Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Her Heart's Secret Wish by Juliana Haygert



Title: Her Heart's Secret Wish
Author: Juliana Haygert
My Rating: A

Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Publication Date: Dec/12/2012

Word Count: 13,000

Genre: NA contempory romance

Buy Link: Amazon

Book Description:

With a renowned reputation as a player, she had everything figured out...

Twenty-year-old college student, Natasha is the life of every party and the reason behind many celebrations. The easiest girl on campus has all guys at her feet and more than a few in her bed.

…until he came into the game…

Having entered the academic world by chance, Professor Jason Stone is surprised to find one of his young students a huge temptation. The infamous Natasha has caught his attention. But is there more to her than meets the eye?

…and changed the rules.

As their unexpected friendship grows, so does their attraction to each other. When Jason’s Christmas plans are canceled and he ends up at the same party as Natasha, sparks flare, destroying the safe zone around them. Will they figure out how to break through their self-imposed barriers to be together, or lose one another forever?


My Review:
13,000 words and every single one of them were good. Whoa, the author packed a lot of story into this little novella and she did it really well. I am a HUGE sucker for college romances and this one was just perfect!

Jason's a professor. Natasha is a student. Seven months ago they connected for five hours at the library where they became friends. Since then, both have been fighting their attraction... mainly because it isn't a relationship that's allowed within this college community, but there are other things going on too. 

There is a TON of underlying emotion to this book and it's played so well. With just a few words and details, the author gives you so much story. Natasha does not have a happy past and that's affected how she approaches all the relationships in her life. She's made some bad choices and she realizes that. Jason doesn't know why she is the way that she is, and it bothers him.... to the point that it's kept him away. No guy wants to be with the girl who sleeps with everyone. Until they both find themselves alone for Christmas and then things start to come out...

I LOVED this little novella! It honestly even made me cry at one point. Just really well done. The best thing, it's short so you can have a WONDERFUL Christmas romantic read, even with the crazy busy holiday schedule. I highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.




Excerpt:

Her delicate brows knitted together. “What are you doing here? Aren’t you supposed to be with your family?”
“Change of plans.” His tone was as harsh as his disappointment. “I had to stay and saw a few posters hanging around the school. Thought it was a better option than spending Christmas Eve alone.”
The corner of her lips curled up. “Definitely.”
Though he tried, he couldn’t ignore just how beautiful and vulnerable she appeared. Her long, brown hair fell around her porcelain face and into a smooth cascade down her back. Her usually energetic green eyes shone with relief instead. She wore red lipstick, which only made her mouth more inviting. The dress hugged her perfect curves, the hemline promising fun things on the other side.
Jesus.
Jason shook his head and shifted his gaze away. He’d probably caught her making plans for later, and he still wanted her? His mind was so messed up.
“You don’t seem so well. What is it?” She stepped closer and her spicy perfume taunted his will.
He held his breath for a moment and focused. “I’m good.” He smiled at her, transforming into his usual self. The laidback gaming nerd, and fun professor he brought out for his students.
“Come in.” She gestured to the living room. “The party is starting.”
Somewhere over the last six or seven months, when their conversations had become more profound and frequent, he had lost his mind. Six or seven months ago, he would never have crashed a student party so he could stare at one of them.
Helpless, he followed her.

About the Author:

Juliana is a Brazilian girl living in Connecticut.

She would love to be Wonder Woman, Cheetara, Elektra, Buffy, Phoebe, She-ra, Rose, Korra, Cornelia, a blood elf shadow priest, and other various kick-ass female from comics, TV series, movies, books and games, but she settles for—the less exciting but equally gratifying life—a wife, mother, friend and a writer. Her heroines are like the ones cited above and she also writes about the heroes who drive them crazy—and occasionally hot.

Since her first stories, she wrote about 20-something year old protagonists. Nowadays, besides writing full time, she battles for the recognition of New Adult as a category.





1 comment:

Juliana Haygert said...

Wow, Christi! Thank you so much! ;)