Until he contracts with a local hardware store to have bookshelves installed in the house he's renting, and the "handyman" turns out to be a (very beautiful) woman.
Georgie Sacchi is carrying her own devastating emotional baggage (because, really, who doesn't have some to carry?). Having been unceremoniously dumped by her last several romantic partners, she's convinced she's the problem and is determined to stay independent. First step: taking a worldwide tour, going wherever she wants ... alone.
But first, she has to build these bookshelves for this angry, impatient, discourteous recluse of an author. If only he weren't so gorgeous to boot ...
Entangled Publishing's Bliss imprint presents Guarding His Heart by Annie Seaton, newly published this month. If you like your romances on the softer side, with tastefully discreet physicality and attraction, check out this offering.
Themes in this work include loss, grief, loneliness, pride, independence, love (of course), and the conflicting desires for solitude and relationships (slash community) that war within every human heart ... especially, perhaps, in the hearts of those who have been burned before.
Georgie (and, to a lesser degree, Liam) represents every person who has ever been cut down by a careless remark from a person in a position of trust, or who has faced tragic loss and self-recrimination because of it.
Georgie's nemesis is fatalism ... the determination that because two (or three) men have dumped her, she's the issue (being the common denominator) and therefore should never be in a relationship. Period.
That's the kind of knee-jerk reaction (note: not a rational response) readers can relate to. Fool me once? Shame on you. Fool me twice? Shame on me.
And then, when we've cut off what we assume was the source of the emotional (or other) pain, what if we miss an opportunity that life might have handed us, if we hadn't been hardened?
Guarding His Heart is a careful exploration of what loss can do to a person's heart, and how lingering pain can affect a person's choices ... for better or worse.
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Author: Annie Seaton
Title: Guarding His Heart
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Bliss)
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1HOnsoH
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.