Hart's Desire

Hart's Desire

by Chloe Flowers

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BN ID: 2940158390029
Publisher: Flowers & Fullerton
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Series: Pirates & Petticoats , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,237,707
File size: 776 KB

About the Author

Chloe supports the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Chloe Flowers is an award-winning author and writes historical women's action and adventure romance novels about scoundrels, pirates, and spunky, independent heroines. She likes to challenge her characters by tossing them the middle of actual historical events, or with real historical characters.

Chloe is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Northeast Ohio Romance Writers and The Beau Monde Romance Writers group, where she serves as secretary, and the recipient of the University of Akron, Wayne College 2018 Writer of the Year Award

She has given workshops and presentations on creating a critique group, how to provide effective critiques, story structure, marketing and self-publishing lessons to writers groups, library patrons and school children.
In 2014, she started her own small publishing company, Flowers & Fullerton. Currently, she's the publisher of record for authors Sheridan Jeane, Heather Knight, H.O. Knight as well as herself.

Chloe's constantly looking for the next adventure. Her pets have always been named after her favorite characters or action heroes: Indiana, Luke, Gimli, Thelma, Rocket, Forrest, Al Giordino, Severus, Mushu, Mérida, Gibbs, Jack...Dead Pool (he's a goldfish).

Chloe's biggest fault is the apparent inability to say "no" whether it's in response to a call for aid or a double-dog-dare to hike home through 30 acres of a snow-covered forest at midnight...during a full moon. It was early morning during said adventure when she came upon a group of sheriff's deputies searching for a lost girl. So, of course she offered to help (turns out, they were searching for her).

She has a weakness for good red wine, Calvin & Hobbes comics, pie, dark chocolate and brown-eyed guys with beards, which is probably why she digs pirates, men in uniform and treasure hunters and writes about action and adventure and of course romance, which is the greatest adventure of all.

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Hart's Desire 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
Captain Landon Hart and Captain Conal O'Brien are heading to a meeting that had been scheduled with Commodore Grey. It was actually an appointment made by Conal's Uncle Flynn who has since died. They find the information and decide to keep the meeting. While on the way, they see a man and a young boy engaged in a teaching session with swords. It's not a boy but a young woman, although the men don't know that. Captain Landon gives Keelan some tips with a dagger that she does not want. While leaving the area, Keelan makes sure the Captains know that she is a female. She is desperate to ask them not to reveal what she has been doing to her family. The price of secrecy is a kiss for Landon. Since so many of her family have been killed, she is most likely in danger. Captain Landon is very aware of Keelan and wants to get to know her. Keelan feels the same way but there is a marriage offer from a much older man and one from Garrison, a country doctor. No one makes her feel like Landon Hart. When Garrison and Keelan become betrothed, she realizes it is a mistake. Keelan's father is very sick and he wants to see her taken care of before he passes away. Landon and Keelan decide to get married. Before that happens as her father lies dying, he reveals a deathbed confession that will affect her complete life. The killer and the reasons why are a surprise for the last part of the book. It is a cliffhanger which I don't really care for. I really loved the story and was looking forward to finding out all the secrets of Keelan's life. I received this book from Net Galley and Flowers and Fullerton for a honest review and no compensation otherwise. The opinions expressed are my own.
JoRead More than 1 year ago
This is the first installment in the Pirates & Petticoats series. It was an entertaining story with enough mystery and a daring heroine that kept me turning the pages until the end however if you’re looking for romance and characters with enough substance this story was lacking a little of both. Romance was definitely not at the front and center here as the main plot revolved around uncovering too many secrets and a lady trying to become more independent, which again kept the story interesting but not enough to be called a historical romance, at least not for my taste. Perhaps if the main characters had spent more time together even if not around their romance and their relationship had been more detailed the story wouldn’t have felt so incomplete. As it was, it felt as if he was only flirting with her ALL the time and not wooing her enough. 3 stars, and only because the other characters and the mysteries surrounding the couple were interesting enough. ** I was gifted a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review **
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
I didn’t realize until the end of this story that this was the first part of a saga. In a way I’m glad because the writing and story are so good and it isn’t over and will last a lot longer for my reading enjoyment. I love this saga! But in another way I don’t like having to wait to see Hart and Keelan reach their happy ever after. In this first part of the saga Keelan’s father is ill unto death and almost all of Keelan’s other family members have died under mysterious circumstances. Captain Hart meets Keelan for the first time when Hart is in town because of some damage to one of his ships and repairs are needed. Keelan’s uncle rented some warehouse space to Hart for storing his goods while his ship is repaired and in a roundabout way Hart meets the rest of Keelan’s family, attends a ball, and thus began the saga of Hart and Keelan and their falling in love. There is a mystery to solve about the deaths of Keelan’s family members and a terrible storm that brings about a climax to this first part of the saga. And I can’t wait to read part two, Hart’s Passion! A complimentary copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Hart's Desire #1 of a new series, "Pirates & Petticoats" by debut author, Chloe Flowers is an interesting Western Historical Romance set in early 1800's Charlestown, South Carolina, prior to the Revolutionary War. A great debut for Ms. Flowers! A possibility of war with Great Britain is looming in the forefront of everyone's mine, the characters are intriguing and intense. Steady paced, well developed characters and an intriguing storyline makes for some engaging entertainment. With some swashbuckling action, secrets galore, deception, revenge, an assassin on the loose and death bed secrets revealed, readers will find a exciting read. Ms. Flowers has written vivid descriptions and details, which I felt at times a bit too much, however, they brought the story more to life. The heroine, was a bit immature, carekess, and reckless, playing with the affections of two young men, which could find herself in true trouble. However, her mother has died in the past two years, she has lost a couple of family members under mysterious circumstances, her father's health is feeling, she's been uprooted, not only to a new place but a new country entirely, and there is an overbearing, hateful and jealous cousin. Has an assassin followed them to America? Definitely a difficult, stressful time in a nineteen year old's life. The hero, is seeking an audience with the heroine's father, a disgraced, and court marshaled commandore, whose health is failing, mysteriously. The cast of characters in "Hart's Desire" is impressive and engaging. A unique storyline filled with many mysteries and tragedies. Exciting and adventurous storytelling with many twists and turns. Be warned not all questions are answered, in fact, many are left unanswered. I would say, the reader is left with cliffhangers. A continuing saga, to be sure. Which I most definitely look forward to continuing. However, even with this, it is a very enjoyable, enticing and satisfying read. Ms. Flowers is an author to follow. The reader will need to read the next installment for sure, to solve some of the mysteries of "Hart's Desire". Received for an honest review. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own. Rating: 4 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR