Jaimie: Queen of His Heart is the third book in the Queen Quartette series by Lena Hart. This is my first experience with Ms. Hart’s books but it definitely will not be my last. This story was well written, had plenty of suspense, and a great hero and heroine.
Shelly: After reading another story by this author, I thought the writing was promising enough to just keep going, so that I did. The book is based around a Vegas casino, Royal Courts. I’ve not read any of the prior stories in the series but I wanted to jump right in and get a feel for the series, plus this is an IR and well… I’m a sucker (there’s one of us born every minute).
Jaimie: Judith Bell is picking up the pieces of her life after being stalked and tormented by an ex lover. Content to just do her job and go home, she has resisted the temptation that her boss’ security chief presents. Just when she decides to live a little, her past comes roaring back, and it could cost her everything.
Carlos Moreno fell for his boss’ new assistant the moment he saw her, but she’s not giving an inch. He drops cheesy pick up lines to try to break through the ice around her, but he’s not having much luck. She finally starts warming up to him, and then, without warning, the walls are back up.
Shelly: Carlos spends a lot of time chasing Judith. You mention those outrageously outdated and snort worthy one-liners. You know the ‘you must be tired, because you’ve been running through my mind’ type of crap we’ve all heard. But the deliverer is cute, and so are the lines, so go figure. I’m not sure why, but I really like the way that Hart writes her heroes. They actually seem to give a crap about the heroine before the feelings are reciprocated.
Jaimie: Judith is blackmailed with pictures from the past and when Carlos starts investigating a security breach that seems to lead back to her, neither of them knows what to do. He doesn’t believe she would be a part of something like this and is determined to help clear her – even if it means walking away from his job.
Shelly: Carlos definitely liked Judith, a lot, because what he put up with for her is more than even I can give him credit for. At one point, I really wanted him to put his foot down with her and even give her an ultimatum. Honesty and trust go a long way and I didn’t trust Judith with Carlos’s feelings.
I know that Judith has a past and a secret that she was very protective of but betraying her employer, and in turn Carlos, the way she did. WOW! That’s bold to do that and still want and expect help. Maybe I gave her too much credit as being wiser than she actually was, but she just seems to have fallen for the blackmail piece really quickly. I’m not sure what she was thinking when she agreed to the sabotage to the company that hired her… I mean I know what I read, but it just seemed to ‘easy’ and really kind of a dumb thing to do.
Jaimie: This was a really enjoyable read and I read it all at once. There were some twists and turns and I had to keep going to find out what happened next. I loved Carlos and the way he fought so hard to break down Judith’s walls. He was crushed when he thought she had betrayed him, but deep down knew something wasn’t adding up. I loved him even more when he fought for her and helped clear her name.
Shelly: In retrospect, this is actually a pretty quick read. The pace of Judith and Carlos’s relationship went smoothly and was relatively even. Her past was told a bit repetitively, but it kept the story moving.
Then there were the few scenes between Carlos and his cousin, those were fun and the love and affection between those two really came off well. I wouldn’t mind seeing that cousin get his own story (if he hasn’t already).
I didn’t think the bad guy was all that great. Both he and his actions laid themselves out before he ever showed up and for that – I was disappointed. In the end, this is a sweet little romance with a little bit of not suspenseful suspense, and a much more likable hero than heroine.
Jaimie: Overall it was a fun, fast read and I’m definitely going back and reading the first two. I enjoyed Ms. Hart’s writing style and the book flowed in a way that kept me reading once I started.
Jaimie’s Rating: B
Shelly’s Rating: B
*ARC provided for review
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Queen of His Heart
by Lena Hart
Release Date: September 24, 2015
Publisher: Maroon Ash Publishing