Secrets of the Heart
Synopsis: Emotionally scarred by personal tragedy, Tori Morgan needs to get away from Houston and figure out what to do with her life. Seeking refuge and time to think, she accepts a position at a remote ranch in Montana. Firmly convinced love happens once in a lifetime, she resigns herself to being alone.
Her new boss is the first complication in her plan. Mesmerized by his voice on the phone, she anticipates their first meeting with a mixture of anticipation and dread.
And rightfully so. Six feet four inches of man capped off with a potent sexuality that makes clear thinking difficult, Wade McBride wreaks havoc on her emotions from the start. To make matters worse, she discovers she must pretend to be his fiancée for the sake of her new patient.
Wade needed a nurse for his mother but got more than he bargained for in Tori. She was a breath of fresh air in world full of crap. Pretending to be in love with her seemed like a good idea at the time. The plan started out easy enough, even as they try to ignore the instant, heady desire percolating between them, unaware of danger watching from the shadows…
Review: Compared to other stories of the same genre, Secrets of the Heart certainly stands out for originality. The tragedy of two complete strangers mirror each other while fate seemingly draws them together at first as employer/employee with a pretence relationship. There is a lot of suspense surrounding the plot which makes it work really well. The characters are strong and the work is well-written and constructed. Originality and well-written prose go a long way for me even when a work belies my preferred genres. Hence the five-star rating.