Torn Hearts – M. E. Gordon

Source: Goodreads 

Chuck and Teddy Monroe have lived in the spotlight ever since they took over their parents business. Their little sister, however, has always avoided it. Elizabeth has her heart set on working at the Library of Congress. That’s why she’s going to college in DC after all, instead of back in New York. She craves the quiet happiness that only books can give her, and she has it until two men enter her life and turn it upside down. Soon Elizabeth’s heart is torn between them, a well-known playboy and a quiet photographer. The media are closing in fast and Elizabeth doesn’t know who to trust. There are some pretty big decisions to make, and no one can make them but her.

M. E. Gordon’s premiere work goes all out. Elizabeth is a delightful character, who embodies exactly how the average woman would react when faced with this situation. No stone is left unturned as Miss Monroe tries to figure out who she wants, and who she can’t live without. The character development is excellent. I felt like I had a good idea of who everyone was in Beth’s life before everything hit the fan, and that definitely helped me make sense of the chaos that was going on due to the dual suitors. As this is a romance, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the more ‘heated’ moments, and I think they were done wonderfully. Not too long and not too short, and they added to the storyline and the character building. The mystery element is done very well. After every twist, I thought I had it figured out when BAM! something new would crop up that would totally change my mind. When I finally reached the end, I was exhausted (in a good way!), and begging for more.

Based on how it ended, I really hope Gordon writes a sequel (or two, or three). The characters are so rich and layered that I can imagine each of them having their own story to tell, and I would love to read them. My rating is definitely a full five stars.

This book was just released at the end of August, and Gordon was nice enough to send me an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) so I could review it. I do not accept payment of any kind for any of my reviews. If you are an author and you’d love for me to read & review something, send me an e-mail at amanda-at-highlightsandhotchocolate-dot-com, or send me a tweet @Amanda_HHC and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

HHC Rating: 4 Stars

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