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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Heartbreaker (Dynasties: Mesa Falls Book 4) by Joanne Rock

(Dynasties: Mesa Falls Book 4)

Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Expected publication: March 1st 2020 by Harlequin Desire

Goodreads synopsis: 
From passion to betrayal and back again…

He knows she’s coming for him… And he’s ready to turn the tables!

When tabloid columnist Elena Rollins shows up uninvited to a private, star-studded party at Mesa Falls, Gage Striker sees red. Though it’s been six years since their abrupt breakup, the scars—and attraction—are still fresh. Certain his ex has a score to settle, the playboy banker vows to protect his ranch’s scandalous secrets. Protecting his heart is a different story.


4.5 Stars

This is the fourth book in the Dynasties: Mesa Falls series by Joanne Rock in the Harlequin Desire line of books.

A funny thing happened on the way to writing this review. Surprisingly, I had not one ARC but two different ARCs with the title Heartbreaker. How ironic is that? And being that it is super close to Valentine’s Day, I figure there is a reason for this naming convention. ;) But I digress. I thought I was reading this book. And I tracked my reading on Goodreads then I was about to write the review and as I read the description, I suddenly realized this was not the book I thought I was reading. So, as quick as an Easter rabbit, I pulled this book out and read it up, hippity-hop.

Basic premise: These two characters have been a couple before. Six years ago to be exact. Elena was a young influencer and she showed Gage how important social media could be to his enterprise. His father tried to buy off Elena and get her out of his son’s life. Elena couldn’t deal and thus left. Gage chose to believe his father and his father never bothered to tell Gage the whole truth. Now six years later they meet again and Elena has just gotten out of a crappy marriage and is practically destitute. She is after the story about Gage’s mentor and she would probably find out about their friend who died under suspicious circumstances when they were young. 

I found this story quite captivating. I like being able to see both people’s points of view since sometimes the characters are thinking along different lines and with totally different brains. Gage is the logical one who has loved investing since a child. He has even far surpassed his own father’s wealth. Elena is more creative. I loved the part where she created her own clothes and was on the way to becoming a true fashionista.

I did feel like one storyline thread got dropped and I really wanted to see it get fulfilled. Gage introduces Elena to a very popular girl who seems to have it out for Gage and his friends. That thread went no where. I assume this will be picked up in another book in the series. So I better keep reading along if I want to know the whole story, right?

Totally digging this. Great guilty pleasure read and it also engaged my suspense loving brain too. A win on all sides.

If you love a good romantic suspense, you have to check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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