Series: Heart of Fire (#1)
Author: Nina Croft
From: Review Copy
Release Date: 4th December 2015
Challenges: Summer COYER 2016, 2016 Blogger Shame
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): For twelve years, Jenna has dreamed of regaining her childhood home and the happiness she knew there. Now she discovers the house is to be sold to a developer and will be lost forever. She has one last chance to make her dreams come true—she must return to Middleton Manor and find the Heart of Fire, a valuable family heirloom lost 600 years ago. She’s going undercover. Keiran bought the house on a whim. As a child, his gypsy mother came here every summer to work. It was here he fell in love for the first and only time, with Jenna, the daughter of the house, and his fairytale princess. But Jenna is long gone, and it’s time to sell up and finally put the past behind him. But his last night in the house is disturbed by a stunningly gorgeous “maid” who appears to be searching the library. Jenna believes her happiness lies in bricks and mortar. Keiran in moving on. But perhaps with a little help they can discover their true hearts’ desires, and together regain the magic of the past.
Heart's Awakening is one of those books where I didn't need to read the blurb first, and I didn't even have to know what genre I was going to read to know that I'd enjoy it. Nina Croft is one of those authors where I know that I'll enjoy the book I'm reading regardless of anything, and I think the main reason for that is the characters she creates. They're always intricate and rich and even if you don't like them as people you are drawn to them.
Heart's Awakening is predominantly a romance book, but there were some minor paranormalish elements. We're talking soul mates and family legends kind of paranormal, there's no one actually doinjg magic or being supernatural. The subtleness worked for me and I really liked it.
I liked the relationship between Kieran and Jenna too. While they were chasing and running from each other a bit during the events of Heart's Awakening, they had m ore of a back story which was fleshed out well especially considering this is only a novella. The backstory made their romance that bit more real in my eyes.
There were very few characters in Heart's Awakening, and even fewer that actually made an appearance. For the most part it was just Jenna and Kieran on their own and that allowed them the time to reconnect, but at the same time there were other characters that I felt were introduced for future books.
This was a great quick read, and once again I've found that I can rely on Nina Croft for a good read!