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Hidden Hearts

(The Women of HEARTS #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  76 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 wit
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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 relati
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
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
Amanda Hupe
"Mystery, Suspense, and steamy romance...who could ask for more!"

Check out my full review at:
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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. ...more
Alex (HEABookNerd)
HIDDEN HEARTS was really great and I enjoyed both the suspense and the romance in this one. Holly is a strong woman who has no issue taking care of herself but she's also afraid to let other people close, even the other women who work at HEARTS. She's a hard shell to crack but as she starts working with Jake she slowly begins to trust him and share things with him that no one else knows. Jake was a really great hero who's protective but doesn't get in Holly's way (at least not after the first ti ...more
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.
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.
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 exp
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
The HEARTS agency deals with a myriad of domestic problems - cheating husbands, small time crimes but when two women go missing and there is no apparent link between the two, other than a close physical similarity, Holly and her team must dig deep to find out what is it that they cannot see.

When the Police Department in the form of Detective Jack enters the scene, a kind of romance enters the story and though I went into this thinking it was just a mystery murder sort of read, the romance did no
Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hidden Hearts by Marci Bolden is a tough mystery sprinkled with delightfully humorous scenes. Holly Austin runs a detective agency of women operatives. The women are smart and tough, but very loving and lovable. Police detective, Jack Tarek, asks for their after having been slammed to the floor by Holly. This is a good mystery and an enjoyable romance. It is an excellent read.
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 point
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 ha
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: street-team-book, arc
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 wome
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
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the Netgalley website and the Pink Sand Press who allowed me to read this book which is the first of the series: "The women of Hearts".

It features Sergeant Holly Austin who is part of the HEARTS agency, who will find the police at their doorstep, they who had never had the opportunity to do business with her. For weeks, a woman from the neighborhood has been missing, and now a second woman has also gone missing. Jack Tarek was not investigating the first disappearance unti
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 r
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*
Beatriz Venturini
I really enjoyed reading this book. It has the same amounts of romance and mystery, which I really appreciate. The mystery wasn't dumb or easily for you to predict like many other books are in this category.
The characters were likeable, and each had their own struggles to overcome. They seemed. very mature and well developed characters. There is no unnecessary drama, or behaviours that make the characters annoying.
As the first book in the series, the author presents us with the other characters
Angel Hatfield
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 with Jack “unofficially,” but she quickly becomes a distraction he can’t resist. The leads on their cases might be running cold, ...more
May 19, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the frost book in the series so we are meeting Holly for the first time. She is a physically and mentally strong woman who learned self defence as a child after witnessing her mother’s murder. She went on to join the Army and serve two tours in Iraq. She can’t get rid of the guilt she feels over the death of the people she loves or worked with. She creates a kick ass Detective agency with a group of women who are all strong and fearless. It is one of their cases that this frost book is c ...more
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am pleasantly surprised by this first book in the Hearts series. Marci Bolton does what few authors accomplish; launch a series with a fully fleshed out novel. Hidden Hearts has strong character profiles, both the PI Heroine and the Hero Detective are engaging, layered and interesting. I really appreciated the introduction of secondary characters that are fully dimensional, and I am anticipating their presence in future n\book.
The plot of Hidden Hearts is well woven, there are enough twists a
April Harvey
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe this sat on my TBR pile for so long! The women of the Heart Investigation Team are such compelling characters. Each one brings their own past experiences and expertise to the team to help find all these missing people. I loved the writing style of Marci Bolden. It just reaches out and grabs your attention and never lets it go until the end of the book. Also, can I just say the chemistry between Jack and Holly is HOT. I feel like this will absolutely be a series I read from beginn ...more
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While Holly was working a case involving the disappearance of a woman, another one goes missing. Holly was ex-military and never forgot her training. She was a fearless woman. Holly, along with the ladies at the HEARTS Agency, was headstrong and self-reliant.

Jack came to Holly when his mother was concerned with the disappearance of her neighbor. They began working together privately.

After spending time together, things began to heat up between the two. With Holly doing things her way, can they
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One missing woman. A coincidence. Two missing women. Is it still a coincidence, or are they connected? Dive into this mystery to decide for yourself. Enjoy the journey of a strong woman uncovering the mystery and struggling with issues of her own. Hidden Hearts is a great read with lots of wonderful details. I couldn't put it down and finished it in less than a day! Definitely exited to read the second book in the collection! ...more
Emily Higgins
Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
Holly Austin and her team at HEARTS investigative agency have been hired to find a woman who disappeared weeks ago. The police have had no luck finding the woman. The ebook version of this novel has a heart logo appearing sporadically throughout the book which covers the text so you have to guess what happens on that page. It is an annoying distraction. Perhaps the print version doesn’t do that.
Tracy Broemmer
Sep 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hidden Hearts is such a fun, easy read! Ms. Bolden packed this story with action, suspense, and lots of steam! I felt at home with Holly and her team/coworkers the minute I started reading, and I was hooked by the end of the first chapter. Holly's intense, driven nature makes her a complicated heroine, and I loved the steam between her and Jack! Looking forward to reading the next in the Hearts series!
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