Falling for one man when you're in love with someone else must be the quickest way to complicate your life...
A stranger staggers out of the desert and collapses in Kara Swenson's Sedona home. He pleads for help, and despite her better judgment, Kara takes him in, gives him shelter and a place to stay. She doesn't anticipate the dangerous attraction she begins to feel for him -- after all, she's been secretly in love with Lance Rinehart for more years than she cares to admit. Kara, who owns a UFO-themed shop and gives UFO tours in the desert outside town, thinks she's seen it all. But when the shocking truth of the stranger's identity is revealed, she finds herself having to make a terrible choice. (Book 2 of the Sedona Trilogy)
|Publisher:||Dark Valentine Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)|
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Absolutely enjoyed this series so far. The plot doesn't always go the way you think it will, which keeps you turning pages, wondering what will happen next. Great character development.
Desert Hearts picks up a few months after Bad Vibrations ended and brings us Kara and Lance's story. This is much more of a love triangle and certinly for me a lot more emotive. Yes these is still action and adventure but I enjoyed the more love entanglement elements of the story. Kara runs the UFO depot and takes a very background role in the local underground alien hunting ring. She has lusted after Lance for a long time but he had never so much as winked in her direction and she finally decides to move on. When she returns home and finds a badly dehydrated man in her home she cares for him. He appears to have amnesia and she feels a strong pull to him. He may just be what she needs to move on from Lance. But as the story unfolds we find out more anout Greyson and his part in the alien invasion. Lance is a former spec ops soldier who was sidelined into a special project in remote viewing. When he suffered a personal tragedy when his wife was killed he distanced himself from those around him and became involved in the underground UFO ring. He feels the pull towards Kara but cannot get over his feelings that she is better off without him and that he is a good deal older than her. Whan Kara and Greyson find out what he is and what he was tasked to do, the relationship they had falls apart. Lance is there to pick up the pieces and finally gives in to the fire between them. Then things get really messy!!! Kara is kind-hearted, but incredibly careful of her own heart - she doesn't want to end up like her mother. She is always the responsible one, and I think in Greyson she finds her own way to rebel against her label. Kara’s decision to choose between these two men in her life is made more difficult because both of them are totally adorable and lovable in their own way - Lance is stoic and total alpha male whilst Greyson is more emotionally available, and both of them want to keep Kara safe. I've become totally attached to these UFO hunters and submerge myself in the world of alien hunting! The story is strong and the characters are a brilliant mix. There are still peeks at Paul and Persephone in this book so it's easier to feel the books flowing together and you feel the invasion plot heating up through all the books.
Though this is the second book in the series, you really don’t need to read the first to understand what’s going on. However, I highly recommend you do because a lot of the background information and characters are presented in the first book so it might be a bit confusing at first, especially with the onslaught of so many characters at once. It was really nice to get more information about Kara, Kiki, Lance, and the crew, because in Bad Vibrations we had focused mostly on Persephone and Paul, with very little background on the rest of the people who helped them. We got background information and it made the characters more real. Kara is the girl who always plays it safe, even getting the nickname of “Careful Kara” as she grew up. It was really easy to relate to Kara, especially because she was written so well and in a realistic way. Grayson’s secret identity (secret even to himself) wasn’t such a secret for me, since I’d already begun to suspect from the moment he showed up dehydrated on Kara’s living room floor. The blurb pretty much spells it out as well, though I had thought it was going to take me in a different direction. Though this is sort of a love triangle, it really didn’t feel like one. At first I really was wondering who Kara would end up with — Grayson or Lance — but after Kara found out about Grayson and a bunch of other things happened it was really easy to tell who she was going to end up with. Like with Persephone and Paul in Bad Vibrations, the romance between Kara and Lance felt really abrupt. Though they had history, it didn’t feel like it from the writing. Yes, it felt like there was something there, but it didn’t feel like love, especially because Kara and Lance didn’t really talk much of anything. And when they did, the author cut that part right off. No serious discussion for us, just action and intrigue. I felt like I had been deprived of something necessary for these characters and their romance to become more real for me. It would have been nice to have been there for that discussion between Lance and Kara, but we don’t get to see their relationship form closer, I suppose. Unlike Bad Vibrations, however, this story doesn’t wrap up so nicely. While the previous book can be read as a stand-alone and you can be satisfied with the ending and won’t need to read more, this book ends in a somewhat of a cliffhanger. There are so many ends left to be tied and holes left to be filled that you really have to read the next book in order to feel like something’s been solved. And there’s a huge plot twist there. Seriously. I was not expecting that one. And that plot twist is what is making me open the third book right away. I want to see what happens! This book was shorter than the previous book—and I could feel it. I finished it way too quickly and I was felt wanting more. Though I understand the need to get people to read the third in this trilogy, it felt like there could have been more content in this story. Even so, this book was nice to read and it kept me well entertained—so much so that I read it in one sitting! I recommend this book for people who like mystery/suspense, aliens, government conspiracies, and a somewhat instantaneous love.
Christine Pope has written a great trilogy that blends elements of romance, paranormal, and science fiction genres and is set in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. The first book, Bad Vibrations introduces readers to a scattered group of UFO hunters and enthusiasts who come together to stop an alien invasion that threatens humankind. Desert Hearts picks up where Bad Vibrations ended and features Kara Swenson and Lance Rinehart, two characters who played instrumental roles in the first book but remained in the background so that Paul and Persephone’s love story could be told. I actually liked Desert Hearts even more than Bad Vibrations. It is more of a character-driven story with less external conflict and action than found in book one. Much of this second book focuses on character development, inner conflict, and the love triangle that emerges with Kara, Lance, and Grayson. Kara runs a local UFO shop, which also serves as the group’s home base. Even though they are just good friends, it is clear in the first book that Kara and Lance have a strong physical and emotional attraction to one another. Now readers get to know Kara and Lance better since this story is told from both of their perspectives. I loved Kara’s character. She is a genuinely nice person. Not only is she kind-hearted, but she cares deeply about others and their happiness. I found it easy to relate to her feelings and experiences. She has the reputation of being “careful Kara” because she has always been the responsible one, sacrificing her dreams to take care of others. Kara has been in love with Lance for the past six years even though he doesn’t seem to reciprocate those same feelings for some unknown reason. However, when a mysterious, handsome man enters Kara’s world, the door for a possible romance is opened. Over the course of the story, Kara realizes that this unknown man, who remembers nothing about his past, will forever change her life. The man without an identity decides to call himself Grayson after watching a TV episode with a character by the same name. Although Kara is frustrated that she knows so little about Grayson, she is drawn to him. Grayson appears to be an ideal man, and his sincerity and openness to everything around him make him irresistible. When Lance learns that Kara now has a man in her life, he is forced to confront his real feelings for her, and he doesn’t like the thought of losing her to someone else even though loving her may put her life in danger. I typically avoid plots with love triangles because I know, most likely, someone will be hurt in the end. What makes Kara’s decision even more difficult is that both men are lovable. The romantic scenes in Desert Hearts are a bit more sensual than those in Bad Vibrations, yet I found them to be appropriate for the characters involved. The outcome of this love triangle was not exactly what I expected but one I could accept in the end. There are lots of unexpected situations and shocking revelations that emerge as the plot develops, and I was riveted to this storyline. The last part of the book becomes more action-oriented, leading to a holding-my- breath, biting my nails climax and an, overall, emotionally satisfying conclusion. I don’t want to say too much about the plot because discovering the truth is what makes this story so engaging, but I will end stating that I am still clinging to a tiny bit of hope about Grayson’s future. Over the course of reading the first two books, I’ve found that I have become attached to this tight-knit group of UFO hunters, and if I ever had to face an encounter with aliens, these are the type of people I would want watching my back! I look forward to reading the final book, Angel Fire, which has just been released, but I have a feeling I will wish for this trilogy to develop into a series. I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.