Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Series Review, Giveaway: Matters of the Heart by Velvet Reed

Book Two - Saving Our Hearts
SYNOPSIS:  ,** This series must be read in order from book 1. They are not stand alones. **
. **This book is recommended for people over 18 years due to strong language and sexual content.**

 When your whole world shatters and time stands still, recovery is never easy. Plans and dreams, ripped apart now seem impossible and finding a steady rhythm for your beating heart seems unattainable. Cole Tierney and Grace Rivers had a bright, uncomplicated future ahead of them, but the accident changed that. In the aftermath, there are wide reaching consequences, not only for Cole and Grace, but their loved ones too. Only together can they battle to survive the impact. Is it enough for them to heal and fight for their future? With just one glimmer of hope before them, will a small miracle have the strength to save their hearts?



Saving Our Hearts by Velvet Reed His little chest rises and falls with each breath he struggles to take. The wires and tubes attached to his body are things I see every day, but somehow, the sight of them attached to this little body… my son’s body… well, it takes on a completely new meaning and tears at my heart in a way I never imagined. Laying in the incubator, even with all the medical supplies on him, he’s perfect. The mass of dark hair just like mine was surprising; I honestly thought our baby would have auburn hair like his gorgeous mother… my Gracie. His button nose and precious lips ensure he’s without doubt the cutest baby in existence. Although, that may just be the biased opinion of a father who is completely smitten and undeniably head over heels in love with his first born child. I wish Gracie were here to see how beautiful he is. With a heavy sigh, I take my seat beside his crib and continue my vigil over my son. Everyone’s growing frustrated with me because they want to know his name. They’re sick of calling the baby him, or baby Tierney, and I understand their annoyance. I really do, but there’s no way I’m going to make that decision on my own. I guess three days without a name isn’t normal, but then the way he arrived into the world wasn’t normal. It certainly wasn’t the way Gracie and I envisioned things would go.  

 Book One: The Rhythm of  my Heart

** This book is recommended for people over 18 years due to strong language and sexual content.**
Grace Rivers is your everyday twenty-five year old. She could have the world at her feet, but instead chooses to help run the family business. After experiencing great loss early in her life, Grace values what's most important: her family and friends. But she aches to find that certain someone—that one great, passionate love who values family as much as she does.Cole Tierney loves his life. He has a wonderful family, a loyal best friend and a successful career as an ER doctor. The only downside is he wants someone to share it with. After being used and left heartbroken, he wants to find someone who will love him for him and not his or his family's status."Every beat my heart makes is for you. Every time it beats faster it's because of you—because you're near me, because of your smile—because you take my breath away."Their two hearts collide by chance and an undeniable connection is quickly made.But when others are plotting against their happiness, will their love flatline, or will the rhythm of their hearts continue to beat as one?


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My Rating:


Favorite Quotes:

 Book 1: 

“It’s not lost on me that he just used my nickname; hearing it come from his lips, evokes a longing I’ve never experienced before.”

“The amount of love I have for you is more than you could possibly imagine or understand.  You are the reason my heart beats.  You Grace Rivers, set the rhythm of my heart.”

“I didn’t say I was an expert on females, but I do know a thing or two about hormonal women, considering I deal with them every day.  Thank God, I don’t have to deal with you when it’s that time of the month; I’m sure it would be like summoning Satan,”

Book 2:

“Oh good Lord, Gracie.  You’re like an Amazon woman.  I never even gave a thought about the fact that you couldn’t shave or wax.  I think we’re going to have to get out the Weed Wacker to tackle that jungle.” …“My leg could seriously be mistaken for Chewbacca’s or Cousin It’s.  I have somehow defined the evolution of man and regressed millions of years to become an ape.”

“You’re everything I’ve ever dreamed of and everything I never thought I’d have.”

“You do realize that after pulling off a wedding proposal like that, you are going to get seriously laid for the next decade, right?”

My Review:

A new author find for me and I am adding her to my list of those to watch.  The writing was entertaining, witty, sensitive, and heartfelt.  The sensual scenes had me gasping and humming.  Velvet Reed - love that name - writes emotion so very well and managed to suck me in and hold me down.  When Gracie felt betrayed, I was devastated.  When she was listless and heartbroken, so was I.  When the characters opened up to each other, I was elated.  I felt drawn to this group of quirky and varied personalities and enjoyed getting to know them.  When I signed on to review the series, I did not realize the series was not yet complete – oh happy day – there will be more.  

Empress DJ
Velvet Reed is the pen name of an avid book lover, reviewer and blogger who has turned writer.Born and raised in Sydney, Australia; she is a city girl at heart but loves the laid back lifestyle of living in country New South Wales. Married to her first and only love, she is a devoted mother of three who juggles her very active children and their many extracurricular activities, working in the middle of the night, running a blog, and writing.Velvet's love of reading was realized after the death of her amazing father. She used the escape into the fictional world to help her through her grief and post natal depression, not releasing the great impact so many talented authors would have on her life.




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