Heart of Mine by Michelle Beattie

To avoid a forced marriage, Laura Gibbs has little choice but to go along with her controlling father’s plan to deceive the man she’s secretly loved for years.

Jake Evans has been burned in the past and has learned the hard way that nobody is interested in him, only his money. So when he wakes to find Laura in his bed, he’s convinced that she’s yet another in a long line of women who only wants his share of his recently inherited gold mine. A fact soon confirmed when her father storms in the room and demands Jake make an honest woman out of Laura, lest he be charged with rape and hanged.

As Laura gains freedom from her oppressing father, she also gains courage. Determined to make a real marriage with Jake, she refuses her father’s demand that she steal from her husband and instead concentrates her efforts on showing Jake the woman she truly is.

Despite Laura’s deceptions, Jake can’t deny his attraction to her. With the physical attraction sizzling between them, Jake begins to believe he’s finally found the woman for him.

But there’s trouble brewing. Hugh, neck-deep in gambling debts with no money in sight, seeks drastic measures that won’t only risk Laura and Jake’s marriage; it’ll risk her very life.

File Size: 390 KB
Print Length: 94 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Michelle Beattie (April 12, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

My thoughts:

Laura has to do something she really doesn’t want to do to go along with her father’s plan to make Jake think he compromised her when he woke up to see her in his bed. The father burst into the room just at the right moment and Jake could not remember a thing.

Jake doesn’t know how he got into this mess and does trust Mr Gibbs as far as he can throw the man.
He thinks they are both out for his money but Laura starts to prove him wrong and realizes what is going on. Can he learn to trust Laura and love her for herself or believe everyone is still out for his money.

I enjoyed the book. I wanted to see if Jake would set Mr Gibbs straight and help Laura. Laura and Jake get along pretty well and he helps her along the way to believe in herself and make things better for her. A cute read of true love and what extent people will go to for it to happen.

About the author:

Award winning author Michelle Beattie was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and raised on her grandfather’s homestead near Beaumont, Alberta. She didn’t fall in love with reading until after high school and then turned to historical romances, mostly westerns, for her romance fix. If you ask her why westerns, she’ll say it’s because of the chivalry. Of course men in boots and cowboy hats didn’t hurt either!

It took 12 years and four completed manuscripts before she sold her first book, What A Pirate Desires, a historical pirate adventure. Since then she’s sold two more, all part of her pirate series. Why pirates? Two words. Johnny Depp.

Not one who likes to be limited, Michelle likes to write any story that pulls at her heart and bulldozes its way through her mind, demanding to be told. And so, besides westerns and pirates, she also wrote a contemporary novel, Love By Accident, that takes place in her beautiful home province, Alberta.

DOUBLE WINNER OF THE STAR CONTEST FOR BEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS OF 2011. LOVE BY ACCIDENT WON THE PARANORMAL CATEGORY AND ANOTHER CHANCE WON THE HISTORICAL CATEGORY.