Friday, October 19, 2012


A Heart's Endeavor
Mary Wehr
Releasing Nov 19th, 2012
Beachwalk Press
Source: Gifted by Publisher

There are times when it's best to allow your heart to overrule your head.

Being diagnosed with depression not only messed up Melanie Manning's life, but her marriage as well. Her husband made it very clear that he considered her "damaged goods" and he didn't have time to coddle a mentally ill wife. After his sudden death, Melanie knew she was destined to be alone. Loneliness sounded a hell of a lot better than exposing her illness to another man. Her self-esteem couldn't survive another blow.

When state trooper Jack Horan meets Melanie, the attraction is immediate. Her deep blue eyes make him weak in the knees, but those eyes also hold a hint of sadness. Jack is determined to wipe away her pain, but how can he do that when Melanie refuses to let him get close to her?

Can Melanie learn to face her fears and trust her heart in the hands of another man?

First time author, Mary Wehr shows off her writing talents with A HEART'S ENDEAVOR.  No Melanie Manning does not run a lingerie shop, but I thought this book would go well with Racy Red Panties Week because for one, Jack is an officer, and for two, he likes to tear off panties to get to the good stuff.

She threw back her head and asked innocently, "Is there a problem, officer?"
Jack narrowed his eyes. "You know damn well there’s a problem, young lady." He pushed her gently in front of him and smacked her on the ass. "That’s for teasing me." They reached the front door and he drew her to a stop. He cupped her jaw and kissed her mouth. "Hmm, you taste like vanilla." He licked her throat and nibbled at her ear. "All over."

I personally wasn't blown away with this romance.  I am not sure if I didn't relate to the characters because they are in their mid-forties, or because some of the language used by Jack was a slight turn-off, or it could have been the fact that Jack brings a piece of fruit into the bedroom, and that was also a turn-off for me.  I couldn't stop thinking, "What if a piece of it breaks off?" Just not my cup of tea, I guess.

As for heroines, I really liked Melanie.  Some writers take insecure heroine and tend to make them quite whiny and annoying, obsessing over and over about their flaws, but not Melanie, she made a few comments about her aging body, but never harped on it for too long, and never harped on her depression either, this I appreciate.  I hate reading a romance where the heroine is such a downer, even I wonder why the hero is with her!

Jack did make quite the handsome hero, but like I mentioned before, sometimes the things that came out of his mouth just turned me off.  I guess "spanking" or being "thrown over one's knee" doesn't do it for me, but hey...Some of you ladies might enjoy that!!

So I say, give it a shot!  We all have very different taste's in romance and what we like and don't like.  If you do decide to grab this one up, come back and let me know what you thought!

Enjoy and Happy Reading!!

1 comment:

Pamela Tyner said...

Thanks for taking the time to review this book and writing such a balanced and honest review.