Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: May 5, 2014
Pippa Sanders’ life is filled with songs of leaving, longing and loneliness. Since the death of her husband, her children have been her world. She’ll do anything to protect them, including encasing her heart in ice until they’re college age. She’s made a practice of shying away from any relationship that could break her heart when it ends. And it’s worked so far.
Clay Mathers has made a temporary move to Granite Pointe, Massachusetts to help with his mother’s Christmas tree farm while she recovers from a stroke. Although his long-range plans don’t include staying in the small town, a little female companionship during his short residency would be welcome. While on duty as sentry against protestors at a military funeral, he finds Pippa visiting her husband’s grave, and begins a campaign to make her into a friend–with benefits.
What starts as a simple affair evolves to something more, something that changes the soundtracks of both their lives…the beating of two hearts in harmony.
*CONTENT WARNING: Contains strong language, hot sex and a spicy hero.
Hearts in Harmony is the second book in the Five Senses series. I really liked it. A lot. The story is captivating and the characters are strong and well defined.
Clay Mathers is a military consultant for the government and a writer in his free time and Pippa Sanders is a therapist and a single mother of twins. The moment they meet sparks fly.
Clay doesn’t do subtle and Pippa doesn’t like his attitude. What they can’t deny is the mutual attraction they feel for each other.
I really appreciated the fact that the author didn’t focused on the physical aspect. Yes, she mentioned how attractive and well built he is but that was just a part of his description and necessary for the scene. Instead, she focused on the interactions between the characters and their personalities. The lack of useless details was also very much appreciated. I hate it when I have to dig my way out through details like what they’re drinking, what they’re wearing, what type of car they’re driving and so on just to get to the story.
The supportive characters are the same ones that we met in the first book, Cooking Up Love, maybe a few more but not so many as to create confusion or add useless drama to the story.
The writing style is good and some of the dialogues are really funny. Clay is an expert at putting his foot in his mouth especially around Pippa.
All in all, Hearts In Harmony is a really great novel and I recommend it. You can read this as a standalone but I think it's better if you start with the first volume. It’ll be easier to understand everything that’s happening and it’s really worth reading.
IN THE SERIES
Gemma's favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a 'round tuit,' and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she'd write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to 'Dear Author' were gratifying. After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy. Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue an avocation as a romance author. Her gamble paid off when she was a 2012 Finalist in the prestigious Golden Pen contest for Romantic Suspense and she received contracts for her first and second book.
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