Review: ‘Heart of Gold’ by J.R. Ward

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Review: ‘Heart of Gold’ by J.R. WardHeart of Gold by J.R. Ward
Published by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated on July 31st, 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Love & Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: requested from publisher
four-stars
She has a passion for unlocking the secrets of the past…

Archaeologist Carter Wessex is drawn to Farrell Mountain to solve a centuries old mystery- and find a fortune in hidden gold. One thing stands in her way: Nick Farrell, a notorious corporate raider with no patience for trespassers on his land, and way too much sex appeal. After an explosive introduction, Carter abandons the project…but with Nick in hot pursuit.

What she finds is something more valuable than gold…

Though wary of Nick’s change of heart, Carter is soon swept up into the mystery- and the arms of a man she swore she’d never fall for. As buried secrets surface and passion grows, the shocking details of the missing gold are revealed. So are Nick’s true motives, leaving Carter to wonder…has everything between them been just another cunning ruse? And how many more secrets has he yet to share? It will take a heart of gold to find the truth—and have faith in a timeless love...

About J.R. Ward

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J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.

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review

My first contemporary adult romance and I must say it was a cute read. J. R. Ward is infamous for her romance novels and when I requested to read more adult books from the publisher, this was the one my contact recommended. And I’m real glad she did.

I’ve stayed away from romance novels only because I thought I would be incredibly cheesy and corny and I would end up rolling my eyes at the one liners and predictable plots. Sure all those things happened when I read Heart of Gold but after going through the book in its entirety I didn’t mind it so much after all. Because the writing was just spot on. It was like a watching one of my favourite chick flick movies, except in this case I was watching it in my mind.

The characters are fairly predictable, but both are just so passionate about one another that the reader just knows it’s obvious they love each other. It’s when the characters realize it. That’s when I get excited. Carter and Nick’s witty banter is exceptional, and J.R. Ward is wonderful at weaving in the dialogue with the plot.

And the history that was revealed was just so interesting. I really enjoyed finding out what happened in the end. It tied everything together quite nicely. J.R. Ward writes beautifully and I can’t wait to even start her Black Dagger Brotherhood series which was already recommended to me by a friend :)

Characters
Predictable but wonderful characters.

Pacing/Length
Very good. I was surprised at how fast it was.

Cover/Design
All romance covers with a bare chested chiseled man catches my eye..But it also embarrassed me terribly.

Plot
LOVE the history that was weaved into the plot. Research was done well.

Overall, a wonderful read that makes me want to read more from this best selling author.


quotes

Flawless as always, he thought, feeling nothing as he looked at her.
He’d begun to suspect that her best assets were the exterior ones.
Surely a woman who is willing to sleep in the great outdoors doesn’t fear anything as civilized as a handshake?
His eyes, sparkling with need, roamed over her as if he had a thirst to quench and she was the stream.
I’m glad you think your family is important. I imagine your life would be very lonely if you didn’t have any ties to people at all.
You keep smiling like that and I’ll do anything you want.
Take it from someone who was lucky enough to find the love of his life and luckier still to have had the courage to do something about it. Time’s passing and you should be spending less time glaring at me and more time alone with her.
Nick: I’m just not used to women like you.

Carter: What kind of woman am I?

Nick: Clueless.

I don’t think you have any idea how beautiful you are.
You get angry when you don’t get what you want, don’t you?
The course of love is never painless and people do stupid things. They make mistakes.

rating

4/5

four-stars

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7 Comments

  1. Sophia Rose

    January 17, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Now I do enjoy romance and JR Ward’s other writing. I hadn’t heard of this one yet so I’ll definitely be looking it up.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. Lisa Richards

    January 17, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    I’ve only read JR Ward’s paranormals up to now, but this one is definitely going on my wishlist.

  3. Samantha

    January 18, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    I’ve read her BDB series and I absolutely love it. Even though this one is completely different from the others of hers that I read, I will definitely check it out.

  4. Ashley A

    January 21, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Sounds like a good read :)

  5. Anne C

    January 31, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Sounds like a good mystery romance. P:)

  6. Jessica

    March 6, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    I love romance so i’m going to have to check this out! Thanks for the review

  7. CassandraG

    April 30, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Nice review. Looks like a really good read.

  8. GlutenFree+2 (@AshleighSwerdfe)

    July 30, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    I love Jr Ward’s BDB and Fallen Angels Series! I am definitely going to have to look into this book- It is my first time hearing about it but it sounds great. Thanks for the review!

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