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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Blackest Heart by Amber Leigh Williams

Blackest Heart by Amber Leigh Williams
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (105 pgs)
Heat: spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Lilac

America's Sweetheart, Stella Ridge has been away from Wayback for fifteen years paving her way to the top of the acting business. When a car accident leaves her physically and emotionally scarred, the only place she wants to go is home to Texas and her family's ranch.

The changes that have taken place since her departure are enough to rock her world again. She uncovers a buried tragedy, struggles with the penetrating stares and questions from townsfolk, and comes up against an intriguing and unexpected spark with the silent cowboy and champion bull rider, Judd Black. Their wounded souls draw them together and Stella begins to realize that only in him can she find the solace she sought by leaving the bright lights of Hollywood
In this touching contemporary story, when a young actress returns home following a car accident that has left her scarred she finds healing and love in the arms of a quiet cowboy.

The heroine of the story, Stella Ridge, has made a name for herself as a successful actress, but a horrific car accident has left her scarred both physically and emotionally. When she returns home she encounters the intriguing Judd Black, a man haunted by tragedy but who has longed for Stella for years. Together the two begin to help each other overcome their tragic pasts and heal in what I found to be a very touching relationship.

I was especially drawn to Judd, a nearly mute man who doesn’t really say much throughout the story, but whose silence and actions I found spoke volumes. Stella also notices Judd’s lack of conversation and often holds one-sided conversations with the quiet man, but she seems to know what he is thinking. And as she points out, with what may be one of my favorite phrases of the story, he has the “loudest stare” that she has ever seen. He wasn’t completely silent, but I felt that Judd’s quiet nature was a brilliant choice by the author as it made Judd even more intriguing for me and demonstrated the author’s ability to convey emotion and the story through actions and other characters.

I really enjoyed the relationship that develops between Stella and Judd as they both help each other deal with incidents of the past and grow to care for one another. They were perfect for one another and it was interesting to see them deal with various impediments they faced such as Judd’s beef with Stella’s brother and their own insecurities.

"Blackest Heart" is a wonderful story with characters that will touch the heart and I for one am glad I got the chance to read it.