Book Review: Hearts In Harmony by Gemma Brocato

Posted May 14, 2014 by RobbieLea in Book Reviews / 0 Comments



Title: Hearts In Harmony (A Five Senses Novel Book #2)

Author: Gemma Brocato

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publish Date: May 5, 2014

Rating: 4.5 Out Of 5 Stars


Pippa Sanders’ life is filled with songs of leaving, longing and loneliness. Since the death of her husband, her children have been her world. She’ll do anything to protect them, including encasing her heart in ice until they’re college age. She’s made a practice of shying away from any relationship that could break her heart when it ends. And it’s worked so far.

Clay Mathers has made a temporary move to Granite Pointe, Massachusetts to help with his mother’s Christmas tree farm while she recovers from a stroke. Although his long-range plans don’t include staying in the small town, a little female companionship during his short residency would be welcome. While on duty as sentry against protestors at a military funeral, he finds Pippa visiting her husband’s grave, and begins a campaign to make her into a friend–with benefits.

What starts as a simple affair evolves to something more, something that changes the soundtracks of both their lives…the beating of two hearts in harmony.

CONTENT WARNING: Contains strong language, hot sex and a spicy hero.

Robbie’s Review

O.K. Ladies….if any of you are looking for a new book boyfriend, allow me to introduce you to Clay Mathers…

She looked up at the face of the man standing before her.  A small, reassuring smile flitted across full lips, giving her a tantalizing glimpse of white teeth.  She got a fast glimpse of vivid green eyes and thick, lustrous, dark blond hair pulled back in a ponytail before the newcomer shoved her behind him. . . Even from her restricted vantage point behind the big man, Pip saw muscles bulging and rippling beneath his snug fitting t-shirt.

In her novel, Hearts in Harmony, author Gemma Brocato has Pippa Sanders and Clay Mathers first meeting under not so auspicious circumstances when Pippa is accosted by a member of one of those disgusting radical groups who make it their life’s work to protest at the funerals of soldiers killed in action.  As the widow of a soldier, Pippa is paying a visit to her husband’s grave after attending services for a friend.  Clay is also visiting a grave nearby and is quick to come to Pippa’s rescue.  Since the death of her husband, Pippa is used to taking care of herself and her children without the help of a man and rather than being grateful to this stranger who sends the nasty protester packing, Pippa is determined to show Clay she is quite capable of defending herself and show him she does. . .however, her fancy maneuvers backfire and the carefully constructed walls she has built around herself begin to crumble.

It had been ages since she’d been interested in a man.  Now this foul-mouthed stranger had held her hand briefly, and left her tingling all over. . .Who was this guy? Her next thought when she slid behind the wheel was and when will I run into him again?

Pippa has a full life working with clients as a music therapist, raising her children and providing support to military widows like herself.

She’d told Sarah to expect her grief to function like a Jack-in-the-Box.  Daily or weekly, maybe a year down the road, the spring would wind tightly enough to force the pain out, startling in its intensity.  It had been weeks since the puppet last jumped out for her. . . Since she’d met Clay.

Her chance meeting with Clay Mathers, who works for one of those government acronym agencies and is in town temporarily, has her dreaming dreams of this green-eyed hunk.  And the attraction is definitely mutual.

In his forty years, including a career in the military and continued association with the super-secret three-letter government agencies he consulted for, he’d met many interesting people, both men and women.  But he’s never spent the darkest hours between dusk and dawn picturing any of them without their clothes.

How much more attractive could Clay be??  He’s beautiful to look at, he loves children, and he’s good to his mother.  I think readers will find Hearts in Harmony a pleasure to read.  I know I certainly did!  It’s the second book in a series and although I found some of the back story on the other characters to be missing, it was likely clarified in the first book and did not seriously detract from this book.  Actually, it made me want to read the first book Cooking Up Love.  Hearts in Harmony is very well-written with engaging characters and a story that is touching, funny, steamy and will bring you to the edge of your seat before it concludes just the way it should.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author.  I was not paid to read or review this book.  All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.


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About the Author

Gemma’s favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a ’round tuit,’ and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she’d write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to ‘Dear Author’ were gratifying.

After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy. Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue an avocation as a romance author.

Her gamble paid off when she was a 2012 Finalist in the prestigious Golden Pen contest for Romantic Suspense and she received contracts for her first and second book.

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