The Hungry Heart by Brenda Gayle
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press (September 2012)
Formats Available: Paperback, ebook
Format Read: ebook
My thoughts: I adore a good love story yet I rarely read anything that is categorized as “romance”. Every once in awhile a novel in this genre will catch my attention. The last time this happened was when I read the blurb for Pulled by AL Jackson (Amy Lichtenhan) This time it was The Hungry Heart by Brenda Gayle. After reading the synopsis, I liked the premise of the story. When I saw that it is set in one of my favorite cities, Santa Fe, NM, I knew that I needed to read it.
The Hungry Heart features a great cast of characters that make you want to get to know them better. The story revolves around Nora Cross who is a strong and extremely independent woman whose passion is her work, and Hunter Graham who is a top chef with his own restaurant, and quite the reputation as a ladies man. The two are thrown together by Nora’s sister who won a cooking lesson from Graham at a celebrity auction. When the two meet, chaos immediately erupts as the two personalities clash. The connection between Nora and Graham is undeniable right from the start. You know something is going to happen between them, yet you still wonder what will it be?
The Hungry Heart felt very real to me and I tore through it in just a few sittings which is highly unusual for me to do these days. Its full of those new relationship blunders we all make from time to time. The characters are developed in such a way that they could be your own friends or neighbors. They are both real and extraordinary at the same time.
I loved the various story lines woven throughout. In addition to the romance, there is lots of family drama and a bit of intrigue to keep you turning the pages. I do have to warn you that there are some fairly descriptive romantic scenes in the story.
The Hungry Heart is book one in Gayle’s Hearts Desire series. Book two, The Doubting Heart is going onto my TBR list right now as I’ll be awaiting its release in 2013.
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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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