Title: Into the Heart of Desire
Author: S.H. Pratt
Length: 316 Pages
Publication Date: November 12, 2013
Aislinn Jane O’Rourke, AJ to her business associates, was tough. She was known to be the strongest and most brutally honest negotiator in the state with rigidly upstanding business ethics and high morals. Anyone who knew Aislinn knew she was formidable and powerful. The standard to which Aislinn led her business was the standard to which she led her life. Men were unnecessary and unable to satisfy her mentally, emotionally or sexually. As one of Seattle’s most eligible and wealthy, Aislinn preferred a low profile, free of the entanglements that men represented.
Jacoby Weston was a confident man, arrogantly secure in his prowess, who liked a challenge. Many things challenged Jacoby… the daily running of his business, the negotiation of life with a broken and dysfunctional family… but women did not challenge him. Women were a pleasant diversion but never for more than one night in his basement. Until he met Aislinn O’Rourke during negotiations for a choice piece of property that he wanted.
Fascinated by her intelligence, her ethics and her incredibly sexy body, Jacoby met the challenge that Aislinn presented with an uncharacteristic fervor. The more she rebuffed him, the more he wanted her. Upon the conclusion of their business deal, Aislinn and Jacoby negotiate a new deal – a deal with higher stakes than either expected… their hearts.
With the paparazzi stalking them, their pasts looming over them and mysterious events that unsettle them, Aislinn and Jacoby struggle to keep their budding relationship from being destroyed while trying to control the intense, pulsing desire that drives it. Can Aislinn and Jacoby negotiate the challenges of a relationship without compromising their hearts?
As I was given a copy of this book for an honest review, here are my honest thoughts…
It took me quite a while to feel this book. The whole alpha male attitude by Jacoby at the start of this novel totally turned me off. Aislinn’s reaction to Jacoby’s gigantic ego didn’t help either. I feel that the way they met was so wrong in so many levels. They are corporate people, and no matter how I look at it, I can’t understand why they have to act the way that they didn’t. It’s probably cultural difference that made me feel that way but that opening scene to this story almost had me walk away from it. The scenes that followed didn’t help much either. It was purely physical. I don’t feel like I’m getting to know the character at all.
Near the middle of the book (about 40%) was where it started getting good for me. Finally, I could feel a story unfolding. It was also where I first got a glance of who the characters are aside from their names.
After getting past that part, the story did get exciting. You not only get to know the characters but you could actually see them growing and developing. It the romance started to bud too. And aside from the romance, there’s even a thrill of mystery and suspense.
What I love most about this novel was the friendships displayed through out. Sarah, Miles, Susan, Jasmine, Derek… I always loved stories of family and friendship and this book is very much about that. It’s nice that every character in this book made an impact and played their roles pretty well.
All in all, even if I didn’t feel the start of it, I enjoyed the book as a whole. The latter part pretty much made up for the rest of it. Even the cliffhanger was played very well.
Title: Desires of the Heart
Author: S.H. Pratt
Length: 346 Pages
Publication date: February 22, 2014
From the moment she met Jacoby Weston, Aislinn O’Rourke was caught in a hot, swirling current of desire that pulsed so intensely that she found herself willing to negotiate a relationship with the handsome and arrogant businessman. Her trust in Jacoby is challenged when Aislinn sees the reality of Jacoby’s basement and the power of her desire to possess and be possessed by him.
She is Jacoby’s darkest desire and his obsession in one beautiful, intelligent package. Aislinn’s past is a nightmare that threatens to destroy their relationship until Aislinn’s fear becomes a larger threat. Left with more questions than answers, Jacoby struggles to understand Aislinn’s behavior until she gets news that shatters her fragile defenses, sending her straight into his arms again.
Willing to work on the issues that trouble their relationship and plagued by the mysterious things happening around them, Jacoby dreads the day his past must be brought to light. Can their relationship survive the darkness enveloping them, threatening to destroy it before their hearts have what they desire most?
Since this novel was a continuation from where the previous book left you hanging, I can say I enjoyed it better than the first half. One of the reasons for that was because the characters already know each other and has already establish a relationship. So reading about them here kind of made me feel anxious and excited in a different way. More so because they have started to reveal the demons of their past from the previous book and this book is like the answer whether or not they will get through it.
I like how the characters dealt with their baggage in this book. Their actions and reactions through each other’s past reach out not only to the characters but also to me as a reader. You could feel the agony and anxiety that they were going through (most especially Aislinn) and it made them seem more real. And have I mentioned I love Sarah and Miles the most? Their love and concern and their being there through the good and the bad was so heart touching I find that it is impossible to not love their characters.
There were also a few twist that even though crossed my mind still caught me off guard when it happened and I have to commend the author for that. It doesn’t always happen. Actually, somewhere in the middle of this book, I felt like the characters have already achieved their happy ending. It almost seem that nothing so exciting will ever happen anymore but the author also managed that well.
The conclusion felt like it was stretched to go as far as it could. In fact, I felt like I’ve read three books instead of two. I’m not sure really if that is a good or bad feeling for me but since everything went well, I’m going for the good. I do wonder if Sarah get to get her own story.
All in all, this was a good conclusion to the Heart’s Desire duo.