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Thursday, 4 June 2015

Hearts on Fire by Regina Puckett

Title: Hearts on Fire
Author: Regina Puckett
Publisher: Self-published
Read Type: Author Request
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Book Blurb
This story begins with a gorgeous guy dressed as Santa and a woman who has sworn off love.

Have you ever wanted someone to look at you and see who you really are? That's all Jordan has ever wanted, so when she
meets Samuel and the sparks fly, it's easy to become lost in the depths of his beautiful blue eyes. But something of her own past and what he is comes between them. Whilst she fights her attraction to him, Samuel is going to have to convince her that he does see her...really does see her.

Author Bio
Regina Puckett is an award nominated author for her short story, Balloon Wishes.

Concealed in My Heart is a Readers' Favorite Book Award Winner.

Claimed by Sin is nominated for 2014 Ellora's Cave Golden Ankh award.

Concealed in My Heart won runner-up in the international 2014 MARSocial Author of the Year Competition.

Borrowed Wings, has received the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval and a 5 star review from Readers' Favorite.

Her collection of poetry, Fireflies, won 2013 Turning Pages Poetry Book of the Year.

She writes sweet romances, horror, inspirational, picture books and poetry. There are several projects in various stages of completion and there are always characters and stories waiting for their chance to finally get out of her head and onto paper.

Strong language: None
Drugs: None
Violence: None
Sexual content: Mild, implied

I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an unbiased review.

Jordan, a young woman helping out at a Christmas party for children at the fire station, just can’t keep her eyes off the Santa. But really, a sexy woman eyeing up a man in a white beard? Is she after a sugar daddy? Then Santa looks over, the piercing eyes instantly stealing her.

This was a fairly short novella, yet the characters and situations were all very well developed. Initially Jordan’s friend, Katie, frustrated me no end with her childish ways. I was concerned that she may be the protagonist of the novel, but the Santa, soon made his opinions known. His name was Samuel, a young man just wanting to give back, my ideal romantic hero.

The novella developed quickly, the events were intense and kept my attention. I particularly liked that, despite the fast pace, Regina Puckett never stopped adding bits of emotion, sparks of romance, and other emotions into the mix.

I can’t say much more about the plot without spoiling it, but at times it was heart wrenching, so much going wrong for a young couple, yet the perseverance paid off. Nevertheless, Samuel had his work cut out to convince Jordan that he wasn’t a bad man for her to be with. There was no doubt she had feelings for him, but he also had an aspect of his life that she had thoroughly sworn off. Despite that, overall this was lighthearted. I hope to read more of the author’s work in the future.

I would not classify this as a Christmas novella, despite the initial theme. It covers an extended time span, and is suitable for any time of year.

This is a clean novel. I would say is suitable for people who do not like graphic sex as well as for young adults. My listing above classifies it more thoroughly, but there is little more than kissing involved.

This novella left me with a smile on my face.

The 411
this was a short novella that I read in one read. It was enjoyable with well-developed characters. The emotions were placed well, and the action pulled it along quickly, making it feel like it had the potential to be a full novel. This was a really enjoyable break from life, and despite being initially based at Christmas, I think it is suitable for any time of the year.

I give this a 4.5 adjusted to a 4 for reviewing sites.