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Former Army Sergeant Holly Austin and her team at the HEARTS agency don’t normally find the police at their door. But it’s been weeks since a local woman vanished into thin air...and now there’s a second victim.
Police Detective Jack Tarek wasn’t officially working the Julia Frederickson case until a second victim made the matter personal. Holly is willing to cooperate with Jack “unofficially,” but she quickly becomes a distraction he can’t resist. The leads on their cases might be running cold, but the attraction between the investigators is sizzling hot.
With every lead a dead end, those close to the investigation grow increasingly impatient for answers. Just as hidden secrets come to light, one of the investigators vanishes without a trace. The HEARTS team has just hours to solve the case—or risk losing one of their own.
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Hidden Hearts is the first book in Marci Bolden’s new, 𝐻𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑠, series and plays toward the romantic suspense genre. The plot is tight and character driven. Bolden does an excellent job with character development, especially with that of the main character, Holly Austin. The reader is allowed a glimpse into both intrinsic and extrinsic factors surrounding Holly’s tough demeanor, making her relatable. While some of the dialogue does seem repetitive and the trope is a bit familiar, the book moves fast and does not feel weighted down or overdone. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys this genre. 4 stars. Thank you to #NetGalley for this ARC of #HiddenHearts which I read and reviewed voluntarily. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
4.25⭐ Hidden Hearts was a well written, well paced mystery. With a big dose of romance and really strong characters. And I was easily absorbed throughout. But especially when the investigation into the two missing women hit its peak. As for me, that's when it truly became a page turner. And with an interesting dynamic between the two lead characters, not to mention a detective agency run solely by women there was plenty to savour. And I'm excited to read more from this author and series in the future. Would happily recommend.
A heart-pounding story till the last page! Holly Austin has been a loner since she was eight ... when her mother died and her father became an alcoholic. After two tours in the army she opens her own Private Investigation firm with other women just like her. One week into a missing woman case, Detective Jack Tarek barrels into her office with a second missing woman who vanished the same way as in Holly's case. The attraction between the two is evident to anyone who sees them together, but they have to keep their minds on the cases and find these women ... dead or alive. I just love Ms Bolden's books and this one is no different. I could not put it down, reading into the wee hours of the morning ... on a work day! I loved that Holly was tough as nails and she didn't let anyone get away with anything. I laughed so hard when she met Jack and body slammed him. And then there's Jack ... a strong man who's protective and has a heart of gold ... what's not to love? This book checked all the boxes for me ... it was funny, it was intense with lots of twists, the steamy scenes were ... WOW! ... and then there were many WTF moments. I highly recommend this book and I can't wait for the next book in this series! I received an early copy courtesy of Pink Sand Press through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
This is a well written book that holds your attention. It is full of twists and turns and keeps you guessing until the end. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. Thank you Pink Sand Press via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Hidden Hearts (ebook) by Marci Bolden This is the first book in the new series (HEARTS SERIES Book 1) Thank you to the publisher and #NetGalley for letting me preview this book. This is the first book I have read by Marci Bolden but it won't be the last. This book definitely grabs you and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It has everything a romantic mystery could have.. very evil people, terror, murder, tears, laughter, steam, good friends and coworkers and wonderful (H) Jack Tarek and strong (h) Holly Austen. You do get to a HEA.. and also know there will be more stories of the other women of HEARTS. Can't wait. Reasons I enjoyed this book: Romantic Easy-to-read Entertaining Steamy Wonderful characters Tragic Page-turner Scary Great world building Tear-jerker Haunting Action-packed Happily Ever After
A Romantic suspense mystery story. Holly a PI and Jack a Detective trying to solve missing persons cases. Some drama,anguish,and a couple of twists. A good mystery and good read. Voluntarily reviewed.
I saw this book on NetGalley while browsing through titles available for review. I was about to pass it as I've never heard of Marci Bolden before, but then the cover caught my eye. I read the Description and it sounded ok, so I thought why not, if it turns out to be a waste of time at least I won’t have spent money on it…. Boy, am I happy I chose to request it! I LOVED THIS BOOK! LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT! Loved everything about it! The suspense storyline that kept me engaged throughout the whole book, the characters of Holly and Jack, the romance between them, the fact that Holly was the bossy, gruff character (or “the alfa woman” as Jack would call her) and Jack was the more laid back, easy-to-smile and joke one, that loved to banter with Holly and make her blush, I literally loved EVERYTHING! One reviewer pointed that to her the mystery/suspense side of the book was predominant, while another said there was too much romance and she would have liked to see more suspense… Though I respect their opinions I, personally, can’t agree with either one of them. I found the book to be the perfect blend of suspense and romance and couldn’t have wished for more in either area! As soon as I finished the book, I checked the author’s web page and list of books on Amazon, and I believe this is Marci’s first romantic-suspense novel. I can honestly say this book is a GEM in the genre and I’m ECSTATIC the author decided to venture in this field! Moreover, this is the first book in what looks to be a series (the HEARTS series) and I can’t wait for the other books to come out! Thank you NetGalley and Pink Sand Press for allowing me to read and review this title! This has been an unexpected (but lovely) surprise and the upcoming HEARTS series is definitely going on my “auto-buy” list. If the rest of the books are even half as good as this one, I’m sure I’ll love them! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book sent to me via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Holly and Jack are two people who, despite the circumstances of their meeting,, are dealing with a seriously sizzling attraction to each other. Women are disappearing fast. Holly has already been hired to find the first woman==by her husband. Jack decides to work with Marci because, he's too close to the investigation of the second disappearance. This book is, literally, a book that you cannot stop reading!!! When I stay up an hour longer than I ALWAYS go to sleep, in order to finish this book because, I CAN"T WAIT====I know that it's one of the best I've read this year!!!!
Oh this was really good! I read this in one sitting. Can't wait for more from this author. Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the Arc
This was such a good read! I was sucked in right from the first sentence!! Hidden Hearts was intense, dark, gripping and sexy! It had fabulous characters and 2nd characters that kept you glued to the pages!! I loved H and J so much. I loved their banter, attraction, sass-- just loved them together! What a wonderful story! If you're in the mood for a thrilling ride with romance also involved this is your kinda book!! 4.5 stars from me! *Recvd a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*