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Hidden Hearts

(The Women of Hearts #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Former Army Sergeant Holly Austin and her team at the HEARTS agency don't normally find the police at their door. But it's been weeks since a local woman vanished into thin air...and now there's a second victim.

Police Detective Jack Tarek wasn't officially working the Julia Frederickson case until a second victim made the matter personal. Holly is willing to cooperate
ebook, 306 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Pink Sand Press
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Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hidden Hearts, by Marci Bolden, is full of action and romance.
I was captivated by the world of HEARTS which is an all women Private Investigation Agency.
This is former Army Sergeant Holly Austin's story. She teams up with Detective Jack Tarek when women go missing. They make quite a team in this page turning romantic suspense.
I look forward to the next book in "The Women of Hearts" series.

Thank you to NetGalley and Pink Sand Press for an arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Nice mixture of police action, drama, thriller, suspense, and sweaty romance.
I love when an author takes a female and makes them the bad ass in the story. But it wasn’t so much that she was a bad ass, it’s the fact that she is hiding shame, pain, and so many other emotions. She can’t let go until she meets the one person who completely understands her.

The relationship between Jack and her is powerful. The suspense portion of the story almost takes a backseat to their budding
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hidden Hearts is the first book in this series, and it is a very good start to what looks like a very promising series.

Holly Austin former Army Officer runs HEARTS a Private Investigation Agency solely run by women. They have a new client Eric Fredrickson who employs the agency to look for his missing wife Julie, who disappeared whilst out shopping.

The agency teams up with handsome and charismatic Detective Jack Tarek who is investigating the disappearance of his moms neighbour and thinks the
"Mystery, Suspense, and steamy romance...who could ask for more!"

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Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow this was an action packed page turner, I loved it! This book has everything - thriller, suspense, action, and romance. The characters are wonderful, love the chemistry between Holly & Jack. This is a great start to a series. Can't wait to read #2! Thanks to NetGalley and Pink Sand Press for making this ARC available to read.
Nadine Bookaholic
What a wonderful start to the series. Hidden Hearts had me at the edge of my seat with anticipation on what would happen next and I cannot wait to continue the series.

HEARTS is a Private Investigation Agency run by all women and they were hired to find a missing woman, Julia Frederickson, Former Army Sergeant Holly Austin (the owner of HEARTS) decides to take lead on this case and in the process she teams up with Detective Jack Tarek whose neighbor has just gone missing and thinks there may be
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s always so exciting when I find a new author! Especially when that author has other books that I can read while I wait for new books. Hidden Hearts has all my favorites: romance, suspense, strong heroine and all the feels. This book started running from page one and never stopped. Never lost my attention. I will gladly be adding all of this author’s books to my TBR.
Allyson Abu-hajar
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Julia Fredrickson is out shopping, and like several other times, she gets a feeling that she is being watched. Feeling foolish, and no longer able to linger in the grocery store, she heads to her car and vanishes.

Holly Austin, one of the PI's at HEARTS Investigative Services, is pondering over photos posted on the whiteboard of the forty-three-year-old blonde with blue eyes, Julia Fredrickson. Holly has taken the lead on the investigation.

Holly has a tough exterior, and has suffered a tragic
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
3 stars!

Source : eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Pink Sand Press via NetGalley
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Part of 1 a series

This is my first time reading Marci Bolden, and I was pleasantly surprised with this story.

Holly Austen is in charge of a private investigation company called Hearts. Where her and a few other woman whom are outcasts or have person stories make up the team. Holly is no non sense and rarely shows emotion. She also has her own personal baggage which drives her to many of her
InD'tale Magazine
Rating: 3.5/5.0

Mystery, suspense, and steamy romance...who could ask for more! The mystery around the missing women is beautifully crafted!

Read full review in the 2019 December issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Linda Walters
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this action filled story. The tense search for missing women was well done.
Holly was such a honor bound woman, was had become a fearless leader. At least when it came to her work. She pretty much kept her personal life off-limits; keeping people from getting too close.

Jack wasn't intimidated by people but I also found it interesting that he treated Holly like an equal. He didn't try to force her into the usual normal image that most people would try to do. That also got him extra
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A heart-pounding story till the last page!

Holly Austin has been a loner since she was eight ... when her mother died and her father became an alcoholic. After two tours in the army she opens her own Private Investigation firm with other women just like her. One week into a missing woman case, Detective Jack Tarek barrels into her office with a second missing woman who vanished the same way as in Holly's case. The attraction between the two is evident to anyone who sees them together, but they
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, street-team-book
I have read three books by Marci Bolden now. All three have been totally different. but all three have been totally amazing! Ms. Bolden writes a good story, no matter what type or genre.
Hidden Hearts is the darkest of her books that I have read. It is a romantic suspense that really grabs your attention from the very first page. It keeps you guessing and flipping pages as fast as you can. It is scary and kind of creepy.
Jack and Holly end up teaming up to try to solve several cases in which
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, just Wow. I couldn't put this book down even if I wanted to, which I didn't. This author is able to write any style of book and still be able to have you hooked from the first page. I cried through her last book and now with this one, the suspense almost killed me. The characters were awesome. Who doesn't love a woman who can take care of herself. Holly has strength and courage and just the right amount of Heart. As the head of a Private Investigation service, she is always looking out for ...more
Lisa Richards
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great start to a new for me series. I just saw that books two and three for the series are out in Kindle so definitely checking out the rest of the crew from HEARTS stories.
While I found Holly more than a bit prickly, she grew on me and I loved her with Jack. There was a perfect mixture of romance and suspense that had me staying up all night devouring this book. While I don't want to say anything that will ruin the story for you, the layers of the characters and crime will keep you
Laura Gilmore
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hidden Hearts is a fast paced book that I couldn’t put down. I felt like I was right there with the characters experiencing what they were experiencing. Holly’s story gripped me from the beginning and I couldn’t wait to find out more about her. Jack’s character was mesmerizing, I felt myself smiling at his antics toward Holly and wishing I was Holly!! The women of HEARTS are strong, independent,empowering, take care of themselves badasses. Let’s face it the world needs more strong women leads in ...more
Tanya Vought
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgallery
This was such a good read! I was sucked in right from the first sentence!!

Hidden Hearts was intense, dark, gripping and sexy! It had fabulous characters and 2nd characters that kept you glued to the pages!!
I loved H and J so much. I loved their banter, attraction, sass-- just loved them together!

What a wonderful story!

If you're in the mood for a thrilling ride with romance also involved this is your kinda book!!

4.5 stars from me!

*Recvd a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Alex (HEABookNerd)
ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review
Madison  Monroe
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This has to be the most resilient heroine that I have ever read. She was kicking butt from left to right and didn't apologize for it neither. Anyways, welcome to my review of Hidden Hearts which is a thriller, romance about a PI and a hot detective on the hunt for two missing women. The PI is a hot headed blonde by the name of Holly and she is on the hunt for a woman who has been missing for weeks. The hot detective that I mentioned earlier is Jack and he is also on the hunt for a woman who has ...more
Ella Marckus
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
There's no mistake that this book whisked me off to a new life that might not be entirely to my liking. This book proves how important a good beginning is. It quickly drew me in and kept me invested.

In the world that Marci Bolden created no one is safe, a mystery that is also heartbreakingly honest. That’s the way we like our mysteries.

We start with Julia. Julia Frederickson goes missing. Hidden Hearts is told from differing perspectives. When a second victim is discovered, with the kidnapping
Janell Madison
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Hidden Hearts” (HEARTS Series Book 1) by Marci Bolden

Marci Bolden has written another great book! The way “Hidden Hearts” is woven together makes me excited to read Book 2! Great characters, great storyline! Just when I thought there was a happily ever after coming, another crucial part of the story emerged! I can’t wait to meet more of the HEARTS family! Highly recommend! 5 stars!-Green Gables Book Reviews

A woman is missing. Taken from her local grocery store parking lot in the middle of the
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**I voluntarily read an early copy of this title courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

I have read several Marci Bolden books and I've enjoyed them all, but this is by far my favorite of what I've read. I was enthralled from the second I began reading and she kept me engaged and on the edge of my seat the entire way through.

Holly Austin is a former Army Sergeant and heads up the team at the HEARTS agency. When she is hired to look into the disappearance of a
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hidden Hearts is what I hope to be a long running new series by Marci Bolden. As the story progresses the reader is able to meet the women who work at the HEARTS Investigative Services. I loved the name though it took me a little while to work out the HEARTS part of it. However, the focus of the story is on former Army Sergeant Holly Austin who heads up this company.

As Detective Jack Tarek and Holly work on a couple of missing women cases we learn more about Holly. A mystery that is not easily
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such a good read. The story line captured me from the first page and I was totally invested in finding out what these missing women had in common.
I liked the though of an all female investigative agency and the women were very good. both looking after getting information as well as being there for each other. In this book though the main Detective on this case was Holly. She is ex-army and has a few scars in her life, so she took on a lot. When Jack Tarek enters the picture, he is there
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
4.4 stars
This is the first book I have read by the author and it will not be the last. Julia has disappeared and her husband, Eric, is beside himself. Not having faith in the police, Eric, reaches out to Holly at the Hearts Agency to help find his wife. Holly is a former member of the military turned private investigator and she is like a dog with a bone searching for clues and answers to solve the mystery. Detective Jack Tarek is drawn to Holly when his mother asks him to look into the
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fall in love with a new romantic suspense series:
What a great start to what looks like is going to be a fabulous series. It grabbed my attention from the very beginning and I had to hold on for a past paced and action filled read. It was engaging and intense, with twists and turns that had me turning the pages as fast as I could and gasping at what transpired. The chemistry and connection between Tarek and Holly felt authentic and intense. They were both flawed characters but I liked that they
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what to expect (I didn't read any blurbs lol)....all I knew is that previous Marci Bolden books had not let me down so I dug in. Not surprisingly, it was amazingly good. Romance? Sure...but above all that, we have a serious mystery, suspense--a classic who done it. Although I may have figured out early on who (not the exact who but a close proximity), how these two -- Detective Jack Tarek (who for the record is absolutely swoonworthy in my book) and Private Investigator Holly ...more
Sharon Grow
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Julia Frederickson has been missing for over a month and when the police have no luck finding her, her husband contacts Hearts Investigative Services. Holly Austin, former army sergeant, started the private agency after leaving active service. When another woman goes missing, she is contacted by Detective Jack Tarek. A second woman is missing, abducted in the same manner. Since this latest victim is a friend of Jack’s mother, his department will not allow him to be a part of the investigation. ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hidden Hearts by Marci Bolden
This is the first book on the series of The Women of Hearts.

Former Army Sergeant Holly Austin and her team at the HEARTS agency are more than PIs tracking down cheating spouses. The main case Holly is working on is a missing women and now it's gotten worse, there is a second victim.

Police Detective Jack Tarek comes to HEARTS because he's been shut out of the new investigation as he's too close to it. His first impression of Holly is certainly memorable and he may
Nancy Ku
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hidden Hearts (ebook) by Marci Bolden This is the first book in the new series (HEARTS SERIES Book 1) Thank you to the publisher and #NetGalley for letting me preview this book. This is the first book I have read by Marci Bolden but it won't be the last. This book definitely grabs you and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It has everything a romantic mystery could have.. very evil people, terror, murder, tears, laughter, steam, good friends and coworkers and wonderful (H) Jack Tarek and strong ...more
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As a teen, Marci Bolden skipped over young adult books and jumped right into reading romance novels. She never left.

Marci lives in the Midwest with her husband, two teenaged kiddos, and numerous rescue pets. If she had an ounce of will power, Marci would embrace healthy living but until cupcakes and wine are no longer available at the local grocery store, she’ll put that ambition on hold and

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