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Book Review & Giveaway: The Heart Knows What the Heart Wants


Title: The Heart Knows What the Heart Wants
Author: Lori L. Clark
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 6, 2014



Synopsis
Estelle "Star" Falconé, a thirty-year-old tattooed bartender, was once a free-spirited dreamer who dabbled in astrology for fun and secretly dreamed of becoming a rock-star some day.

Twenty-one-year-old Shane Harper was once the star of his high school basketball team. With a full ride scholarship, his dream was to play college basketball and study astronomy. When a tragic car accident permanently sidelines his basketball career, college is out of the question.

Sparks fly when their two worlds collide.

Can a relationship survive between a thirty-year-old starry-eyed woman who's on the run from an extremely dangerous man, and a twenty-one-year-old science guy who's hell-bent on protecting her at all cost?

The Heart Knows What the Heart Wants is a 61k word standalone with no cliffhangers.

***Caution*** 
This book is not suitable for young readers. It is intended for mature adults only (18+) containing adult situations, non-consensual sex and violence. This is a complete, standalone novel. 
Coming March 6th, 2014!



Whairigail's Thoughts: 

The beginning of this book is strong and to the point - it gives us a harsh insight into Star's life with her husband.

"Sensing her movement, he spun around and stalked after her, his reflexes were dulled from drinking, and he was unsteady on his feet. She managed to evade him long enough to get out of the kitchen. Just as she made it to the dining room, she felt him grab the back of her shirt; he yanked so hard she heard the material rip at the seams(...) She stiffened when she heard him undo his belt buckle, then the zipper on his pants"


The rest of this quote will be excluded from reviews as it deals with rape but you can guess where it is going.

The rest of the book - whilst it has its darker moments - is easy to read and has some serious sweet instances.

Shane is a 21 year old boy with s tough background, he is recovering from an injury that has marred his late teens. He meets Star and there is an instant attraction between them.

How was it even possible for him to put her at ease while at the same time twisting her insides into pretzel like knots?


I loved all the characters and admired Star's strength.

The thing that brought it down for me was the pacing of the book - it seemed to go slowly until the last chapter then the ending just kind of hit you.

Epilouge was brilliant though, sweet and made me smile.

The heart knows what the heart wants, Blue. Mine wants you


*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*



Purchase Links:

Amazon US


Amazon UK


About The Author

Lori L. Clark was born in Iowa, where she spent the first forty-six years of her life. In 2007, she loaded up a moving van and relocated to Missouri, where she currently resides. Lori's only child is a very spoiled Min Pin named Barkley. When not writing, she reads and runs. She completed her first half marathon at the age of fifty.
In 2009, after participating in NANOWRIMO, she began to take seriously the voices in her head. Two New Adult contemporary romance novels, Different Roads, and I Breathe You, were published in 2013, and showed early success. The Heart Knows What the Heart Wants is set to release in March 2014, and has her venturing into the realms of Romantic Suspense.
Lori is a member of Savvy Authors, the St. Louis Writers Guild, and Romance Writers of America.


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