I was asked to take part in the blog tour for Faint Heart by Lizzie Ashworth, available here:
The pack included some teasers and other information:
Cara Carson only wants one thing, and it isn’t a man. Since the tragic death of her husband, she has focused on creating a business she could give herself to, a ‘marriage’ that will never leave her stunned in grief. Her recipes are perfected and the old house remodel is underway. But on this raw March morning, the contractor isn’t returning her calls, there’s a bulldozer mired in mud on the side lot, and the man operating it has managed to destroy the huge old willow tree she wanted saved. Furious, she charges across the mire to demand answers and finds her feet stuck and then her heart flailing after the bulldozer operator has to come carry her out.
Morgan Woods never believed in love. Until now, it’s been easy to take and leave women. This woman shouldn’t be any different, except something about her pouty pink lips and her blazing hazel eyes sails past all his defenses. His business-partner dad is sick and his businesses are struggling, but he never wants to let this woman out of his arms.
Can two broken people find a way to trust again? Or will their mistakes only add more layers to the scars already shrouding their hearts?
And a little about the author:
Until recently, sex scenes in most books erupted behind closed doors. I hated that fade-to-black point in a story. Why has it been acceptable to describe the details of violence, hate, fear, anger, and greed, but not the up-close-and-personal descriptions of touch, desire, and love?
I feel fortunate that modern sensibilities in publishing mean sex scenes now keep the bedroom door open. For those of us interested, stories can show readers the tingle of flesh and follow through to the heavy breathing and sweaty finish. It’s about damn time.
I like to show a process in my stories where discovery or acknowledgment of sexual pleasure or desire is key to character development. Just like in real life. I believe sex can be a truly transformative experience.
Reading has been a passion in my life. My bachelor’s degree as well as some graduate work focused on writing. Marriage, children, and a career limited my writing time for many years, but I’m back to life on my own terms now. So look out–more sexy stories on the way!
Find Lizzie at the following places:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLizzieAshworth
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lizzie-Ashworth/e/B00DJWDJHC/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_4?qid=1397236426&sr=8-4
There’s also a giveaway and I hope this link works because I’m rubbish at script!!
So, onto my review. I gave Faint Heart 3* out of 5*.
What I liked –
Cara and Morgan both had depth. They were well-rounded characters and likeable for the most part. They both had a rich back story and it was easy to get emotionally involved with them. It was good to see their personal growth too, both of them finally letting go of their past.
I liked the setting. I liked the idea of Cara’s kitchen and the building of the business. As a foodie, I always love reading about food. Some of the recipes sounded delicious and the cafe sounded good too!
There was a great supporting cast of characters too, my favourite of which was Dutch, Morgan’s father. He was a warm character. Danie, Cara’s best friend, provided a lot of the humour in the book.
Despite the dreaded insta-love, it was nice to see that Cara was strong enough and independent enough to not immediately cave when Morgan was being an idiot. It was nice to see a female character portrayed as strong in that way. I was getting fed up of books where the female lead takes the male back just for saying sorry.
Despite a couple of spelling errors and a couple of missing words, the book was mostly well copy-edited, which was good to see. The author had a good grasp of vocabulary and language too, which earns another point from me. You know how fussy I am!
What I didn’t like –
The book was so slow starting. The first 25% of it is the two main characters swithering over their feelings for each other, back and forth, back and forth… If I hadn’t received the copy as a review copy, I possibly might have given up in the early stages because I’m not a tolerant reader.
The author gets totally rapturous over cum, which was seriously off-putting. It might just be my personal squick coming out, but I don’t know any guy that can “bathe my insides with golden sheen”. And she goes on about it for several sentences, leaving me faintly nauseous. Luckily none of the other sex scenes are as bad, but she does mention it a few times.
The build up to the conflict was a romance trope – he sees something, assumes the worst, doesn’t communicate. I get that it’s a cliche for a reason, but it doesn’t make this book stand out.
Closer to the end, the romance gets a little overblown and grade school. They start coming out with all these ridiculous statements and they’re not even meant in a humorous way. He even gives her a variation of the falling from heaven pickup line, but it’s meant entirely seriously. The declarations of love did have me reaching for the bucket a little bit. But then maybe I’m jaded… *shrug*.
Overall – it was a mostly enjoyable story and if you’re into the slow starting romances, then yes I’d recommend it. 3* of 5*.