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Heart of Gold

(Callie/Grace/Walker Brothers/Moorehouse #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,840 ratings  ·  148 reviews
She has a passion for unlocking the secrets of the past…

Archaeologist Carter Wessex is drawn to Farrell Mountain to solve a centuries old mystery- and find a fortune in hidden gold. One thing stands in her way: Nick Farrell, a notorious corporate raider with no patience for trespassers on his land, and way too much sex appeal. After an explosive introduction, Carter
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Signet (first published 2003)
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Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
It was quite engaging story for me. I like the mystery and attraction between hero and heroine.
Mar 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Contemporary Romance, J.R. Ward
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Heart of Gold was another solid story from Jessica Bird (aka J. R. Ward). It's a contemporary romance with just a touch of mystery and suspense. Ms. Bird has a history of writing unique characters and elements. In this case, the heroine is an archaeologist and her latest dig is the centerpiece of the story. Having always been a fan of history and archeology, I enjoyed this part a lot, especially the mystery of the missing gold. The heroine also has an antagonist in the
Heart of Gold Well, it was better than Leaping Hearts, but still not par with her latest work under the name of J.R. Ward (though we're talking about two completely different genres).Once again I found myself hating the heroine. Her reasoning was rather narrow-minded, she loved double-standards, she simply couldn't make up her mind about herself, her father, the hero...Everything. I simply couldn't stand the woman.

I loved Nick (the hero, though). Despite all his flaws, his cold mask, and his
Dorothy Shaw
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Still another sweet romance from JR Ward - but she started to break out of the shell in this one. Overall I enjoyed the book and the characters. =)
Jessica Bird is a pseudonym for J.R. Ward of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Heart of Gold was published in 2003 and it has an alpha male and some of the wit and tension of the earlier Brotherhood books. A contemporary romance, it is the story of Carter Wessex and Nick Farrell, two strong professionals who rattle each other verbally while trying to figure out emotionally what each means to the other.

Outwardly gruff and curt, Nick Farrell handles everything better in black and white. Respected as a
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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There is a pretty big distinction in the writing when I read a Jessica Bird book as opposed to a J.R. Ward book. It also shows how much the author has grown into her own voice as a writer. With HEART OF GOLD, her second book ever published, I found the story to be a thrown together. Don't get me wrong, it was still cute but there was no originality and the conflicts were weird and felt like they were building up to something big that never came and the
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, 5-stars
The second book of this author has been re-released after the success of her two series. I am very happy with that, because it is a wonderful book that is easily and fun to read. I could hardly put it down.
Nick and Carter are matched against each other. The discussions between the two are well written. The other people in the book are written down as real persons. Like people you can just walk into in real life. Also funny to see people come along, whom in later books will be the main
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it a lot. Normal people (even if he's a sort of supermillionaire), fun and romantic. A very relaxing reading.

Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 or maybe 3.75

Gosh, where do I start? First of all, Jessica Bird aka J.R. Ward is my favorite author and I'm always sad to give something below 4 or 5 so this is totally unrealistic.

I'll start with things I didn't like. First thing, well actually a person.. was Nick, aka the main male character. He was one of those rich boys that thinks he can get anything he wants. He was extremely rude to Carter and he didn't even know her... Well, Carter wasn't any nicer, still tho it started from him. The
Carter Wessex has just had the dig of a lifetime dangled before her. A promising young archaeologist, Carter loves a good mystery and a challenge. But she’s going to get both, in spades, with Nick Farrell.

Nick owns a good parcel of land, including Farrell Mountain which, legend tells, is the final resting ground of Revolutionary War soldiers and the gold that got them killed. But Farrell, a renowned businessman, has never given permission for authorities to dig on his mountain. He has even gone
This book was first published in 2003, about 2 years before the first Black Dagger Brotherhood book was released. It is a contemporary romance book about Carter (an archaeologist) and Nick (a business tycoon how owns a mountain that Carter wants to excavate).

The biggest criticism against JR Ward is that she can't write female characters (with all the Chosen crap etc) and this book further cements that. This is supposedly about a smart, independent woman - but the whole time she is whining or
Sep 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
I cannot even begin to tell you how terrible this book is. I think I should just list the infuriating things I encountered. Lack of character development. Misogynistic, sexist (bears repeating), not at all likable male lead. Bumbling, idiotic, not at all likable female lead. Way too many tangents to the story. Weird supernatural element that is just kinda barely talked about. Seriously this heroine is a moron. She finds one of the biggest discoveries in her career and then takes a day off to go ...more
Started out very promisingly, and Bird is one of the rare romance authors who doesn't depend on spell check to pick a homonym out of the hat at random, and knows her grammar. I enjoyed it at the outset, but it simply got too sweet and gooey as it went along. Plus, I never could figure out why Carter kept lying about Lyst. It simply made no sense, except insofar as it helped the fox into the henhouse, as it were. I'm not a fan of the idea that some character has to do something monumentally and ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I read that was outside of the BDB universe. I enjoyed the development of Nick and Carter a great deal. Bold, feisty Carter is so relatable. Her independence and fire is admirable.
Nick, well, he's intimidating to most, but not Carter.
Their interactions were fun to read. I felt the progress of the story was a great pace. Nothing felt rushed. I had wanted to know what happened with creeper.
Good book.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really enjoyed this re read of some early JR Ward. Brilliant.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ward fan

I love everything she writes. It’s a wonderful story for light reading and I can’t wait to complete her early book set.
Ana Kochhann
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a great romance, strong characters in a beautiful place.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not an easy romance, entertaining
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read! I couldn't put it down. J R Ward writing as Jessica Bird. Great Read. Really enjoyable.
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The actual story and plot in this one were quite good. The sex was rushed, but that's JR Ward's style, it seems. But overall, a decent way to spend a snowy afternoon.
Ivelisse Muniz
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good

I like so much this writer, is so interesting, romantic and I like the drama here. I recommended them, also her series.
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
I liked all the characters in this one. I liked the archeological aspects as well but I just couldn’t get all the distrust of the characters esp not the heroine not sharing about a threat.
Forgotten Realms Queen
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Now that J.R. Ward has found rousing success with her Black Dagger Brotherhood and Fallen Angels series, it looks as if she is delving into the writing past and bringing back her early works with new, pretty covers.

Only problem is, she's not bringing them back in order. :(

Heart of Gold is the second of four books Ward first wrote under her maiden name of Jessica Bird, and none of these books belong to a 'series' per se, but they are all connected to each other in some fashion, although you can
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2012-dhc
This book is the second book J.R. Ward wrote her first book was Leaping Hearts. Eventually she went on to write several other "normal" romance novels before her Black Dagger Brother hood and Fallen Angel series. Don't be discouraged to read these books. When I first saw these books being released I was hesitant at first as well. I love her BDB series and didn't think these books could live up to how I felt about them. The first book I read was Unforgettable Lady (I will try and find my reviews ...more
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I could not finish this book and it was for the stupidest reason, but i just can't deal with those stories were the "chemistry" between the characters is just SO overwhelming that even though the H is an ass... The h just CANNOT resist him....

It goes like this (view spoiler)
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-r-ward
"Heart of Gold" by J.R. Ward (writing as Jessica Bird). A stand alone novel.

I really liked this book. This book is loosely connected to Ms. Ward's first book "Leaping Hearts" in that Carter (the heroine) is A.J.'s cousin. You don't have to read the first one to enjoy this book. It's a complete stand alone. Actually, I liked this book better than the first one. I really liked the characters of Carter and Nick. The romance simmers between them through a relationship that doesn't start off very
Sep 10, 2013 rated it liked it

This is a Contemporary Romance novel, you don't find too many books that concentrate on Archaeology. Carter Wessex (am I the only one that finds Carter as a weird name for a girl?) is an archaeologist, interested in putting together a dig on land owned by Nick Farrel. Nick Farrel is a Corporate Raider, he cares for his nephew Cort. Nick have an instant dislike for each other. Nick doesn't like anyone going up on his mountain. Nick has a pretty rocky relationship with Cort, he seems to think he
My first contemporary adult romance and I must say it was a cute read. J. R. Ward is infamous for her romance novels and when I requested to read more adult books from the publisher, this was the one my contact recommended. And I’m real glad she did.

I’ve stayed away from romance novels only because I thought I would be incredibly cheesy and corny and I would end up rolling my eyes at the one liners and predictable plots. Sure all those things happened when I read Heart of Gold but after going
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I can't say that I was deeply intrigued with this book by any means. I found it to be too soft and fluffy of a romance for my taste. I like a bit more pace in the plot and more mystery with the romance. The story was an okay one if you are reading it only for the love story with the rest being just background to you as a reader, which like I just said, I like some mystery or a heavier underlying plot with my romance reads, so this was not a book for me. The writing was very well done and the ...more
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-nice
Overall I enjoyed this book. The storyline dragged me in despite the issues that I had with the character descriptions in the beginning. Carter Wessex's issues with her rich father and how they affect her life and self and how the bits were written seemed too drastic of reactions. As a result of how drastic the results were, I thought that the bits that were focused on (the necklace and the mirrors) would mean something later on but they didn't. Nick Farrell was unrelenting in what he believed ...more
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Jessica Bird also writes as J.R. Ward

Jessica Rowley Pell Bird was born on 1969 in Massachusetts, USA. She is the daughter of Maxine F. and W. Gillette Bird, Jr. She began writing as a child, penning her thoughts in diaries as well as inventing short stories. She read her first Harlequin Presents novel in a rose garden when she was in her teens. She was hooked immediately. By the time she went to

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