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Friday, July 10, 2009

The Heartbreaker by Carly Phillips

The Heartbreaker by Carly Phillips
Publisher: Warner Brothers, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (274 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

As the eldest of three rebel-rousing brothers, Chase Chandler has waited a long time to leave his small-town roots behind. All bets are off when the single journalist meets a redhead who arouses a lot more than lust. Yet Sloane Carlisle isn't just any woman. She's a senator's daughter who is about to thrust him into the eye of a breaking political scandal-and a shot at a story that's already making headlines. All Chase has to do for an exclusive is keep her out of harm's way.

A woman who refuses to play the Washington game, Sloane has just been hit with a bombshell that calls her entire identity into question. Feeling vulnerable, she does something completely out of character: She spends an incredible, passionate night with a handsome stranger. The last thing she expects is to ever see him again. But when she goes to the Chandlers' hometown of Yorkshire Falls to uncover the truth about her family, there he is! Not only that, her sometime amour Chase Chandler is sticking closer than a Capitol Hill groupie and igniting more sparks than the Fourth of July.

Suddenly a guy who has always steered clear of marriage is falling for a serious-minded woman with a family secret that could land them both in danger. If they survive the fallout, what will it take to get Sloane to say the two words that could turn the town's most eligible bachelor into the world's sexiest spouse?

Some secrets are meant to be kept and others are meant to be told. For Sloane Carlisle, the secret of her birth is something she should know and the secret’s about to come out. It’s up to Chase Chandler to show her that secrets aren’t always bad. Easy to say for The Heartbreaker.

This novel truly was a feel good story. So many authors tackle the long lost father theme and over work it, but not Carly Phillips. This story made me laugh, cry, and touched my heart. The characters are real and easy to relate to. Even when the problems come to the surface, you can’t help but root for the relationships to work out.

I loved that Chase, for all his power as a reporter, never abused it or Sloane’s trust. That made him a great hero. Well, that and his tall, dark and handsome looks. He took control and made sure everyone else was safe. I also liked that he admitted his faults. It takes a strong man to admit when he’s wrong.

As for Sloane, I enjoyed going with her on her journey to find out who she really was and who she belonged to. We all want to be accepted for who we are and when that comes into question, it can be a real shock. I liked how she dealt with the issues in her life and never lost her ability to smile.

If you want a great read for a rainy spring day, then The Heartbreaker is for you. I give this novel 5 books.