Friday, October 5, 2012

The Hungry Heart by Brenda Gayle - Review and Giveaway!

Happy Friday!


Welcome to my stop at the Hungry heart by Brenda Gayle blog tour! This tour is organized by Novel Publicity and by the author Brenda Gayle. My stop includes a review of Hungry Heart and some information about the book and author and tour notes.
Let's start with review!

Author: Brenda Gayle
Title: The Hungry Heart
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Release date: 14th of August 2012
Genre: Adult: Romance, Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 324 pages in e-version
Source: From Novel Publicity in exchange for honest review


Child advocate Nora Cross doesn't have time for the private cooking lesson her sister won at a charity auction. Hunter Graham, the young chef, is the last person she needs telling her she's forgotten how to have fun. So why can't she get the very hot, very eligible man off her mind? After a stellar debut in New York City, Hunter's back in Santa Fe to open a new restaurant. He lives a charmed life and he knows it. He isn't interested in a workaholic who's glued to her smart phone. So why is he trying to convince Nora to relax and enjoy life--with him? When Nora's apartment and office are ransacked, Hunter comes to her rescue, surprised to find himself playing knight-in-shining-armor to the uptight executive. But when it becomes clear Nora is no random target, Hunter realizes he'll do anything to keep her safe.

My review:

Let me start with stating, that the cover does not make this book, story or characters any justice! If I would only take a look at the cover, I would probably never read this wonderful book! I know that I should never judge book by its cover, I just think, that this cover is not very good.

With that said, I absolutely loved The Hungry Heart! It was a book what I would probably love to re-read again. It was well written, it had many wonderfully drawn characters and the plot kept me guessing and wondering, what is going to happen next. It was engrossing and I read it in one seating, I could not put it down.


Enter Nora, who is successful Child Advocate. She is very good at what she is doing; her work is important and she is very passionate about it. But her life is boring and she has forgotten how to have fun - at least this is what her sister Karen thinks. So Karen is sending Nora to a cooking lessons.

When Nora shows up there, she meets a hot shot chef Hunter (I loved the name!). Nora is very reluctant to the cooking lessons and especially towards Hunter - she simply does not think she has time for that nonsense. She denies the attraction between them and keeps pushing Hunter away for several reasons.

When Nora's apartment is broken in to, Hunter decides to protect her. Nora isn't really your typical damsel in distress and Hunter knows that, but whatever might happen, he wants to be there for her. He just has to convince her. After realizing that the break in and attack was not random, the story gets a whole lot more suspense thrown into it. As the story develops you find out, that there are lot of things in Nora's past which are not as they seem and the author keeps you on edge for finding out what exactly is happening.

I loved the plot! I think it was intriguing and not very typical romance novel. I liked the surprises and twists and turns in the story. Besides the captivating plot, there were many brilliantly written characters which supported the plot and gave lots of extra sassyness to the book!


I think that even though the plot was genuinely good, the story was character(s) driven. Both the main characters and the supportive characters were colorful and alive. There were nobody who left me indifferent.

The character I could mostly relate to was Nora and she was my favorite character. She touched me on personal level too, because I found few similarities with her: having a relationship to a younger man, working hard and seeing her work as the most important thing in her life - until Hunter comes along of course. Nora was strong minded, she was intelligent -yet vulnerable. This is how I like my female protagonists. I think the author did an excellent job with her!

Hunter was a true player, handsome, smart and a serious charmer. He knew exactly what a woman needed - at least until Nora shows up in his life. Nora intrigues him and after a threat towards Nora, he wants to protect her.

I liked the dynamics of Nora's and Hunter's relationship, I think they balanced each other and even though they were different, they supported the story equally well.

As mentioned above, the amount of fascinating characters is big in The Hungry Heart and they all give joy reading an overall entertaining story!


I loved The Hungry Heart and it is heart-warming, engrossing and filled with characters whom you will definitely love! I highly recommend The Hungry Heart by Brenda Gayle.

5 Flowers!

5 stars.

Thanks goes to Novel Publicity for providing me with the review copy.

Novel Publicity Blog Tour Notes

 Wanna win a $50 gift card or an autographed copy of The Hungry Heart? Well, there are two ways to enter...
  • Leave a comment on my blog. One random commenter during this tour will win a $50 gift card. For the full list of participating blogs, visit the official Hungry Heart tour page.

  • Enter the Rafflecopter contest! I've posted the contest form below, or you can enter on the tour page linked above.

  • About the author:

    Brenda Gayle has been a writer all her life but returned to her love of writing fiction after more than 20 years in the world of corporate communication—although some might argue there was plenty of opportunity for fiction-writing there, too. A fan of many genres, she is drawn to contemporary romance and enjoys writing deeply emotional stories with elements of mystery and suspense. Her first book, Soldier for Love, was a recommended read by a number of reviewers. Her new book, The Hungry Heart, is the first in her Heart's Desire series, which chronicles the difficult road to finding love and family acceptance for the three Graham cousins. Brenda lives in eastern Ontario with her wonderful husband, two fabulous children, two Siberian Huskies, a rescued cat, and assorted aquatic wildlife.

    Connect with Brenda on her website, Facebook, or Twitter.

    Get The Hungry Heart on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

    Thanks for coming by!

    Happy reading!


    1. Thank you for the great giveaway and sharing the excerpt! It looks like a great book! I hope to read it soon!

      1. my email is saltsnmore at yahoo dot com

    2. Loved the excerpt. :) Great review. Thanks for the chance to win this fab giveaway. :)

    3. Thanks for the awesome review, Inga. I'm so glad you liked the book. It was a lot of fun to write and I get so much satisfaction knowing it brought enjoyment to readers.

    4. I'm really glad you said that thing about the cover, it is not that great to say this but now days, especially when so much book shopping is done online, the covers really do matter. I'm much more willing to give this a try after reading your review.

      Thanks for having the giveaway!

      dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

    5. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

      This sounds like an awesome way of combining romance and a thriller - the whole plot sounds so interesting:)

      Thank you:)

    6. Thanks for the great giveaway and for making it international. I hadn't heard of this book before but I would love to get my hands on it now. I really like the sound of it and the excerpt.
      Martina K. in the rafflecopter form.
      bymyself.g AT gmail DOT com

    7. I agree about the cover. If I had been in a store, I probably would not have picked up this book to even read the blurb on the back. It looks like a Harlequin Romance cover.
      It sounds pretty good though.

    8. I'm looking forward to reading THE HUNGRY HEART. It looks wonderful.


    9. I love your balanced review! Thanks for pointing out so many things about the book — reviews like these are always the most helpful for me when choosing books :)

    10. It looks like the characters are great in this book. I'm really curious to know more about Nora and Hunter's relationship.

    11. Wow, what an awesome review, Inga-Binga! I love the care and thoughtfulness you put into every single book you feature. This is why you are the awesomest! Thank you for joining this tour, and please take a moment to cross-post to Amazon and GoodReads

      Em :-D

    12. The review definitely has me interested in this story which sounds like a good one.

    13. I love your review format! So creative. I think the cover is not so great too. Thank goodness for book blogger reviews!