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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Case of the Heart by Beth Shriver

A Case of the Heart by Beth Shriver
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational, Suspense
Length: Full (246 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Orange Blossom

Liz is a social worker with one of the roughest beats in Denver. Compassion for her clients and her spirited personality continue to get her into dangerous situations with one unhappy perpetrator after another.

Officer Alex Demas has bailed Liz out of more than one messy situation, and has always been interested in her. He sees his opportunity when one of her clients is caught up in a drug ring.

A cop and a social worker—it’s a match made in heaven, right?

Liz and Alex have been working together for some time as the story opens. It's always been very professional but inside they both wonder if there could be more. There's an obvious attraction between them, which was completely charming and for me kept the pages turning.

Liz is a devoted social worker. She cares for the kids almost too much as she often puts herself into jeopardy. Luckily she has attractive police officer Alex Demas to bail her out and rescue her like a knight in shining armor. Liz is very sweet and often na├»ve but determined to make the right decisions in her job for her kids. In regards to Alex, she doubts there will be anything more. Even if something happens she isn’t sure she’s ready for it.

Alex is good-looking and seems to have a knack of getting Liz out of trouble. He also has a gentle heart and his faith in God is just on the cusp of flowering into something of substance—just like the romance between these two characters.

A Case of the Heart is a Romantic-suspense Inspirational. The author does a lovely job of interweaving the romance and suspense with the faith of both these characters. Reading it you have to ask, will God bring these two characters together and keep them safe in the process?

Occasionally the emotion in a scene jumps either in action or between characters. That sort of threw me off a bit. The writing itself is satisfactory and overall it is an engaging story with interesting characters. It's a realistic romance. I could believe that these two characters would fall in love. I understood Liz's hesitancy and Alex's determination. Time is given to let the relationship grow and mature in a believable way.

The romance was sweet, the suspense entertaining; and the charming interaction between hero and heroine will keep you reading.