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Posted April 3, 2013
This was a pretty sweet story. Natasha is pretty easy to read in terms of her character, so you feel pretty bad for her, even if she did bring her reputation upon herself. Jason is a good guy, but judgmental, though I can’t blame him too much under the circumstances. He does lose points for how he handles a couple situations though.
The whole thing is really very lighthearted, especially since Natasha’s history just isn’t quite what you might expect. That is the only part that’s not particularly predictable though; I do have to put that out there.
While the story is a romance and is set in college, there’s really no erotica or anything, so while the story is a contemporary new adult romance, it’s a pretty safe book for teens in the middle age range rather than saying it’s for 18 and older only.
If you’re looking for a short read that’s very sweet, don’t miss Her Heart’s Secret Wish.
Posted December 22, 2012
Overall Sweet Romantic Story ...
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Natasha is a bit of a player. Shuffled in and out of the foster care system as a child, she ends up feeling alone all of the time. Even surrounded by people, she still craves the connection to another person that she has been missing all of her life. Unsure how to meet the need, she turns to a life of parties and one night stands. But life in the fast lane at college back fires on her and before too long her reputation becomes widely known. To make matters worse, het heart is now linked to a man who is strictly off limits.
Jason is a professor and a bit of a gaming nerd. He connected with a student not too long ago and now is contemplating his next move. The lure of Natasha is becoming more than he can bear and at this point he faces getting fired if he does make a move, or just getting the hell away from the situation before something irreversible happens. Consequently he is now looking at quitting teaching to work full time for the gaming company he now moonlights with. But a chance change of holiday plans throws Jason and Natasha together and the idea of walking away from her seems impossible. If only he could get past her bad girl, sleep around reputation.
Funny thing. I generally have a problem with reading any story that has a teacher/student connection within a romantic relationship simply because it seems wrong to me. But this time around, I didn’t have that problem. I think possibly part of that is attributed to the description of the characters; most especially Jason. He is only 30 and is a bit of a nerd, but a heavy and knowledgeable gamer. Both characters seem young and vibrant and don’t give off the professor/pupil vibe that generally turns me off. Also, while expecting more in the way of a sexual encounter, I found myself pleasantly surprised that there wasn’t an actual intimate act that took place within the few pages of this novella. That too helped facilitate my further enjoyment of this book. In the end, sex wasn’t necessary and may have compromised Natasha’s character given her “changes” made in light of her love for Jason. Secondary character is a nice addition to the mix as one who knows Natasha possibly better than she knows herself.
I would classify this book as a sweet contemporary romance, but I noticed that is classified as a new adult contemporary romance. To be honest, I have not an inkling of what this genre entails. I have seen it before, but having never read one before, I just looked past it. I now have a reason to find out more about this genre. While I generally prefer more smutty reads, when I need a break from such reads, I will definitely be seeking Ms. Haygert out again. For those of you who love your HEA’s, but have more of a delicate sensibility, this book is definitely for you. The characters are likeable and at around 40 pages, you can read it quickly for a nice escape. And those of you that aren’t quite so delicate, this story could be a nice change of pace for you. Overall an enjoyable read!
(eBook copy provided by author/tour company in exchange for an honest review.)
Posted December 15, 2012
Who would have thought that being alone on Christmas would actually turn into something good? I mean, Christmas is, after all, one of the worst times of the year to be alone. But not for Natasha and Jason. After months of having to resist the growing feelings for each other...one night a passionate kiss changes everything. But will it change things for the good or for the bad? Will Jason's career as a Professor get in the way or will Natasha's reputation send Jason running far away?
This short story was just too adorable for words. I love a good story about 2 people and a forbidden relationship. And I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved the story line and the characters. Short stories often leave a lot up to the reader’s imagination; but not with this book. The author did a great job adding history and development to the characters which I instantly felt I could connect with. And the author’s writing flowed so well I couldn’t believe I was done with the story when I was. Only down fall would be how fast the story went. I would have loved to have more of these 2 sweet characters.
If you are looking for a quick story to read in between longer books, then this one is perfect. Also with the setting being Christmas, now is the perfect time to read it. Buy the book, start a fire and grab your cocoa…I promise you will be smiling when you finish the story.
Posted December 12, 2012
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Juliana really has something here with this sweet holiday romance! Jason and Natasha were very sweet characters, and Jason was so unique. I mean a video game professor, really? Too cool. Great holiday read for the season :DWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 11, 2012
Her Heart's Secret Wish is the debut novella from author Juliana Haygert, short, gritty, and totally engaging! While loosely a "holiday" read, the holiday theme was an aside to the rest of the story. With such a sweet cover, I thought I was going to be reading a sweet holiday story. Don't get me wrong... it was. It just wasn't sugar sweet and neatly tied with a bright red Christmas bow. And that is exactly what I liked about it! There was no sugar coating Natasha and making her be some pure, little angel. Instead, she was raw, gritty, and self-admittedly a bit on the trampy side. But, trampy or not, she was a girl with a heart and that is what made her character so likable. The added bit of taboo with the relationship with her professor added a little more spice to the story, too! It's a sexy story, but not one that is all sex and no story. It is definitely the story first and a fun story to read, complete with a bit of angst and humor and spice and everything nice!
An aside... I loved that there was a World of Warcraft reference in there, being a WoW girl myself! I can't wait to read more by this promising author!
Posted June 11, 2013
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