Heart of Rock is a short novella, yet is very intense, so didn’t feel too short at all. It sucked me in from the beginning and didn’t let me go until I cried a tear at the very end.
Brogan Byrne can be rude, obnoxious, and in general a major prick but he can’t be hated. I tried. The very beginning of the book depicts him as a drug addict sex fiend who can’t appreciate what’s been given to him, but as the story progress, his layers are pulled back and a broken man is exposed. His issues all stem from a horrible path that left me shocked and heartbroken and gave me the ability to understand his pain much better.
But Brogan is not only pain and suffering, he has personality. He has a physique to die for and a voice that could melt anyone’s heart. Mrs. Gerrard does a splendid job at describing this charisma and I felt as if it literary jumped off the pages.
It is, I believe, almost impossible not to fall for Brogan Bryne. Carly, the heroine, did a great job at trying. She had reasons that also hinted at a dark past filled pain, for not getting involved. However, her tough, work-centered attitude was no match against the desire and emotion surging between her and Brogan. Still, watching her fight, attempt to stay afloat, fall a little and then get up and fight some more, was wonderful.
Though he’s only a secondary character, I have to mention Glo. I enjoyed reading about him and the help he always was for both Brogan and Carly.
Mrs. Gerrard not only depicts vivid sexual scenes between the characters, but also romantic, heartfelt scenes. At times the sexual tension between Brogan and Carly was palpable but so was the need, that something special that made their relationship a lot more important than just a simple conquest.
Heart of Rock is a very enjoyable novella, with characters that feel real, sizzling passion, tender emotions and the best kind of music. A definite must read!
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