hard work. Only stories the staff have read rating three hearts or higher will appear on this site. If a story does not make the grade then it will not appear on the site. It is HEART’s belief that no review is better than a bad one. With that being said, HEART stands behind the STORIES (stories only, not the publisher or any affiliates) posted on its review site and believes in the writing abilities of the author. HEART inspires to celebrate the art of writing, great story telling and the authors who write them.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Opening Our Doors

HEARTreview opened Aug 2009. Since that time we have had close to 1000 page views. We consider that a successful start being that we post an average of 2 to 3 reviews at the beginning of every month. Of course, the Christmas special helped. But we would like to grow even more in 2010 and bring you more. Like reader voted best book of the quarter and more holiday special reviews. But to do this, we need more reviewers.

So we are opening our doors to reviewers. If you would like to become a reviewer for HEARTreview, drop me, Jasmine Black, an email at heartreviewsite@yahoo.com . Once we have more reviewers, we will be able to add more publishers to our list; meaning more variety of works. You don't have to be a writer to review (but you can be), you just have to love to read free ebooks and give an opinion.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Jasmine

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Thank you to all the wonderful authors who made the first annual Stocking Stuffer Special a success. I enjoyed reading all your wonderful Christmas stories and look forwaard to next year's stories.

As most of you know, Christmas is a Christian holiday. I know everyone doesn't celebrate it. So, for those who don't, may the holidays you celebrate and the coming new year be blessed. For those who do, Merry Christmas. Because I am of the Christian faith, I do celebrate Christmas and because this is a site to celebrate books, I wanted to share an excerpt from the greatest book ever written.


Luke Ch 2
1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.

4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.




May God bless you all.
Jasmine
HEARTreview owner

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Yuletide by Nyla Rose

Blurb:

This year Maxine's Christmas present has arrived two weeks early. Only it's not full of glad tidings or great joy. She's facing bankruptcy.

Turning to her Grandpa for help, the last thing she expects is an ultimatum - marry by Christmas or lose her inheritance. Her ex-lover, attorney Gabe Fenton offers his help, but he has his own strings - a repeat of the mind-blowing nights they spent in Vegas five years go.

Will Christmas end with a blissful explosion of fireworks, or will her world crash and burn?

My Review:

Hot! Hot! Hot! Emotional and touching. I had to wipe my eyes from the pain Gabe felt over Maxine. Also from the emotional turmoil between Maxine and her grandfather. My heart was breaking.

New and upcoming author Nyla Rose is one to watch. Smooth writing. Strong conflict. Alpha males and heroines who push back.

Another Christmas story that can be enjoyed year round.

I give this story 5 hearts and a Recommended Read. Reviewed by

Jasmine





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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Fireman for Christmas by Piper Denna

Blurb:

Every fireman knows the value of a controlled burn...

One more Christmas lusting after her older brother’s best friend? Timi might lose her mind. Fed up with family holidays, she rents a cabin for one, planning a Christmas escape her drawings. But after numerous sketches turn out to be her rendition of Clay in the Hottest Firemen Calendar poster, she realizes location is just a technicality.

Fireman Clay can’t imagine spending Christmas without Timi around to ogle. Hearing she’s holed up in a lovers’ retreat, he can’t resist seeking her out. This year, he’s determined to start a fire and claim the gift he’s always wanted.

My Review:

Sweet. Moving. And a hero to die for. Clay is everything a woman could ever want. He's suppose to put out fires, but he'll create one you're sure you'll want to tend not douse.

Ms. Denna packs depth and emotion into this story in such a short time and gives you that complete ah feeling. Christmas story or not, you'll not want to miss this one.


I give this story 5 hearts and a Recommended Read. Reviewed by

Jasmine

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Crisscross by Ericka Scott

Blurb:

Crisscross (noun): A web of deceit entangling a bestselling author and her small son, two ex-lovers, and a killer with a knack for cruciverbalism and a thirst for revenge.

A psychic, and skeptic, and serial killer… Lia Morgan has seen portents and signs since she was a teenager; however, few people believed her, including her own family. Although estranged, Lia travels across country to aid in the search for her missing sister, Sylvie. What seems to be a simple case gets complicated fast when Lia discovers her sister had a plethora of secrets, including a small son. Is her sister running from an impending paternity case like the police assume, or is her disappearance the work of a serial killer as her friends suspect?

An anthropologist and crossword puzzle fanatic, Jared Trimble is a packrat with a PhD. His world is grounded in the here and now, with no room for paranormal mumbo-jumbo. When Jared's asked to work as a consultant on a missing person's case involving a series of crossword puzzle clues, he's conflicted. One part's thrilled. The other part is suspicious; worried he fits the description of suspect more than investigator. All that is forgotten when he realizes his ex-lover, Lia Morgan, is the missing woman’s sister. While Lia follows signs and portents, Jared uses his wits and experience. When the two collide, nearly forgotten passions flare. As the final clue is revealed, the solution brings them both into the bull’s-eye of the serial killer's target.

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My Review:

Fast paced, layered and intricate, I found this book a fun read with plenty of sparks and twists to keep the pages turning.


I give this story 4 hearts. Reviewed by

Quinn O’Shea


Monday, December 21, 2009

Snow Angel by Diana Bold

Blurb:

When widowed Bethany Sinclair boards the stagecoach to Texas, she finds herself sharing the ride with a dangerous outlaw and the marshal who is returning him to justice. But when a winter blizzard sends the stagecoach tumbling into a ravine, the driver and the marshal are killed and she must trust the outlaw.

Zach Price knows he might never get another chance to make his escape, but he can’t abandon his lovely companion to certain death. They take shelter in a cave, and as the storm rages outside Bethany receives the best Christmas present of her life – an outlaw’s love.

My Review:

Heartwarming. Touching. Hot. Ms. Bold has never disappointed me with one of her stories and Snow Angel is no different. While this story was released in 2007, it stands the test of time. I could read this one year after year.

A simple plot, complex characters and deeply emotional. This story will stir your heart and have you rooting for the underdog. A perfect short to read while the kidos basket in their Christmas loot and the grownups nap with a full belly.

I give this story 5 hearts. Reviewed by

Jasmine

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Magic by Adelle Laudan

Blurb:

A tragic fire has put a major damper on Laura Payne's holiday spirit. She'd just as well skip Christmas all together. A series of circumstances brought self-imposed bachelor, Justin Carron to care for his sixteen year old niece, Richelle, whom he'd never laid eyes on.

A winter storm, and an unexpected turn of the wheel, on their way home from the airport, changes all three of their lives forever. Each one is faced with their own mortality, the prospect of becoming a family, and the kindness of strangers.

Mr. C. is a kind old man, who lives alone, and tends to a stable of deer. There is something different about the jolly old man with a white beard and suspenders. After a series of unexplained incidents, he shows them that all things are possible, if they'd just let go of the past, and believe in the magic of Christmas.

My Review:

Such angst and emotional turmoil. Right when you think Ms. Laudan’s characters couldn’t suffer any more, she twists the knife deeper. This is horrible, but it’s that conflict which grabs a reader and keeps them. It sure grabbed my attention.

The only issue I had with the book was the hero and heroine fell in love with each other after only a few short days. But maybe that was the magic of Christmas. A well written story with deep conflict. You’ll wish the story was longer.

I give this story 4 and a half hearts. Reviewed by

Jasmine


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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Spirits: Tomorrow’s Gifts by Lisabet Sarai

Blurb:

Michael loves his burly, powerful partner Neil, but he's too embarrassed to share his secret fantasies of submission and surrender. Frustrated and confused, he wonders whether he and Neil really belong together.

Then, on Christmas Eve, Michael receives a visit from a sexy Dom, Thorne Wilder, who claims to be his lover from the future. Thorne shows Michael scenes from a wild life of sexual excess that he claims they'll share if he breaks up with Neil.Should Michael trust the ghost of Christmas future, or does his true future lie with Neil?

My Review:

This story combines two genres that are pretty much on the bottom of my list as far as picking a genre goes. BDSM and M/M. But I like the basic premise of this story. Who doesn’t like a good scrooge tale around the holidays? So I gave it try.

While it may be the way guys think and talk, the language was a bit crass for me. But the writing was smooth. There was loads of sex in this one, but the plot and storyline held its own, making the scenes work. It’s also full of emotion and had me rooting for Michael to make a certain choice.

Michael gets to see the future and it helps him to make a hard life changing decision. This gives a new meaning to the phrase sleep on it. How many times have I gone to bed hoping to find the answer to a major life decision? Enough to make me envy Michael.

If you like BDSM and M/M and you’re looking for a good ghost of Christmas future story, you won’t want to miss this one.


I give this story 4 and a half hearts. Reviewed by


Jasmine



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Friday, December 18, 2009

Mission of Christmas by Candice Gilmer

Blurb:

Will one man’s Christmas cheer thaw Ms. Scrooge’s heart?

To put it plainly, Erica Jones hates Christmas. While everyone else is decking the halls, she's holed up in her apartment watching explosion-packed action films, stubbornly ignoring the whole thing.

Longtime friend Andy Hawkins knows why Erica hates the holidays, but this year, he's on a mission. Come hell or eggnog, she'll let go of the past and see the future standing right in front of her...

Content Warning:Sexual Content.

My Review:

Sweet and Tender. I enjoyed the story line and the few bits of humor placed throughout. Ms. Gilmer’s writing is smooth and flows. The hero and heroine mesh well together and were meant for each other. A couple of places choked me up. Not quite tears, but good nevertheless.

If you’re like me and drag your e-reader along everywhere you go, you’ll be able to read this short while traveling from one relative’s house to the next or while standing in line to check out. A quick holiday read you won’t want to miss.

I give this story 4 and a half hearts. Reviewed by

Jasmine



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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Peppermint Kisses by Wynter O’Reilly

Blurb:

When Jack wakes from his car wreck he finds himself attended by two gorgeous vixens. As a winter storm rages outside he wonders about his two new friends: who are they, what are they doing here and what secret are they hiding? He quickly discovers there could be worse circumstances, and life can be sweet, with Peppermint Kisses.

My Review:

Hot and upbeat. This fun little holiday story could warm the coldest night. Ms. O’Reilly has penned an entertaining tale to make your imagination soar. Definitely an adult stocking stuffer you might want to read after the kidos have packed it in for the night.

I give this story 4 hearts. Reviewed by
Jasmine



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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Missing Star by Kallysten



Blurb:

As a child, Tina discovered that, like her grandmother, she had a talent for magic, but she never developed her abilities. After years have passed, she rediscovers her gift on Christmas Eve, and tries to bring back to her for a night the love she had let slip away from her. But will one more night with Ryan be enough?

My Review:

Cute. Quick. A bit predictable. But worth the .49 price. This short stocking stuffer delivers a sliver of Christmas magic that everyone hopes for.


I give this story 3 and a half hearts. Reviewed by

Jasmine


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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Finn’s Christmas by Angel Martinez

Blurb:

Winter in Canada can be a little tedious. The cold, the snow, the ever-darkening days, the hibernation...

Finn's inability to stay awake has Diego worried sick and with Miriam coming to visit, how is he going to explain?

Staying awake is hard when you just want to turn into a badger and burrow until the sun returns. But Finn has his reasons for wanting to escape the long sleep this year. Agonizing over the perfect gift for Diego has him turning mental circles, if he can only keep his eyes open long enough to make it work.

My Review:

A cute story about Christmas wonder and discovery. Once I got a few pages into the story, I enjoyed it. Though it’s not really a standalone read, which I why I think it took a couple of pages to understand what was going on. I felt that I would have enjoyed the story more if I had read FINN first and connected with the characters. If you read FINN and wanted more after the end, then FINN’S CHRISTMAS is a cute addition.

Since I read this as a standalone book and have not read FINN, I have to take off marks for feeling as if I’m missing a connection with the first story. But if you read FINN and liked it, then you’ll enjoy this one too. If you haven’t read FINN, then I recommend you read it first before jumping into FINN’S CHRISTMAS. All in all, still a cute holiday story.

I give this story 3 and a half hearts. Reviewed by

Jasmine




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Monday, December 14, 2009

When Ginger Snapped by Kerri Nelson

Blurb:


When Ginger Snapped is a hot romantic comedy about a newly single mom Ginger Lockhart who can’t take anymore of the emotional turmoil of her pending divorce or the holiday madness of the Christmas season. Until she meets sexy massage therapist Caston DeLuca and he works his magical hands on her. Only then, can she begin to let the insanity and complications of life slip away but will he become more than just a one session soother?

My Review:


Holiday’s are busy and a stressful time of year. And that stress might make you want to jump over the edge. Ginger, on the other hand, does. If you’ve ever wanted to go off, maybe you could live through Ginger for a few short moments instead.

More of a mainstream book than romance, Ms. Nelson has captured the heart and mind of every woman who has ever been scorned. Whether they act on the anger in some way or another or not, is a different story.

I did have some issues with this story in that I’m afraid Ginger will wake up and realize her troubles have just started rather than ended. However, I’m sure women can relate to Ginger’s feelings if not her actions.

I give this story 3 and a half hearts. Reviewed by

Jasmine




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Sunday, December 13, 2009

2009 Stocking Stuffer Reviews

Welcome to the first annual HEARTreview Stocking Stuffer Special. We hope you'll enjoy the next 12 days of reviews. Stop by each day as a new Christmas review will be posted. We at HEART know the holidays are a busy time and you might not have as much time to read a full length book. So, maybe you'll find that perfect story to squeeze in.

Listed below is the line up for this year's reviews.

We'd love to hear from all you readers and authors. Leave a comment about the review or just drop a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. Enjoy.



Jasmine

Mainstream

When Ginger Snapped by Kerri Nelson

GLBT

Christmas Spirits: Tomorrows Gifts by Lisbet Sarai

Finn's Christmas by Angel Martinez

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December Reviews




Reviews are up for the month of December.

  1. Earthman’s Bride by Icy Snow Blackstone

  2. Sacred Secrets: Chronicles of Surrender by Roxy Harte

Check 'em out! Leave a comment. We'd love to hear from you.
Be sure to check back later this month for our holiday special Stocking Stuffer Reviews

Earthman’s Bride by Icy Snow Blackstone

Blurb:

Rebeka’s orders are to marry, then betray--but love gets in the way.

For thirty years, Rebeka Spearman’s people have been at war with the invading Earthmen who took over her planet and took possession of its wealth. Now her father, Alcin, devises a plan to end the conflict. Under a flag of truth, he offers Rebeka in marriage to Philip Hamilcar, the current Terran leader.

Unknown to Philip, she and her android bodyguard have a hidden agenda: to kill him and destroy the invaders from within. What no one knows is that Darius, the android, has an empath chip within his artificial intelligence system, allowing him to feel emotions.

Now a love triangle is on the rise between three very different hearts. War, betrayal and passion collide--can they untangle their choices in time?

My Review:

Excellent! True omi done at its best. Ms. Blackstone has woven an intriguing tale in Earthman’s Bride.

I found the narrator to wander a bit at the start of the story. He/she seemed to have trouble telling the story in chronological order, but I’ll forgive them of that because after a couple of chapters they pull it together. It’s interesting to me that the people of Tusteya seemed to behave as humans do now and the Earthmen behaved in a different manner. It seemed as if Earth had evolved into a world I wouldn’t recognize or in some instances devolved and that I would fit into Tusteya much better.

The story took on twists and turns that I had not expected. The ending threw out more mystery than it revealed. It is book one in a series and to discover the answers to those mysteries you’ll have to read on. Or at least I hope to discover the answers because I’m intrigued now.

A few editing mistakes and the wandering narrator brings my rating down a bit. But not by much.


I give this story 5 hearts. Reviewed by


Jasmine


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Sacred Secrets: Chronicles of Surrender by Roxy Harte



Blurb:

Celia sold herself in a bargain for rough play and a great story--not murder!

Celia Brentwood, fetish reporter for San Francisco’s Inappropriate Voices, agrees to auction herself off as a BDSM slave for thirty days. She plans to write a first-person exposé, but after she’s purchased by Garrett Lawrence, the most eligible gay bachelor in town, her story becomes an insider peek at the man once accused of killing his lover.

Garrett still mourns the loss of his beloved, but the past is hard to forget when it’s stalking him. The real killer is obsessed with Garrett...until Celia’s deception is discovered and the killer decides she’s the perfect route to his prey.

My Review:

First I want to point out that the BDSM genre is not my cup of tea. And it is not a genre that I would buy. But if it is your cup of tea and you enjoy this genre, then Ms. Harte has woven a tale you are sure to want to read. Be warned, there is violence in this story and the book does come with this warning.

Personally, I don’t like to read stories with violence. Because of this, I had to put the book down during many scenes and take a break before I could get through it. But as a reviewer, I felt that this story deserved a review because of the writing quality. There is a strong plot and mystery that kept me guessing until the end. Since I don’t get the whole concept of pain can equal pleasure, I didn’t really fall for the hero. Now I did like the hero, but when he delivered punishment it really turned me off to his character. But if you enjoy this, I believe you could fall for Garrett. Ms. Harte did a wonderful job bringing her characters to life and showing their sorrows and joys. They deal with deep emotions and managed to survive.

I did have a couple of issues as I felt the heroine was bashing Christianity as a whole. A few lines to demonstrate that it was the ex-boyfriend and father who were bad and not Christianity in general would have alleviated this and raised my rating.

If this is a genre you love, you won’t want to miss this title.



I give this story 4 and a half hearts. Reviewed by


Jasmine








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Sacred Secrets: Chronicles of Surrender by Roxy Harte