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Posted March 9, 2012
Beautiful Writing and Story....
Okay, you read the story overview, right? If not, stop right now and go back and read that bit up above. I'll wait for you here.
Okay, you get that this is not a fluffy story with bunnies and rainbows, but it does have it's fun and light moments...even a fuzzball of a kitten, so it's not all depressing. In fact, surprisingly enough, it's not really depressing at all. It's more enlightening and thought-provoking. Am I talking in abstract enough? Yes, okay on to the review.
Rory is that girl. You know, the one that hangs out with the guys and fits right into their world. In fact, Sam & Rory have been corresponding via email for over 2 years and their correspondence has developed into friendly chit-chat about sports, cars, etc. It never even occurs to Sam that Rory is a girl. So he is shocked when she calls to offer condolences about the loss of his wife and she has this sexy voice that immediately turns him on. He wasn't even sure that part of him worked anymore after the grief and loss that have been his life for the past two years. But there is Rory and she is so unlike anyone else and I loved her character for it. She says exactly what she thinks. She doesn't have any kind of filter between her brain and her mouth and it gets her in trouble all the time. But that aspect of her is something that Sam needs in his life. He talks about the fact he's been living in this shell that is his life....she immediately starts chipping away at that shell with her personality and attitude. I don't know how to even explain how the dynamics in this book work, but they work so well. These characters are amazing and the way that Cari has written this romance is just gorgeous and so unexpected.
Sam is a huge, bulky, buff guy...6'4" and he works out all the time. But he's drowning in his own sorrow, grief, and guilt. Things are not as they seemed on the surface with his wife and he regrets so much about that. He knows that he's in a bad place, but he doesn't know how to get himself out of it. All he knows is that Rory helps. She's good for him and he's incredibly attracted to her. Regardless of that, he's so honest with her and himself about where he's at mentally. He refuses to do something that's going to hurt her. He is not going to have that kind of relationship again, so they form a friendship...with a LOT of sexual tension...hehe (that part of this story is INCREDIBLY HOT!)
I love everything about this book. I loved these two characters and thought Cari wrote them incredibly well. There are extremely complex dynamics going on here and I couldn't see how she was going to straighten them all out into a romance/relationship that works, but she did and she wrote it brilliantly. The more I read the more of Cari's work, the more I marvel at her amazing story telling abilities. This is another fabulous book!!
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Posted February 28, 2012
The heart has a language all its own . .
The heart has a language all its own . . . Rory Fowler has taken Sam Miller's billboard orders for the last two years, but they aren't to advertise, they're love notes to his wife. Sam's most recent billboard about his wife's passing hits Rory hard. When she calls Sam to offer condolences, it sets off an unexpected chain of events that ends with Rory in Sam's apartment-and his arms. Reading Sam's love letters tugs Rory into the romance between him and his estranged, now-deceased, wife. Their lives soon intertwine so completely that Rory wonders how she'll ever forget the man who makes poetry out of emotions she's fought to dismiss. And plays her body even more skillfully than he writes love notes. Consumed by guilt and grief, Sam is shocked by the feelings Rory arouses in him, sexually and otherwise. Now he's not thinking about yesterday as much as he's looking forward to tomorrow. He's just not sure if he's capable of moving on . . . or if the woman who helped him find the will to really live again will be by his side. This was a great read!! Ms Quinn does a wonderful job with the characters; I fell in love with Sam! It is great the way he is a "man's man" with his career and friends but able to write such heart stopping letters... The emotions Ms. Quinn captures in this story are compelling and the melting hot sex scenes leave you wanting more! This was one of those books I hated to see end, but was glad Sam and Rory got their HEA! 4 stars!! (Review copy provided by the author)
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Posted November 17, 2013
Reviewed by Patti, Book provided by Ellora¿s Cave, and Review or
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Absolutely loved it! Sam Miller and Rory Fowler are one of those couples that I will keep coming back to over and over again. Heart Signs has been on my mind since I picked it up and I can’t stop thinking about it. This will be on my re-read shelf and I will be giving it as a gift to friends.
Sam’s tenacious devotion just amazed me. Each page I read just pulled me deeper and deeper until I didn’t want it to end. I found the unique way the billboards and letters were used really touched me. It was such an intimate and personal way to really grasp how deeply he felt emotionally. It was a fantastic tool to see how his spirit matured and transformed over time. I wish I could have the ability to put words to paper like that.
Rory’s ability to go after what she needs showed such strength of character. Her bold determination was exactly what was necessary to shake up Sam’s world. I really appreciated that even though she could take things into her own hands she recognized and respected that he needed to live his life and make his own choices. I also loved her sense of humor and the way she could look at herself honestly.
This tale of two strong people somehow connecting with each other at what seems like the absolutely the wrong time may be one of my most favorite books of the year. It made me cry with delight and sob in heartache. It was amusing, playful and absolutely smoking hot. There is no other way to say it other than to tell you that if you don’t read this you are missing out.
Posted December 30, 2012
Loved Rory and Sam's story. I love that this book had an epilogu
Loved Rory and Sam's story. I love that this book had an epilogue so the story felt complete. I am a big Cari Quinn fan and this is just another great book she has brought to our e-readers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 15, 2012
Very emotional read, but I guess I could not relate to Sam's pain. I would have been more like Rory, she hung in there for a man she felt like would be worth it and it was. Not a repeat read for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 17, 2012
Posted April 22, 2012
This is one of Ms. Cari Quinn's most emotional books. My heart a
This is one of Ms. Cari Quinn's most emotional books. My heart ached for Sam Miller, such a strong man broken down by guilt and grief. Sam's way of dealing with his pain was to write his wife a billboard. Sam would get these billboards from Rory Foller and her family's advertising company. Rory has found herself captivated and enthralled by each billboard Sam would write. Until one day when she saw one about his wife's passing. Taken aback by the news, she felt she had to reach out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Rory doesn't just reach out to Sam, she collides into him. They are both instantly attracted to each other, their chemistry and humor is just perfect, but their timing is off.
This was an emotional read for me…I cried and sniffled a few times. How do you move on from a love, a mistake, and a death? My heart was tied up in this story so much I couldn't put it down until it was over and I bet neither will you.
Posted March 12, 2012
I started reading this book while eating lunch. "Just for a
I started reading this book while eating lunch. "Just for a few minutes", I told myself. Before I knew it 75 minutes had flown by. I still couldn't put it down. So, Ms.Quinn cost me an afternoon of productivity, but I'm not complaining!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I loved the characters, their struggles, the intimacy between them. Heart Signs was hot, sweet, and unputdownable. Awesome book!
Posted October 23, 2012
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