Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Rival Hearts by Tara Randel

Rival Hearts
by Tara Randel
Quilts of Love series
Christian Fiction / Contemporary / Romance
Available June 2014
Abingdon Press
240 pages



About the Book
They both want the promotion. But will they find out that it is worth the cost?

Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter's Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests.

Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?

My Thoughts
I love the idea of a competition evolving into a friendship or romance, and Rival Hearts promised to be an intriguing blend of both. I found Molly easy to relate to since she was constantly trying to please everyone around her—often at the expense of what she wanted to do. I find myself doing the same thing at times! What I didn't really understand was the dynamic between Molly and the rest of her family. It never really made sense to me, and I would have loved for this aspect of the book to be more thoroughly explored. Ben was an interesting character. Initially, I was annoyed by him, but as the book progressed, I liked him much better. He ended up being very sweet and misunderstood. 

However, as much as I wanted to get totally caught up in this story, I just couldn't. I felt like there was a lot of "telling" at times rather than showing through the story. Rival Hearts was a good "one time" read for me, and many will enjoy it, I'm sure. [3 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Tara Randel is the author of five romance novels including Lasting Love, Melody of Love, and This Time Love. A member of ACFW, Tara is also the lead author of the new Annie's Mysteries series (see AnniesMysteries.com). Tara lives in New Port Richey, Florida.

Tara Randel Online

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