Review: Her Heart's Desire

Harlequin Kimani/Romance
May 2014
Shirley Fleming |  RATING: A 
SYNOPSIS: After a series of dating disasters, Tiffany Gentry isn't ready to risk her heart again. Just when she decides it's safer to stay single, the Chicago boutique owner meets Colonel Ivan Mangum. The gorgeous military hero is an expert in security. Yet Tiffany has no defense against Ivan's sensual maneuvers….

REVIEW:  In the wake of so many dating disasters, Tiffany Gentry has given up on finding “Mr. Right”.  Her love life is nonexistent until Ivan Mangum walks into her boutique.  Ivan has had his own share of bad luck when it comes to love.  The two of them are attracted to each other but because of past experiences are reluctant to get involved in a new relationship.  But both of them soon realize they can’t stop thinking about each other.  In Tiffany, Ivan sees a woman he can easily fall in love with and build a future.  Tiffany looks at Ivan and sees a man who possesses everything she ever wanted.  Before long they’re spending romantic nights together and discover that they have something special.  Tiffany and Ivan are convinced they found each other on their own.  Unbeknownst to them, “The Match Broker” has worked her magic again.    

Tiffany Gentry is a self-reliant business woman.  The circumstances of her childhood taught her a valuable lesson.  She promised herself that she would never make the same mistakes her mother made, since she believes that being totally dependent on someone else takes away one’s ability to function on one’s own.  Even if she finds love she vows to always be able to provide for herself.  So she closely guards her independence and vows to never lose her sense of self.         

Colonel Ivan Mangum is a military hero and security expert.  He is intelligent and exudes confidence and strength.  He can be overprotective at times; especially with someone he really cares about.  One of his best qualities is being a perfect gentleman.  Holding doors and ensuring that a woman is provided for is second nature for him.  His upbringing and military background pretty much define his personality.  Ivan is the embodiment of the alpha male.  He will either drive you crazy or make you feel loved and cherished.    

This totally entertaining love story is set in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois.  Ivan and Tiffany are great together.  These two meet and the attraction is instantaneous.  I simply love their characters.  They run into a couple of bumps along the way but they manage to work it out.  The pacing is wonderful and never misses a beat.  The secondary characters are just as memorable.  Norma Jean, aka “The Match Broker” and GiGi are hilarious.  If you’re in the presence of these two, you can be sure it will be an experience to remember.  At first glance they look like sweet older ladies, but they can be a hand-full.  You can never be sure what’s going to come out of their mouths.

HER HEART’S DESIRE is an all-around good story and a great read.  It is a beautiful love story from beginning to end.  Ms. Watson’s excellent writing skills have woven an attention getting novel that kept me deep-seated until I’d read the last word.  I can’t wait to read what she has in store for Cole.  

22nd June 2014 |