Sunday, October 5, 2014

Review of Hidden Heart by Measha Stone

Hidden Heart
Hidden Heart by Measha Stone

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Hidden Heart is a well written and quick read. Unfortunately something about it just didn't work for me personally. While I liked the characters Ms. Stone created, I didn't connect with them and I really wanted to, especially with Jessica. There was quite a bit of build-up regarding her past and why she was so aloof, yet when the time came when I thought explanations would be given we were left with a rather vague thought that the previous men in her life always disappointed her. I found this to be quite anti-climactic and hope that the next book in the series delves more into her past.

Royce's character wasn't necessarily anymore developed than Jessica's, but this worked for me as it's not unusual for the Dom's personality to be more elusive. Double standard? Maybe, but it is Jessica's Hidden Heart that the book focuses on and for me it seemed to remain hidden. Because I never fully connected with the characters, the sex scenes lacked that wow vibe I anticipated. I enjoyed the play scenes and thought Jessica's reactions in the clothespin scene to be believable, yet none of the scenes really got me going.

Typically my reaction to this book would result in a 2-star rating. However, Ms. Stone is clearly a skilled writer and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series in hopes that it gives us more of Royce and Jessica as their relationship develops. I've read bad books before and Hidden Heart is not one of them. This is simply a case where the book and I just didn't mesh. So my recommendation in this case (and pretty much any book) is to check out the sample and see if it appeals to you. Just because I didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped doesn't mean you won't.

Wicked Reads Review Team

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