Friday, May 30, 2014

Healing Her Heart (A Stanton Family Novella) by Audra North & Opening Act by Suleikha Snyder with Giveaways & Reviews

Book Title: Healing Her Heart
Author: Audra North
Release Date: 5/27/14
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Synopsis:
Informing the next of kin of a patient’s death is hardly cardiac surgeon Greg Stanton’s favorite activity. Tired of spreading bad news, he decides to take a week off and enjoy a few extra curricular activities—one in particular that hopefully involves a certain blonde director.

Carrie’s experience as the Director of New Beginnings, an Assisted Living Residence, has taught her that the wisdom of the elderly is often more healing than any drug. So when Greg drops by her office to tell her one of her residents passed away and mentions he’s taking some time off, Carrie suggests that he spend the time volunteering at her facility.

Greg is in need of a way to de-stress. After being burned by her ex-fiance, Carrie needs a little fun. What’s a little sex between friends? But when their casual arrangement is complicated by real feelings, one of them will have to step up to save what could be something special before they both tear it apart.

Tagline: A week together could be just the cure she needs...

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My Review: 4 1/2 stars
This was a quick read, and a good story. I enjoyed the way that Carrie and Greg found comfort with each other. They helped each other through tough times, becoming friends and then lovers. They had expected to be short-term lovers, but what they both feel while they're together is fantastic. They both keep those feeling to themselves, however, until Carrie decides she can't be that way any longer. That's when Greg realizes how deeply he cares for Carrie and makes a move to keep her in his life. Will Carrie let him back in? Or has she been hurt too much? 
Audra always seems to write great stories that have messages about love and life embedded in them. I love the subtle way she weaves that in, and the results are fantastic. Her characters are very good, my only complaint is that the book isn't longer! Loved it!

Author Bio: Audra North fell in love with romance at age thirteen and spent the next twenty years reading as many romance novels as she could. Even now, after having read over one thousand of them, Audra still can't resist the lure of a happily ever after, and her collection continues to grow. She lives near Boston with her husband, three young children, and a lot of books. Visit her website at or find her (way too frequently) on Twitter @AudraNorth.
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Book Title: Opening Act
Author: Suleikha Snyder
Release Date: 5/27/2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Synopsis:
Reporter Saroj Shah has been in love with bass player and bartender Adam Harper since her first day of college—seven years ago. Forever thinking of her as part-friend and part-little sister, he's just been too blind, and too clueless, to see it. Until one pivotal moment pulls her into the spotlight.

The moment Saroj steps on stage, Adam sees his friend in a new light. He can't take his mind off of her and realizes they could make beautiful music together. But seven years is a long time and Saroj is ready to move on. Adam will have to hit the right note if he wants to prove to Saroj he was worth the wait.

Tagline: It’s never the same old son...

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My Review: 5 stars
This book kept me thinking about it long after I was finished reading it. I loved the was that Suleikha made this a very real situation, and it made me relate to the characters all the better. I completely understand why Saroj is angry and finally pushes Adam away, when in reality, he's all she's ever wanted. I also understand Adam's perspective that he never thought he was good enough for Saroj. I felt completely bad for Adam as his feelings blindsided him, as he finally saw Saroj in a new light. One that he had never let himself see before. This was a fantastic book and I am looking forward to reading more from Suleikha. I loved the real feelings that were poured out from the pages, everything from being heart-broken and lonely on Saroj's side to realizing that what you were looking for was with you all along - you just didn't realize it on Adam's. I wish it was longer, because I wanted to see more of what happened between Adam and Saroj, but was very happy with the ending. 

Author Bio: Editor, writer, American desi and lifelong geek Suleikha Snyder published her first short story in 2011. Subsequent releases have included Bollywood romances Spice and Secrets, and Bollywood and the Beast, and contemporary short stories and novellas for a variety of publishers. These days, she's hard at work on more South Asian-themed romance and erotic romance.

Suleikha lives in New York City, finding inspiration in Bollywood films, daytime and primetime soaps, and anything that involves chocolate or bacon.

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