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Hidden Heart

(Windy City #1)

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WINDY CITY SERIES, BOOK 1 (Full Length)
Jessica Stanley is comfortable in her orderly life as a paralegal at a high end law firm. Having dated her fair share of liars and manipulators, Jessica views men through a pair of thick, cynical lenses. Men are good for one thing in her eyes, and one thing only.

Her predictable life is thrown into a whirlwind of new experiences when
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Kindle Edition, 158 pages
Published April 14th 2016 by Orzel Publishing (first published September 26th 2014)
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S.M. Harshell
** I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. **

** 3.5 Stars **

Hidden Heart had me from the first chapter. In my mind this was headed to a 4 star read but I will explain why I gave it 3.5 stars.

Jessica didn't believe in love or relationships. She had closed herself off in that respect. She had a past filled with pain, it's understandable. From the first time she laid eyes on Royce there was something about him, that was pulling her to him. He is a dominant. Was she
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Rachael Orman
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I was drawn in by the cover and synopsis of this book. The writing was pretty good over all. I liked our heroine, Jessica. She isn't sure what to expect with Royce, a Dom, but she is willing to try, for a short period of time because he's sexy and he isn't going to let her get away with the usual things men let her get away with. He is different all around from other men she has dated.

Royce was harder for me to conn
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Mary
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wicked
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

A great first book in what I hope is a long series. I enjoyed Jessica's notion of "love doesn't exist", and how Royce breaks her out of her shell.

Royce's introduction of romance outside the lines was tender and touching. A Master that any sub would love to have school in her in the ways of BDSM. Jennifer's initial reluctance is natural and the discussion of her fears and ideas of what was expected was nice to see.

I hope that
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Ruthie Taylor
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads."

This short novella packed a lot of punch. I really enjoyed the build up and the opening up of the hidden heart. I did think that it ended too soon - but in a way that is because I cared enough to want more! Royce was the perfect foil for Jessica and we got to enjoy a dominating alpha male, but with a gentle touch. I loved it when he counted lies - and it made me think just how many we all tell, just for expediency's sake .
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Amanda Morgan
This story should be called "40 Shades of Grey" or "50 Shades: The Cliffs Notes" as I'm not sure there was much original thought put into this book. It's definitely a tribute to "50 Shades," and there is one scene in this book that was not in the original "50", otherwise if you've read "50 Shades" you've read this book already. I do, however, appreciate anyone who dares to create anything and put it out there for others to enjoy, so I have to applaud this author's courage, however I wish she wou ...more
Georgia
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
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Review can also be found in Chill and read

Jessica Stanley is comfortable in her orderly life as a paralegal at a high end law firm. Having dated her fair share of liars and manipulators, Jessica views men through a pair of thick, cynical lenses. Men are good for one thing in her eyes, and one thing only. Things are about to change when she meets Royce.

Royce Bradford is an imposing figure. He is a successful man, an executive, that has recently returned to Chicago. He has some particular taste in
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Patty
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, kindle
*Originally posted on Bookish Wanderlove*

3.5 Stars

Opening Lines
"True love was a myth spread among generations of single women to encourage them to continue their search for the man of their dreams. Jessica Stanley knew better. She’d called off the hopeless scavenger hunt a year after turning twenty-five."


Hidden Heart was an interesting and quick read. I liked Jessica's character, she's a strong and independent woman that keeps men at a distance. Although we get little snippets into her past, I w
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Angela Goodrich
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Hidden Heart is a well written and quick read. Unfortunately something about it just didn't work for me personally. While I liked the characters Ms. Stone created, I didn't connect with them and I really wanted to, especially with Jessica. There was quite a bit of build-up regarding her past and why she was so aloof, yet when the time came when I thought explanations would be given we were left with a rather vague thought th
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Books Laid Bare
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This punchy little novella is well worth the time it will take you to get to know Jessica and Royce

Life as a paralegal is just what Jessica Stanley wants, normal. She keeps her head down at work, works hard and plays even harder – just one thing – no ties!

But when Bryce Bradford enters her world, life as she knows it will never be the same again.

Royce is the perfect depiction of a dominant man, he likes things to be done exactly as he desires and since his first meeting with Jessica, he desires
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Sarah
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Stanley has found her normalcy in her job as a paralegal at a hot shot lawfirm. “No man is out for true love, they are only good for one thing.”

She didn't expect the domineering Royce Bradford to come strolling into her life. Royce exercises control in all things, but will one of those things become Jessica? Jessica wants their “arrangement” to only be casual and not include love. Royce is not settling for anything less than what he desires. Will Royce be able to break down the ice arou
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Jade Simcox (3 Degrees Of Fiction)
I received this book in exchange for a honest review. 4 STAR RATING

We follow Jessica in this book. She is content with her ordinary life, having had bad experiences with men in the past, she thinks men are only good for one thing. Her life is thrown into whirlwind when she meets a very dominating man when out for a meal with friends one night.
Royce is a man used to getting what he wants, until he meets Jessica. She is guarded but he wants to know more. He wants to break down her walls and find
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Rachel
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Hidden Heart was a short sexy read about a woman finding that relationship that makes her life meaningful.

Jessica has sworn off men, none have really tripped her trigger in the bedroom, if you know what I mean. So screw it, why bother, right?

Out for drinks, Jessica's bestie brings along a friend/co-worker, Royce. He has eyes only for Jessica.

Lo and behold he is kinda alpha...that's a little different for Jessica. Kind of a turn
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Veronica
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Jessica talks tough but it is easy to see it is just because she has been hurt too many times. Royce can see right through Jessica's tough talk about not wanting love and only wanting sex and he isn't afraid to confront her.

Royce wants Jessica to become his submissive and the conversations between the couple in the lead up to their relationship are open and insightful. I love that Jessica is a strong experienced woman becau
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Angie
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team~

Jessica has walls up and won’t let anyone tear them down. Royce wants to tear those walls down and
more. Jessica is strong, independent and doesn’t want someone telling her what to do or love, she will do sex but none of the extra stuff. Royce is used to being in charge and getting what he wants and he wants Jessica. This was a really good book, I loved the fast pace and I only wish it was longer. I would have l
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Tara Marie
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So pleasantly surprised by this story, especially how much I want a Royce of my own.

Jessica is just like most girls who have had their hearts stomped on and thrown back at them, guarded, afraid of love and ok being on her own. She's got an awesome group of friends that are her support system, they are all she needs right now. That is until her friend Alex brings a new guy to their weekly gathering, Royce. He works with Alex and Jessica's friend Kelly lays it on thick trying to get Royce's atten
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She Hearts Books
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jess meets her friends for dinner one night and is introduced to Royce. Holy hotness! Royce is one fine bossy man and he wants Jess in his life. Only problem is that Jess has convinced herself that she doesn't do the whole love and relationship thing. Funny as she constantly has a romance novel in her hands reading. Have I mentioned hot as hell Royce? Yeah there's that and his whole strip and get on your knees thing happening. The counting was a big clue. What I really loved about him is that in ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
This was a really great story. As its only over a hundred pages I read it in one sitting.

Jessica has closed herself off from men. She doesn't believe in love. She's got a great group of friends who meet up each Friday for dinner. When her friend brings along the delicious Royce Jessica's life is about to change. Will Royce break down the barriers and push her boundaries ?

The name Royce brings to mind sophistication, elegant, sexy and smooth. I might be describing a Rolls Royce but the words sui
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Hooked On Books
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Stanley has sworn of guys. A few bad relationships and she is done with men.
That is until a gorgeous hunk joins her and her friends for supper.

Royce Bradford is a Dom. When he meets Jessica he knows he wants her. He will have to convince her that she is a natural submissive first.

Jessica is confused about her feelings at first but totally trusts Royce with her body.

The fireworks start immediately between then. Royce is sexy and controlling but totally caring and passionate at the same ti
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Christine Mize
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could you open your mind to an experience that felt completely out of character? Jessica Stanley is a paralegal who has always lived a very safe, predictable life. Royce Bradford is the new guy in town, an executive who works with Jessica’s best friend. At their very first meeting, sparks fly. Jessica is very attracted to Royce, but he operated in a sexual world in which she has no experience. Can she open her mind and experience the pleasure he is convinced he can give her?

This book is extremel
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Kelly
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was one of the good reads winners for the giveaway of this book.
I loved the book . I was please with the plot. Jessica was not looking for love due to pain but there was something about Royce that caught her eye I guess his dominant state of mind drew her closer made he eager and curious.
How Royce wanted Jessica to become his sub and how he wasn't going to let her go
Classic bsdm although I didn't like how it was a very short novel I wish it was longer. Looking forward to reading more of your
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Renee at Book Happiness
3.5 HOT STARS

I received this for an honest review Jessica doesn't believe in love or relationships and is considered pretty vanilla when it comes to sex. Royce is a Dom and has his eye on Jessica who pretty much resists his ideas and his ways.
I enjoyed the story I wished there were more to it. I felt that it would have been better had the author delved into it more. I felt as though the ending was rushed. I thought that the book was hot and sexy and a wonderful beginning to their story...
Jeanette Oglesby
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
HIDDEN HEART (WINDY CITY BOOK 1)
BY MEASHA STONE
4 STARS

I won this book from GoodReads. I really loved this story between Jessica and Royce. The story is hot, hot, hot and it kept me reading it from beginning to end. I did feel that the ending was rushed and I had unanswered questions. Maybe the next will answer some of those questions, but this is still a good read. If you are looking for a really hot and a short read this is the one.
Lisa
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
holy crap ....
new fan here! :)
I won this book ... and what a blessing!
I'd never heard of Measha Stone before the goodreads giveaway
but the book sounded interesting when I entered

this book was short, yes, but it contained a lot! and it was hot hot hot...I loved it ... can't wait to read more
if you like hot and sexy stories with a taste of bdsm ... and a little romance ... get this book, read it and be prepared to want more
:)
CDBW
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-for-review
3.5 Crazy Stars!

This book was a great quick read. It was a little choppy at times and never really connected with the characters. There are a few hot scenes and especially liked the clothes pin one. That scene alone helped propel the rating. I'm curious to see what the next installment brings.
Cecily Bonney
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So good.... I love Royce and I know he will be the star of my dreams tonight! :)
Anna

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who wants it a little bot longer. Liked it!
Ninnie
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
You can read my full review here.
Anne Baker
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a voluntary review of an ARC I received. What can I say this is my first book to be read of this very talented prolific writer. It was wonderful, eye opening and so beautifully written. Hidden Heart is the first in the Windy City series and I hope to be reading the rest. Jessica a paralegal and Royce meet whilst out with her friends on their Friday night dinners. Royce had me at “Take of my shirt” Jessica truly and naturally loved his dominance, understanding of her needs and happiness, ...more
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