Ghostwriter Michelle Alvere is returning from self-imposed exile to be present for the impending birth of her niece and to mend fences with her sister, but the attractive author renting Michelle’s house isn’t ready to vacate. Although she would prefer to have her home to herself, she agrees to let her tenant stay on so he can remain close to his dying mother.
Novelist Keith Schumaker is determined to be by his mother’s side during her final days, but he is also on deadline to finish his latest book. His enigmatic landlady is a distraction, one who alternates between coming on to him and pushing him away. While away on a book tour, he discovers secrets about Michelle that even she doesn’t know, secrets that could put her life in jeopardy.
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About the Author
Karla Brandenburg is the author of contemporary romance, including her award-winning paranormal MIST series. First published in 2002, she is a member of the Romance Writers of America. Raised on the gothic romances of Victoria Holt and the horror of Stephen King, she is an avid reader. Karla is a card-carrying cookie-holic, enjoys baking and travel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Heart For Rent, With an Option by Karla Brandenburg is an awesome read. Realistic? No, but that's why they call it fiction. Ms Brandenburg has delivered a well written book with charming, lovable characters. Michelle and Keith's story is fast paced with plenty of drama, action, humor and spice. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Karla Brandenburg in the future. Heart For Rent, With an Option is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite Heart for Rent, with an Option by Karla Brandenburg follows both Michelle and Keith as they enter each other’s lives. Keith has been renting Michelle’s house for the last six months in order to be close to his dying mother while he works on his most recent book. When Michelle returns from France to be there for her unborn niece and sister, she decides to let Keith stay as long as his mother needs him. Now living together, Michelle and Keith find it difficult to ignore their obvious attraction for each other. Things get even more complicated when secrets are revealed that threaten to put Michelle in danger. This book was a pleasant surprise. Since the first half was focused on the romance and the relationship between Michelle and Keith, I was caught off guard when the plot turned into this suspenseful mystery. It definitely wasn’t your typical romance novel, which made it unique and enjoyable to read. I thought the writing was great, and the plot really built up to this unexpected mystery, which had me on the edge of my seat, wondering how it was going to end. Even though the romance between Michelle and Keith was fast-paced, it was heartwarming and definitely had me rooting for them to make it work throughout the book. With its unique plot and endearing romance, Heart for Rent, with an Option will surprise and entertain fans of this genre. Karla Brandenburg has gained a new fan, and I am looking forward to reading her other books.
Another awesome book by this awesome author. Michelle is a ghostwriter who gets work for the author renting her house. She's trying to figure out how to salvage a relationship with her snotty sister. Keith is the author, hanging around to be near his mother at the end of her life. THAT scene brought me to tears. Love the twist at the end, when "the truth" comes out. Highly recommended.
Light romance book with a little mystery tossed in to keep one very interested. There were times I didn't want to put the book down and needed to. put the book down even tho I knew I had to. She is a relative young author as far as how many books she has written, but she ranks right up there with the best of them in my book. I highly recommend this book.
Michelle is a ghostwriter who has spent most of her life supporting her selfish sister, Hope, since the day Col. “Uncle Ted” Stratton came to them, alone…no priest even, to tell them their father died in a military operation. Then, after the unrequited, thankless act of love for her barren sister, she finds herself recovering from complications, when she donated her eggs, in France. Her literary agent, Nancy, has arranged for an author to let her home and act as his blog/social media ghostwriter. Although her return is sooner than planned, she allows her tenant to remain so he may be close to his dying mother, in a nursing facility close by. He is quite appealing and, although he does not seem to appreciate her literary talent, she cannot turn him away. Michelle and Rose Schumaker have a cosmic relationship as she appears to Michelle, encouraging her to accept love. Keith Schumaker, the on-the-tight-leash-deadline author is not happy with relinquishing his identity to a ghostwriter but it is necessary what with deadlines and going to be with his dying mother in the Extended Care Facility close by each day. He worries about his mother’s stories of visiting France. His landlady is enticing and they are drawn to one another, so why does she keep pushing him away? Rose Schumaker, a young fifty-nine year old cancer victim does not seem confused by her cosmic travels to France, and her transatlantic airplane ride with Michelle. She thinks she will be perfect for her son. But she will make sure by getting to know her a little better. She makes periodic visits to Michelle. So why should these two girls be in danger? The dynamics of these stories comes to a crescendo as the charming characters fight through lies, meddling outsiders and relatives, misinterpretation and misrepresentation to save and love one another. This is a well written, exciting story. I read it twice consecutively, and it will be a book I read every year. You can always expect a great story from Karla.