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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tormented Hearts by Loreen Augeri

Tormented Hearts by Loreen Augeri
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full ( 290 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fern

The world of Brett Armstrong, the Earl of Tremont, collapses when his wife and unborn child die. Determined to punish himself for the part he played in their demise, he turns his back on society and retreats to the country. Hard, physical labor during the day and mind-numbing gin at night help to keep at bay the demons that threaten to devour him. Until Catherine Hammond creeps into his world. Not wishing to resurrect his dormant emotions and the resulting pain, Brett struggles against the sensuality she exudes and battles to defeat his rising desire.

Abused by her aristocratic husband, commoner Catherine Hammond flees from his cruelty. Her hope is to hide and create a new life. She vows to never again associate with the upper classes that have heaped unbearable pain upon her family. Escaping without funds, Catherine is forced to work as a servant in the Earl of Tremont's household. His tantalizing, amorous advances ignite a fire within the cold regions of her heart, but she refuses to fall in love with a man who may destroy her.

Tormented Hearts is a wonderful story with memorable characters, an engaging plot, and enough heart to ensure you won’t want to stop reading.

The blurb sets the story up very well. Catherine is on the run from a very abusive husband. She’s had enough and knows that if she continues to stay, she’ll eventually die. When she’s rescued by the handsome, yet tortured, Brett, she isn’t sure what to think. For the first time, she’s attracted to man versus afraid of him. Unfortunately, Brett is born of the very class she’s sworn to avoid and she knows it can never go anywhere.

Brett is also drawn to the lovely woman he finds unconscious on the side of the road. Although he’s sworn he’ll never fall in love or have a family following a devastating loss, he decides that he’ll do whatever it takes to see her protected. The bruises marring her skin speak of the abuse she’s suffered and he’s determined to help her in any way he can.

As you can imagine, sparks fly between the two, until they can no longer deny their connection. Adding to their flourishing romance is the knowledge that eventually her husband will find her and it will be up to Brett to protect Catherine, open his (and her) heart in the process, and embrace a brighter, happier future. The writing is wonderful and the characters are very well developed and written. I loved Catherine and Brett and felt they were perfect for one another. The story advanced at a nice, brisk pace, which is always wonderful when you’re reading a romance novel, and there were enough twists and turns with the secondary cast of characters to keep you on your toes.

Those searching for a book about a tortured hero and heroine will find exactly what they’re looking for in Tormented Hearts.