Heart of Gold Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2003
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About the Author
Jessica Bird has been spinning tales since she could string sentences together. She is also the author of Leaping Hearts. A graduate of Smith College, Jessica is an attorney who is admitted to practice in two states. Her dream, however, is to someday live a life devoted to writing love stories. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband.
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So when Heart of Gold appeared on my list of recommendations I didn't hesitate. I really wish I had!
In short, I found the lead guy Nick, underwhelming and his aggression mildly irritating. I also waited, in vain it turns out, for there to be some point to his being struck down by such debilitating migraines. I don't understand the reasoning behind making a fairly big deal out of something that doesn't become integral to the story. But maybe I missed something?
Carter was just plain boring and pretty one dimensional, in fact for me, that kind of sums up the whole thing. It's cliched, predictable and really nothing more than a run of the mill romance that you`d read on a sunny beach somewhere and forget the second you closed the book.
I really wanted to like this book and whilst I understand it's appeal to some readers, it just didn't do it for me. BDB fans take care, try before you buy!!
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After meeting Carter, Nick realizes this woman is the estranged daughter of William Wessex. The very man Nick is involved in making a billion dollar deal with. He begins to wonder what it would be worth to Wessex for a chance to reconcile with the daughter who hasn't spoken to him in two years. Only after Nick falls for Carter does he find out how deep the bitter misunderstanding is between her and her father. His premeditated plans will drive Carter out of his life unless her love for him is stronger that her hurt.
As soon as I finished, my first thought was her next book can't be released soon enough for me. Everyone who read Jessica Bird's Leaping Hearts, Carter's cousin's story, knows what to expect and will not be disappointed with Heart of Gold. Very, very well written. The dialoge, the sub characters, plot, and sensuality were outstanding. My favortie part was Carter's discovery of Nick's secret. It took place far enough from the ending that there was plenty of time for the couple to resolve their issues.
First: she knows there's something strange going on, and she's being threatened by her competitor (repeateadly, mind you) who means her harm. Yet, she refuses to tell the hero about it (after being asked REPEATEDLY by the hero), or takes any kind of safety precaution. To top it off, she continues to expose herself to danger, all alone by herself on the mountain, even knowing full well someone is there to harm her!! How stupid is THAT???
Second: her so called 'fall out' with her father?? Pfft!! I couldn't believe my eyes when I read the explanation. So she cut off her relationship with her father over that stupid menial reason???
So the heroine ruins the book for me and I can't say anything good about this book after that. Sorry...
Arrogant, with a temper to boot, Nick's life starts to change the minute Carter walks on to his mountain. Using the excuse of keeping an eye on her work, soon Nick can't keep his eyes off Carter, and fireworks fly between these two. As the dig progresses, interesting artifacts and skeletons turn up, along with an unsavory associate of Carter's, showing more interest than what seems appropriate in her findings. Carter's dad also makes an appearance, shattering the protective shell she has conveniently built around herself, and questioning Nick's business motives with her dad. Is he just using her to conveniently close another deal, breaking her heart in the process?
The associates that Carter bring on the dig, and other members of Nick's family, provide some great moments, adding nice secondary features and slices of humor along the way. I really liked the different archeological story line, and the many bits of history were very interesting, and not overdone. I must add, that this Farrell reminds me of another, that being Matt Farrell from Judith McNaught's "Paradise", who is one of my favorite leading men. Needless to say, I loved this book and look forward to more from this incredible author!
Jessica Bird is a pseudonym for J.R. Ward of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Heart of Gold was published in 2003 and it has an alpha male and some of the wit and tension of the earlier Brotherhood books. A contemporary romance, it is the story of Carter Wessex and Nick Farrell, two strong professionals who rattle each other verbally while trying to figure out emotionally what each means to the other.
Outwardly gruff and curt, Nick Farrell handles everything better in black and white. Respected as a sharp businessman he has trouble showing emotion with people who become close to him. He has custody of his teenage nephew Cort who loves to bicker with Nick. Add to the mix Carter, who does not back down from his blunt manners, and this intrigues him.
Carter, a young archeologist, is working on some land that Nick owns. She has her own predicaments: she has almost severed her relationship with her father because of some issues and a co-worker is giving her trouble. These are the two weaker areas of the book that drag the storyline and caused me to give the book three stars rather than four or five. Carter is a strong heroine and a smart individual; I found it hard to believe that she would have not have dealt better with each of these complications.
Still, Ms. Bird has a written a sweet romance that tugs at the book lover. Read this fiction if you want a nice romance. The chemistry between Nick and Carter is appealing. Cort is endearing as a 16 year old who has a crush on Carter and lends some believability to the older characters' relationship. Nick loves Cort but has a hard time figuring out how to manage this obstacle. Just don't expect an abundance of suspense with Carter's problems and you won't be disappointed.
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