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The Hungry Heart (Heart’s Desire #1)

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  44 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
A burned out association executive spices things up with Santa Fe’s playboy celebrity chef.

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?

Paperback, 324 pages
Published September 7th 2012 by The Wild Rose Press
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Shelly Bell
Sep 24, 2012 Shelly Bell rated it really liked it
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I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed The Hungry Heart. The characters were both likeable and the suspense was well done. Brenda Gayle paced the book so that I wasn't bored for a moment and I read the book in one day! I'm looking forward to reading the next one in the series and I definitely recommend The Hungry Heart!
Oct 01, 2012 Carrie rated it really liked it
The Hungry Heart opens with the heroine, Nora Cross, arriving for a “cooking lesson” with a famous chef. This lesson is pushed on her by her older sister, Karen, as a way for Nora to get out and experience more in her life. Karen is familiar with chef Hunter Graham’s reputation as a playboy who treats women like queens and she thinks her social recluse sister should be given a night of pampering.

In the first few pages we see that Nora is a workaholic who experienced such a controlled and limited
b00k r3vi3ws
Aug 25, 2012 b00k r3vi3ws rated it really liked it
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Nora Cross may not have a college degree, but what she has is an amazing career as a Child Advocate with CAN. She is passionate about what she does and is good at it too. She invests all her time into taking care of the children who need it and in trying to make the world a better place. She hardly has time to socialize or have mindless fun. Or take a cooking lesson from a famous chef for that matter! With her elder sister Karen moving to Santa Fe and her office and apartment broken into, Nora h ...more
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It has been a long time since I have read a book that had me crying at the end. That had me rooting for the hero and heroine. That had my heart strings tugging so much that I fell in love with the main characters and prayed for both of them to win the other. That’s just a little of what The Hungry Heart did to me.

Hunter is a Chef and Nora is a Child Advocate and together they are just sizzling.

What starts off as a “cooking lesson” ends up with opposites t
Ruth Hill
Oct 14, 2012 Ruth Hill rated it liked it
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Let me up front--this is your typical contemporary romance with a little suspense thrown in for good measure. The suspense in the book was pretty well done, and if I could have rated this 3.5, I probably would have. In fact, the suspense is what finally "woke me up" in the middle of the book, and I wanted to discover what the ending would be.

The romance in the book is mediocre--just my opinion here. I am not a "sappy romance" fan, as I have said in the past, and this just reeked of that kind of
Oct 16, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Two very different people ... a child advocate and a chef/restaurant owner ... a private cooking lesson ... a growing attraction for each other ... family drama ... and a past that has danger written all over it ...

Nora Cross is a successful child advocate executive with CAN (Children's Action Network), who is too wrapped up in her career to have or want a social life.

Hunter Graham is a renowned chef who has a reputation for being a playboy.

When Nora's younger sister Karen wins a private cooking
Oct 13, 2012 Nai rated it really liked it
I still don't take it back. I still hate harlequin novels. This however is not one. There's enough mystery and suspense to keep me entertained. That, is exactly what I was looking for in this book, and what I felt like reading at the time.

Somedays, I just want a happy ending story.

Some days are Meat Hammer Days, the same way that some days you actually want to beat steak softly a la a meat tenderizer day. I began this book on a meat hammer day, but ended it on a tenderizer day, much like the bo
Christi Snow
Sep 07, 2012 Christi Snow rated it really liked it
My Review:
Overall, I really, really enjoyed reading this book. It features two very different people who really don't have much in common, but they become friends and then more despite that.

Hunter is a definite playboy, but he loves and respects women...he just doesn't have lasting relationships with them and he's honest about that. He's one of those guys who knows how to make ever woman feel like the most important thing in the world, but then not have any idea what her name is the next day.
Donna McBroom-Theriot
Oct 21, 2012 Donna McBroom-Theriot rated it it was amazing
Overall, this was a great book. The story was good. The characters were interesting and true to life. No grammatical errors jumped out at me.
"It wasn't only the look of the man who held her that sent her senses reeling. He smelled
like chocolate. Not the sweet milk chocolate candy, but a deep, dark,
earthy cocoa that was complemented by the barest hint of something spicy."

I am not in the habit of reiterating the book blurb or spoiling the plot, so I won't start now. The story line has its typica
Oct 05, 2012 Inga rated it it was amazing
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 gues
Oct 13, 2012 Margaret rated it it was amazing
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I have to say that I’m incredibly glad that I got the chance to review this book. I used to overdose myself on romance novels, then I moved to paranormal, then YA and now I’m back to enjoying romance again. I still love to read a lot of genres, but romance is becoming my favorite again. That’s because of books like The Hungry Heart. I instantly liked Nora. She was a relatable character without being a helpless, mindless, damsel in distress. On top of that, the story of Nora’s past unfolds throug ...more
Nicole Henke
Oct 05, 2012 Nicole Henke rated it it was amazing
Talk about a super quick read! I finished it in one sitting, in about 3 hours (I tend to be a little slower when reading ebook, even on my Nexus tablet)! The book is definitely in the 'Harlequinn vein" where girl and guy meet, sparks fly, they avoid each other, get thrown together, fall for each other, something happens, they break up, tragedy hits and bamm, back together, happy ending. Not to say that is bad, just you knew where the book was going. But the author throws in a few twists to keep ...more
Tiffany York
Feb 21, 2013 Tiffany York rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, and was very surprised by all the twists and turns it took. Since I wasn't expecting them, they gave an added dimension to the story. I have to admit the entire time I was reading I kept thinking, How in the world can these two people ever get together and stay together? The hero and heroine were complete opposites, so it was quite magical to watch their defenses slowly melt away. The heroine was a tough nut to crack, yet the hero rose to the occasion. And speaking of ...more
Nov 02, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it
This book had me laughing through the night! I'm glad that I was able to review it for this tour. Throughout the story the main characters, Nora and Hunter, are thrown into various situations that happen in the real life dating scene. I loved how the author kept the story line so "real." It was refreshing to read this face paced, witty and fantastically fun romance. The author captures the characters so well that you are left in awe of the story that just played out before your eyes! I can't wai ...more
Oct 28, 2012 Marcy rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book though it did take me a bit to get into it due to the large number of characters introduced. But once I got them straight in my head I was able to follow the story very well. Some of the plotline "secrets" were easily figured out, but in the end it was a very satisfying read with hints of possible sequels that I would search out and read.

I won a copy of this book from the author through Goodreads, but the opinion expressed is my own.
Elnora Romness
Oct 06, 2012 Elnora Romness rated it really liked it
I loved this book, but had some quibbles. For my entire review, navigate to the link below:
Elise VanCise
Oct 12, 2012 Elise VanCise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Check out the review on my blog
Tammy Plunkett
Feb 01, 2013 Tammy Plunkett rated it it was amazing
Yummy story, made me wish my husband could cook :)
Laura Roberts
Oct 15, 2012 Laura Roberts rated it liked it
(Originally published at Black Heart Magazine)

I’m a tough critic, especially when it comes to ooey-gooey romance. So while I am fully interested in romance on a personal level, I am very sensitive to the typical romance novel clichés, and will quickly tired of reading about a book’s male and female leads when described as the most handsome or gorgeous, the most amazing, the most perfect lover, and other such superlatives. Call me jaded if you must, but I prefer my romantic gestures fresh, unique
Involved with advocating children's organizations, Nora Cross doesn't have time to spend on extra-curricular activities. At least, none that involve cooking. Yet when her sister signs her up for an impromptu cooking class, she has no other choice but to follow through on the task at hand rather than suffer Karen's wrath.

Arriving at her destination, she's overcome with the exuberance she now finds herself. Casita Hunter is more than she had ever imagined as is the cooking instructor she soon come
Feb 11, 2013 Laudys rated it liked it
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Disclaimer: won book in a giveaway

Am I glad this book is over!
And I mayyyyy have skimmed a bit at the end because by the last 30 pages or so, I just couldn't handle it anymore. I'm sorry, but this is an honest review.

I for once want to read about a rather serious and dull guy and a very fast-loving, rich girl that clash and end up together instead of the oh-so-usual scenario this book presents. Really, can't women be strong, independent and career oriented without also being "no fun", self depr
Kerry Arruda
Dec 23, 2015 Kerry Arruda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book.
Feb 23, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
I liked the suspense they threw in to make the book a bit more interesting. Without it, it would have been just a plain romance story.
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I've been a writer all my life but returned to my love of fiction after more than 20 years in the world of corporate communications--although some might argue there is plenty of opportunity for fiction-writing there, too. I have a Master's degree in journalism and an undergraduate degree in psychology. A fan of many genres, I am drawn to contemporary romance and enjoy creating deeply emotional sto ...more
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