Author : Dora Hiers
Series : Harmon Heritage, Book 1
Genre : Romance, Contemporary
Source : ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review
Release date : June 5, 2015
Still stinging from the publicity surrounding her father's death, social phobic Rori Harmon prefers the solitude of her animal sanctuary, accepting that marriage isn’t in her future. Racecar Driver Graham Decker refuses to be wrangled into a relationship by another money-hungry female. On a philanthropy mission, he arrives just in time to assist Rori with a llama birthing, but his appearance thrusts her into the media spotlight again. Has Graham found a woman who doesn't care how deep his wallet extends? Has Rori finally met a man who will stick around when times get tough? Is healing for a hurting heart finally within Rori's reach?
My Musings :
I have to got to say that this is the first book I have read by the author, Dora Hiers and I am so glad that I found her! Because I absolutely loved the sweet romantic book. She is going on my watchlist right away!!
The book cover is eye catching because of the popping colours and of course the guy( in my case!). I found him too young to be Graham or maybe I imagined him to be too older.. Hmm.. But he did come across as a very mature guy.
I loved the characters. Rori is so sweet and shy on one hand and fiery and protective on the other hand. She is also brave enough to fight for herself and her love. And Graham is patient and loveable. It's been a while I have read about a non-dominant hero so it was fun getting to know Graham with his tender care and his rock steady faith. He is such a nice guy and he doesn't try at all to dominate Rori. The other characters forming the supporting cast of the tale were pretty decent. My favourite was Ryan, Rori's stepfather. He caught my interest because of his love for her mom.
My other favourite "characters" were Jumbo with his ornery yet heart-strings tugging behaviour and Goliath with his pure, selfless love and acceptance of Rori from the start.
I literally associate "sweet" with this romantic read. And not only is it a romance, it deals with other issues like social phobia and the hurts caused by divorce and the mistreated animals. How Rori tries to overcome her phobia to get together with a public figure and her love, Graham forms the rest of the story. Her struggles are real and I felt her emotions and feelings. She was realistically portrayed though the way she fell head over heels for Graham was too fast. Now Graham falling in love was easy to understand, in my opinion.
At no point did I find the story slow or laggy. It flowed naturally and I didn't notice the passage of time. It was a fast read according to me. I was pretty enmeshed in the protagonists' lives. And that makes a good book in my view.
Fear is such a big force in everyone's life and giving our fears unto God, would heal us and also help us live peacefully. The author has woven a story of faith and romance into a delightful book without being preachy.
As for me, I am eager to get my hands on the other books in the series. I would especially love to read Beck's and Savvy's story!
My one line review : A sweet blend of faith and romance with a happily ever after ending!
My rating : 5/5
My reread factor : 4/5